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Cambridge Audio AZUR 550A

Cambridge Audio AZUR 550A
alaScore 79

8 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews of Cambridge Audio AZUR 550A. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Cambridge Audio AZUR 550A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Cambridge Audio AZUR 550A

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Cambridge Audio AZUR 550A from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Cambridge Audio Azur 550A Integrated Amplifier, BlackCambridge Audio Azur 550A Integrated Amplifier, Black

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Neil Gader (avguide.com)

Cambridge Audio Azur 550A Integrated Amplifier & Azur 550C Disc Player (TAS 202)

 

Cambridge Audio must employ mind readers. I know it's got my number. I feel as if Cambridge made the new Azur 550A integrated amplifier and the 550C CD player especially for me-took into account my listening expectations and connectivity considerations...

Amps, Preamps, etc

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Neil Gader (avguide.com)

Cambridge Audio Azur 550A Integrated Amplifier and Azur 550C Disc Player

 
Dec, 2009

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Cambridge Audio Azur 550A review

 

The Azur 550A is another fine budget amplifier from Cambridge Audio, although in this market the competition's more than fierce

Sparkling design and sound ; scale, dynamics and detail are very good

Edgy treble ; competition is very fierce

Another fine budget amp from the specialists in that field – but we’d pay a little more for the best

Jul, 2010

Product Specifications

Cambridge Audios highly-respected amplifier topology goes to new levels of performance and refinement with the introduction of the 550A. A completely redesigned output stage helps improve bass response and dynamics even further while enabling control of virtually any speaker with aplomb. Making the 550A a true benchmark in its category was of course a key requirement to Cambridge Audios design team. One area which has received considerable attention is the companys proprietary CAP5 protection system. Maintaining the original designs raison d'être constantly monitoring for overloads, faults and clipping whilst guaranteeing no sound degradation this new iteration now allows for even greater dynamics and more powerful real-world performance. And like its highly respected predecessors, the 550A features an oversize toroidal transformer for excellent efficiency and extremely low noise. But power is nothing without control and its not just at high volumes where this amplifier offer peak performance. A completely new high specification Alps volume pot control ensures perfect channel balance at low levels and is complemented with new tone controls offering equally intricate level setting. Other important improvements include new audiophile grade polypropylene signal capacitors, gold-plated speaker outputs, custom-made electrolytic capacitors in critical positions and several new carefully calculated circuit tweaks. With so much shoehorned inside, its astonishing how the new Azur 550A looks so elegant. In addition to a raft of sonic and environmental benefits, the new Azur range has a completely fresh contoured look with razor sharp displays and velvety smooth controls. A substantial brushed aluminium front panel, a seamless wrap-over lid assembly and dual-layer damped feet all adhere to Cambridge Audios rock-solid design standards and also help improve performance through superb resonance control.

Audio

Amplifier class:A/B
Frequency range:5 - 50000
Input impedance:47
Peak power per channel:60
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):92
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.002

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-230
Power consumption (standby):1
Power consumption (typical):500
Power protection features:Over current, Over voltage, Short circuit

Indication

LED Indicators: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
Multichannel pre out connectivity:RCA
Speakers connectivity type:RCA

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-230
Power consumption (standby):1
Power consumption (typical):500
Power protection features:Over current, Over voltage, Short circuit

Technical Details

Color of product:Black
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Handheld remote control: Yes
Purpose:Home
Volume Control:Rotary
Wireless technologies:Wired

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8
Height:4.72
Weight:17.6
Width:16.9