Arcam’s FMJ A49 Mega integrated amplifier
Arcam used to CES to launch a “statement” integrated amplifier, the FMJ A49. Priced at $5000, the A49 offers 200Wpc into 8 ohms (with the first 50W in class-A), 400Wpc into 4 and features a class-G output stage, fully balanced topology, MM/MC phono stages, and a onboard power supply for Arcam’s rSeries of wired and wireless DACs. While Arcam’s lower-priced products are made in China, the new amplifier is the first products to be manufactured in the USA, at the parent company’s facility in Rochester, New York. It was demmed at CES with Canton 9.2 two-way stand-mounted speakers; listening to a 24/96 file of the Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” decoded by Arcam’s D33 DAC, I was struck first by how well John Densmore’s drums had been recorded 45 years ago and second, by how dynamic, how well-defined those drums sounded on this system, even with sub-optimal room acoustics.