Arcam launches SA30 integrated amp

Arcam amps it up.

by Andy Bassett May 9, 2019 at 10:13 AM


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    Arcam launches SA30 integrated amp
    On show at the High End Munich 2019 trade event will be Arcam’s latest, flagship integrated amplifier, the SA30, which brings class G amplification, AirPlay 2 support and Dirac Live room correction technology.
    Part of Arcam’s HDA range, the SA30 keeps the exterior design of the SA models and adds a raft of technologies. Starting with the class G amplification which delivers 120W of power per channel into 8 ohms and 220W into 4 ohms. However, the Arcam engineers have also added a level of class A amplification, utilising a separate power supply, which kicks in when extra low level detail and power are required, making the SA30 essentially a hybrid design.

    Accessing this power is enabled by 5 analogue inputs including a switchable MM/MC (moving magnet / moving coil) phono input for turntable enthusiasts, leaving 3 pairs for CD players and the like. This is backed up by 4 digital inputs.

    Wireless connectivity is now as essential as physical inputs and the SA30 covers this by catering for Chromecast-enabled devices and adding support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 in order to enable iPhones, iPads and Apple TV to act as a media source.

    For use with a home cinema setup, the SA30 also provides an HDMI-ARC function in order to receive an audio feed from a TV. Custom installers can also take advantage of Control4 and Crestron compatibility.

    The DAC component inside the amp features ESS Technology’s high-end ESS Sabre ESS9038 DAC which supports Hi-Res audio up to 32-bit. The SA30 is therefore fully ready to take on high definition audio and offers MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support from services such as TIDAL Masters. It can also serve as a Roon Endpoint meaning it can be integrated seamlessly into a Roon digital music player and library setup.

    The addition of room correcting software, Dirac Live, means the colouration effect that a listening environment may add can be analysed and negated so the listener hears optimised audio in the way their speakers were designed to deliver.

    Scott Campbell, Director of Sales and Marketing at ARCAM, commented, “The SA30 represents the new pinnacle for stereo amplification from ARCAM. Our hugely talented design team has left nothing on the pitch here.” He added, “This is Class G technology expertly implemented and teamed with the latest cutting-edge features, including room correction technology, hi-resolution audio support, and custom install provision.”

    The Arcam SA30 will be on show at High End in Munich from May 9th and is due to go on sale in the UK in the autumn. Pricing will be announced just before its retail launch.

    Source: Harman Audio press release.
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