Summary: I was looking to upgrade my office system so that I could have more power and bought this. Sounded great at the audition room from where I made my purchase. But when I plugged it to my system and auditioned it against what I already had (a 16 watt qinpu a6000 mkII) I was shocked. My 16 watt little amp sounded Better to my ears. The amp I was replacing had a sound that was more transparent, more 3-D, more detailed, and spacious. I wasn't expecting that.
Summary: I've been using this unit for about 2 months. The unit that I purchased was a refurb and other than a small scratch on the volume knob it looks brand new (25% off was worth it to me). I use it with an old Thorens TD150 turntable and the Arcam rLink Wired Coaxial and Optical DAC for rSeries for my digital streaming of Pandora and Spotify (via optical). Speakers are some old Phase Technology 7T towers. This unit replaced some old Dynaco tube separates.
Summary: With so many good amplifiers on the market it took a long time to make a decision on what amplifier to purchase, I was aware this product won best product of the year 2 years running but it seemed to cheap to be that good,I was prepared to pay a lot more to get the right amp,but I was blown away with the performance,the sound stage,the lack of distortion, beautifully natural sounds and under £1000 pounds, Sorry Naim performance over hype!!!.
Summary: I have owned an Arcam A65+ for the last few years but have always been a little disappointed with the attack. Fantastic detail and stereo imaging but not enough guts to drive thumping bass lines. So when I decided to upgrade my amp I was a little hesitant to go for Arcam again and was looking at some more powerful amps, Roksan K2 and Yamaha as701.
If you can find a better amplifier for under £1000 you're doing well because for ...
Richard B, Amazon
4 September 2014
Summary: If you can find a better amplifier for under £1000 you're doing well because for me this one is almost perfect. Every kind of music sounds wonderful: open, detailed and exciting without being harsh or in your face. This is simply an amplifier that plays the music as it should sound, without smoothing it out or making it sound strident. I have a pair of classic Rogers LS35A speakers and it's a marriage made in musical heaven.
Summary: I've read the previous review and have actually owned one of these amps for just over 12 months As a previous owner of the Arcam A60, Arcam Alpha and Arcam Delta 90 amps I think I qualify as having "Old ears" Although all those previous amps had tone controls I can honestly say I never used them other than the Delta's mono button if listening to a weak signal from a tuner.
Summary: I went in to Richer Sounds with the intent of buying a Marantz PM6005. I compared it with the Arcam FMJ A19 and was astounded by the difference. I came away with the Arcam no doubt, because I found it to be just a better amplifier. A few weeks later I treated myself to the matching cd player (CD17) and a pair of Monitor Audio BX5 speakers in walnut. All in it is a very detailed and involving system. Great amplifier, great cd player and they compliment the speakers well.
Summary: If the Arcam FMJ A19 had been around some 30/40 years ago, then I would probably have said this amplifier was an absolute winner with superb clarity and depth of sound for the price. Jump forward to today and to my ears the A19 sounds flat, with dull top and bottom end which lacks excitement because like me, most people will suffer from varying degrees of age related hearing loss.