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Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10

Stereo integrated amplifier

Item # 779AM10B

Over the years, as surround sound took over the living room, and music went mobile, high fidelity got left behind.

Over the years, as surround sound took over the living room, and music went mobile, high fidelity got left behind.

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About the Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10

Simply great stereo sound makes a comeback

Over the years, as surround sound took over the living room, and music went mobile, high fidelity got left behind. Now, a new breed of refreshingly simple home audio components is taking us back to the future. And there's no better example than the Topaz AM10 integrated amplifier from Cambridge Audio.

Simply great stereo sound makes a comeback

Over the years, as surround sound took over the living room, and music went mobile, high fidelity got left behind. Now, a new breed of refreshingly simple home audio components is taking us back to the future. And there's no better example than the Topaz AM10 integrated amplifier from Cambridge Audio.

Paired with an efficient set of bookshelf speakers such as the Cambridge Audio SX50, the AM10 is perfect for small to mid-sized rooms. 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.

The AM10 gives you plenty of inputs for old-school source components, such as a CD player or turntable. Conjure up scintillating sound from today's digital audio sources when you add the acclaimed DacMagic Plus digital-to-analog converter.

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Product highlights:

  • 35 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz), 0.15% THD at 80% of rated power
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 82 dB
  • large toroidal power transformer for low noise and high-current output
  • 5 RCA audio inputs, including a phono input for connecting a turntable
  • front-panel minijack input for connecting a portable music player
  • RCA record output
  • full-size headphone jack
  • one pair of binding-post speaker terminals
  • sleek brushed aluminium exterior
  • remote control
  • 16-15/16"W x 2-15/16"H x 14-5/16"D
  • weight: 12.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # C10989

What's in the box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-AM10)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • User's Manual

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Features & specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 35
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) 0
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 0
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.15%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 82
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) No
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi N/A
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 6
Phono Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs No
Coaxial Digital Inputs No
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs No
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 16-15/16
Height (inches) 2-15/16
Depth (inches) 14-5/16
Weight (pounds) 12.3
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research

Overview: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier is equipped with a full discrete 2-channel power amplifier. The AM10 integrated amplifier can support a wide range of external audio sources thanks to 5 rear-panel analog stereo inputs and a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input. The Cambridge Audio AM10 is equipped with binding-post speaker terminals to connect a pair of loudspeakers and a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack to plug-in a set of headphones. An IR remote control is included for wireless operation.

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Specifications

Features

Stereo Amplifier: The Cambridge Audio AM10 employs a true 35 watts RMS x 2-channel fully-discrete power amplifier (into 8-ohms). The amplifier can handle impedances between 4 and 8 ohms.

Rugged Chassis Design: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier has been carefully designed with a brushed aluminum front-panel, rigid metal chassis, and internal bracing to prevent resonance and improve sound quality.

Toroidal Transformer: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier utilizes a custom low-flux toroidal transformer for audiophile performance.

Controls

LCD: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier features a front-panel LCD for the display of information, such as the selected input source, volume, and tone/balance level.

Volume Control: The Cambridge Audio AM10 features a front-panel rotary dial to increase or decrease the level (-80 to 0) of the sound from the speakers outputs and headphone output of the unit. You can also use the included remote control to adjust the volume level.

Tone Control: The Cambridge Audio AM10 offers Bass (100Hz) and Treble (10kHz) controls which are adjustable from -10 to +10dB. The unit also allows you to balance the unit's speaker outputs left-to-right (+/-10).

Remote Control: The Cambridge Audio AM10 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the integrated amplifier. The included remote control will also operate playback function of the Cambridge Audio CD10 CD player (779CD10, sold separately).

Connections

5 Rear-Panel Inputs: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier is equipped with 5 rear-panel analog stereo RCA inputs (MP3/Aux, CD, tuner, Phono, BD/DVD). These analog stereo RCA terminals are suited for any line-level source.

Phono Input: This input has a built-in phono stage. Turntables fitted with a moving magnet (MM) or high-output moving coil (MC) cartridge can be used.

Note: Low output moving coil types (<1mV and normally 10-1,000 ohm load impedance) cannot be directly connected.

Front-Panel Input: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier features a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for temporary connection of a portable digital audio player.

Note: Connecting an audio device to the front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input will override the unit's rear-panel RCA auxiliary input.

Record Output: The integrated amplifier's analog stereo RCA record output lets you connect a tape recorder or CD-burner. The unit's record output is not affected by the volume control or tone adjustments.

Binding Posts: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier is equipped with 4 binding-post speaker terminals to connect a pair of bookshelf or floor-standing loudspeakers. The binding-post terminals will accept bare wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual). The binding post terminals are color-coded (red/black) to distinguish positive and negative.

Headphone Output: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone socket for connection of a set of headphones. The amplifier's speaker outputs are muted when headphones are connected.

Note: Headphones with an impedance of between 32 and 600 ohms are recommended.

Detachable IEC Power Cord: The Cambridge Audio AM10 integrated amplifier includes a detachable 5' IEC power cord.

