In Barn for Review: Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier

The Edge series of components represents UK-based Cambridge Audio’s top of the line(s) honoring the company’s 50th anniversary.

The Edge A Integrated Amplifier — named after Gordon Edge, an early Cambridge engineer who was responsible for their first product the P40 integrated amplifier — makes use of the company’s proprietary Class XA Amplification offering 100wpc into 8 Ohms, doubling down into 4. Opposing symmetry twin toroidal transformers are employed, cancelling out electromagnetic interference according to Cambridge. Component choice followed the listen first, measure later approach, blind-auditioning all price and performance levels in search of the best sounding mix.

photo credit: Cambridge Audio (I’m already using the Edge A and didn’t want to stop to take this photo)

The Edge A includes a built-in DAC with USB and S/PDIF (2x Toslink, 1x Coax) inputs, adding to the three analog inputs (2x RCA, 1x XLR). You can also beam to the Edge A via Bluetooth and bypass the internal amplifier using the Pre-Out outputs (RCA, XLR). A 1/4″ headphone jack is mounted on the unit’s front panel.

The Edge A’s clean, curved extruded aluminum lines, heatsinked sides, and massive centered volume/source selector knob, comprised of 31 precision-milled engineered parts, make for a very handsome appearance. Definitely top-of-the-rack looks and I am happy to report that the included near-tactical weight metal remote matches the Edge A’s robust build quality and good looks.

I have to share that unboxing the Edge A from its very protective shipping cartons and silky black zippered pouch made for a “Damn! This thing is impressively built!” moment. I love when that happens.

Cambridge Audio Edge A Integrated Amplifier
Price
: $6,000

Specifications

Continuous power output: 100W RMS into 8 Ohms; 200W RMS into 4 Ohms
THD (unweighted): <0.002% 1kHz at rated power (8 Ohms); <0.02% 20Hz – 20kHz at rated power (8 Ohms)
Frequency response: <3Hz – >80kHz +/-1dB
S/N ratio (ref full power): >103 dB
Crosstalk @ 1kHz: < -100dB
Input sensitivity: Input A1-A2 (unbalanced) 380mV RMS
Input impedances: Input A3 (balanced) 47k Ohm; Input A1-A2 (unbalanced) 47k Ohm
Inputs: Balanced, Coax S/PDIF, TOSLINK, USB Audio, Unbalanced, Bluetooth, Audio Return Channel (ARC)
Outputs: Speakers, Preamplifier, Headphones (impedance of between 12 and 600 ohms are recommended)
USB audio input: USB Audio Class 2.0 supporting up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM, or up to DSD256
Bluetooth: 4.1 (Smart/BLE enabled) A2DP/AVRCP supporting formats up to aptX HD
TOSLINK input: 16/24 bits, 32-96kHz
Coax S/PDIF input: 16/24 bits, 32-192kHz
Max power consumption: 1000W
Standby power consumption: <0.5W
Dimensions: 150 x 460 x 405mm (5.9 x 18.1 x 15.9″)
Weight: 24.4kg (53.7lbs)
In the box: Edge A Integrated Amplifier; 1.5M Power Lead; Edge Remote Control; 3 x AAA Batteries; Bluetooth Antenna; Edge Link Cable; Edge A User Manual

Company Website: Cambridge Audio