Top critical review
48 people found this helpful
on 26 February 2011
well, i bought this amp after using an old sony reciever which i thought did an ok job. anyway, the sound on the am5 is good, slghtly more clarity in the mid/high range freqencies than the sony. though its rated at 25 watt, i think its plenty loud. and that's my problem....you have to turn the volume up to hear from both speakers!!!!
let me explain. the volume knob is at 7 o'clock when no sound is produced, right. now, turning the amp up between 7 o'clock to 9 o'clock only the left speaker produces sound, while the right is very faint. only after 9 o'clock does the volume pick up on the right channel and things balance out. now your probably thinking i got a faulty unit. NO. apparently cambridge audio know about this "fault" and shrug it off saying to produce this unit (and a few other models) at this price a few components need to be "downgraded". you won't find this information on the cambridge audio website or in the manual you get with your unit. i think this is false advertising of a product.
........to "compensate" for this cambridge audio have added a balance knob, which if adjusted right will smooth out the volume fault at low volumes. (with a bit off experimenting i found out that if i switch the speaker cables around (so left amp channel wire goes to right speaker, right amp channel wire goes to left speaker) the low volume balance problem is fixed BUT you'll have to listen to it reversed, so maybe not...)
also if you want a remote, headphone socket and lcd display you wont get it here, your buying it for the sound quality!!. you do get a front port to plug your mp3 into though.
i would seriously try before you buy, mainly to hear this at low volumes. don't get me wrong, this is a good quality budget amp but unless you like listening at higher volumes constantly you will need to fiddle around with the balance knob at lower volumes. so a generous 3 stars for sound, build and simplicity.