The Arcam A29 is one of the newer arrivals to the Arcam range. It is the least expensive amplifier to use the Class G technology and the entry point in the two channel amplifier range.
Results are very pleasing indeed. Using the Arcam CDS27 and running it into Russell K Red 100 speakers, it sounds genuinely superb. It has a little less ‘grip’ and focus than the larger A39 but a lot more power, refinement and resolution than the smaller A19. Rather than being a sort of ‘mini me’ A39, the 29 turns out to have a rather nice but different character of its own.
We heard it as sweeter, softer and slightly more ethereal but these character differences will vary with the speakers used. Either way it’s a very serious contender, even if the budget extends some way north of the £895 asking price.
A29 £849 delivered
Continuous power output (20Hz—20kHz at 0.5% THD), per channel
Both channels, 8Ω, 20Hz—20kHz Single channel, 4Ω, at 1kHz Harmonic distortion, 80% power, 8Ω at 1kHz Inputs Phono (MM) cartridge:
Input sensitivity at 1kHz Input impedance Frequency response (ref. RIAA curve) Signal/Noise ratio (Awtd) 50W, ref. 5mV input Overload margin, ref. 5mV at 1kHz
Inputs: Nominal sensitivity Input impedance Maximum input Frequency response Signal/noise ratio (Awtd) 50W, ref. 1V input
Preampli er output
Nominal output level Output impedance Headphone output Maximum output level into 600Ω Output impedance
Accessory power output
2.1mm DC connector
Mains voltage Power consumption (maximum) Dimensions W x D x H (including feet) Weight (net) Weight (packed) Supplied accessories
80W 175W 0.003%
5mV 47kΩ + 100pF 20Hz – 20kHz ± 1dB 80dB 23dB
1V 10kΩ 4.6Vrms 20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.2dB 105dB
1Ω 16Ω – 2kΩ
110-120V or 220-240V 500W 433 x 275 x 85mm 9.2kg 10.7kg
Mains lead CR902 remote control 2 x AAA batteries Accessory power cable