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Arcam SA10 Integrated Amplifier

Building upon it's predecessor - A19 Amplifier, the Arcam SA10 Integrated Amplifier is a highly capable replacement. Utilising ultra-low distortion type Class A/B Amplification and a 32-bit Sabre ESS9016K2M DAC it is a worthy addition to the HDA range.

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SA10HDA
Special Price £589.00 Regular Price £695.00

The most awaited replacement for the multi-award winning A19 amplifier, the Arcam SA10 amplifier is an ultra-low distortion type Class A/B amplifier that will loom over its predecessor when it comes to performance. The Arcam SA-10 has been designed to set new standards, whether your music is playing via compact disc or streamed from a computer, and has become the new standard-setter in digital audio. The SA10 features five analogue inputs (1x line/MM switchable) and three digital inputs (2x SPDIF and 1x optical). This is a powerful integrated amplifier that has become well known for its fast dynamics, and thanks to the ESS Sabre 9016 DAC, this amplifier offers optimum a superb, low-jitter digital performance.Key Features

  • Extremely efficient class A/B amplification
  • 50W of power per channel
  • 5 analogue inputs including phono
  • 3 digital inputs
  • 32-bit DAC,Sabre ESS9016K2M
  • Full I/P control
  • Total harmonic distortion + noise = 0.003%

This Integrated amplifier works hard to maintain excellent stereo separation in order to achieve a wide and deep musical soundstage, all while minimizing the interference. The SA10 Integrated amplifier features both a preamplifier and a power amplifier for source switching, volume control and superior amplification.

The design of the HDA range draws upon all of Arcam’s experience as one of the UK’s most respected audio companies, to produce Arcam’s best performing range of audio products yet – using the best quality components and engineering practices, the HDA range is designed and built to give you years of listening enjoyment.

SA10
In any amplifier, the signal path is at the mercy of anything that creates noise within the unit. Thus, we spare no expense in using only the most high-quality components, even if it means the cost of our power supplies overtaking that of everything else.

The result, of course, is worth every penny.
A singer’s sharp intake of breath before hitting the chorus, a guitarist’s fingers sliding against the strings – it’s those seemingly minor details that can bring music to life. Fish out one of your all-time favourite albums and play it through a Bluetooth speaker, and guess what? Its sounds like a Bluetooth speaker. Play it through the SA10, and it’s as close to hearing the artist’s performance as you’re likely to get. There’s always joy in digging out an old recording you haven’t heard in years. With the HDA range, it’ll feel like hearing it forthe first time.

The SA10 and SA20 allow the listener to choose between a number of digital filters for use with the coaxial and optical SPDIF inputs. There are three options available on the SA10 and seven on the SA20. Digital filters are required to minimise unwanted antialiasing distortion in the audio band but no digital filter is perfect, all are a compromise between various parameters.

These include:

Frequency response
Audio level with respect to frequency. Ideally this should not vary significantly between 20Hz and 20kHz.

Phase
The time delay introduced between reproducing different frequencies within the pass band of the filter. Ideally this would be as low as possible (linear phase).

Pre ringing
Additional audio artefacts that precede the original audio impulse. These are sometimes thought to be bad as this phenomenon does not exist in the natural world, so ideally this should be as low level and last for as short a time as possible.

Post ringing
Additional audio artefacts that follow the original audio impulse. Ideally these should be as low in level and last for as short a time as possible.

Aliasing
Additional audio artefacts introduced into the audio band from high frequency signals.We have chosen our default filters through a combination of careful measurement and listening tests and we believe they are the best compromise to achieve the best listening experience. However, all of the filters sacrifice
performance of one parameter to improve another. Therefore, dependant on your choice of listening material and personal preference,
you may wish to choose one of the other options.

Note that any audible differences are most likely to be heard with sample rates of 48kHz and below.


Filters - SA10

Minimum Phase Fast Roll Off (MinP Fast)
No pre-ringing and the phase response varies at higher frequencies. There are significantly higher amounts of post ringing compared with the linear phase filter options.

Linear Phase Slow Roll Off (LinP Slow)
Low and equal levels of pre and post ringing. No phase shifts but can introduce high frequency aliasing at a higher level than linear phase fast roll off. Very high
frequencies will be slightly attenuated.

Linear Phase Fast Roll Off (LinP Fast) (SA10 default)
Higher and equal levels of pre and post ringing compared with linear phase slow roll off. No phase shifts and with minimal high frequency aliasing compared with slow roll off.

SA10 Specifications
Continuous power output
(20Hz—20kHz at 0.5% THD), per channel
 
Both channels, 8Ω, 20Hz—20kHz 50W
Single channel, 4Ω, at 1kHz 90W
Harmonic distortion, 80% power, 8Ω at 1kHz 0.003%
Analogue Inputs  
Phono (MM) cartridge  
Input sensitivity at 1kHz 5mV
Input impedance 47kΩ + 100pF
Frequency response (ref. RIAA curve) 20Hz – 20kHz ± 1dB
Signal/Noise ratio (A-wtd) 50W, ref. 5mV input 80dB
Overload margin, ref. 5mV at 1kHz 21dB
Line Inputs  
Nominal Sensitivity 1V
Input impedance 10kΩ
Maximum input 6Vrms
Frequency response 20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.2dB
Signal/Noise ratio (A-wtd) 50W, ref. 1V input 106dB
Digital Inputs  
DAC ESS9016K2M
Frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.05dB
Total harmonics distortion + Noise 0.0007%
Signal/Noise ratio (A-wtd) 115dB
Supported Sample Rates (Optical) 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
Supported Sample Rates (Coaxial) 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Bit depth 16-bit – 24-bit
Pre-amplifier output  
Nominal output level 630mV
Output impedance 230Ω
Headphone output  
Maximum output level into 600Ω 5Vrms
Output impedance
Load range 16Ω – 2kΩ
General  
Mains voltage 110–120V or 220–240V, 50–60Hz
Maximum power consumption 350W
Dimensions W x H x D (including feet, control knob and speaker terminals) 433 x 87 x 310mm
Weight (net) 8.4kg
Weight (gross) 10.7kg
Supplied accessories Mains leads
Remote control
2 x AAA batteries