Product Type: Cambridge Audio Amplifiers
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Perfect for would be audiophiles
Cambridge Audio A1
Member Name: mpsamuels
Cambridge Audio A1
Advantages: Very low price in comparison to other amps. Respectable sound for it's price point
Disadvantages: Once you start using Hi-Fi separates the bug to upgrade WILL bite!
The Cambridge A1 has developed a reputation for itself and rightly so. It is the perfect amplifier for those who want to venture into the world of audiophile quality Hi-Fi separates but don't have the cash to splash out over £1000 on a mid-range setup.
Yes, there are better amps available capable of far superior sound but they come at a price. If you want to put together a budget system that you can later upgrade one piece at a time this is an ideal starting point and once you complete your system it will definitely sound far better than any equivalently priced all in one stereo package.
There are enough inputs for a CD, Tuner and Record deck while still having a spare input for something else like an MP3 player, computer or TV which should keep most home users more than happy. There is also the option to output to a recording device should you need it.
Usage is straight forward with only a power button and five dials on the front for treble, bass, volume and balance adjustment plus an input selector.
If you are in the market for a new Hi-Fi system and are considering seperates but put off by the price you could do far worse than consider the A1 amp as a base for your setup. I've since upgraded my main system to an Cambridge Azure 340 but the A1 will always hold a place in my heart as where my adventure into Hi-Fi seperates all started and I'm sure it will do as well for anyone else who follows a similar path.
Summary: The perfect solution to those wanting a seperates Hi-Fi system without the cost
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