Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier

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Cambridge Audio Edge Series

Rediscover Music With Edge.

In the build-up to our 50th anniversary, we asked our engineers a simple question – what would they make if anything was possible?

Forget cost. Forget limitations. Create a system that delivers previously undiscovered layers of detail, is highly transparent, offering superlative sound-staging. A product true to Cambridge Audio’s foundations of creative innovation and entrepreneurial ambition.

Over 3 years in the making, utilising a team of 9 engineers, the result is Edge.

British sound personified.

Five decades ago our founders had a vision – to create hi-fi systems that delivered the Great British sound into people’s homes. Nothing added, nothing taken away.

One of these talented engineers, Professor Gordon Edge, was the brains behind the innovation and design of our first product – the ground-breaking P40 integrated amplifier. In recognition of our heritage, we developed Edge. The embodiment of Cambridge Audio’s signature Great British Sound and the pinnacle of 50 years of Hi-Fi expertise.

Beautifully minimal in its design, each component has a curved extruded aluminium front and floating top plate. It’s an extraordinary exterior that’s hiding some extraordinary audio engineering inside.

Let the music through.

To remove the barriers between you and your music, we have worked hard to minimise the number of components in the signal path in the Edge series.

As a result, Edge delivers a more faithful reproduction of the original recording; an impressively detailed three-dimensional sound, with striking staging and focus.

The inside edge.

We only ever choose components for their sonic merits – not price, not specs, nor measured performance. This ‘listen first, measure later’ ethos means blind-auditioning all price and performance levels and only going with those that sound the most dynamic, give the greatest presence, offer a revealing clarity; in short, the most musical.

Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier

Our most detailed integrated amplifier.

Edge A is made to celebrate musicality. Riffs, phrases, percussive rolls – take in every detail of your music thanks to its dynamic setup. Effortlessly powerful, but with incredible depth, the overall sound is breath-taking – like you’re sat in the recording booth with the musicians.

Breath-taking musicality.

Edge A is designed to bring musical detail to life. It delivers a finely balanced sound with a depth and clarity that come through with every note. We developed the system by ear, testing every component and only choosing those that blew us away. The end result is a ground-breaking arrangement that produces a much cleaner signal path and lets your music breathe. Edge A perfectly delivers our classic British sound – nothing added, nothing taken away.

More musical detail.

We pioneered the use of toroidal transformers in amplifiers, which led to improved performance. In Edge we take this one step further, using opposing symmetry twin toroidal transformers. This cancels out electromagnetic interference whilst offering outstanding power and maintaining consistent tonality, no matter how loud it’s played.

Effortless power without distortion.

Using standard Class A amplifier technology wasn’t going to be efficient enough for Edge A. Instead we added a bias voltage to a traditional Class AB design, reducing distortion to inaudible levels. This unique configuration also produces less heat and makes the whole system much more effective.

Hi-res bluetooth.

Pair any Bluetooth device to your Edge A to easily stream your music. With aptX HD support, you can play your audio at up to 24-bit/48kHz quality for an incredibly rich listening experience.

Sonic balance.

Edge A was designed with a unique PCB. Our engineers replaced conventional capacitors with a DC coupled topology and also added a solid state volume control. The end result is a clean signal path that’s perfectly balanced at any volume.

Specifications:

CONTINUOUS POWER OUTPUT

100W RMS into 8 Ohms; 200W RMS into 4 Ohms

THD (UNWEIGHTED)

<0.002% 1kHz at rated power (8 Ohms); <0.02% 20Hz – 20kHz at rated power (8 Ohms)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

<3Hz – >80kHz +/-1dB

S/N RATIO (REF FULL POWER)

>103 dB

CROSSTALK @ 1KHZ

< -100dB

INPUT SENSITIVITY

Input A1-A2 (unbalanced) 380mV RMS

INPUT IMPEDANCES

Input A3 (balanced) 47k Ohm; Input A1-A2 (unbalanced) 47k Ohm

INPUTS

Balanced, Coax S/PDIF, TOSLINK, USB Audio, Unbalanced, Bluetooth, Audio Return Channel (ARC)

OUTPUTS

Speakers, Preamplifier, Headphones (impedance of between 12 and 600 ohms are recommended)

USB AUDIO INPUT

USB Audio Class 2.0 supporting up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM, or up to DSD256

