Stereo Amplifier with digital inputs, Arcam SA10 review

Admin May 21, 2020
Updated 2020/05/21 at 10:47 PM
Arcam SA10

With more input flexibility than ever before and the same award-winning sound, Arcam SA10 sets a new class standard.


Winning heritage
Based on the award-winning Arcam A19, the SA10 is one of the best sound amplifiers in the class. As you would expect from Arcam, the sound quality is very well balanced with a smooth, refined, realistic midrange and powerful (but not exaggerated) bass high. The SA10 adapts to a wide range of music and reaches the heart of the melody, allowing you to listen to the music exactly as the creator wanted.Arcam SA10

The first Arcam amplifier with digital inputs
At first for Arcam, the SA10 comes with digital inputs. This means that you can connect your TV, CD/DVD/Blu-ray player, game console, streamer or other device through optical inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. Going straight and using Arcam’s integrated ESS DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor), you get excellent clarity and a much more ‘open’ sound with strong dynamics. Television will never have sounded so good!

Dig your vinyl
If you use a turntable, then you are on a gift with Arcam SA10. The dedicated phono (Moving Magnet) input built into the SA10 is a high-quality device designed to get the best out of your vinyl. Unlike many integral sound stages that are simply there to compose specifications, the Arcam has been carefully developed to provide low noise and high levels of detail within the music. If you do not plan to use a raw log deck, simply change the insertion at the line level and can be used for another source.

Connect All
In addition to the three digital inputs and the sound phase, the SA10 also features three analog RCA inputs and a 3.5mm AUX front-mounted input. The plug at the front is perfect for laptops or even the smartphone, with the rear inputs ideal for permanent sources such as a CD player and tuner. If you’re a fan of headphones, the built-in, high-quality headphone amplifier is powerful enough to get the best out of a wide range of designs.Arcam SA10 3

Control options
As standard, Arcam SA10 comes with a backlit learning remote control. This makes it easier to use at low light levels and will control other useful functions, such as controlling the volume of your amplifier. If you prefer to use the amplifier via your iPhone or iPad, simply connect to the network and download the Arcam Musiclife app for a smooth check. For effortless operation as part of a home automation system, the SA10 also features Net, RS232 and USB interfaces (charging only). Photo:Arcam

Get into the heart of music, whatever the source, with Arcam SA10 totally attractive.

Arcam SA10 specs:

Brand Arcam
Colour Black
USB 1 – charge only
Weight (KG) 10.7
Smartphone control Yes – Musiclife
Analogue RCA Inputs 3 + MM Phono/Line 4
MP3 Front Input 1 x 3.5mm
Remote Control yes
Power Output – Watts per CH 50 x 2
Phono Input Yes – MM
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Pre Output Yes
Headphone Output Yes
Speaker Sets 1
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 433 x 310 x 87
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