Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10
Stereo integrated amplifier
Our take on the Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 by Crutchfield's Jim Richardson
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
What's in the Box:
- Integrated amplifier
- 5' AC power cord
- Remote control (RC-AM10)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- User's Manual
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.
James S., New York, NY
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Features and 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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Why did you buy this?
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 ]
suggested by your consultant [ alan Jan 05, 2018 ]
Looking for "old school" simple app to work with phone. Your write up helped. [ Martin Nov 11, 2017 ]
We just wanted an amp to play vinyl [ Neal Jul 25, 2017 ]
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 ]
good reviews [ john Jul 07, 2016 ]
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 ]
70s analog sound quality, great for vinyl [ James Mar 19, 2016 ]
8 questions already asked
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Not sure about that. But you should with the right connections. Sorry for being so vague [ John Apr 21, 2017 ]
has a phone pre amp input good basic integrated amp [ shamil Apr 21, 2017 ]
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 ]
There is no fm tuner. This amp was purchased to use only with a turntable [ John Oct 20, 2016 ]
No, this unit does not have a built in tuner. [ MARTIN Oct 18, 2016 ]
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 ]
The left and right inputs. [ shamil Feb 15, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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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