Cambridge Audio is an award winning true High Fidelity manufacturer of audio equipment with a reputation for innovation and high quality products. Of course if your an audiophile then you know this already!
Founded in 1968 Cambridge Audio quickly made an impact on the market with its cutting-edge technical innovations and unique aesthetics. This is a rare and stunning example of their slim-line designs from the early 1970’s. You will not see a model like this on ebay any time soon!
Good design is an art form and when done right the result should be timeless. And P140X certainly has that, it looks as stunning today as it must have in the early 1970s. If you saw this amplifier in a department store today you would think it a new model just released.
The unit has a gun-metal grey brushed aluminium front with all aluminium controls. It has wood panels for sides that are not veneered but appear to be solid pieces of timber. (I am not a tree expert so I know not what tree it was from). It’s looks are elegant and timeless and IMO this unit could just have easily been released in 2013 instead of the 1960s or 1970s.
Inside the unit is a large toroidal transformer which gives the unit a fair bit of weight, along with a massive heat sink that goes the entire underside of the unit.
Speculating I would guess the unit produces around 40 watts RMS. Its sound is precise, punchy detailed and controlled even at high volume, in short this is a precision instrument.
Cosmetically this unit has some marks (typical of most vintage units of similar age) with one deep mark on one of the switches as seen in the photograph in the banner. However none of these blemishes are visible from listening distance.
[one_half]On the front:
- The unit has four inputs labelled pickup1, pickup2, radio and aux.
- It has a toggle switch for stereo and mono.
- It has a toggle switch labelled tape monitor with on/off/mute
- Treble and Bass controls
- Hi & Lo Filter toggle switch
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Volume & On/Off Switch
On the back:
- Sockets for both alternating and direct current and a main fuse.
- In the Power Amp Section: Banana Jack for Speaker Connection and a Fuse for Left and Right.
- Banana Jack for Ground
- In the Tape Monitor Section it has a dial marked “adjust level” RCA stereo input and output and 2 DIN inputs with one labelled decoder.
- In the section labelled “Pre-Amp Inputs” we have RCA stereo inputs for PU1, PU2, AUX and RADIO.
- And a label that reads “Made in England by Cambridge Audio Ltd St Ives XXXXXXXXXXXX.
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