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Cambridge Audio Hi-Fi System - £199.95 @ RicherSounds

£199.95 @ Richer Sounds
Normally £359.85 This entry-level kit is awesome value for money and comparable to much higher costing set-ups. It's perfect for the beginner audio enthusiast who is looking for excellent quality a…
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8y, 1m agoFound 8 years, 1 month ago
Normally £359.85

This entry-level kit is awesome value for money and comparable to much higher costing set-ups. It's perfect for the beginner audio enthusiast who is looking for excellent quality audio, simple set-up and a low price. The 60W output to each speaker is very powerful and produces very accurate sound.

Includes:
Amplifier: Cambridge Audio A5 (60W per channel, black)
CD Player: Cambridge Audio CD5 (black)
Speakers: Cambridge Audio S30 (silver/wood)
Basic Interconnects

If bought separately, it would come to £359.85, so its a huge saving and a great deal.

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#1
Links to the spec pages:
Cambridge Audio A5 Amplifier
Cambridge Audio CD5 CD Player
Cambridge Audio S30 Speakers

And for those of you are interested, the speakers are bi-wireable, can be used with amps with up to 100W of power, have a soft dome tweeter and a woven-cone mid-bass.

If you can, try to get your hands on the black set of speakers as well, because they look more suited to the amp and CD player.
#2
great deal for real hi fi the other deals there doing look very good voted hot
dont forget some good speaker cable
#3
andy math
dont forget some good speaker cable


& a 'Take That' album.
#4
good deal - have same setup but with mordants shorts - sounds sweet in my flat.
#5
jklondon;3890733
good deal - have same setup but with mordants shorts - sounds sweet in my flat.


I've got the smallest of the Shorts, they're perfect for small rooms. Nice sound at an nice price ;)

Though personally I'd up the budget to include the 540a/640a, they both sound much better and they're not that expensive.

Nice entry level system though, but it is just that. You'd have to spend double that to get any real improvement (and you can do better second hand).
#6
these CA deals come up all the time and the stuff is never sold at RRP - cold from me
#7
andy math
great deal for real hi fi the other deals there doing look very good voted hot
dont forget some good speaker cable


:lol:

I dont think you need to worry about spending extra for speaker cable. Have a chat to some sound engineers and they will tell you any copper wire will be sufficient for most users, especially of £200 units.
#8
out of interest whats the difference between a set of 'studio monitors' and a decent home-hifi setup?
#9
Don't forget that Cambridge Audio is part of The Audio Partnership which along with other well known makes of old is as far as i'm aware have something to do with Richer sounds, That said not to do them down still good deal.:thumbsup:
#10
I have a t-amp amplifier. It's tiny (fits in the palm of your hand), battery operated, only has a 3.5mm input and costs £30. Still it'll blow any conventional amp costing less than £500 out of the water IMHO. The joys of digital amplification. Google t-amp review and you'll find some reviews from people who know what they're talking about and don't have the commercial interests that some review mags might have (mags that have ignored digital amps). Reviews on the tnt-audio and 6 moons diy audio enthusiasts sites are worth a read.

I spent £500 on an arcam amp and the t-amp is better.

Where can you get them? Ebay I'm afraid.
#11
T-amp might be good but its a pain if you want to power different sources as it only has one input, A switch box would do but that would de-grade the sound.
#12
SuperFlyBlues;3891191
I have a t-amp amplifier. It's tiny (fits in the palm of your hand), battery operated, only has a 3.5mm input and costs £30. Still it'll blow any conventional amp costing less than £1000 out of the water IMHO. The joys of digital amplification. Google t-amp review and you'll find some reviews from people who know what they're talking about and don't have the commercial interests that some review mags might have (mags that have ignored digital amps). Reviews on the tnt-audio and 6 moons diy audio enthusiasts sites are worth a read.

I spent £500 on an arcam amp and the t-amp is better.

Where can you get them? Ebay I'm afraid.

Hmmmm, you have me interested in this T-amp thing. I'm new to this audiophile scene, and was thinking about ripping my music collection to FLAC and store it on a PC. Then get a decent soundcard to output it to an amp and my Tannoy 607-ii speakers. If the T-amp is as small, and as high quality as you say, it'd be perfect for me.
#13
Had a quick look on the net for info about the T-amps. It'd be perfect for me. However, there are a few gripes:
1 - Underpowered. http://www.tnt-audio.com/ampli/t-amp_e.html The amp on this page has just 15W per channel. Which is nothing compared to the 60W you get from the CA A5.
2 - Incredibly hard to get hold of as the company who owns the patent (Tripath) has gone bust, and it seems manufacturers cant get liscences for it.
#14
john-sussex;3891325
A switch box would do but that would de-grade the sound.
oh puh-leese. It's a switch. It will not "degrade the sound" any more than not using a gold-plated mains plug...
#15
andybuk99
:lol:

I dont think you need to worry about spending extra for speaker cable. Have a chat to some sound engineers and they will tell you any copper wire will be sufficient for most users, especially of £200 units.


pibpob
oh puh-leese. It's a switch. It will not "degrade the sound" any more than not using a gold-plated mains plug...


