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Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier

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POS-138525
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$10,999

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"With the Edge A, Cambridge Audio has come up with an outright winner that puts the gold in its golden jubilee."
Read the full review by The Ear

Edge A - Integrated Amplifier

Cambridge Audio's most detailed integrated amplifier, Edge A is made to celebrate musicality. Riffs, phrases, percussive rolls – take in every detail of your music thanks to its dynamic setup. Effortlessly powerful, but with incredible depth, the overall sound is breath-taking – like you’re sat in the recording booth with the musicians.

Key Features

• Cambridge Audio's most detailed integrated amplifier made to celebrate musicality
• Winner of multiple awards in Australia and abroad
• Featuring hand-picked components chosen for the best sound, not price
• 100 Watts per channel with Class AB amplification
• Twin toroidal transformers boast huge reserves of power for consistent tonality
• High-quality dual concentric volume and source select control knob
• Balanced XLR inputs + pre-outs for low noise interference
• Cambridge Audio proprietary Class XA Amplification for no audible crossover distortion
• Built-in DAC with digital inputs including HDMI ARC and Bluetooth aptX HD for high-resolution listening
• USB audio input supporting up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM, or up to DSD256
• High-quality 3.5mm headphone socket for private listening
• Optional Auto Power Down mode switches the Edge A to standby after inactivity

User Manual (PDF, 1.06MB)

"If you’re looking for a fit-and-forget integrated amplifier, we can’t think of anything at this level that sounds better. Add the impressive build, smart styling and ample feature count into the equation and there’s no denying that Cambridge Audio has come up with a winner here."
Read the full review on What Hi-Fi?

 

"Cambridge Audio has always represented great value and produces products that punch well above their weight. Cambridge Audio's Edge A is no exception. The simplicity of styling and operation are outstanding and fresh in a copy-cat kind of world. It is a well thought out package and is in step with modern needs. But it's the sound quality that really has me excited. It delivers sound the way that I prefer, with enthusiasm, youthfulness, dynamic expression and musicality that only genuinely great products deliver. It's fun to listen to and begged me to keep playing a little longer.

With 50 solid years under its belt, Cambridge Audio is a company firmly set on remaining here for another 50. It will take precisely this type of 'outside of the box' thinking to draw new customers their way. The Edge A is excellent value for money, and I dare say there's not a better sounding integrated amplifier at the asking price. I tried to find one but couldn't, and that's why I'm buying the review sample for myself: a well-deserved Applause Award recipient and an unquestionable recommendation."
Read the full review on StereoNET

Breath-taking musicality

Edge A is designed to bring musical detail to life. It delivers a finely balanced sound with depth and clarity that comes through with every note. Cambridge Audio developed the system by ear, testing every component and only choosing those that blew them away. The end result is a ground-breaking arrangement that produces a much cleaner signal path and lets your music breathe. Edge A perfectly delivers Cambridge Audio's classic British sound – nothing added, nothing taken away.

More musical detail

Cambridge Audio pioneered the use of toroidal transformers in amplifiers, which led to improved performance. In Edge they take this one step further, using opposing symmetry twin toroidal transformers. This cancels out electromagnetic interference whilst offering outstanding power and maintaining consistent tonality, no matter how loud it’s played.

Learn more about Cambridge Audio's double stacked twin toroidal transformers here

Effortless power without distortion

Using standard Class A amplifier technology wasn’t going to be efficient enough for Edge A. Instead, Cambridge Audio added a bias voltage to a traditional Class AB design, reducing distortion to inaudible levels. This unique configuration also produces less heat and makes the whole system much more effective.

Learn more about Cambridge Audio's proprietary Class XA amplification technology here

Hi-res Bluetooth

Pair any Bluetooth device to your Edge A to easily stream your music. With aptX HD support, you can play your audio at up to 24-bit/48kHz quality for an incredibly rich listening experience.

Sonic balance

Edge A was designed with a unique Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Cambridge Audio's engineers replaced conventional capacitors with a DC-coupled topology and also added a solid-state volume control. The end result is a clean signal path that’s perfectly balanced at any volume.

