Arcam 1 Amplifiers

Arcam 1 Amplifiers 

DESCRIPTION

integrated amplifier

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 19, 2000]
Peter
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Sound, Simplicity, Low-level listening

Weakness:

Control Feel and lack of features makes it seem rather pricey

I like this little baby a lot. It was my first purchase in the separates arena; I had an old HK, then a Marantz receiver. I wanted to know if separates were better, and indeed they are. I was looking at NAD, AMC, and Cambridge Audio for an entry level musically designed integrated amp. NAD for me is great, but a little shrill and thin sounding at times. I prefer my music a little softer like the Marantz and HK. Therefore the Arcam Alpha seemed like a good choice. It has a very airy sound to it and respectable amounts of base in the nether regions, but your're speakers gotta be able to pick it up. Also you can really here tremendous detail without hurting your ears. The 35 watts seems to belly its actual power; I had a pair of Paradigm 5Se Mk III's on it for a party and it rocked pretty good. This product is perfect for someone seriously into 2 channel music on a budget. Its also nice at regular listening levels, something you don't get with receivers, and where most of my listening is done (ie under 1/4 turn).

Similar Products Used:

Marantz, HK, Kenwood

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 12, 1999]
jose
an Audio Enthusiast

arcam 1 stereo integrated ampliifier

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[May 31, 1999]
Antonio Matos Rodrigues
an Audio Enthusiast

I needed to replace my old Sanyo receiver for some new bugdet ou higher material. Having bought medium class CD Player and tuner I started to test two NAD (C320, C340) amplifiers with rather poor satisfaction. With a couple of euros more I listened to the Alfa One witch seemed to me a more mature amplifier than NAD. I like it listining to orchestra, Jazz, piano,...I can feel and distinguish (separate) the instruments again, the sound is coloured and it puts me inside the orchestra. The bass is complete, the treble isn't agressive.
I recommend it.
Antonio

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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[Sep 24, 1999]
Dave
an Audio Enthusiast

Audiophile, c'mon, I just like good music. An audiophile is someone that has disposeable income to spend 20,000 on a amp that sounds slightly better then a 2,000 one. As far as the project goes spend a little more for the ortofon super om 10 and for only $80 you'll hear a big difference. Needle doctor is a good place to call, they really know their stuff, and best of all, I only live 10 miles from them. And no, I have no affiliation with them.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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[Jan 08, 2000]
John Sildner
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

great bass, clean sound, good soundstaging, good overall amp.

Weakness:

no phono. treble a tad edgy. chassis not solid enough (like all arcam products)

This is a very good amp, and a miracle for the money. No, it doesn't cut it with the big guns, it's no madrigal, or krell etc... but it is one of the best budget components out there. The alpha one, more than any of the other arcam products in the alpha line offers serious sound for under 500 dollars. Decent amp. GREAT deal. I will give it five stars for the value, and four for the overall. (I would give it five, but come on. It really isn't as musical as many other amps. It is a winner in its price range.

Similar Products Used:

NAD's, Audio Research, Creek, etc...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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