Funny you mentioned the gold plated.........check out this "essential" hi-fi upgrade

it's a £50 fuse

:lol:
#16
SuperFlyBlues
I have a t-amp amplifier. It's tiny (fits in the palm of your hand), battery operated, only has a 3.5mm input and costs £30. Still it'll blow any conventional amp costing less than £1000 out of the water IMHO. The joys of digital amplification. Google t-amp review and you'll find some reviews from people who know what they're talking about and don't have the commercial interests that some review mags might have (mags that have ignored digital amps). Reviews on the tnt-audio and 6 moons diy audio enthusiasts sites are worth a read.

I spent £500 on an arcam amp and the t-amp is better.

Where can you get them? Ebay I'm afraid.


They are only good for playing at lower volumes and will only sound better than the amp in this deal at those lower volumes. As soon as you go over 5 watts per channel the distortion starts to creep in rapidly because of clipping (not good for your speakers).

"Still it'll blow any conventional amp costing less than £1000 out of the water IMHO" I don't think that's really a balanced statement, try playing music loud enough for a party with the T-amp, it will probably sound like ****.
#17
Cambridge Audio are owned by Richer Sound and the RRPs are always a bit over the top. Still good though and will be miles better than a cheep one box system at same price (probably).
1 Like #18
thePhantom
out of interest whats the difference between a set of 'studio monitors' and a decent home-hifi setup?


Studio monitors are designed to give a flat a freequency responce as posible so that you can hear the audio in as raw a state as possible. Hifi speakers tend to be 'tuned' to sound a bit more ear friendly and make them more listenable over longer periods of listening, or something like that.

Its all about picking the right speakers for the room you are in (and the ears you have) though.
#19
money-talks
Funny you mentioned the gold plated.........check out this "essential" hi-fi upgrade

it's a £50 fuse

:lol:


I cannot believe the write up blurb with that link!!! "Its like removing a curtain from in front of your loudspeakers as everything just becomes more open,detailed and spacious whilst sounding very natural (vocals just sound real) with no aggression. "

Wow, instant speaker upgrade from replacing a fuse in your amp lol :thumbsup: Better still, save yourself £50 and open the curtains :thumbsup:

What if you want aggressive vocals! lol.
#20
madmal
They [t-amps] are only good for playing at lower volumes and will only sound better than the amp in this deal at those lower volumes. As soon as you go over 5 watts per channel the distortion starts to creep in rapidly because of clipping (not good for your speakers).

"Still it'll blow any conventional amp costing less than £1000 out of the water IMHO" I don't think that's really a balanced statement, try playing music loud enough for a party with the T-amp, it will probably sound like ****.


Just wanted to say that the t-amp can be played at a loud enough volume to annoy the neighbours if that's your need! I know t-amps are only rated at 15w, but it is plenty loud enough to never go over half its volume potential. I can clearly hear my t-amp system from upstairs now - and it's at half volume.The 15w rating is very misleading.

The main downside with a t-amp is:
- only one input and it's a 3.5mm (but you can buy multi-input boxes for £60 - e.g. google 'pre t-amp' - I've never tried that though. I've used my Arcam amp as a pre amp / multi input and it was great.)
- poor build quality - it's a tiny plastic thing that runs on batteries! (but you can buy a mains adapter from Maplins for £15. Nothing you can do about the build quality!)
- poor binding posts for the speaker cable - they're the clip ones.
- no remote control (but if you use an amp as a pre-amp you can use its remote)
- getting hold of one! You usually have to get one imported from the US or buy a second hand one on ebay.

For sound quality, the t-amp is just amazing IMHO.

There's also the super t-amp and trends audio - they use the same technology as the t-amp as far as I'm aware, more expensive, but much better build quality. I've never tried them though.

