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Cambridge Audio EDGE A Integrated Amplifier

MSRP 4500 GBPNEX score 87%

Product Overview

The Edge series is named after Professor Gordon Edge, one of the founders of Cambridge Audio. The Edge A features a unique Class XA amplification technology that shifts the crossover point out of audible range, thus combining the sound quality of Class A and the efficiency of Class AB amplifiers.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent build and finish
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent preamp quality
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 87% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Sleek design
  • Punchy, dynamic sound
  • Class-leading performance
Cons
  • Lacks dynamic subtlety
  • Expensive for what it offers
  • No headphone socket
  • No phono stage
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] Speakers, Preamplifier, Headphones | [Output] Balanced, Coax, Toslink, USB, Unbalanced, Bluetooth 4.1, Audio Return Channel

Dimensions

Size | Depth
405 mm
Size | Height
150 mm
Size | Width
460 mm
Weight
24.4 kg / 53.7 lbs

Performance

Frequency Response
80kHz +/-1dB
Power Consumption
1000 W
Power Output
100 W RMS into 8 ohms / 200 W RMS into 4 ohms
Sensitivity
380mV RMS (A1, A2 unbalanced inputs)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
>103 dB

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

hifinews[1]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from hifinews have found the following***:
PM discusses the ‘Class XA’ working of the Edge A power amplification, which comfortably exceeds the quoted 100W/8ohm. Other notable aspects of the design include its twin toroidal transformers, mounted back-to-back to cancel common-mode noise and interference. The digital board is bang on the money in terms of format handling.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Punchy, dynamic sound
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Expensive for what it offers

theear[2]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from theear have found the following***:
Cambridge Audio's Edge A is one hell of a sexy beast. It oozes class, and with those heatsink fins adorning each side, together with its size and bulk (just under 25kg), this amp leaves you in no doubt that it is built for some very serious business indeed. With vocals, both male and female, the Cambridge reveals itself to be a master of expression.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Class-leading performance
  • Sleek design
  • Class XA operation
Cons
  • No headphone socket

whathifi[3]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
Cambridge Audio's Edge A is a truly complete amplifier for the money. The integrated renders an expansive sound stage and populates it with well-defined and focused instruments. The amp can track low-level instrumental strands with ease thanks to a level of clarity and control that's hard to better for the price.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Intuitive controls
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Lacks dynamic subtlety
  • No phono stage

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Cambridge Audio Edge A integrated amplifier. [hifinews]. https://www.hifinews.com/content/cambridge-audio-edge-integrated-ampdac. 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Cambridge Audio Edge A. [theear]. https://www.the-ear.net//review-hardware/cambridge-audio-edge-integrated-amplifierdac. 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
3. ^ Cambridge Audio Edge A review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/cambridge-audio-edge-a. 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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