Cambridge Audio CXA80 Review and Specs

Cambridge Audio CXA80Not so long ago, the British company Cambridge Audio introduced users a new series of devices - CX. And here we want you to see the Cambridge Audio CXA80 specs listed in this Cambridge Audio CXA80 review.

Cambridge Audio CXA80 review

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Specs and features

This unit has the power of 40W (8 ohms). It has a built-in DAC on the Wolfson WM8740 chip. A large toroidal transformer is installed in the power supply of the amplifier, the design of which is optimized for use in audio technology. For the supply of each channel, separate secondary windings are used here, with their own rectifier diodes and filtering capacitors. The trace of the amplifier circuit boards is designed in such a way as to reduce the length of the audio signal transmission circuits.

Design and build

The Cambridge Audio CXA 80 integrated amplifier has a design similar to the younger model, but develops increased output power and also has advanced functionality. 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. Both channels are mounted on separate boards to eliminate crosstalk.

Cambridge Audio CXA80

Connectivity

The Cambridge Audio CXA80 is equipped with four line inputs (in addition to the one located on the front panel), and also has pre-outs for connecting an external power amplifier and subwoofer. A feature of this device is the presence of three digital inputs: two optical, coaxial and USB. The latter works in asynchronous mode and is designed to receive a digital stream with parameters up to 24 bit / 192 kHz. In addition, the optional BT100 Bluetooth module with support for aptX codec can be connected to the CXA 80.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • A good combination of detail and musicality. The system does not lubricate music into a single cloud
  • There is the potential for scaling the system

Cons

  • Difficulties with building a scene
  • Modest possibilities of balanced switching

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Common features

Product

Cambridge Audio CXA80

Model

CXA80

Brand

Cambridge Audio

Reviews

41

Amplifier

Channels

2

Power output (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 120/4

Power output per channel, W/Ohm

40/8, 65/4

Output Impedance, Ohm

8, 4

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.02

Signal-to-noise ratio, dB

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

2/0

Coaxial digital input/output

1/1

Phono (MM) input

0

Subwoofer output

1

Headphone outputs

1

USB

1

Preamplifier outputs (pair)

1

Main inputs (pair)

0

Line level inputs (pair)

4

XLR inputs (pair)

1

Record outputs (pair)

0

DC trigger output (12V)

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0

RS-232

0

Additional features

Auto power off

Built-in display

Power

Power consumption, W

750

Power consumption standby, W

0.5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 11.5 x 34.1/16.9 x 4.5 x 13.4

Weight, kg/lbs

8.7/19.18
Cambridge Audio CXA80
Cambridge Audio CXA80

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