About the Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10
Simply great stereo sound makes a comeback
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. If you crave deeper bass than you can get from bookshelf speakers, you can easily connect a powered subwoofer, such as Cambridge's Minx X200.
- 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
Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 reviews
Well designed and engineered product. This integrated amp offers great value for the money. I have connected a CD player, FM Tuner, and connected a vintage B&O turntable with great results. I really like the ease of connecting my I pod and MP3 player on front of the unit to the minijack. Connected the Topaz AM10 to a pair of Polk TSI200 speakers I purchased at Crutchfield, and am really enjoying the great sounding music.
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Great amp. Just what I was looking for. Perfect match for my CD player. Power output is all I need for the space it's being used in. Best of all, it's dual voltage. Can't beat this amp for the price. Wish Cambridge Audio made a matching tuner to go with it.
Pros: Power for its size. Compact. Dual voltage.
Cons: None that I can find
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A pretty good amp for the price.Clean sound, decent workmanship, easy to set up.I bought it over the NAD 3020, as I prefer tone controls. I'm using it with a black Dragon fly DAC from the USB port in my iMac.Driving Focal 905s .Used for an office based system. So, it's not as refined or puny as my McIntosh integrated amp but for 10 percent of the price of the McIntosh ,pretty good performance. The only thing shabby are the "el cheapo" speaker binding posts which are much better in similarly priced integrated amps.The remote has no power on/off feature.
Pros: Clean sound and looks Enough power for bookshelf speakers Good price
Cons: Binding posts of poor quality remote does not have power on/off function!
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Totally awesome sound from this reasonably priced amplifier. Rivals more expensive Amps I have owned since the 70's.
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I picked up this multi-use amplifier for use in the classroom. It has not failed to deliver flawlessly. I'm slowly adding to its demands (first a tuner and video projector, mp3 and DVD to come...) but I have no complaints
Pros: Ease of use and installation
Cons: The negative dB can be a bit confusing on the panel, but it's not a real problem
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I want to share my appreciation for this wonderful amp. Prior to this I had a vintage kenwood amp that while I liked it suddenly went out and was left with what to get, My first thought given my wantedness for a quality item was a Yamaha or similar. I ended up with this mostly because I found it on sale and it had a phono input. Now my expectations were low given the cost but after 4 solid months before upgrading to something else I can say with absolute authority this is a great amp, let me explain. First the phono input is top rate, the separation of instruments and vocals really are wonderful. The ability for it to easily delineate between male and female vocals is superb and it certainly Stax up with every separate phono stage I've tried up to 200 dollars. The amps power section does while not offering the most oomph certainly offers more than enough gas for all but the most power hungry speakers. Let me say simply I've tried many a integrated amp over the last year and this surprisingly stands up with even some 1000 dollar models. Sometimes it can be hard to know what is a great sounding amp vs a not so good one and I've heard it said that when your listening to a great one and you close your eyes the speakers just fall away and room seems ten times bigger. Just buy it, you won't regret it.
Pros: The best under 400 dollar amp you can get, an authentic audiophile sound that with some brands you'd have to spend much more.
Cons: Nothing, absolutely nothing.
8 of 8 found this helpful
Does everything one needs, well, and reasonably priced. An excellent value.
2 of 3 found this helpful
Amazing quality for the price. Would recommend.
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I needed a very basic integrated amplifier after my NAD amp died after a couple of decades of use. I wanted the same type amp - basic and without the frills. The Cambridge amp is built well and sound great and has a minimum of controls. I fully expect this amp to last a long time based on what I see.
Pros: Simple controls, great sound, built well
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Buying this amplifier was a big mistake on my part. The Topaz AM 10 is an older technology and will not handle my DVD (Sony) Blue Ray player, nor my Panasonic flat-screen.. I have not been able to get a sound out of the speakers or headphones. I purchased a Steren audio converter, but still nothing.
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I purchased and have been using this integrated amplifier for a month now. At this price point you get so much value. The build quality is excellent and highly appreciated. It feels (and is), solid. Very simple design and easy to set up and use. The 3.5mm jack on the front panel is perfect for plugging in an "i" device. Even has a headphone in jack as well.I am using this amp with Wharfedale 10.2 diamonds & AudioQuest cables and am very pleased with the smooth sound I am getting from this set up. I am running a Music Hall 2.2 'table through this amp and am also impressed with the sound produced in this set up. Again, when you consider the price point to sound/build ratio, this amplifier is a solid performer. Thank you Cambridge for offering a quality piece that won't break the bank account.
Pros: Tight Build quality, no plastic. Respectable sound quality. Phono input!
9 of 9 found this helpful
I needed SIMPLE. I needed discreet. AND... I needed it fast since my previous amp (also from Crutchfield!) finally gave up after 22 years of perfect sound. I also wanted something sourced from either the USA or Britain (even if made in Asia.) You scored on all fronts.
Pros: Nice to have a simple amp the coordinates perfectly with a simple single play CD Player.
Cons: I wish it was silver!
