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  • Item model number: TOPAZ AM1
  • ASIN: B0043UO4CS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Feb. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Stereo Amplifier with Radio, CD, Tuner, AUX, MP3, DVD tuner . Balance tuner for sounds

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Dec. 2011
This amp is low on features but high on sound quality at a bargain price. I bought one to replace an Arcam A65 which finally expired and was estimated to cost more than twice the price of the Cambridge to repair. Build quality is very good with a nice weighty feel to it, the volume knob turns smoothly and the input phono sockets feel solid, unlike some other budget amps. The sound quality is best described as neutral and hence is dependant on the quality of the original recordings. Volume in a mid size room through floorstanding speakers was more than adequate.
What the amp doesn't have is tone controls, a remote, a headphone socket or a phono stage. Never using the tone controls or vinyl and owning a headphone amp this doesn't bother me too much, although a remote would be nice. For some the lack of features will count out the AM1. If you can live with the spartan features it probably sounds as good as any amp in the sub £150 class.
Overall this is probably a 4 star product but a 5 star bargain.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 9 Jan. 2011
This must be the hi-fi bargain of the moment! Minimalist circuit for a pure soundstage. Great detail, very natural, highly enjoyable sound. No tone controls necessary!.
It normally costs £200++ to hear a amp this neutral.
Playing my vinyl via a 'musical fidelity xLP phono pre amp' through the cambridge audio amp.
Excellent product, bargain buy, highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iain Maclennan on 22 Nov. 2014
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Wow! This amp sounds amazing!
The minimal circuitry really works, it sounds better than my Marantz PM7200 (now sadly dead) which i woudn't have thought possible from a £80 amp.
Has no bass or treble controls and it's all the better for it (minimalism is the key here) with a beautiful clean and clear presentation.
Don't worry about the low power spec (20 watts into 8ohms) it will run any reasonably easy to drive speaker to ear splitting levels (86-92db is fine). And it will handle 4ohm speakers as well, which will increase output to probably 30 watts.
Build quality is brilliant too, frankly i don't know how cambridge do it for the money. Most people will be happy with it and never bother upgrading, must be why it's not listed on the Cambridge Audio website.
Buy with confidence.
Specs:
Power output 20 watts (into 8ohms)
THD (unweighted) <0.02% @ 1kHz, 80% of rated power
<0.15% 20Hz - 20kHz, 80% of rated power
<0.1% 20Hz - 20kHz @ 10W
Frequency response (-3dB) 10Hz - 30kHz
S/N ratio (ref 1W) >82dB (unweighted)
Input impedances 32k ohms
Power Amp damping factor >100
Max. power consumption 150W
Dimensions 80 x 430 x 340mm
(3.1 x 16.9 x 13.4")
Weight 5.1kg (11.2lbs)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ajwolowiec on 13 Sept. 2012
Before I bought this amp I looked at some reviews to make sure I had made the right choice and I saw one review describing this amp as "quiet". I can assure you this is very far from the truth. I use 2 Mission M30 speakers with this amp and the power this amp puts out is incredible. I hardly ever go over quarter volume and have never gone over half as I'm sure my speakers would explode. However this amp manages to do this while still providing amazing quality. Also the look of the amp is beautiful, very simplistic but I think it is truly amazing. Overall I would recommend this amplifier to anyone who wants amazing sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ryan j on 7 Dec. 2012
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Everything that I wanted. Don't know why so many people are complaining about it, even at low volume (not very often) they sounds from BOTH speakers can't be matched for the price. A really good buy would definitely recommend it
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Jones on 14 May 2012
I recently moved into temporary rented accommodation, and wanted a quality but inexpensive amplifier for my hifi there. At home I have the Cambridge Audio A5 amplifier, so I am familiar with Cambridge products and thus chose to go with the cheapest amplifier they make for my rented accommodation. I wasn't expecting much at this price, but the AM1 is a truly excellent product, and is an improvement on my older yet more expensive (at the time) A5 amplifier.

The first pleasant surprise I had about the AM1 is just how well made it is. The facia is metal as opposed to plastic, and the controls have a nicely weighted and quality feel to them. Even the on-off button has a satisfying gently spring-loaded "click" to it - much nicer than the A5 or any other stereo I have used for that matter.

I love the minimal features of the AM1. It has no tone controls, but then I never use them anyway, and just comes with a volume, balance, and input selector knobs. Ideally I would like to dispense with the balance control too - it is just another useless feature which for some reason all manufacturers feel compelled to add to their products. But the AM1 has much less features than other products, which I like - it makes to less wiring and componentry to taint the sound!

The only feature that you might miss on the AM1 is that is doesn't have the necessary outputs to allow you to bi-wire speakers with it. However, I don't really know how much an discernable improvement bi-wiring makes anyway, and many quality speakers aren't even bi-wireable.

The sound of the AM1 is astonishingly clear. I am using it with a couple of Q-Acoustic 2010i speakers, with my laptop playing loss-less WMAs as the input, and it sounds truly fantastic!
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