Specifications

Power Output: 35 watts (into 8 ohms)

THD (un-weighted):

  • <0.01% @ 1kHz, 80% rated power
  • <0.15% 20Hz-20kHz, 80% rated power

Frequency Response: 5Hz to 50,000Hz

S/N Ratio (ref 1w): >82dB (un-weighted)

Input Impedances: 47k ohms

Damping Factor: >50

Maximum Power Consumption: 260 watts

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Needed a high quality, low power output solution for a failed older unit. Was happy to find exactly that in the Cambridge Topaz. Just as happy to have found it at Crutchfield! Thanks, as always. [ James  Mar 01, 2018 ]
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suggested by your consultant [ alan  Jan 05, 2018 ]
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Looking for "old school" simple app to work with phone. Your write up helped. [ Martin  Nov 11, 2017 ]
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We just wanted an amp to play vinyl [ Neal  Jul 25, 2017 ]
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I felt this to be a quality item. And the price was awesome, the fact that it has a phono input was the deciding factor. Very pleased with my purchase and crutchfields service is the best in the business [ John  Nov 09, 2016 ]
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good reviews [ john  Jul 07, 2016 ]
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I wanted something of good quality but without overkill on features. I expect to play audio CDs (someday MP3/WMA CDs), lps, and streaming audio from the Internet. And probably this year to listen not via speakers but via Bluetooth and hearing aids. I still need the Bluetooth devices, but this simple amp has the inputs and outputs to accept them. Support for two speaker systems. Minor detail: it tickled me to see that the rear connection labels appeared both right side up and upside down. [ Stephen  May 31, 2016 ]
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70s analog sound quality, great for vinyl [ James  Mar 19, 2016 ]
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8 questions already asked

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Can I use this as a seperate addition to my home theater stereo reviever? Use this amp as an expansion for rca essentially. And could I still control the volume through my home theater reviever?
[ Matt G  Jan 07, 2018 ]
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Sorry, can't answer that one; ask one of Crutchfield's geeks! I can tell you the AM10 is a great solo amp. Steve K. Rochester. NY
[ Steve  Jan 07, 2018 ]
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Why would you want to do this? What do you mean by expansion for RCA? I believe the answer is no because you can't connect two incompatible devices. This unit should be dedicated solely to two channel sound.
[ Steven  Jan 07, 2018 ]
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I am looking to use these with the Elac B6 speakers which are 6 omhs and are suggested to be used with a 30 to 120 watt amp. I can't find any rating for 6 omhs for this amp. Is someone able to provide the output at 6 omhs please?
[ Faraz  Dec 21, 2017 ]
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Faraz, this is a small amplifier with a pretty solid power supply and will be able to supply around forty watts into a nominal 6 ohm load. What we do not know is how complex a load the Elac speakers provide, only that they are 6 ohm's nominal. ( that means average) I think that the combination will work very well. Just remember this is not a big bruiser of an amp, but is instead very musical and detailed. I like mine!
[ Jonathan  Dec 23, 2017 ]
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Can I connect a preamp to the reciever for my turntable?
[ Ashie  Apr 21, 2017 ]
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Not sure about that. But you should with the right connections. Sorry for being so vague
[ John  Apr 21, 2017 ]
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has a phone pre amp input good basic integrated amp
[ shamil  Apr 21, 2017 ]
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Can I connect a Bluetooth Transmitter (Taotronics TT-BA09) to output my turntable to a wireless Bluetooth speaker?
[ Eric  Dec 25, 2016 ]
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I would think you could hook it up to the output terminals where you would have the entire output of the amp not only the phono. So you would be able to send whatever comes out of the amp to your bluetooth speakers. Hope this helps.
[ shamil  Dec 27, 2016 ]
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Does this model have a FM tuner that is built into it, or does a separate AM/FM receiver have to be purchased?
[ Nicholas  Oct 16, 2016 ]
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There is no fm tuner. This amp was purchased to use only with a turntable
[ John  Oct 20, 2016 ]
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No, this unit does not have a built in tuner.
[ MARTIN  Oct 18, 2016 ]
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It does not. It was upon being told that all tuners in integrated amplifiers are not digital tuners that I chose this amp/preamp. I have connected a digital tuner to it.
[ Stephen  Oct 17, 2016 ]
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i want this amp for my turntable ... considering this is a digital amplifier ... is this my best choice?
[ robinson  Oct 27, 2015 ]
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I have played lps through this amplifier. If anything, the sound is even better than with the integrated amplifier I replaced.
[ Stephen  Oct 17, 2016 ]
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I have not used this amplifier to power a turntable, so I can't give a specific answer to this question. However, I would assume that it has an A to D converter that would provide a good output. I am satisfied with this amp in terms of listening to CDs. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
[ Richard A.  Oct 28, 2015 ]
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I don't know if this is the BEST choice, I haven't compare much but its definitely doing a good job and I am very satisfied with it. only use it for my record player.
[ anne  Oct 27, 2015 ]
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I bought this amp specifically for a turntable and I am very pleased with the build quality and the sound. Great price also
[ John  Oct 27, 2015 ]
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Can this AM10 Topaz be connected to a powered subwoofer? How?
[ Doug  Jun 09, 2015 ]
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I think that you'll be able to connect a powered subwoofer that accepts speaker level inputs from your amp even if there is no dedicated subwoofer output on the amp.. You'll need a subwoofer that has provsions tp accept the speaker cable connection from the right and left channels of the speaker output on your amp. The subwoofer will also have to have speaker wire outputs that go to your main speakers. So, the sub goes between your amp and your main speakers. After you make this hookup, adjust the frequency at which the sound crosses over from the sub to the main speakers and the volume level of the sub (often labeled as "gain"). Controls to do this will be on the subwoofer. The AM10 looks really tempting. But my ancient receiver is still going strong and everything sounds terrific especially now that I hooked up a powered subwoofer. If it ever dies I would seriously consider the AM10. Connect the subwoofer's inputs to the left and right speaker outputs on your amp via speaker wire and then connect the sub's outputs to your main speakers.
[ Paul  Jul 05, 2019 ]
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I would suggest editing Jim Richardson's overview on this product as he states you can easily connect a powered sub-woofer. like the Minx X200. I'm sure it was an oversight, bit it is misleading.
[ Matt  Aug 25, 2016 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Topaz AM10 does not support a connection to a subwoofer. It works best with really nice bookshelf speakers in a medium-sized room. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Jun 15, 2015 ]  Staff
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