You will read about this in my column soon, but I am posting it here now for Sound Advice web readers. Through July 16th, you can get Cambridge Audio’s excellent Topaz AM5 integrated amplifier for only $100, 50% of the regular $200 price! Here is what I had to say about the Topaz AM5 in a previous column:
“Great sounding British stereo amplifiers with 20-25 watts per channel have been part of the audio hobby for decades, starting with the legendary NAD 3020, a 20-watt amplifier first introduced in 1978. (How legendary? The 3020 has its own Wikipedia entry.) I did not notice it until recently, but Cambridge Audio has such an amplifier, the 25-watt Topaz AM5. It is on sale now for $169, which is about half of what you would expect to pay for a quality amplifier from a high-end manufacturer. I ordered one to see how it would work with the T-Zero speakers.
When I received the Topaz AM5 I was shocked by the build quality. I was expecting the thin metal side panels typically found in gear selling for under $200, but what I held was a rock-solid piece of gear with a finely finished faceplate, a nicely embossed Cambridge Audio logo on the top and smooth-feeling controls. Opening the manual to the specifications, the Topaz AM5 was listed as compatible with 4-ohm speakers, though 4-ohm compatibility was not mentioned online. No 4-ohm power rating was given, but it seems potent as I could play the T-Zero speakers louder than I could stand to listen. Even dramatic classical music from CDs was not enough to stress the AM5, even at high volumes.
They are going to sell fast, even though they have quite a few to sell. If you want one, don’t wait!