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-I love this little Integrated Amp, if you have a simple stereo set up this is a great Amp to have! -It paired well with my Project Turntable, the phono amp for the price is quite nice! -Its low profile is so likable right out of the package, its got a bit of weight that I attribute to its build quality (far above average IMO), the controls are simple and strait forward, and the sound is smooth, transparent, and with a little touch of warmth, I have a pair of Polk Audio 40 series bookshelf speakers and it powers them effortlessly , easily the best amp i have ever Bought.
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I bought this little beauty because I wanted to have a quality amp to use with my turntable and Cambridge speakers. this did all I expected it to and more.The sound is very musical and sweet. A good value if you only need 35 watts which was more than adequete in my case.
Pros: Sweet and transparent.Drives Cambridge bookshelf speakers with easy.Phono preamp sounds very good.
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I am not an expert on audio equipment, by any stretch of the imagination and am often disappointed with overly technical jargon-driven explanations. I needed a new integrated amp, however, as my sound with my budget rate amp was very distorted. I found the Topaz AM10 on line and it seemed to be what I needed. It was only when I spoke to the Crutchfield phone rep that I was confident enough to make the purchase. Without a lot of technical talk, he assured me that this would be the perfect product to go with my speakers in my mid-sized living room. He was 100% correct. The sound is brilliant, both very clear and well defined. I chose it over the comparable NAD due to price. I am in love with my new integrated amp and I am in love with Crutchfield. Thanks for the help!
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This replaced a Proton D540 integrated amp that I bought from Crutchfield in (ahem) 1987 ... one channel kept dropping out and I figured nearly three decades was enough to ask of it. That amp served me so well - it DJ'd high school dances, took me through college and all over the country. It was well worn and I had come to love the warm, rich tones it produced. Finding a replacement was going to be a huge chore. I read a lot and waffled more, eventually deciding in this. The sound is very different and, at first, I wasn't in love. But the more I listen, the more I feel the Proton was heavy handed in how it built a sound stage - a lot of bass and a lot of treble and I just got used to it. What I first heard as not being a full sound I now think is a more accurate sound. I listen to mostly folk music so the clarity is really appreciated on this. (I'm feeding it into a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 30 bookshelf speakers in my home office.) The other big thing I wanted was a phono input as I had recently dugout my old turntable. And this is why I'm at four and not five stars - the phono stage just feels a little flat. I can't come up with a different description. What sounded bold on the older Proton just lacks some richness. I've even wondered if there's something wrong with it and ... well, maybe there is?
Pros: Clean, crisp, accurate sound
Cons: Lacks a little punch in the phono stage
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Excellent sound in an affordable and compact unit. The remote control does everything but Power on and off, which I find a little annoying. And the volume registers in negative dB, so the when you turn up the volume, the negative number gets smaller approaching 0, and larger when you turn down the volume. I do not understand that either.
Pros: Good value.
Cons: Remote does not control Power On/Off.
11 of 22 found this helpful
Only had it a short time. Wanted an integrated amp for my office to drive small but clean sounding speakers. The best statement you can make about an amp is that you do not hear it. I do not hear this amp, only the music. I bought this over NAD because I wanted a phono input. Have yet to use it, but will do so soon.
Pros: Phono input. Clean simple design.
Cons: None yet
6 of 7 found this helpful
Did not meet my expectations. Returned to Crutchfield.... Not a problem.
Pros: Easy set up... Good remote functions.
Cons: Not enough amp for my needs.
3 of 17 found this helpful
Great amplifier! Does exactly what I wanted: allows me to hook up a quality turntable I've had for years and play all my old vinyl 33s from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
2 of 4 found this helpful
Warm sounding, perfect little amp for my home office. I like the no frills approach.
Pros: Good value, phono preamp sounds great.
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This is a great sounding amp and it looks beautiful sitting on my shelf. I am using it to play audio from my bluray player and satellite receiver and digital files stored on my computer. It drives my vintage.ESS HD1500 6 ohm speakers quite nicely. It doesn't seem to be any less powerful than my old 75 watt Onkyo amp that I replaced. It is curious that the remote won't turn the unit off and on, but I suspect that it might be a safety feature. Overall I would highly recommend it
Pros: Nice looking minimalist appearance Good build quality Plenty of power to drive my less than efficient speakers
8 of 10 found this helpful
Excellent product simple to operate, excellent sound quality.
Pros: Quality and Price
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Good sound. Good price.
Pros: Not too large and light weight.
Cons: Cannot turn on and off with remote.
4 of 5 found this helpful
My first impression of this amp is wow! The AM 10 provides a stunning big sound stage with plenty of bass and highs. I am not sure why no one has commented on the AM 10 before but my impression of this amp is that the AM 10 is a great value with a stunning sound stage and a great integrated phono stage. My Debut III turntable sounds fantastic hooked up to the AM 10. CD playback is also excellent. Great recommendation from Rhonda the Crutchfield sales advisor.
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More details on the Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10
Features & specs
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||35|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||0|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||0|
|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|
|Total Analog Inputs||6|
|Optical Digital Inputs||No|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||No|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
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.
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.
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).
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.
Power Output: 35 watts (into 8 ohms)
- <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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