Edge Series - British sound personified

In the build-up to Cambridge Audio's 50th anniversary, they asked their engineers a simple question – what would they make if anything was possible? Forget cost. Forget limitations. Create a system that delivers previously undiscovered layers of detail, is highly transparent, offering superlative sound-staging. A product true to Cambridge Audio’s foundations of creative innovation and entrepreneurial ambition. Over 3 years in the making, utilising a team of 9 engineers, the result is Edge.

In recognition of their heritage, Cambridge Audio developed Edge, the embodiment of their signature Great British Sound and the pinnacle of 50 years of Hi-Fi expertise. Beautifully minimal in its design, each component has a curved extruded aluminium front and floating top plate. It’s an extraordinary exterior that’s hiding some extraordinary audio engineering inside.

Let the music through

To remove the barriers between you and your music, Cambridge Audio have worked hard to minimise the number of components in the signal path in the Edge series. As a result, Edge delivers a more faithful reproduction of the original recording; an impressively detailed three-dimensional sound, with striking staging and focus.

The inside edge

Cambridge Audio only ever choose components for their sonic merits – not price, not specs, nor measured performance. This ‘listen first, measure later’ ethos means blind-auditioning all price and performance levels and only going with those that sound the most dynamic, give the greatest presence, offer a revealing clarity; in short, the most musical.

Complex simplicity

Gone are the rows of buttons and dials you often see on high-end audio kit. Instead, the Edge Series features one high-quality dual concentric volume and source select control knob, enabling you to navigate menus and control the volume with a simple twist. Designed and assembled in the UK, this mechanical marvel comprises 31 precision-milled engineered parts. The complexity inside enables the most intuitive and purest of interfaces.

Cambridge Audio

Cambridge Audio wants you to hear your music at its very best, as the artist intended it to be heard, with nothing added, nothing taken away. That’s what we’ve always wanted because that’s what music lovers like us deserve. It’s why we’re constantly experimenting, solving problems and creating new kit. It’s why we’ve been doing what we do for the last 50 years. It’s why we’re always trying to make the listening experience better. Pure.

All Cambridge Audio's research and development take place at their London HQ: where their team of 20 audio engineers create and experiment. The team comprises industrial designers, electrical engineers, coders, QA testers and more who have decades of experience and, together, have created some of the most successful British audio products in the last half-century.

More Information
Model Number Edge A
RRP 10,999.00
Specs

CONTINUOUS POWER OUTPUT
100W RMS into 8 Ohms
200W RMS into 4 Ohms

THD (UNWEIGHTED)
<0.002% 1kHz at rated power (8 Ohms)
<0.02% 20Hz – 20kHz at rated power (8 Ohms)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE
<3Hz – >80kHz +/-1dB

S/N RATIO (REF FULL POWER)
>103 dB

CROSSTALK @ 1KHZ
< -100dB

INPUT SENSITIVITY
Input A1-A2 (unbalanced) 380mV RMS

INPUT IMPEDANCES
Input A3 (balanced) 47k Ohm; Input A1-A2 (unbalanced) 47k Ohm

INPUTS
Balanced, Coax S/PDIF, TOSLINK, USB Audio, Unbalanced, Bluetooth, Audio Return Channel (ARC)

OUTPUTS
Speakers, Preamplifier, Headphones (impedance of between 12 and 600 ohms are recommended)

USB AUDIO INPUT
USB Audio Class 2.0 supporting up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM, or up to DSD256

BLUETOOTH
4.1 (Smart/BLE enabled) A2DP/AVRCP supporting formats up to aptX HD

TOSLINK INPUT
16/24 bits, 32-96kHz

COAX S/PDIF INPUT
16/24 bits, 32-192kHz

MAX POWER CONSUMPTION
1000W

STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION
<0.5W

DIMENSIONS
150 x 460 x 405mm (5.9 x 18.1 x 15.9")

WEIGHT
24.4kg (53.7lbs)

IN THE BOX
Edge A Integrated Amplifier; 1.5M Power Lead; Edge Remote Control; 3 x AAA Batteries; Bluetooth Antenna; Edge Link Cable; Edge A User Manual

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