BLUETOOTH

4.1 (Smart/BLE enabled) A2DP/AVRCP supporting formats up to aptX HD

TOSLINK INPUT

16/24 bits, 32-96kHz

COAX S/PDIF INPUT

16/24 bits, 32-192kHz

MAX POWER CONSUMPTION

1000W

STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION

<0.5W

DIMENSIONS

150 x 460 x 405mm (5.9 x 18.1 x 15.9″)

WEIGHT

24.4kg (53.7lbs)

IN THE BOX

Edge A Integrated Amplifier; 1.5M Power Lead; Edge Remote Control; 3 x AAA Batteries; Bluetooth Antenna; Edge Link Cable; Edge A User Manual

Reviews:

SOUND & VISION

UNITED STATES, DECEMBER 2018

‘The Edge A is, as they used to say, pure sex, and that’s before you even plug it in…

…Some [audiophiles] believe that a separate power and preamplifier is the only way to achieve point-of-diminishing-returns sound quality. But as the Edge A integrated stands ready to show, they’re wrong. I’ve heard the proof.’

AVTECH MEDIA AWARDS 2018/19

UNITED KINGDOM, NOVEMBER 2018

Best High-End Integrated Amplifier 2018/19

‘[W]hat really gives this integrated amp ‘the edge’ over its rivals is its compelling music delivery. Mixing room-shaking prowess with effortless purity, it’s nothing short of a marvel at the price.’

HI-FI +

UNITED KINGDOM, DECEMBER 2018

‘[Edge A is a] stunning new integrated amplifier. Cambridge Audio has long held the reputation of making affordable giant killers. In its 50th year, it made its own giant, and even that is still a giant killer in its own right.’

GEAR PATROL

UNITED STATES, DECEMBER 2018

‘Cambridge Audio’s most powerful and detailed integrated amplifier ever… ….If you were to build out the perfect hi-fi system for your dream house, this amplifier would probably be at its heart.’

FINANCIAL TIMES – HOW TO SPEND IT

UNITED KINGDOM, DECEMBER 2018

‘If I were in the market for an amp to enlighten these dark winter nights, this would be my choice.’

MODERNHIFI.DE

GERMANY, DECEMBER 2018

Score: 9.7/10

’50 years of Cambridge Audio, [and] it was worth waiting for this amplifier. With the Edge A, the British brand once again prove their outstanding expertise for high-class audio technology at an unrivalled price point.’

STEREOPHILE

UNITED STATES, DECEMBER 2018

‘I’ve reviewed many integrated amplifiers for Stereophile…..none provided me with as much simple, exuberant, at times jaw-dropping fun as Cambridge Audio’s Edge A.’

HI-FI NEWS

UNITED KINGDOM, NOVEMBER 2018

‘[T]his is a truly high-end contender with totally convincing performance, design and build… You’d have to spend considerably more to match or better the quality on offer here…’

STEREO

GERMANY, OCTOBER 2018

‘Cambridge Audio make themselves and their fans a birthday present and release the best amplifier ever developed by the British company: musical, vivid and extremely dynamic.’

AUDIO MAGAZINE

GERMANY, OCTOBER 2018

‘[It’s] impossible not to be fascinated by the Cambridge Edge A… Cambridge Audio [has] set a benchmark… Excellent measurements demonstrate that the developers (whose signatures are to be found on the circuit boards) have done a brillant job… I do not hesitate to call 5.000 euro a bargain deal!’

LOWBEATS.DE

GERMANY, AUGUST 2018

Rating: Outstanding

Score: 4.7/5

‘A wonderfully musical sound… [T]he Edge A is currently by far the most attractive amplifier at 5.000 Euro…’

Weight
8.7000 kg
Dimensions
N/A
Analogue Inputs

1 x XLR, 4 x RCA, 1 x 3.5mm. Bluetooth via BT100 (not supplied)

availability

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colours

Silver

Depth (mm)

341

inputs

Coaxial, HDMI, Optical x 2, USB

Height (mm)

115

high current output

Yes

Model

Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier

power output 4 ohm

200 Watts

power output 8 ohm

100 Watts

speaker outputs

2 Channel

type

Integrated Amplifier

Width (mm)

430

xlr inputs

1

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