From the t-amp review on tnt-audio:
"...this is the first part of a series of articles devoted to the most insane piece of equipment I've ever come across during the last 25 years of HiFi addiction." and "...the Sonic Impact T-Amp finds its natural competitors in a price range that is 100 times its price." :-D

Edit: Just wanted to add, I have nothing to do with any company linked to the t-amp! I'm just passing on my personal experiences.
#21
cicobuff
I cannot believe the write up blurb with that link!!! "Its like removing a curtain from in front of your loudspeakers as everything just becomes more open,detailed and spacious whilst sounding very natural (vocals just sound real) with no aggression. "

Wow, instant speaker upgrade from replacing a fuse in your amp lol :thumbsup: Better still, save yourself £50 and open the curtains :thumbsup:

What if you want aggressive vocals! lol.


I dont want to sound like the defender on here but I have a pro setup in my home and I never believed in all this Power upgrade, I have a Pioneer panel and someone reccommended I buy a new Power lead for it, as this can improve picture quality, luckily for me someone had one on Ebay, mispelt and what should have been a £200 kettle lead turned out to be £50... I'll try it, bit if budget left in the Home Cinema Kitty... and sorry to say, it massively improves the image.
#22
madmal
They are only good for playing at lower volumes and will only sound better than the amp in this deal at those lower volumes. As soon as you go over 5 watts per channel the distortion starts to creep in rapidly because of clipping (not good for your speakers).

"Still it'll blow any conventional amp costing less than £1000 out of the water IMHO" I don't think that's really a balanced statement, try playing music loud enough for a party with the T-amp, it will probably sound like ****.


Mistrical99
Hmmmm, you have me interested in this T-amp thing. I'm new to this audiophile scene, and was thinking about ripping my music collection to FLAC and store it on a PC. Then get a decent soundcard to output it to an amp and my Tannoy 607-ii speakers. If the T-amp is as small, and as high quality as you say, it'd be perfect for me.


Bit of a coincidence, but I have my t-amp linked Tannoy 603s and they sound great. I also have a pair of 607s, but one is bust :-(

The audio enthusiasts sites claim you have to be very careful with the type of speakers you link to the T-amp, they need to have a high sensitivity rating apparently - so I'd suggest you do a bit of research first. I didn't though, I just hooked the t-amp I bought to the speakers I have - the 603s and a pair of B&Ws - and it sounds great with both :thumbsup:

Hope that's helpful.
#23
darrenwooly
I dont want to sound like the defender on here but I have a pro setup in my home and I never believed in all this Power upgrade, I have a Pioneer panel and someone reccommended I buy a new Power lead for it, as this can improve picture quality, luckily for me someone had one on Ebay, mispelt and what should have been a £200 kettle lead turned out to be £50... I'll try it, bit if budget left in the Home Cinema Kitty... and sorry to say, it massively improves the image.

What TV do you have. Is your TV solar powered or something?!? A super powercord is such incredible BS.
#24
SuperFlyBlues
Just wanted to say that the t-amp can be played at a loud enough volume to annoy the neighbours if that's your need! I know t-amps are only rated at 15w, but it is plenty loud enough to never go over half its volume potential. I can clearly hear my t-amp system from upstairs now - and it's at half volume.The 15w rating is very misleading.

The main downside with a t-amp is:
- only one input and it's a 3.5mm (but you can buy multi-input boxes for £60 - e.g. google 'pre t-amp' - I've never tried that though. I've used my Arcam amp as a pre amp / multi input and it was great.)
- poor build quality - it's a tiny plastic thing that runs on batteries! (but you can buy a mains adapter from Maplins for £15. Nothing you can do about the build quality!)
- poor binding posts for the speaker cable - they're the clip ones.
- no remote control (but if you use an amp as a pre-amp you can use its remote)
- getting hold of one! You usually have to get one imported from the US or buy a second hand one on ebay.

For sound quality, the t-amp is just amazing IMHO.

There's also the super t-amp and trends audio - they use the same technology as the t-amp as far as I'm aware, more expensive, but much better build quality. I've never tried them though.

From the t-amp review on tnt-audio:
"...this is the first part of a series of articles devoted to the most insane piece of equipment I've ever come across during the last 25 years of HiFi addiction." and "...the Sonic Impact T-Amp finds its natural competitors in a price range that is 100 times its price." :-D

Edit: Just wanted to add, I have nothing to do with any company linked to the t-amp! I'm just passing on my personal experiences.

