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Arcam FMJ A19

Has anyone heard the new Arcam amp yet? I believe it was very impressive at the recent Sydney Audio Show. Looking for a new Amp to pair with some Dynaudio Excite x12's in a small room with a wide range of music.

The mid range amp choice is really hotting up with the Arcam, Cambridge Audio 651 A (great value) Rega Brio R and models from Audiolab, Exposure, Creek and Roksan. Its great that we have such good quality amps to choose from but it makes the choice harder!
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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

Is it available in the UK yet?

If it's like older Arcams, they don't have the purest current so unless you're prepared to use a power amp, it may struggle with Dyns. Personally, you'd be better off with Naim 5i, Cyrus or Leema. Dynaudio produces some wonderful speakers but do need a ballsy amp to get the best out of them.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

Had e mail correspondence with Arcam and the new amp was used at the Sydney show with a pair of Dynaudio floorstanders to very high levels!
The new Arcam amp is showing as available now at some retailer websites.Is seems to be a big improvement on the FMJ 18.

The Dynaudio X12 is not as difficult to drive as people believe. Have seen threads of forums when people have driven them with amps such as the Rega Brio R really well.
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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

Hi there - hopefully we'll be getting our review sample in the next week. Keep your eyes peeled for our exclusive review!

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

On the AVForums site in the Arcam Users section you can read quite a bit about the A19 and the Sydney show, with input from the Arcam representative who conducted the show. They used the Dynaudio Focus 380 speakers at that show.

 

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

AFACR, when the A18 was released people on here were saying it was a departure from the usual Arcam sound, liken it to a Cyrus presentation-wise. :shame:

Can't honestly see it being too different from previous incarnations, knowing Arcam's 'safe' approach, but I could be so wrong.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

Can't imagine that the entry level integrated can drive 380s adequately

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You would have thought so, but why would Arcam take a chance of it not looking and sounding the part if they weren't absolutely happy that it could cope. I made a comment on that forum that I thought it was an odd pairing, a £600 amp with a £5k +  pair of speakers. If you'd spent that much on the speakers, would you consider a budget entry amp to drive them?

 

 

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

Thanks Andy look forward to the review. The people at Arcam seem to be excited about this amp!

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

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You would have thought so, but why would Arcam take a chance of it not looking and sounding the part if they weren't absolutely happy that it could cope. I made a comment on that forum that I thought it was an odd pairing, a £600 amp with a £5k +  pair of speakers. If you'd spent that much on the speakers, would you consider a budget entry amp to drive them?

It makes good PR. It looks far more impressive than hooking them up to a pair of £200 Musos. I'm one of the biggest Arcam fans around, so I hope I'm wrong but there's been so many false dawns over recent years.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

If it turns out to be top class it will certainly increase competition for mid range amps. I cant remember a situation were we have so many high quality amps to choose from. Most of them from British companies- Creek, Arcam, Rega, Leema, Audiolab, Cambridge -  which is great!

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paulsue38 wrote:

If it turns out to be top class it will certainly increase competition for mid range amps. I cant remember a situation were we have so many high quality amps to choose from. Most of them from British companies- Creek, Arcam, Rega, Leema, Audiolab, Cambridge -  which is great!

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Absolutely - can't wait to read the review.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

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I cant remember a situation were we have so many high quality amps to choose from. Most of them from British companies- Creek, Arcam, Rega, Leema, Audiolab, Cambridge -  which is great!

Three of those are made in China. One of them (Audiolab) made by IAG, a wholly Chinese owned company, and the Arcam might also end up being made in China*.

All Cambridge Audio products are made in China.  (Some design is done there now.)

You're ok with Rega (Southend-On-Sea) and Leema (Wales).

(Although PP could look at the back of his Leema amp and check for sure.)

*Some Arcam products are "Designed & Made In The UK" and some are just "Designed In The UK" but made in China.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

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paulsue38 wrote:
I cant remember a situation were we have so many high quality amps to choose from. Most of them from British companies- Creek, Arcam, Rega, Leema, Audiolab, Cambridge -  which is great!

Three of those are made in China. One of them (Audiolab) made by IAG, a wholly Chinese owned company, and the Arcam might also end up being made in China*.

All Cambridge Audio products are made in China.  (Some design is done there now.)

You're ok with Rega (Southend-On-Sea) and Leema (Wales).

(Although PP could look at the back of his Leema amp and check for sure.)

*Some Arcam products are "Designed & Made In The UK" and some are just "Designed In The UK" but made in China.

(Lazy answer*) Considering Leema upgraded my Pulse - I sent it by courier to Wales  FOC - and they re-earthed and fitted a new circuit board, the new MKIII version, I can only assume it is designed and built in the land of sheep.

 

*Can't be bothered to heave the rack out.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19

I didnt say they were made in Britian I said they are British companies. Most economies out source not sure what the problem is to be honest. They all employ people in the UK as well and make great products.

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RE: Arcam FMJ A19 Any news on First Test

Andy Madden mentioned a couple of weeks ago they were receiving a sample of the A19. Any updates yet?

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