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  • This unit has one set of speaker outputs. If you want to power more than one pair of speakers you will need a separate switch.
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  • Often manufacturers don't just design their ranges to look good together, but to complement one another for the best sound quality too.
This unit has one set of speaker outputs. If you want to power more than one pair of speakers you will need a separate switch.
Often manufacturers don't just design their ranges to look good together, but to complement one another for the best sound quality too.

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The Cambridge Topaz AM5 takes the excellent AM1 as its basis and adds those desirable extras to make an even more impressive amp.

Like the AM1, the Topaz AM5 has been designed from the ground-up to offer the best sound quality for the money without any unnecessary frills. There are no fancy equalizers or flashing lights but what you do get are high quality, low noise tone controls. These have been designed to work in a subtle way so as not to unduly affect the balance of the mid-range, yet still tweak the upper and lower frequencies.

With 25 watts per channel, the Topaz AM5 is a useful 25% more powerful than the AM1 which makes it the ideal choice for using in larger rooms or with power hungry speakers. As with other Topaz products, the sound quality is true-to-life, detailed and has far more depth than similarly priced low-fi. If you don't believe us, come in and hear the difference for yourself!

The AM5 is also far better built than the class average. A full metal casing with brushed aluminium front panel gives the AM5 the look of an amp' costing two or three times as much. In addition to the AM 1, there's also a front mounted 3.5mm socket that's perfect for connecting up you MP3 player or iPod.

For genuine hi-fi at a bargain price, the Topaz AM5 demands your attention.

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Connection Features
Analogue RCA Inputs
Number of line level inputs, including front inputs, excluding phono stage input.
Phono Input
Does it have a phono stage? Essential if connecting a turntable. Can be either MM (standard quality) or MC (higher quality).
MP3 Front Input
Does it have a front MP3 input? Usually a 3.5mm socket designed for MP3 player or other portable device.
Coaxial Digital Inputs
Number of coaxial digital inputs (digital amps only)
Optical Digital Inputs
Number of optical digital inputs (digital amps only)
USB Input
Does it have a USB input? Designed for sound from your computer.
XLR Inputs
Number of XLR Balanced inputs. Ultra high quality connection.
Power Amp In
Does it have a power amp in connection? Designed for when using the amp connected to an AV receiver. It powers the front speakers.
Dock Input
Does it have an iPod dock or port included?
Microphone Input
Does it have an input for a microphone? This is usually mounted on the front of the unit.
Audio Outputs
Number of recording output(s). This is in addition to the line inputs.
Pre Output
Does it have a pre output? This allows the output of a pre-amp signal, via phono sockets, to a larger power amplifier.
Sub Output
Does it have an active (RCA) subwoofer output?
Headphone Output
Does it have a headphone socket?
Speaker Sets
Number of pairs of speakers the amp will run
Networking Features
DLNA Compliant
DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. It is an alliance of interested bodies that help standardise streaming content. If a product is DLNA complaint you can be assured it will stream music from your PC, laptop, or NAS drive.
Wireless Connection
Whether a wireless or, Wi-Fi, connection is included as standard or optional (via dongle). This allows for wireless connection to your home network hub.
Internet Radio & Services
Does it have access to Internet radio and other online music services?
Apple AirPlay
Does the unit support Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay lets you listen to your entire iTunes music library from a suitable iOS device such as iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Best of all, the system is wireless and so is ideal for building up a wireless multi-room system.
Does the unit support Bluetooth? A built-in Bluetooth receiver lets you stream music from a suitably equipped device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted.
General Features
Power Output
Maximum power output per channel - RMS into 8 ohms
25 x 2
Frequency Response
Frequency response quoted by manufacturer
10 - 30,000Hz
Tone Controls
Does it have tone controls? Bass & Treble controls to alter the brightness and warmth of sound. Can be a single tone control or seperate controls.
Loudness Control
Does it have a Loudness control? This boosts the bass and treble at low volumes for a fuller sound
Tuner Radio
Type of radio built-in. DAB is Digital Audio Broadcasting
Remote Control
Is an Infra-red remote included?
Dimensions of unit (W x D x H) mm
430 x 340 x 80
Weight of unit, unboxed, in KG
Rated 4.8 out of 5áby 20 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5áby Excellent piece of kit As others have said, this is an excellent if straightforward piece of kit. I noticed a step-change from my previous amp (which was a bit ancient but also perfectly sound). At ú100, this represents excellent value. 24 March 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby Very good value Got this amp to improve audio from my pc. It did that for sure and didn`t break the bank, 19 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Nice powerful unit Simple stylish amp at a good price. Plus delivery was very quick. All in all very pleased with product and service. 16 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Very Pleased I am a wanna be audiophile, which means I appreciate good sound, but don't have much of a budget. I have been running a 17 year old Kenwood amp/receiver and replaced it with the Cambridge Audio Topaz and I am delighted with it. I have reasonably good speakers and the clarity, separation and fullness is really good for an entry level amplifier. There are no bells and whistles (also no remote), but it really delivers with CD's, MP3's &TV/DVD. 13 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Pure cost-effective class Initially I purchased the AM1 for my office but I also had my eye on the AM5 for my gym and with the recent price drop I made my move. I couldn't be happier essentially it's the same as the AM1 but with more power, tone controls and a front facing MP3 connection. Having more power is definitely noticeable over the AM1, aesthetics-wise the front is more symmetrical if that's an issue for you. I'm running it with Wharfedale Diamond 9.1's, Cambridge Symphony 400, Denon DCD 520AE and Cambridge AUD500 0.3M. I am very impressed with the sound quality. 05 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby superb I really can't believe the value in this amp. I'm using it in my little 'study' (box room) hooked up to a couple of Gale Golds and it sounds fantastic. Everything coming through even at low (non wife bothering) volume. Loving the upside down input labeling on the rear as well. For the money just about the best amp I've bought for many years. 12 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Ideal for my music listening in my Study Having been suitably impressed with a Cambridge Audio amp from further up in their range (for my larger Hi Fi system in the Lounge), I later elected to purchase this Topaz AM5, without auditioning it, for use in my Study, where I listen to music sourced from the Computer, Tuner, CD player, my old trusty JVC Compact Cassette player and if needed from the Mp3 player. The amp is connected up to a pair of Celestion 1 speakers. From straight out of the box, the AM3 has been very impressive, giving, as is the Cambridge Audio way of things, a wonderfully open sound stage. It makes the music enjoyable to listen to. Always for me the hallmark of a good amplification system. It appears the Celestions area a good match for this amp. Build quality of the amp is just fine in this purchase price range. I am very satisfied indeed. 22 November 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Quality at a Bargain price Bought this to replace an ageing Rotel amp which I've had for 20 years. There certainly seems to be be more detail to the sound now, so much so that I wish I'd made the change earlier. The mp3 connection is also useful allowing you to plug in an iPod and play music you only have on download. You have to be careful though as the volume needs to be turned up when using this and if you forget to turn it down again when playing a CD you will deafen the neighbours. Bought it online and very happy with the process. As usual I bought the extended warranty the best value warranty available anywhere without a doubt. 17 September 2014
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