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A&R Cambridge A60 integrated Hifi stereo amplifier with phono stage
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Lytham St. Annes, United Kingdom

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Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Integrated Amplifier
Audio Inputs: DIN Brand: A&R Cambridge
Audio Outputs: Banana Speaker Jacks Model: A60
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom Number of Channels: 2
Rack Mountable: No

Item description

The A60 is highly regarded for its “smooth” musical sound particularly with vinyl. Prospective buyers are advised to search for reviews from the period to see how highly regarded this amp was.

This amplifier has been owned by me since its purchase new in 1984.  It has been stored in its original box for at least the last 20 years.  I have the original receipt which shows a purchase price of £199 in 1984. It was therefore a later model.  It comes with the original owner’s manual.

I got it out to test it before listing it and was pleasantly surprised at the clean and smooth sound quality as per this amp’s reputation.  I almost put it back into my system. I imagine anyone considering this amp will have some prior knowledge or will have researched it elsewhere.

I have tested only the phono input.  All the controls worked smoothly as they were intended.  Cosmetically there are a few scratches on the teak case and I have tried to show these in the photos. We are having a bit of a clear out before moving to a smaller property so this gem has to go.


The description below is taken from A&R’s own publicity material of the time.

Since its introduction in 1976 the A60 has achieved tremendous acclaim.

The A60 Integrated Stereo Amplifier delivers unsurpassed sound quality and performs with its legendary reliability. It is presented in a highly attractive but appealingly retrained cabinet . This equipment is genuinely in a class of its own.

The A60 can accept any magnetic cartridge. The cartridge may be optimally matched by the addition of a switchable loading module. All the inputs to the A60 have high overload margins so that almost any input source can be accepted without distortion. A switchable high frequency filter is fitted to reduce the noise from scratches on old records and stereo FM noise on tuners. The bass and treble controls have been designed so that deficiencies in some small speakers and cartridges may be corrected without coloration of the mid-frequency band. All input sockets have high quality silver-plated contacts for minimum noise. The loudspeakers are connected via heavy duty screw terminals which can accept either bare wires or 4 mm plugs. Although the speaker sockets are wired directly to the amplifier outputs to obtain the best possible sound quality switched outputs are also fitted enabling the speakers to be cut out when headphones are plugged in.

Tape recording outputs are provided from both auxiliary and tape socket.  The tape button allows source/tape monitoring of the signal when using a tape recorder with separate record and playback heads, while pre-set replay level controls are provided so that the A and B levels can be equalised.

The amplifier section of the A60 is designed to ensure distortion-free drive to loudspeakers of moderate to high efficiency in the most demanding of home listening environments. Maximum power is typically 40 watts per channel into 8 ohm speakers. Electronic protection in the power output stages safeguards against any incorrect loads or short circuits. This short term protection is backed by easily replaced output fuses should a fault persist.


Power output & distortion

Both channels into 8 ohm; >40 W at 0,2% THD 20 Hz - 20 kHz.

1 kHz output at 0,2% THD with one channel driven is typically:

50 W into 8 ohm,

70 W into 4 ohm

IHF burst power into 8 ohm typically 60 W (4 ohm typically 90 W).

1 kHz THD < 0,08% at any level up to 35 W/8ohm, typically < 0,03% at 35 W.

Frequency response:

20 Hz - 20 kHz +0,5 -1 dB reference 1 kHz, output falls continuously beyond these limits

Input sensitivity:

MM cartridge: 2 mV

Tuner: 100 mV

Tape: variable

Input noise:

MM cartridge: <-70 dB

Tuner: <-85 dB

Tape: <-85 dB

Input Impedance:

MM cartridge: 47 kΩin parallel with 100 pF

Tuner: 100 kΩ

Tape: 47 -100 kΩ (depending on sensitivity setting)

Nominal output level:

Tape: 100 mV

Aux: 100 mV

Output impedance:

Tape : 5 kΩ

Aux: 15 kΩ


< -65dB at 1kHz

Tone controls:

Treble up to ±8 dB at 15 kHz

Bass up to ±8 dB at 50 Hz

High Filter turnover frequency: 7,5 kHz; slope 12 dB/octave, Bessel


Short term: delayed V -I electronic protection

Long term: 1,6A 20mm x 5mm quick-blow fuses.

Power supply:

Maximum Load: 120 VA

Mains Voltage: 240 V nominal, range 190 -255 volts.

Dimensions (W x H x D): 450 x 60 x 250 mm (17¾ x 2 x 9¾ inches)

Weight: 4,1 kg (9 lbs)

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