Arcam SA20 Integrated Amplifier
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Arcam SA20 Integrated Amplifier

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£915.83 Exc. VAT |  



Arcam SA20 Integrated Amplifier 

Featuring Arcam’s renowned Class-G tech plus an ESS Sabre DAC, the Arcam SA20 puts all the best ingredients together to cook up a stunning amplifier.

Class-G for the best of all worlds
Arcam’s pioneering Class-G amplifier technology gives the SA20 the best possible sound in all circumstances. The first quarter of its potential power (80 watts) is delivered in pure Class-A. Class-A is renowned for a rich, smooth sound that makes instruments and vocals sound incredibly life-like. Once you go beyond this point, efficient digital amplification kicks in – delivering plenty of power without the huge reserves of power and inefficiency that Pure Class-A all the way would demand. Sweet and refined yet a beast when unleased – the Arcam SA20 gives you the best of all worlds.

Digital inputs with ESS DAC for superior sound quality
While Class-G tech handles the amplifier side of business, a superior quality ESS Sabre 9038 DAC (Digital to Analogue) makes the most of your digital sources. By going direct and using the Arcam’s built-in DAC you get superb clarity and a much more ‘open’ sound with strong dynamics. Two coaxial digital inputs and one optical let you connect up to three sources – perfect for a CD/DVD/Blu-ray player, streamer and even your TV!

Spin vinyl
Great with digital, the Arcam SA20 also makes the most of vinyl. The dedicated phono input (Moving Magnet) built into the SA20 is a high quality device, designed to get the best from your vinyl. Unlike many integral phono stages that are simply there to make up the spec, the Arcam’s has been carefully developed to provide low noise and high levels of detail within the music. If you don’t plan to use a record deck, simply switch the input to line level and you can use it for another source.

Room for all your music components
As well as the three digital inputs and phono stage, the SA20 is also equipped with three analogue RCA inputs and a front-mounted 3.5mm AUX input. The socket at the front is perfect for portables or even your smartphone, with the rear inputs ideal for permanent sources such as a CD player and tuner. If you’re a headphones fan, the high quality, built-in headphone amp is punchy enough to get the best out of a wide range of designs.

Control options
As standard, the Arcam SA20 is supplied with a backlit, learning remote control. This makes it easier to use in low light levels and it will control other handy functions – such as your amp’s volume control. If you’d rather operate the amp via your iPhone or iPad, simply connect to your network and download Arcam’s Musiclife app for seamless control. For effortless operation as part of a home automation system, the SA20 also features Net, RS232 and USB (for charging only) interfaces.

Powerful when it needs to be but subtle when it doesn’t, the Arcam SA20 is a great musical all-rounder.

Both Channels, 8Ω, 20Hz—20kHz 90W
Single Channel, 4Ω, At 1kHz 180W
Harmonic Distortion, 80% Power, 8Ω at 1kHz 0.002%
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
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
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
Nominal Output Level 630mV
Output Impedance 230Ω
Maximum Output Level Into 600Ω 5Vrms
Output Impedance
Load Range 16Ω – 2kΩ
Mains Voltage 110–120V or 220–240V, 50–60Hz
Maximum Power Consumption 500W
Dimensions (Including Feet, Control Knob & Speaker Terminals) W433mm x H87mm x D323mm
Weight (Net) 9.2kg
Weight (Gross) 11.1kg
Supplied Accessories Mains leads 
Remote control 
2 x AAA batteries
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Arcam SA20 amp
31 October 2022  | 

Excellent reproduction when connected to either 1995 Arcam CD transport and modest Duel turntable.

Old model offered 2 speaker options which I found to be useful but missing on this unit

Good product

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Arcam SA-20
25 April 2021  | 

Using this as Amp and DAC from my CD player. Musical and natural to my ears. Find I'm listening to the music and not the system. Particularly like how it resolves the nuances and delicacies in the quiet sections of orchestral music but perfectly capable with fortissimo dynamics. Excellent value for money in my opinion. Very fast delivery time with super quick responses from Gary.

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