Power and control - Their most powerful Topaz amp is vinyl-friendly too
For over 50 years Cambridge Audio has been refining their technologies in their quest to truly reproduce "The British Sound".They define "The British Sound" as audio in its purest form.....not "mucking about" with the sound at all.Their Topaz AM10 amplifier follows this design formula to optimise the pure analogue sound of playing vinyl.
As well as impressive power, the AM10 displays impressive control - using Cambridge Audio's "Sound First" design principles, they've maximised audio quality and minimised cost and clutter. In the AM10 that means they use toroidal transformers, usually only seen in high-end separates, to more accurately channel that extra power. And while most budget amps hide a plastic case behind a metal front, their audio-obsessed design team insisted on an all-metal case to minimise vibration and maximise music purity.
The AM10 also boasts a built-in phono stage, so you can instantly connect a turntable. And there's a direct input on the front for plugging in iPod, smartphone or other MP3 player - no need for a dock and no fiddling around. Five inputs on the back also let you hook up CD player (such as the matching Topaz CD10), tuner,or other auxiliary audio device.
The AM10 does a great many things right. It throws a spacious soundstage with solid depth retrieval and a locked down central image on vocals. It’s strongly midrange weighted with a gradual softening of response as it inches toward the frequency extremes. With a room-filling 35 watts-per-channel power delivery, it gives some much more expensive competitors a serious run for their money. You won't believe how much performance Cambridge Audio has packed into this Topaz amplifier. With a fully discrete power amplifier and oversize toroidal transformer, the AM10 is a real wolf in sheep's clothes.
The Topaz AM10 is designed to make the most of your music and fill your home with powerful sound. It's relatively compact and easy to operate, with a transparent, richly detailed presentation that will please your ears for hours at a stretch. Fatigue-free sound — that's one of the unsung benefits of high-end gear.
In more detail
"Sound First" design principles By focussing solely on the things that make music sound so good that it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and cutting extra cost and clutter, we aim to deliver the best-sounding system at this price you'll ever hear. Cambridge Audio believe, for instance, that multi-channel surround sound codecs and terminals in a hi-fi amp at this price adds complexity, introduces noise and reduces the budget for key components. That's why the AM10 is a pure stereo amp. And that means better sounding music. After all, your music is their passion.
Toroidal transformer At Cambridge Audio, they're huge fans of what these premium components can do for audio quality. So, while other people reserve them for their top-of-the-line separates, they use them everywhere they can. The extra power reserves a toroidal transformer delivers means not only a far better bass response, but also a deeper, richer reproduction of music across the board. For pure audio quality and minimum distortion.using a toroidal transformer is a well proven solution.
All-metal case Their designers chose a solidly built, all-metal case, carefully damped to minimise vibration and maximise music purity. That's rare at this budget.
Phono stage Connect a turntable directly to the amplifier without an extra box.
5 traditional source connections Rear connections for up to five separate, traditional stereo sources (CD player, radio, DVD, Blu-ray, iPod dock, etc.).
Direct 3.5mm MP3 player/smartphone socket Plug an MP3 player or smartphone into the front via this dedicated connection.
Vacuum fluorescent display These bright, backlit displays are readable from the other side of the room.
35 watts (into 8 Ohms)
(-3dB) 5Hz - 50kHz
S/N ratio (ref 1w):
Max. Power Consumption
Power amp damping factor:
Shelving, ultimate boost/cut +/- 10dB @ 100Hz and 10kHz