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With comprehensive inputs, including XLR balanced, digital and USB audio, plus class-leading power, the Cambridge CXA80 silences the opposition.
RIGOROUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL FOR POWERFUL, DETAILED SOUND
Lift the lid on the Cambridge CXA80 and you’ll find components and technology that would usually only be found on much more expensive designs. At its heart is a fully symmetrical Class A/B amplifier. This ensures a precise, even sound with excellent separation between the right and left channels. Powering the amp is a large toroidal power transformer with separate, dual-mono windings. By having separate windings for left and right channels, the symmetrical amplifier design is enhanced still further, with the clarity and imaging more reminiscent of amplifiers from a class or two above. Renowned for their low noise, high efficiency and superior sound quality, the over-sized transformer also helps give the CXA80 its powerful, dynamic sound and a hefty 80 watts per channel power output. This is enough to drive most speakers to high levels in pretty much all domestic environments.
BUILT-IN DAC FOR DIGITAL DELIGHT
The Cambridge CXA80 has been designed from scratch to work just as well with your digital sources as it is your analogue ones. This means that Cambridge have gone to the trouble of fitting a high quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) inside the amp. Usually found in their dedicated DacMagic range, the Wolfson WM8740 DAC chipset offers high quality sound that could actually improve the sound of your existing digital sources. With two optical digital inputs and one coaxial one, you can connect up to three digital sources, such as games console, TV and a CD transport such as the matching Cambridge CXC.
ASYNCHRONOUS USB AUDIO
A further highlight of the CXA80’s spec is the asynchronous USB socket at the rear. This makes the ideal connection for hooking up your computer as it will effectively 'control' the PC's output for the best sound quality possible. This greatly reduces jitter and gives the highest quality sound possible from your computer audio.
Add the optional Cambridge BT100 Bluetooth dongle (cost option) and you’ll be able to enjoy Bluetooth connectivity with your Smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer or other compatible device. Not only will the music from your Bluetooth device sound superb through the unit’s sophisticated DAC technology but it is also compatible with the higher grade Bluetooth aptX CODEC - used on many of the latest devices. This enhanced form of Bluetooth transmission is designed to give the highest audio quality and gets the closest yet to a conventional wired connection.
FLEXIBLE ANALOGUE CONNECTIVITY INCLUDING BALANCED XLR INPUTS
Just because it has class-leading digital connectivity doesn’t mean that Cambridge has forgotten about analogue connectivity – far from it, in fact! More usually found on ‘reference’ hi-fi and professional equipment, the CXA80 boasts balanced XLR inputs. When connected to a suitable source, this gives a fully balanced, hot/cold, connection for the ultimate analogue signal quality. The Cambridge CXA80 also has four line level inputs: easily enough for the vast majority of systems. An added bonus is the 3.5mm, front-mounted input. This is perfect for connecting up your MP3 player or smartphone for quick and convenient playback. Other handy connections include an RCA subwoofer output, headphone socket and connections for two pairs of speakers.
The CXA80 is part of the totally redesigned CX-Series. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXA80 a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the matching CD transport and network player. Yet it’s far more than just a good-looking case; it helps the sound quality, too. With rigid, metal construction and low-resonance design, the casing helps shield the amp from both mechanical and electrical interference, helping to improve clarity and reduce background noise.