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A Precious Gem of a Receiver
It's small and beautiful, like a precious gem among full-size AV gear. But the Cambridge Audio Sonata AR30 FM/AM integrated 2.1 receiver proves that Sonata's beauty is way more than skin deep. Using a substantial toroidal transformer and fully discrete amplification, this svelte receiver offers genuine hi-fi performance and an impressive 40 watts per channel (at 8 Ohms) of controlled, refined power.
"Excellent Music and Home Theater Performance"
"If you've been shopping for a home theater receiver, you likely saw a dizzying array of large models with as many buttons as your dashboard. Perhaps you didn't see the Cambridge Audio Sonata 2.1 channel mini system, a great alternative to a monster receiver," notes Gary Altunian in his review of the Sonata system for About.com – Stereos.
"The system takes little space, it can fill a room with music and has movie sound quality that engages the viewer and I recommend it as a stereo or home theater system for performance-conscious buyers who also want simplicity and ease of use."
"The Cambridge Audio AR30 is a mini-sized 2.1-channel stereo receiver that is dwarfed by its larger counterparts. But its small size is deceiving because under the hood of this solidly built component are some weighty performance features usually reserved for full-sized receivers… [It offers] excellent music and home theater performance and general ease of use."
Complete iPod integration
Sonata's custom-designed iPod dock can vastly improve your digital music thanks to Cambridge Audio's quasi-differential noise canceling technology.
Drawing every last drop of detail from your music collection, the neat yet sturdy dock accommodates any iPod, and the supplied Navigator remote offers armchair control of your iPod, CD, radio, and amp controls. Other MP3 players can also be connected via the front connection and accessed using a dedicated 'MP3' source selector.
Highly Sensitive AM/FM Tuner
The on-board high-sensitivity FM/AM tuners includes 20 presets for instant access to radio stations. It's SIRIUS-ready, too. Simply purchase a SIRIUS tuner device and a subscription in order to activate this amazing service.
Stunning Looks and Circuitry
Not only does Sonata perform superbly, but it also looks absolutely fantastic thanks to a stunning high-end brushed aluminum finish and is available in either black or silver.
The stylish, custom designed metal chassis is only 10.6" wide, allowing the Sonata to fit in spaces that are too tight for full-width components.
Under the hood, micro surface-mount circuit technology improves performance by reducing signal paths to the absolute minimum. This produces a highly detailed and rich soundstage. Sonata is ideal for any room in the home and is perfectly developed to handle music and movies with aplomb.
Even More Features
Sonata also features sleep and alarm timers. A trigger-out feature on the receiver switches on the separately available Sonata DVD or CD player when each source is selected. The AR-30 also has a subwoofer output, a subwoofer input for pass-through of LFE channel on matching DVD player, and a user-nameable AUX input for simple customization.