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Arcam A5 Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC and Bluetooth

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Arcam A5


An introduction to the new Arcam Radia line

Arcam has a brand-new series of components they've dubbed "Radia," and the A5 is the very capable entry-level integrated amp in the lineup. It features a slim, solid build and luxurious new visual style, with an aluminum chassis and chunky aluminum dials ringed with eye-catching yellow. But the A5 isn't just a pretty face — it offers the detail and musicality we've come to expect from Arcam.

Arcam A5 Front

Class AB amplification and a superior DAC

Arcam chose to go with a Class AB amplifier circuit for the A5. It's a reliable, tried-and-true amplifier design used in many integrated amps, receivers, and other home audio gear. A 50-watt-per-channel rating means you'll have enough power to drive efficient speakers to satisfying volume levels. Your digital sources also get audiophile-level treatment from the built-in ESS SABRE DAC.

Convenient connections

The A5 gives you plenty of options for connecting music sources. There are multiple digital inputs, including Toslink optical and coaxial. Three line-level stereo RCA inputs are available for your analog audio components or a separate DAC. For vinyl enthusiasts, there's a moving magnet phono input.

The A5 has built-in Bluetooth with high-res aptX™ Adaptive technology for streaming music via online services from compatible devices. Two-way directionality allows you to stream from the amp to compatible headphones or powered speakers.

For robust Wi-Fi streaming, you can add Arcam's matching ST5 network music player. Or use one of the digital inputs to connect Arcam's matching CD player or your TV.

A stereo line-level preamp output lets you add a powered subwoofer or connect a separate amplifier.

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Product highlights:

  • 50 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .5% THD
  • 75 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (1 kHz) at .5% THD
  • Class AB amplifier
  • THD: 0.003% (80% power, 8 ohms at 1kHz)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: RCA inputs 106dB, digital inputs 109dB
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • built-in ESS Sabre DAC (ES9018)
  • plays high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192 kHz
  • selectable voltage input
  • remote control included
Inputs:
  • Bluetooth (Version 5.2) input with high-res aptX Adaptive technology
    • two-way Bluetooth lets you stream music from compatible sources, and to compatible speakers or headphones
  • 1 optical and 2 coaxial digital audio inputs (up to 192 kHz resolution)
  • 3 analog RCA line-level stereo inputs
  • dedicated RCA phono input for moving magnet cartridges
  • IR input for use with external controllers
  • 12-volt trigger input and output
  • USB Type-A input for software updates only
Outputs:
  • 1 stereo RCA preamp output
  • L/R speaker outputs with binding-post connectors
  • front-panel 3.5mm headphone output
  • comm port for integrated control with other Arcam components (sold separately)
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 17-1/16"W x 3-5/16"H x 14-5/16"D
  • weight: 17.64 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years