Rega Brio vs Cambridge Audio CXA80

Rega Brio vs Cambridge Audio CXA80

Rega Brio review

The power output per channel of this device is slightly higher than his opponent’s. Here we have 58/8 vs 40/8 W/Ohm. The amplifier is an example of Hi-Fi minimalism; it has neither tone controls nor headphone output. On the front panel of Brio are only a volume control and an input switching button, with which you can sequentially select one of the signal sources. The remote control adds to this functionality the ability to mute the sound. Simple and reliable, this amplifier can become the basis of a very high-level Hi-Fi system, and is characterized by a very favorable ratio of quality and price. Rega Brio

Cambridge Audio CXA80 review

The device is made in a metal case with a thick aluminum front panel, on which all the necessary controls, as well as convenient indicators, are located. There are also jacks for connecting headphones and a portable signal source, and in addition to adjusting the volume, you can also adjust the stereo balance and timbre of sound in the low and high frequencies. The Cambridge Audio CXA 80 operates in the classic A / B class, and its output stages produce quite a bit of heat. For its effective removal, a large ventilation window is provided on the upper panel of the amplifier, covered with a protective net. Cambridge Audio CXA80

Rega Brio pros & cons

Pros

  • High antiresonance characteristics of the cases
  • The ability to connect a vinyl player
  • The presence of a USB-DAC for high-quality playback of files from external drives

Cons

  • No digital inputs

Cambridge Audio CXA80 pros & cons

Pros

  • It is smooth sounding and the treble and bass are very well accented
  • There is the potential for scaling the system

Cons

  • The toroidal transformer was loosely mounted and it shifted a little every time I picked up the unit

Votes 6 6
Rating 3.8 3.8

Integrated amplifiers comparison chart

Overall
4.7
Cambridge Audio CXA80
7.3
8
8
3
3
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Common

Product

Rega Brio
Cambridge Audio CXA80

Model

Brio
CXA80

Brand

Rega
Cambridge Audio

Reviews

20
41

Amplifier

Channels

2
2

Power output (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8, 73/4
80/8, 120/4

Power output per channel, W/Ohm

58/8, 93/4
40/8, 65/4

Output Impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 4

Frequency response

12Hz-43KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.02
0.02

Signal-to-noise ratio, dB

97
103

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Wolfson WM8740 192 KHz/24-bit

Speaker A/B switching

Pure direct mode

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

optional

Ethernet (RJ45)

Control

Bass

Treble

Balance

Remote control

Extensive connection

Optical digital input/output

0/0
2/0

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/1

Phono (MM) input

1
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Headphone outputs

1
1

USB

0
1

Preamplifier outputs (pair)

0
1

Main inputs (pair)

0
0

Line level inputs (pair)

5
4

XLR inputs (pair)

0
1

Record outputs (pair)

1
0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

RS-232

0
0

Additional features

Auto power off

Built-in display

Power

Power consumption, W

195
750

Power consumption standby, W

0.5
0.5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

13.6 x 3.1 x 8.5/7 x 1.9 x 4.9
43 x 11.5 x 34.1/16.9 x 4.5 x 13.4

Weight, kg/lbs

6.1/11.24
8.7/19.18
Rega Brio
Cambridge Audio CXA80
Rega Brio
Cambridge Audio CXA80

Integrated amplifiers CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • 4.7
  • 7.3
  • 4.7Rega Brio
  • 7.3Cambridge Audio CXA80

The Cambridge Audio CXA80 is better integrated amplifier in this comparison. Check Cambridge Audio CXA80 price