In support of the T-Amp we had many a student party ruined by neighbours when we cranked up a pair of 25W Warfdale speakers (That were 3 feet tall!) and a 70's 25w Hitachi Amp. 15W is more than enough for most peoples houses/rooms unless you live in a cottage in the middle of nowhere!
#25
darrenwooly
I dont want to sound like the defender on here but I have a pro setup in my home and I never believed in all this Power upgrade, I have a Pioneer panel and someone reccommended I buy a new Power lead for it, as this can improve picture quality, luckily for me someone had one on Ebay, mispelt and what should have been a £200 kettle lead turned out to be £50... I'll try it, bit if budget left in the Home Cinema Kitty... and sorry to say, it massively improves the image.



Are you sure like art its autosuggestion, willing yourself after paying the money it actually has improved your system?

Quality analogue cables, quality speaker wire I can understand, a stabilised power, sufficient dampening for sound isolation.....I don't see the logic though in how a power cord can improve either the pixels in a LCD panel or the gasses in a Plasma panel, or how it can boost the integral upscaling chipset within..conjecture maybe!
#26
Cicobuff, you're right - it's BS pure and simple. If the person who bought the "power lead" had done a double-blind test comparing it with the old power lead they would have been unable to detect the difference - because there isn't any. Placebos in medical trials - exactly the same thing. Still, a fool and his money...
#27
This is a pretty good deal.
Voted Hot.

I find it a bit hard to believe a £30 amp can sound better than an Arcam, but you've got me interested!
Just had a look on Ebay and there are mains powered versions for around £55
.
There is a lot of hype around in hi-fi, but geting decent interconnects and speaker cable really does make a difference.
I was sceptical about it all, until I actually did listening compariston tests.
You just hear more music, and it's easy and very enjoyable to listen to.
If you're handy with a soldering iron you can make your own.
For less than £10 you can make up a really decent 1m pair of interconnects, which are comparable to cables costing £50+ commercially.
#28
Got a T-amp, had one since they came out and there was all the noise on hydrogen audio and headfi.

Had flac files from the pc via my esi juli@ sound card, as the source and a pair of monitor audio S1's sounded great! loved it to bits.

Replaced the T-amp with a second hand Arcam 9 and 9 poweramp, no contest the arcam sounds better. Much bulkier, takes up far more space, still for a budget PC speaker setup the T-amp I rate REALLY highly.

I'd take the T-amp, decent soundcard, decent bookshelf speakers option over any of the creative **** pc speaker setups out there.

Also have an Arcam avr 350 setup in the living room, htpc with freesat card etc, optical toslink to avr350, monitor audio fb212 sub, s8 fronts, and radius centre and surron channels.

Superman sounded great last night :)

I'd suggest spending your money second hand on ebay rather than this deal, and I've always stayed clear of richer sounds.
#29
stamfordblue
This is a pretty good deal.
Voted Hot.

I find it a bit hard to believe a £30 amp can sound better than an Arcam, but you've got me interested!
Just had a look on Ebay and there are mains powered versions for around £55
.
There is a lot of hype around in hi-fi, but geting decent interconnects and speaker cable really does make a difference.
I was sceptical about it all, until I actually did listening compariston tests.
You just hear more music, and it's easy and very enjoyable to listen to.
If you're handy with a soldering iron you can make your own.
For less than £10 you can make up a really decent 1m pair of interconnects, which are comparable to cables costing £50+ commercially.


Of course there is an element of common sense when it comes to Hi-Fi, no way is a £30 amp going to sound better than an Arcam, or £1 a metre speaker cable as good as £6 a length of cable.

But there is still the old addeage that you could be spending too much on cable in relation to the quality of your speakers, or wasting more money than sense on a av rack which claims to offer better dampening to improve the output of your amp, or those fuses etc etc.

Then when it comes to digital interconnects you really can be paying over the odds for so called improved signal quality....
#30
cicobuff
Of course there is an element of common sense when it comes to Hi-Fi, no way is a £30 amp going to sound better than an Arcam, or £1 a metre speaker cable as good as £6 a length of cable.

But there is still the old addeage that you could be spending too much on cable in relation to the quality of your speakers, or wasting more money than sense on a av rack which claims to offer better dampening to improve the output of your amp, or those fuses etc etc.

Then when it comes to digital interconnects you really can be paying over the odds for so called improved signal quality....


I'm quite certain that my £30 t-amp sounds better than my £450-£500 amp. The more expensive amp sounds great, but the t-amp sounds better.
#31
SuperFlyBlues;3899942
I'm quite certain that my £30 t-amp sounds better than my £450-£500 amp.

