Stereo Amplifier & Streamer - Flagship performance from the flagship model. The SA30 from Arcam features advanced room correction, HDMI input for TV as well as the ability to wirelessly stream your favourite music.
OUR VERDICT - Okay, hands up, if you read the Arcam SA10 page then this is going to sound familiar. Thats because Arcam have managed to make the sound signature similar in the entire SA range. The only thing that changes is the level of performance and dynamic reach which is mainly due to the Class G amplification.
This is a supremely stable, confident-sounding amplifier regardless of the music it’s asked to replay.
Fleetwood Mac: Dreams, shows the Arcam SA 30 Integrated Stereo Amplifier to be something special. The SA30 captures the interplay between instruments brilliantly, and delivers rhythms in a wonderfully surefooted manner. Not only that, it conveys variations of pace beautifully, giving an unusually stark insight into the ebb and flow of the music.
There’s a lovely sense of solidity to the sound, and much of it stems from the amp’s terrifically taut and textured low frequencies. Bass is not only punchy but articulate and subtle too, conveying the texture of low notes really well.
Move onto Adele’s 21 and the Arcam continues the great work by delivering Rolling In The Deep with real passion. There’s plenty of insight here and ability to render vocal nuances with precision.
Along with delicacy, this integrated amp delivers strong dynamics, conveying contrasts with authority. Despite the enjoyable low end there’s a strong sense of finesse, and a lightness of touch which is a trait we have come to expect from Arcam. The same qualities are present for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Orff’s Carmina Burana. The SA30 really is a well-rounded amplifier. - Thoroughly Recommended.
The Arcam SA-30 has been designed to set new standards, whether your music is playing via compact disc or streamed from a computer, and has become the new standard-setter in digital audio. The SA30 features five analogue inputs (1x Aux/MM or MC Phono) and four digital inputs (2x SPDIF and 2x optical). This is a powerful integrated amplifier that has become well known for its fast dynamics, and thanks to the ESS Sabre ESS9038K2M DAC, this amplifier offers a superb, low-jitter digital performance.
The SA30 is rated at 120wpc into 8 ohms. Arcam’s pioneering Class-G amplifier technology gives the SA30 the best possible sound in all circumstances. The first quarter of its power is delivered in pure Class-A. Class-A is renowned for a rich, smooth sound that makes instruments and vocals sound incredibly life-like. Once you go beyond this point, efficient digital amplification kicks in – delivering plenty of power without the huge reserves of power and inefficiency that Pure Class-A all the way would demand. Sweet and refined yet a beast when unleashed – the Arcam SA30 gives you the best of all worlds.
The design of the HDA range draws upon all of Arcam’s experience as one of the UK’s most respected audio companies, to produce Arcam’s best performing range of audio products yet – using the best quality components and engineering practices, the HDA range is designed and built to give you years of listening enjoyment.
In any amplifier, the signal path is at the mercy of anything that creates noise within the unit. Thus, Arcam spare no expense in using only the most high-quality components, even if it means the cost of our power supplies overtaking that of everything else.
For the very best sound in your room, Arcam includes a powerful room correcting technology from Dirac Research. This uses a microphone and dedicated software to take multiple readings around your room and feed the information back to the amplifier for a completely bespoke response (professional set-up recommended).All In One
Featuring an HDMI socket with ARC (Audio Return Channel), the SA30 also gets the best from your TV sound.
Connect to your network via Ethernet or wi-fi and you get access to a wide range of networking features. GoogleCast gives you access to a wide range of streaming music services, Internet Radio stations and podcasts. If you prefer to stream within the Apple medium, AirPlay 2 is also standard and the perfect choice for streaming music from your iPhone and iPad. UPnP (Universal Plug n’ Play) is ideal for streaming from other devices connected to your network – such as NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives.
As well as offering the dynamic range to make the most of Hi-Res music, the SA30 also supports many associated formats. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) – as used by Tidal Masters – is compatible. Roon Endpoint status means it’s compatible with the award-winning music player – including Hi-Res files.
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|Frequency Response||20Hz – 20kHz|
|Power Output||120W at 8 Ohms|
|Dimensions||100 x 433 x 323 MM ( H x W x D )|