Cambridge Audio Topaz AM1Amplifier - £79.95 @ Richer Sounds
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Cambridge Audio Topaz AM1Amplifier - £79.95 @ Richer Sounds

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Found 13th Dec 2011
Over the past 15 years, Cambridge Audio have been market leaders with their range of budget amplifiers. The Cambridge A1 has been one of the best selling amplifiers of all time! It is therefore with great pleasure that we bring you their latest model; the Cambridge Audio Topaz AM1.

Designed from the ground-up, the AM1 is a no-frills amp with just the basics but the best sound quality possible. There are no tone controls or fancy equalizers. No flashing lights or unnecessary sockets. What you get is four, line level inputs (1 with output), a balance control and a volume knob; oh, and what you also get is superb sound quality! By cutting back on the extras, Cambridge Audio have managed to retain high quality components. Connect your MP3 player or iPod, CD player, PC and TV and you'll enjoy a true-to-life sound quality that's leagues ahead of similarly priced multi-media speakers - trust us, this is proper hi-fi at a low-fi price!

Like other Cambridge Audio Topaz models, the AM1 is also far better built than the class average. A full metal casing with brushed aluminium front panel gives the AM1 the look of an amp' costing two or three times as much.

Genuine hi-fi doesn't get any better value than this!

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Original Poster

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Edited by: "martinelsen" 13th Dec 2011

I have one. Looks basic but it rocks.

BOOM Hot

'Over the past 15 years, Cambridge Audio have been market leaders with their range of budget amplifiers.'

That's a strange thing to say as they were bought by Richer Sounds about 15 years ago and have pretty much only been sold by them ever since. They do make some good stuff but I would treat EVERY review of their kit with a large pinch of salt as the Richer Sounds marketing budget in the UK is HUGE.

Not voting.
Edited by: "CHEEPSTUFFRULES!" 13th Dec 2011

heh - came in to say the same

Cambridge Audio.Never heard of them.

Far better buying an Onkyo....

waits...

"OH NO HE DIDN'T!"

*sigh*

I have had my nad amp nad cd player and ar speakers 20 years beat that !!!

CHEEPSTUFFRULES!

'Over the past 15 years, Cambridge Audio have been market leaders with … 'Over the past 15 years, Cambridge Audio have been market leaders with their range of budget amplifiers.'That's a strange thing to say as they were bought by Richer Sounds about 15 years ago and have pretty much only been sold by them ever since. They do make some good stuff but I would treat EVERY review of their kit with a large pinch of salt as the Richer Sounds marketing budget in the UK is HUGE.Not voting.



You sure? Richer Sounds are the sole UK distributor for CA stuff, but they don't own them, they just distribute them for CA in America

Spam-tastic.

Original Poster

LOUGHBORO GUY

I have had my nad amp nad cd player and ar speakers 20 years beat that !!!



Going on about your bloody nads again?

kpmatthews

You sure? Richer Sounds are the sole UK distributor for CA stuff, but … You sure? Richer Sounds are the sole UK distributor for CA stuff, but they don't own them, they just distribute them for CA in America



They either own or are majority owners of Cambridge, Nad, Wafedale, Eltax, there are a few others I can't remember now. They went through a faze of buying up brands which they now use to knock out cheaper products trading on the names.

I am not saying Cambridge Audio are rubbish (I own a few boxes), just that there is a reason the Richer Sounds people try to get you to buy them over some of the other brands they don't make as much money from.

Cambridge Audio used to be a well respected name. Now their stuff clutters up Cash Converters.

I had a Cambridge Audio1 MK3, bought on recommendation, like this deal, that it was designed as a budget no-frills amp with great sound quality for the price. Sadly it was no-frills in sound as well as design, being weak and weedy in all areas (used with MS20 pearl speakers). Sold it and got an ancient Creek 4040S3 on Ebay for £40 what a difference, my workshop is still rocking 6 years on.

Can't say if this amp is the same but it seems much of the internals are similar to the old Cambridge A1Mk3.

Original Poster

spraint

Cambridge Audio used to be a well respected name. Now their stuff … Cambridge Audio used to be a well respected name. Now their stuff clutters up Cash Converters.



Thats because they're being thieved from well to do folk by chavscum.

martinelsen

Thats because they're being thieved from well to do folk by chavscum.



The typical demographic for Cambridge Audio customers is students and home DJ set ups in my experience (that's what I was when I last bought any). Not sure what your definition of 'well to do' is, we could be talking about the same people.

martinelsen

Thats because they're being thieved from well to do folk by chavscum.




That's weird, my mate had his Nads stolen from his flat in Camberwell, (don't laugh this is true and I don't know LOUGHBORO GUY), then saw them for sale in Cash Coverters on Camberwell Green, dumb thief left his name and number and was nabbed by the rozzers (also painful)

martinelsen

Going on about your bloody nads again?


lol cheers merry christmas

LOUGHBORO GUY

I have had my nad amp nad cd player and ar speakers 20 years beat that !!!



go nad go! (_;)

lol

Has been at this price for ages

adamsky

Has been at this price for ages



you should know, u seem to be a richer sounds fanatic

Edited by: "cdm30379" 16th Dec 2011

It's been this price for months, why is is hot now ? Just wait for the Richer Sounds sales, always huge bargains to be had then,

Former Nad 3020i and Yamaha RXV592 owner.

