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Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier Review & Comments

Sandyb01

Active Member
Ed, I'll say this.

You explain things with a clarity that is admirable, and I take my hat off to you.
I've no need for any hardware at the moment, but your reviews do a splendid job, to me at least, of understanding what said product is, what its trying to do, and where it fits into the current landscape.

And for that, be it this or your other articles, I extend my thanks.
 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
Does it come with bandages for after you've tried to pick it up & those heatsink fins have shredded your hands? From the side on shot it appears that there's no protection on the bottom.
 

larkone

Distinguished Member
Quote -With the exception of the now departed, Arcam SR250, no product has really tied all these things together

What about Lyngdorf stereo amps (TDAI2170 & 3400) that have HDMI inputs, bass management and room correction that integrates the sub with main speakers etc. ? Phil reviewed the 2170 back in 2017 with the comment:
A new trend in some homes is to downgrade from a full-on 5.1 system to something more two-channel based, but still offering the latest in video switching and room correction, enter the Lyngdorf TDAI-2170.
 

Paul7777x

Member
It looks like a fine piece of sculpture, never mind an amplifier.

And I don’t doubt it is exceptional; but I think CA May have missed a trick by not adding room correction of some sort, even if just for subwoofers.

If it is to replace an AVR then those coming to it will very likely be used to, and prefer, well controlled bass, that is with much of the rooms effect removed.
 

Paul7777x

Member
@Paul7777x It would need a sub out first - big omission
Bugger!

I assumed it had one.

When really, it should have two in stereo configuration.

Yes, an odd omission at the price, and considering at least some of its target audience are going to be ex AVR people.

Wonder why?

I have to assume it’s not really targeted at AVR owners, and is simply an integrated with an HDMI input.

But still, a sub out seems necessary in its class.
 

Numpty112233

Active Member
I very nearly bought one of these. It was at the top of my to audition list - but ended up getting the Denon PMA-2500NE instead and I am very pleased with its performance.
I didn't get the Cambridge for a couple of reasons including no HT bypass and it being sold exclusively by Richer who offer very few speakers imo worth auditioning with it.
Both amps have been independently tested to give 125w into 8 ohms and both weigh a hefty 25kg. The Denon additionally has an excellent phono stage & HT bypass which I needed but no HDMI which I didn't as I have a Yamaha RX-A3070 fulfilling the AV role, the HT bypass allowing sharing of the front speakers for 7.1.4
The Denon, which I only stumbled upon after being pretty committed to getting the Cambridge, was also considerably cheaper, allowing me to impulse buy an excellent SACD player which has had much use, as has the phono stage in the amp.
I'm very happy I made the right choice
 

Fergal82

Distinguished Member
So say you had £4.5k burning a hole in your pocket and you bought one of these, how would you use a sub with it, with no sub out?

Or is it not possible to shoe horn one in?
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
So say you had £4.5k burning a hole in your pocket and you bought one of these, how would you use a sub with it, with no sub out?

Or is it not possible to shoe horn one in?
There is a left and right preout (on both RCA and XLR) so as long as you can set the crossover on the sub, it's not really an issue.
 

Julian Stevens

Well-known Member
Wouldn't even consider it without first auditioning the Anthem STR ~ similar price, twice the nominal power rating, loads more features, not least ARC room correction, MM & MC inputs, a subwoofer output and crossover and a DSD compatible D:AC.
 

madfiddler

Active Member
Or now that it's finally put in an appearance, the Arcam SA30,
I did think that when I read the review, but it doesn’t have bass management....i suppose they could add it in software for the pre-out later to the SA30, but would be surprised if they bother.
 

Paul7777x

Member
Wouldn't even consider it without first auditioning the Anthem STR ~ similar price, twice the nominal power rating, loads more features, not least ARC room correction, MM & MC inputs, a subwoofer output and crossover and a DSD compatible D:AC.
A fine point sir.

The CA does seem a little under endowed in comparison.
 

Numpty112233

Active Member
@Ed Selley
Further to my post above I have just re-read your review.
1st let me thank you for not prattling on for 6 paragraphs about how many parts went in to making up the volume knob, as both other reviewers and Cambridge have, like it should matter.
2nd let me thank you for giving a "straight" and even handed review, not resorting to hyperbole as others can tend to.
Unfortunately I never got a chance to audition the Edge and the Denon PMA-2500NE I eventually went for side-by-side as only Richer sell the Edge and also do not sell the Denon. Sadly I never, in the end, got to hear the Edge at all.
In your humble opinion, purely in terms of audible performance / sonic signature, how great is their difference?
I am referring to how they sound to our ears, not just measurements.
Bench test results below show the Edge as having less distortion. With my knowledge of such figures being negligible can one actually hear this at normal listening volumes?
 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
I got as far as “Review by Andrew Everard” before realising what followed was probably largely bollocks. :(
 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
Lol - I don't know the guy so won't disparage him, however the link was put up for the lab results rather than his flowing prose
He was lead reviewer at What HiFi, firm believer in expensive digital cables & last I saw, had a web site espousing the wonders of a fibre network for delivering data to a DAC, from astronomically priced special servers with special SATA cables. He was one of the reviewers heaping praise on the HiFi manufacturers when they first entered the streaming market, despite a lack of gapless support.
 

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