Cambridge Audio CXA80 vs Marantz PM8005

Cambridge Audio CXA80 vs Marantz PM8005

Cambridge Audio CXA80 review

The Cambridge Audio CXA 80 operates in the classic A / B class, and its output stages produce quite a bit of heat. Both channels of the CXA 80 are mounted on separate boards to eliminate crosstalk, including using individual cooling radiators (the principle of "double mono"). A large toroidal transformer is installed in the power supply of the amplifier, the design of which is optimized for use in audio technology. To supply each channel, separate secondary windings are used here. This unit has the power of 40W (8 ohms). At the same time his opponent here develops the power of 35W (with an 8-ohm load). There are two XLR inputs and USB. Cambridge Audio CXA80

Marantz PM8005 review

The amplifier is equipped with a tri-band tone control (bass, midrange, treble), which greatly simplifies the setting of the optimal tonal balance depending on the characteristics of other components of the system and listening room. On the rear panel of the Marantz PM8005 there are five line inputs, an input for connecting an MM-cartridge of a vinyl disc player, an output for a recording device. In addition, an adjustable output from the preamplifier and a direct input of the tip are provided here. All connectors on the amplifier have gold-plated contact surfaces. Marantz PM8005

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

Marantz PM8005 pros & cons

Pros

  • The uniqueness lies in the work with current feedback, which allows you to generate a large supply of energy
  • In order to eliminate unnecessary vibrations, the manufacturer created a special three-layer system

Cons

  • As for me, it is too heavy

Votes 14 14
Rating 4.1 4.1

Integrated amplifiers comparison chart

Overall
Cambridge Audio CXA80
7.3
Marantz PM8005
7
8
7
3
10
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Common

Product

Cambridge Audio CXA80
Marantz PM8005

Model

CXA80
PM8005

Brand

Cambridge Audio
Marantz

Reviews

41
23

Amplifier

Channels

2
2

Power output (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 120/4
70/8, 100/4

Power output per channel, W/Ohm

40/8, 65/4
35/8, 50/4

Output Impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 4

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
5Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.02
0.02

Signal-to-noise ratio, dB

103
106

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
0/0

Coaxial digital input/output

1/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

0
1

Subwoofer output

1
0

Headphone outputs

1
1

USB

1
0

Preamplifier outputs (pair)

1
1

Main inputs (pair)

0
0

Line level inputs (pair)

4
7

XLR inputs (pair)

1
0

Record outputs (pair)

0
1

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

750
220

Power consumption standby, W

0.5
0.2

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
44 x 37.9 x 12.8 /17.3 x 14.9 x 5.1

Weight, kg/lbs

8.7/19.18
12/26.9
Cambridge Audio CXA80
Marantz PM8005
Cambridge Audio CXA80
Marantz PM8005

Integrated amplifiers CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • 7.3
  • 7
  • 7.3Cambridge Audio CXA80
  • 7Marantz PM8005

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