arcam sa20 vs cambridge cxa80
We never, ever accept money to review a product. 5 of the best stereo amplifiers under £500, The best stereo amplifiers of the 21st century, Australian Hi-Fi mag's Sept-Oct 2020 issue is out now: EISA award-winners revealed. The Cambridge may not have a phono stage like the traditional Arcam amp, but it does have a high-resolution DAC built in and a USB input. What you do is connect your left and right speakers to the SA20 for a pure two channel system. And this is true no matter the source of your music, nor its genre. All and all it’s a classic look. Build quality on the SA is as you would expect for this price range. Thanks to all the consultants that helped me. Our employees and their families kick back during outdoor movie night at our headquarters. The CXA80 loses that fluid pacing and the agile melody of the bells and guitar working together to build up the song’s rhythm – it sounds restrained and the melody doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Anyone have any experience with any of these models? The sound was upfront, putting me in the front seat of an intimate club. Best Buys: Our Picks For The Best Wireless Earbuds Under $100! We also like the fact that it comes in that classic Arcam dark grey color and is accented by the muted silver color on the controls. We set up our test system for the SA20 with Arcam’s new CDS50, which is a combo CD player and streamer (a pretty cool piece by the way), connected up the the Revel Performa F208 tower speakers, using Transparent interconnects and speaker cables. The most obvious, and most headline-grabbing, is the introduction of ESS Sabre’s ES9016K2M digital-to-analogue convertor. When the signal switches from one device to the other, distortion can occur. Audiophile Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Super Saturday Shopping/Audio Deals/Last-Minute Christmas Gifts! Product Of The Year 2019-Loudspeakers: The Marvelous TRIANGLE BOREA BR03 Bookshelf Speakers Review! Simon was fantastic to deal with. I would have to agree with your last point. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; How to put together a home stereo system (and why you need one). The When I Wake album from Rusted Root has a track called “Drum Trip”. You then connect the left and right preamp outs from your home theater receiver to the SA20 input you assign to be the bypass input. While the SA20 is rated at 80 watts per channel, in our testing it performed like a power house, which is quite spectacular when you consider its very modest footprint. An all-court test such as Spiritualized’s Come Together illustrates the point perfectly. On the digital side, there’s 1 S/PDIF coaxial, 2 TOSLINK optical, and 1 USB audio. It performs just as admirably, too. For some applications, like touring sound where you need thousands of watts in something portable, it is. On a great system, you are presented with a huge soundstage and the Arcam did this really well, filling the room up with big, yet very warm sound. When you want to relax and just listen in stereo, the signals only go through the pure sound of the Arcam SA20. You don’t get the super nice chassis mount RCA inputs you might see on a much more expensive piece, but you do get solid, gold plated connectors. This amp will be going on our Recommended Gear page ASAP. There’s no hint of Cambridge dropping the pace, either. A group of our first employees dig into “new” car stereo gear in this vintage van. So naturally, Cambridge Audio has had a rethink. amzn_assoc_asins = "B083TFK6ZH"; The CXA80 outputs 80W per channel into an 8 ohm load; that figure rising to 120W into 4 ohms. When we cranked this one up, we did reach the limits as the bass got a little out of control, but this was at a very high volume. This little amp is going to help lots of people upgrade their stereo systems. We measure every product and part down to the 1/1,000th of an inch. Earlier this year, Cambridge Audio announced a revamp of their well-reviewed CX Series hi-fi components called CX Series 2. In design and use, the CXA80 is a lovely piece of kit. It lets you compare sonic characteristics between speakers.