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Cambridge Audio A1

Stereo Integrated Amplifier

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Cambridge Audio A1


Power output: 25 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 60kHz

Signal to noise ratio: 92dB (line)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 8Ω

Dimensions: 430 x 90 x 300mm

Weight: 5.6kg

Year: 1998

Price: GBP £80 (1998)



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Reviewed Apr 23rd, 2016 by frbottoni

I have bought an used one an cleaned.
It works very good: good presence, firmy bass and very nice treeble.
Two problems: no headphone output and internal, optional phono board impossible to find.



re: A1

what is the difference between version 1, 2 and 3 ...besides the SE version...?

re: A1

I know the original mk1 version was designed by Mike Creek and is the one to go for.

re: A1

It is indeed, if you can find one! The operating manual I've uploaded is for the original Mk 1 version. I find it easier on the ears than the far more common Mk 3 SE (which is no slouch, either) and it has the added benefit of a headphone output. As to the differences between the A1, A2, A3i and ATAC 3, there are plenty of articles about them in their various guises to be found on the internet. In a nutshell, the higher the number the more watts and higher original price. You had to buy an add on board for phono (MM) input although I believe the A3i had phono built in as standard.

It seems Mike Creek and his team designed the original A1, the A3i & ATAC 3 for Cambridge Audio. See https://www.pressreader.com/australia/sound-image/20170801/281925953137161 for an interview with him about this. See also http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/solid-state/122378-cambridge-audio-a3i-re... for further insights.


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