"Hits the Bull's-Eye"
The P38 is the most advanced power amplifier that Arcam has ever produced. Engineered to deliver breathtaking levels of detail and a truly musical performance, it represents a significant step forward in amplifier design.
With over 30 years of audiophile engineering experience, Arcam is one of the UK's most respected audio companies. The P38 s the latest in a long family line of award-winning hi-fi components.
"If Arcam set out to create a pairing that would be more than competitive in terms of both build-quality and performance, then they have hit the bull's-eye," notes The Absolute Sound magazine for September 2008. "With their beguiling mix of transparency and musicality, the C31 and P38 are fine ambassadors for the prepower approach, and worthy figure heads for the FMJ stereo range."
A Simple But Difficult Goal
The P38 design team was given a simple goal. Their job was to develop the best performing stereo amplifier that Arcam had ever produced. Although it was a huge challenge, the team dug deep into the basic structure of amplifier design, and the result was a remarkable improvement in fidelity.
The fully discrete transistor power amp design uses temperature compensation for enhanced performance and reliability. The current feedback design ensures wide bandwidth for high resolution audio. The all DC coupled signal path delivers enhanced bass control. Two pairs of individually selectable gold plated speaker outputs are provided.
An In-House Solution to Thermal Influences
An in-house research project yielded a wealth of information concerning the influences of thermal conditions on power amplifier performance. As a result, the P38 features a number of new technologies which practically eliminate thermal modulation of audio signals and ensure truly dynamic and enthralling reproduction. New Sanken output devices and dramatically improved thermal coupling provide an extremely stable device temperature, resulting in much improved linearity.
The P38's massive toroid based power supply delivers effortless control of loudspeakers with a new low noise XQ core. When used in a pre/power combination with the Arcam C31 preamplifier or another high-quality preamp, the P38 produces a level of sound quality that will enthrall all who listen, from the keenest music lover to the most demanding audiophile.
"If Arcam set out to create a pairing that would be more than competitive in terms of both build-quality and performance, then they have hit the bull's-eye – despite the congested market place. With their beguiling mix of transparency and musicality, the C31 and P38 are fine ambassadors for the prepower approach, and worthy figure heads for the FMJ stereo range."
- The Absolute Sound magazine, September 2008