Arcam SA10 Integrated Amplifier


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Sweet & Simple

It might be Arcam's entry level integrated amp but it certainly doesn't sound entry level.  Its clean, punchy, and more powerful than its modest 50w rating gives it credit for.  Combine that with a high quality, 32 bit DAC, a nice phono stage and a clean analogue circuit and you've got yourself a very respectable piece of kit.

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.

Clearing the Path

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.


• 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%

Continuous power output (0.5% THD), per channel:

• Both channels, 8Ω, 20Hz—20kHz 50W 
• Both channels, 4Ω, at 1kHz 85W 
• Harmonic distortion, 80% power, 8Ω at 1kHz 0.003%
Phono Input:

• 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
• 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


• Mains voltage 220–240V, 50–60Hz
 Maximum power consumption 350W
• Dimensions W x H x D (including feet, control 
• knob and speaker terminals) 433x87x310mm
• Weight (net) 8.4kg
• Weight (gross)10.7kg

Arcam SA10 amplifier review

There really is a great deal to like about the Arcam SA10. Match it with a good pair of standmounts, though, and it sings its heart out. -