A49 Arcam

How does A 49 Integrated compare with Accuphase E460 to drive 803D? Brother has gifted me 803D.
I would imagine Arcam will fill the gap with new products.
The A49 will list for around $5,000; it's designed in the UK, and built in the US, in Rochester, NY.
I would expect to see an A29 and A39 eventually...just guessing.
Thanks, Jeff. Yes, I hope they do make an A29 or A39. I would love to hear what my A19 would do with 100 watts. The 50 watts and everything else about the A19 is fantastic!

Dcgandhi, I wish I could help you with a comparison of the E460/A49. I do hope you get a chance to hear the A49. Arcam is making some outstanding gear of late.


I used to own an Arcam A-28 and an Accuphase rig (A-45 amp and C-2410 pre) at the same time. I have used the Arcam (together with a set of Dynaudio Audience monitors and a Rel Quake subwoofer) in the living room for TV watching, while the Accuphase system was used in my music room.

The A-28 is certainly a nice (life-style orientated) integrated amp, but it is nowhere near the level of any Accuphase integrated, e.g. E-308/408, E-350/450/550, E-460/E-560, etc.. Accuphase is really a hi-end manufacture and this is reflected not only in sound but also in price, i.e. the E-460 will probably be significantly more expensive that the A-49 (at least a factor of 2 if we consider retail prices). I am sure the A-49 will be significantly better than the A-28, but I doubt it will be as good as the Accuphase. The Accuphase will probably not be twice as good, but for sure will make you twice as proud an owner.

Finally, I do not have experience with Arcam and B&W, but Accuphase and B&W speakers from the 800 series is a very very good combination.

Good luck and keep us posted!
Arcam was my introduction into better audio; my Alpha 9 integrated and power amps are now in the closet; my CD sources remain the Alpha 9 CD player and the Alpha MCD multi-disc player. I have the most regard for Arcam; can't wait to see reviews of the new top-of-the-line.
I am happy to read that you are please with Arcam gear Jeff. However, that does not answer the OP's question and neither does it put Arcam in the same league with the big hi-end companies.