The new Cambridge Edge A integrated amplifier made its appearance for the first time in Australia at the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show in Synergy AV's room 408 at the Como Hotel.

The Edge A is not your average integrated amplifier. For a start, it has opposing symmetrical twin toroidal transformers, not only to provide pure power to each channel, but also to cancel out electromagnetic interference. Cambridge's UK engineers have also eschewed Class-D designs and stuck with traditional Class-AB, but with very high-bias, so the amplifier operates in Class-A to higher-than-usual power output levels. As well as all the conventional analogue inputs, as well as digital inputs, the Edge A also has Bluetooth on board, with aptX HD support, so you can play at up to 24-bit/48kHz.

'Cambridge designed the Edge A to celebrate musicality,' said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy AV. 'Riffs, phrases, percussive rolls you can hear and revel in every detail of your music thanks to its dynamic performance... performance that is effortlessly powerful, but with incredible depth. The overall sound is breath-taking – it's as if you’re sitting in the recording studio with the musicians.'

Magus Turner, of Carlton Audio (pictured below), was in the person demoing the Edge A when we arrived, and the amplifier was new to him as well: he'd seen it for the first time only a few hours earlier. 'It's certainly powerful,' he said, 'being rated at 100-watts per channel into  8 ohms and it doubles that -- to  200-watts per channel -- when it's driving 4 ohm speakers.' The new Cambridge Edge A will retail for $8,500 (RRP).

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