Just so people don't get confused. Cambridge Audio are 51% owned by Julian Richer who also owns Richer Sounds. Cambridge Audio should not be confused with higher end manufacturer A&R Cambridge Ltd (ARCAM) who are considerably higher end products. Cambridge Audio are marketed exclusively by Richer Sounds as a high end audiophile manufacturer when in reality they are not. Unlike ARCAM whose products are designed and built in England, Cambridge Audio products are manufactured in china.

I'm not saying its not worth the price but dont think you are getting some amazing bargain. The price seems about right to me and a higher rrp is just hyperbole.




Edited by: "aibon" 16th Dec 2011

Ha, bit of hifi snobbery there - I aways thought the A&R A60 (on which the company's initial success was founded) sounded extremely bland.

'Over the past 15 years, Cambridge Audio have been market leaders with their range of budget amplifiers.'

I would basically say that's more or less true, less than £100 and decent hifi amps are thin on the ground.

Given the right ancilliary equipment (and that doesn't mean hooking them up to a pair of cheap Eltax floorstanders) I have heard the older A1 Mk3 sounding superb with something like Monitor Audio silver or even vintage KEF (B200/T27) speakers

As for nads :), to me, the later nad stuff doesn't really cut the euphonic mustard as did the legendary 3020 or 3120 amps

Also as any experienced audio enthusiast would probably agree, the Onkyo brand is more associated with home cinema (bang, crash, boom, fizz :D) than proper hifi, in the truest sense of the word.

Next week, I'll be explaining why the Lumix TZ7 takes better pics than a Canon eos550d ....

Legendary amp that will be my Pioneer A400..! Truely a legend and a fluke...

I was just about to write that Studentprince;)

Instead I'll just say that hi-fi audio ended some 15 years ago:)

There's loads of vastly superior stuff you can get 2nd hand for the price.

No remote? That would be a bit of a deal breaker for me.

No HDMI? Cold.

LOUGHBORO GUY

I have had my nad amp nad cd player and ar speakers 20 years beat that !!!



my "nads" are over 40 years old!

Not exactly hot- I think these amps stay around the same price all year. The stuff about Richers buying up classic UK audio brand names is well known, but don't judge them for that- they have made some very good budget and not so budget gear over the years. If you've only got 80 quid, you won't do much better than this unless you buy second hand, which opens up a whole other can of worms.....................

One of the best things I have ever purchased,bought mine over 10 years ago looks simple, but looks smart and does the job with very little effort!

Great budget version, and sounds amazing!

Honnestly if your looking for a simple, loud, powerfull separate stack - this is the best 'new' for your money!

Bias? probaly, but try it!

"Connect your MP3 player or iPod, CD player, PC and TV and you'll enjoy a true-to-life sound quality that's leagues ahead of similarly priced multi-media speakers"

So, you're comparing an amplifier with speakers.
"Connect your MP3 player to an apple and it will provide a sound leagues ahead of similarly priced bananas."

PS If your idea of a Hifi source is an ipod or MP3 player, you're wasting your money on decent hifi bits. Listen to anything with a sibilance (like cymbals or someone saying "cymbals") from a decent source (e.g. CD) and then rip it to MP3 and listen again. Especially notice all the electronic jiggery pokery that you can hear fiddling with your sound. Then realise why most legal downloads of music are sh1t. They're generally 64/128Kbit MP3, which sounds so bad, you almost can't tell how bad the original material is.

Banned

My nads have got a nice big hard knob on them

Another vote for spending a touch more on a decent stereo amp as you will probably still have it 10,20 years down the line. I found the pioneer a series to be good

not tried the CA before - I ended up building a sony setup with the TA-FE570 amp with triple (3) megastorage cd changers 900 discs, dat, minidisc, tape, dab, radio decks and a record player.

I had to stack them under a table out of the way in two rows!

great old system still going, but still missing a sony graphic equaliser - anyone selling one cheap?

neds

Not exactly hot- I think these amps stay around the same price all year. … Not exactly hot- I think these amps stay around the same price all year. The stuff about Richers buying up classic UK audio brand names is well known, but don't judge them for that- they have made some very good budget and not so budget gear over the years. If you've only got 80 quid, you won't do much better than this unless you buy second hand, which opens up a whole other can of worms.....................



I would agree that Cambridge can and do still make some decent kit, but you need to ignore the sales people in the store if you can. The only bit of Cambridge kit still in my system is the first DAB radio they ever made which I got years ago, nowadays I do run it into a NAIM dac so it looks a little out a place, but it still works spot on and sounds quite good.

I bought an AM5 from RicherSounds for £79.95 not so long back, and that had bass and treble control. I really don't think deals' so hot.

Also, to note with these TOPAZ units. They're huge. For those of us that have opened them up, you'll see about 90% of the shell is empty, but the shell takes up a great deal of horizontal space.
Edited by: "nascent" 16th Dec 2011
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