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Cambridge Audio Edge A's measurements are good enough?

veeceem

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https://www.stereophile.com/content/cambridge-audio-edge-integrated-amplifier-measurements
The title says it all. I'm having my eyes on this intergrated amp but have no knowledge to know if the measurements are good enough to stay in the "neutral zone", based on ASR's standards.
Short answers should be enough :p if it's not that good or there are ones with better performances . I'll just pass on this one.
(feel free to give other recommendations of intergrated amps if this one is bad or soso)
Thanks!
 

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Yes but it is expensive for not that much power. An RME ADI-2 plus a high power Hypex NCore power amplifier will cost half, have more power and will probably measure even better, even though you will not hear that difference. More power will be audible with inefficient speakers and/or a bigger room.
 

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Benchmark DAC3 HGC with Benchmark AHB2 Amp for the same price and you get tops in measurement though the difference won’t be audible.
Price will be nearly doubled if shipped here. But most important factor: risk of not getting thru customs is super high :) believe me, I tried to figure out a way to buy this combo, I just cant find a way to get thru customs :)
 

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I have the Edge NQ. I’d like to have Amir measure it, although it is a beast to send anywhere. Nice features, great streaming software (Chromecast built-in) excellent build quality, nice app.
 

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It has interesting cross-over type behaviour just prior to the zero-cross point in the distortion residual.

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Yes but it is expensive for not that much power. An RME ADI-2 plus a high power Hypex NCore power amplifier will cost half, have more power and will probably measure even better, even though you will not hear that difference. More power will be audible with inefficient speakers and/or a bigger room.
So RME ADI-2 can be used as pre-amp for any Hypex Ncore pow-amp?
 

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Why not? As long as you do not need analogue inputs. I use one with my Quad 606-2 through rca, but the ADI-2 also has balanced output. Its auto reference level setting ensures excellent gain matching but I do not think there is an issue anyway.
 

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Why not? As long as you do not need analogue inputs. I use one with my Quad 606-2 through rca, but the ADI-2 also has balanced output. Its auto reference level setting ensures excellent gain matching but I do not think there is an issue anyway.
Sabaj D5 can also be used as pre-amp with good result? This one seems like the only option available in my country :|
 

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If you are genuinely interested in one of these then you aren't shopping for bargain basement performance. The measured performance looks excellent, I like the style and I suspect it is very nicely made. So if you like it and can afford it then I see no reason not to buy. If, however, you are primarily seeking SQ and want good value and aren't too worried about style then you can get something with equivalent audible performance for a lot less. Personally I like this.
 

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If you are genuinely interested in one of these then you aren't shopping for bargain basement performance. The measured performance looks excellent, I like the style and I suspect it is very nicely made. So if you like it and can afford it then I see no reason not to buy. If, however, you are primarily seeking SQ and want good value and aren't too worried about style then you can get something with equivalent audible performance for a lot less. Personally I like this.
You're right. I'll be auditioning CA Edge A with B&W 804 D3 this Thursday. Hope it yields good result :)
Btw, I just found another site with its measurements, turns out the intergrated DAC is also very good (thou I dont really understand the numbers lol). I plan to use the usb input to see how it's like.

https://www.hifinews.com/content/cambridge-audio-edge-integrated-ampdac-lab-report
 

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So I auditioned a combo of:
Cambridge Audio NQ Preamp
Cambridge Audio W Power Amp (x2 mono mode)
B&W 803 D3 and 802
Source: tested with computer -> Qutest and its internal DAC with usb
No clue why, but bass is not there at all.

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Then tried the Athem STR preamp + amp and bass is there.
Overall I am not impressed by today's audition.
(I think its because of those b&w speakers, I wish I could hear the Cambridge Audio gears with Tannoy Kensington GR to decide)
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Btw, if you are interested, I went to another shop which has Tannoy Kensington GR.
Pair them with 3 intergrated amps, source is Luxman 06 CD:
- Accuphase 650: ew, stop listening after less than 1 min.
- Luxman 590 mk2: sound beautiful but (lifeless?)
- Cary 300.2d: blown away, they're like a perfect match. Incredible. But when I searched for its measurements, they seem pretty bad? Would be awesome if someone could tell me.

https://www.stereophile.com/content/cary-audio-si-3002d-integrated-amplifier-measurements
 
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