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Cambridge Audio CXA80 Stereo Amplifier (Silver)

Cambridge Audio

Stereo Integrated Amplifier With Built-In DAC

Cambridge Audio CXA80 Stereo Integrated Amplifier With Built-In DAC - Front view

Cambridge Audio CXA80 Stereo Integrated Amplifier With Built-In DAC - Front view
 

Stereo Amplifier With 80 Watts RMS/Channel Output And Built-In Wolfson DAC.


Toroidal Transformer, Contemporary Design And Remote.

Colour Selected: Silver
Availability: Phone To Order
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Product Description

What makes the Cambridge Audio CX-A80 amplifier so special? Our friends at Cambridge tell us that designing the CX Series amplifiers was a labour of love; the product of a team dedicated to extracting every drop of pleasure and detail from all genres of music. 

Overview

The CXA80 is from the same family as the CXA60 but has increased power output of 80 Watts per channel which may be useful if you have a large room, inefficient speakers or just simply want some extra power for those times when your wife is out shopping for new furniture! There are also a couple of other minor features that may be useful to a few. Its class A/B amplifier design reveal spectacular detail in your music whether that be analogue or digital. We can say that because the CXA60 and CXA80 both have a high quality DAC built-in. The low-flux toroidal transformer also enhances performance and together these design details deliver incredible control over your speakers. The CXA80 has been designed with digital in mind and features two optical inputs and a co-axial digital input so you connect up all of your digital sources.

Asynchronous USB Audio: A further highlight of the CXA80's spec (compared to the lower priced CXA-60) 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.

Optional Bluetooth: Add an optional BT100 Bluetooth dongle (sold separately) and you’ve got aptX streaming direct from your smartphone or tablet, allowing access to music from Spotify, Youtube and a host of others. 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.

Built-In Wolfson DAC: The Cambridge CXA80 has been designed from scratch to work just as well with your digital sources as it is your analogue ones. To journey deeper into the music you love, the CXA80 has a high quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) inside the amp. Usually found in their dedicated DacMagic range, the high-specification 24-bit 192kHz 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.

Analogue Connectivity: Just because the CXA80 comes supplied with class-leading digital connectivity, doesn't mean that Cambridge has forgotten about traditinal analogue components. With four RCA line-level inputs - easily enough for the vast majority of consumers - and a front panel 3.5mm Auxilliary jack. 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 via heavy duty terminals that accept both bare wire and banana plugs.

Very Sleek Styling: 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. The floating effect of the chassis, the brushed finish, the easy-to-read display, they’re all designed to create a hi-fi amplifier that’s as beautiful on the outside as it’s well engineered on the inside. 

Our Take

As with the CXA60, the sound stage is very pronounced as was the stereo imagery. Obviously the extra 20 watts (80W v 60W) does deliver more punch down low when pushed hard. Both vinyl pressings and digital sources are very engaging. We've run a number of favourites and have been very pleased with the overall musicality. Definitely a serious consideration if you play your music hard or enjoy music with extremes in bass and dynamics and that includes classical and rock/pop music. If you are into 'elevator' music, then the CXA60 will suffice.

The so-called 80 Watt output may sound conservative, but if you don't already know it is not 'wattage' that makes the difference in sound quality but rather current output and the CXA80 with its massive toroidal power transformer has plenty. So don't just compare it with other brands that may offer more 'wattage' before you listen. And of course the built-in DAC doesn't come for free! It to is not your budget variety but based on the popular DacMagic series. Whatever your source - digital or analogue - the CXA80 reveals depths and layers of sound, letting you re-discover and enjoy your favourite music and is a talented all-rounder.

  • Design: Class A/B Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC
  • Output 8 Ohms: 2 x 80 Watts per channel (20Hz-20kHz)
  • Output 4 Ohms: 2 x 120 Watts per channel 
  • Low-Impedance Drive: 4 Ohm capability allows use with a wider range of speakers
  • THD: 0.02% @ 20-20kHz at 80% of rated power
  • DAC: Built-in high-performance Wolfson WM8740 DAC
    • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in your TV's audio menu. The built-in DAC cannot decode multi-channel Dolby® Digital signals.
  • Power Transformer: Toroidal type for low noise and high-current output
  • Heat Sinks: Separate left and right channel heat sinks
  • Circuit Path: Symmetrical separated circuit paths for maximum stereo separation and minimal cross-channel interference
  • Volume Pot: High-quality ALPs film-type volume control provides superb low-level channel balance and stereo imaging
  • Bass/Treble Controls: Boost/cut +/- 10dB @ 100Hz and 10kHz
  • Switching: Relay-based input source switching with silver-plated contacts for maximum signal transfer
  • Cabinet: Full-metal casework with thick, brushed aluminum front panel and acoustically damped chassis for enhanced resonance control

Connectivity

  • Digital Audio Inputs: 2 x Optical; 1 x Coaxial
  • Line Level Inputs: 4 x Stereo RCA type audio inputs; 1 x Front-panel minijack (3.5mm) audio input
  • Balanced Line Input: 1 x Stereo XLR
  • Turntable Input: No. Add optional phono pre-amplifier to one pair of the L + R audio  line-level inputs
  • Bluetooth-Ready: Available with optional Cambridge Audio BT-100 adapter
  • Pre-Amp Output: 1 x Stereo RCA type preamp output
  • Subwoofer Output: 1 x Mono subwoofer output - ideal for 2.1 speaker systems
  • Headphone Jack: 1 x Minijack on front panel
  • Speaker Outputs: Switchable A+B speaker option
  • Speaker Terminals: Heavy duty binding-post connectors will accept bare wire or banana plugs

Other

  • Remote Control: System type operates other compatible Cambridge Audio components
  • Power Input: 220-230V 50Hz 
  • Power Consumption: 600 Watts
  • Stand-by Consumption: 0.05 Watt
  • Detachable Power Cord: Allows for upgrade to a better quality power cord for improved performance
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 115 x 341mm
  • Nett Weight: 8.3kg
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years.

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name Stereo Integrated Amplifier With Built-In DAC
Brand Cambridge Audio
Colour Silver
Power Output Per Channel 71 - 100 Watts RMS
Connectivity XLR Balanced Inputs, Subwoofer Output, A+B Speaker Outputs, Headphone Output, Bluetooth Optional, Front Panel Input, RCA Preamp Outputs
Digital Features Built-In DAC, Optical Input, Coaxial Input, USB Type B Input
Amplifier Design Type Class A/B
Shipping Weight (kg) 9.5000
Price Range $1,599

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