You could be quite certain even if it's not true (and you wouldn't be lying - just deceiving yourself). The simple power of suggestion is the reason why we have placebos in medical trials, and double-blind tests for audio device comparisons.
#32
One observation with this system - the CD5 is a very old model. I have one and I bought it at least 7 years ago. They may have updated the model, but I doubt it. I could be wrong though - I wasn't aware it was still being made. It's a good CD player, but I'm sure the price of quality DACs has come down loads since then - I would find out how that model should compare to a new budget model before getting it.

Btw, from my experience, Cambridge Audio is a great brand - I've had one of their CD players (my old CD5 - still works!), a tuner and a couple of their amps over the years and they've been great. They all still work well.
#33
pibpob
You could be quite certain even if it's not true (and you wouldn't be lying - just deceiving yourself). The simple power of suggestion is the reason why we have placebos in medical trials, and double-blind tests for audio device comparisons.


Well thanks for stating the obvious :) but please don't be close minded about the t-amp. Technology moves on, and with digital amplification, mid price range sound quality now costs so much less. Read some of the independent reviews of the t-amp - audio enthusiasts placing it in setups costing many thousands of pounds and it not being out of place. I've never compared it to anything better than my £450 amp, but it came out on top (to my ears ;-)).
#34
SuperFlyBlues
Well thanks for stating the obvious :) but please don't be close minded about the t-amp. Technology moves on, and with digital amplification, mid price range sound quality now costs so much less. Read some of the independent reviews of the t-amp - audio enthusiasts placing it in setups costing many thousands of pounds and it not being out of place. I've never compared it to anything better than my £450 amp, but it came out on top (to my ears ;-)).


er, what is 'digital amplification'? I did not know that there was such a technology, please explain.
1 Like #35
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!
er, what is 'digital amplification'? I did not know that there was such a technology, please explain.


I wouldn't be able to offer a detailed enough explanation - not my field - but you could try the following:
- on Wikipedia, look for 'Class T amplifier' or 'Class D amplifier'
- google 't-amp review' and look for audio enthusisast sites 'tnt-audio' or '6moons' - they'll provide a good overview.

Edit: to add 'Mwng' - albwm gwych / great album :thumbsup:
#36
SuperFlyBlues;3900074
Well thanks for stating the obvious :) but please don't be close minded about the t-amp.
You've done a double-blind test then?
#37
pibpob
You've done a double-blind test then?


No.
#38
Funnily enough, digital amplification was designed to make amplifiers more efficient, rather than to make them sound better. The power to the loudspeaker is switched between zero and full very rapidly, instead of being a varying voltage. It's a bit like using a triac in a lamp dimmer rather than a hot and steaming variable resistor - although that analogy probably doesn't help you much.

But as we know with all aspects of hifi (or any hobby which attracts obsessives, for that matter), marketing can have a field day and dupe the gullible with any manner of pseudo-scientific rubbish to part them from their cash.
#39
SuperFlyBlues
I wouldn't be able to offer a detailed enough explanation - not my field - but you could try the following:
- on Wikipedia, look for 'Class T amplifier' or 'Class D amplifier'
- google 't-amp review' and look for audio enthusisast sites 'tnt-audio' or '6moons' - they'll provide a good overview.

Edit: to add 'Mwng' - albwm gwych / great album :thumbsup:


Seems to say it can be digital for longer through the amp but they still output an analogue current to the speakers so they amplify to analogue all the same. Interresting like, thanks for pointing me to the links, rep added. I need to do some more reading.

People seem to get hung up on digital a lot, need to remember that microphones are all analogue and so are all speakers (at the moment anyway).
#40
pibpob
Funnily enough, digital amplification was designed to make amplifiers more efficient, rather than to make them sound better. The power to the loudspeaker is switched between zero and full very rapidly, instead of being a varying voltage. It's a bit like using a triac in a lamp dimmer rather than a hot and steaming variable resistor - although that analogy probably doesn't help you much.

But as we know with all aspects of hifi (or any hobby which attracts obsessives, for that matter), marketing can have a field day and dupe the gullible with any manner of pseudo-scientific rubbish to part them from their cash.


Look, the amp I was talking about costs £30. it's a cheaply made battery operated amp that weighs next to nothing tha was designed as an amp for MP3 players - not as serious hifi. It may or may not sound better than a £500 full size amp. But the fact they are comparable is remarkable. Read the reviews online - I'm not the only one to think these little amps sound ridiculously great for what they are. I'm just offering a personal opinion here because I think others looking for cheapish hifi could benefit. The original deal would probably offer great sound per pound, but I'm yet to hear anything that comes close to a t-amp for less than 10 times it's price. I'm not a hifi nut, btw, it's just an interest.

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