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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 15 reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5áby Excelent Value The combination of speakers pre amp and amplifier is great value and produces the sound quality I was looking for. 14 September 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Happy with the purchase I was recommended this product in the Brighton London road store. It was not particularly expensive (ú120). it looks very nice, sounds good, and was very simple to set up. I would recommend it to a friend. 02 September 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Can't get better for the price Okay, so my hearing isn't what it used to be, bought this amp with a pair of wharefdale diamond 9 speakers, it won't blow your socks off in terms of earth shattering bass, but even I can hear the quality of sound and prescence and, for the price is excellent even if only to get better tv sound 31 July 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 Good basic amp I bought this as a secondary amp for my dinning room. At first I was not at all impressed .But after running it for about 5 hours it started to improve. It is a very good no frills amp. The only gripe I have is that the volume control as no resistance to it .Also on the picture provided on the web site it looks like the little blue lights on the control knobs light up .They don't .Yes small gripe but it is best you know. 20 April 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Excellent quality even at low volumes I started using a very old JVC amplifier after my last amp lost a channel. I love my old JVC amp but decided to replace it when I bought a pair of Mission M33i floor stand speakers. The Topaz AM5 is a brilliant match, no frills but excellent sound. I listen late at night sometimes and do not like headphones, however this amp provides a depth of quality at low volume as well so all in all I am delighted and not bothering family or neighbours at unsocial hours! 01 April 2014
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