Cambridge Audio CXA81 (Lunar Grey)

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Cambridge Audio CXA81 (Lunar Grey)

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”More than justifies the outlay once more.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2022 Product of the Year.

The amp that does it all

Engineered to the highest standards, the CXA81 delivers class-leading sound quality. The 80 watt amp is powerful enough for the largest rooms and the most power-hungry speakers. A built-in ESS DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) means you get the best from your digital, as well as analogue sources. Thanks to standard Bluetooth, you can now stream music in top quality aptX HD. All this, plus the Lunar Grey CXA81 looks more stylish than ever.

Powerful sound from the toroidal transformer
Powerful sound begins with the power supply, which is why Cambridge Audio use an audiophile quality, toroidal transformer. Renowned for their low noise, high efficiency and superior sound quality, the over-sized transformer gives the CXA81 a powerful, dynamic sound and a hefty 80W per channel power output - enough for ‘party level’ sound in even the largest domestic spaces.

Digital inputs with top spec DAC for detail
Featuring a reference standard ESS Sabre ES9016K2M DAC, the CXA81 works wonders with your digital audio and video sources. With two optical digital inputs and one coaxial, you can connect up to three digital sources, such as a games console, TV and a CD transport – the Cambridge Audio CXC makes the perfect match.

Bluetooth as standard
Now a standard fitment, Bluetooth offers simple, wireless music streaming from your mobile, tablet or laptop. Stream stored music or popular music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. The Bluetooth receiver is compatible with aptX HD, giving the highest quality sound possible from Bluetooth, right up to 24bit/48kHz. You also get the benefit of the sound passing through the ESS Sabre DAC, meaning precise, detailed sound from all your streamed music.

The best from USB audio, with Hi-Res sound
If you enjoy Hi-Res sound, you’ll love the CXA81. Using an asynchronous USB socket at the rear, you can connect up to your laptop, PC or server and stream Hi-Res music, right up to studio-quality 32bit/384kHz and DSD256. As well as improving the sound over your computer’s soundcard, the asynchronous ‘direct control’ link also greatly reduces jitter, for lower distortion and more precise audio.

Professional connection
More usually found on 'reference' hi-fi and professional equipment, the CXA81 boasts balanced XLR inputs. When connected to a suitable source, this gives a fully balanced, hot/cold, connection for the ultimate analogue signal quality.

All for analogue
The Cambridge CXA81 has four line level inputs - enough for all your analogue sources. A pre-amp output is also fitted – ideal for power amp upgrades. Other handy connections include an RCA subwoofer output, headphone socket and connections for two pairs of speakers.

Connected for installs
A wide range of control sockets make the CXA81 ideal as part of a more complex home installation. RS-232C, IR input, trigger in/out sockets and Control Bus RCA phonos mean the CXA81 is more than happy to work with a wide range home automation control systems.

Vibration resistant casing
With rigid, metal construction and low-resonance design, the casing helps shield the player from both mechanical and electrical interference, helping to improve clarity and reduce background noise. Isolating feet help adsorb vibration for a further reduction in distortion.

Sleek new finish
The CXA81 is part of the refreshed CX-Series 2. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXA81 a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the CXC CD transport, CXN V2 network player. The Lunar Grey front panel contrasts with the black top and sides and blends well with both black and silver separates.

Complete versatility meets the finest sound, with the Cambridge Audio CXA81.
Connectivity
Analogue RCA Inputs
4
Audio Outputs
Yes - Combined with pre-output
Bluetooth
Yes
Coaxial Digital Inputs
1
Headphone Output
Yes
Optical Digital Inputs
2
Pre Output
Yes
Speaker Sets
2
Speaker Sets FILTER
x 2
Sub Output
Yes
Sub Output
Yes
USB Input
Yes (1)
XLR Inputs
Yes
General
Manufacturer's Warranty
24.0000
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
5 - 60,000
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Power Output
80 x 2
Power Output - Watts per CH
60 - 99
Energy Consumption
Power Consumption - Normal Use (W)
750
Power Consumption - Standby
0.5
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
430 x 115 x 341
Weight
Weight (KG)
8.7
Accessories
Remote Control
Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CXA81 Amp I took delivery of this Amplifier about two weeks. This amplifier has replaced my five year old Roksan Kandy 2, which was very good at the time. I am note easily impressed with latest technology but this Amplifier is absolutely astounding conveying clear treble and involving sound. Bass is captivating. My Kef LS50 speakers are revealing highlighting flaws in most equipment, but were at home with CXA81. Not the easiest speakers to drive, which is why I had to change my Roksan. Connecting the Amp to Bluetooth devices and streaming music is simple, but also breathtaking experience. The build quality, features and engaging sound will impress the most discerning music lover.
Date published: 2022-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cx81 as a nice balanced sound Great amp for the money staff was great maybe just missing a phono stage to make this amp complete
Date published: 2022-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much better than I'd hoped This was to replace my old equipment that had given up the ghost. I decided to go up a level but still really impressed with the sound, the build quality, even the app. Great service and a good discount too.
Date published: 2022-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great British amp brilliant sound I bought this a couple of weeks ago to update my old Arcam amp . It does not disappoint, great sound even st low volumes
Date published: 2022-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PUNCHES ABOVE ITS WEIGHT Excellent sound and well focused soundstage. Mid range and treble are beautiful with good recordings. Bass is very good but lacks the slam of more expensive amps.. Overall sound is neutral with just a touch of warmth that allows all the nuances of the recording to come through.
Date published: 2022-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound I upgraded my speakers and decided to ditch my aged Cinema amp & standard DVD player in favour of a new stereo amp & CD player. I'm delighted with the result, crystal clear and so much better than downloads.
Date published: 2022-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cxa61 I brought the cxa61 2 weeks ago and what a great amp it is very powerfull and great sound definitely Noticed a upgrade over my topaz sr10 .blue tooth pairing works spot on mutch better than the bluetooth dongle i used to use and it looks great .
Date published: 2022-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome sounding amp I went to Middlesbrough Richer Sounds and listened to a Roksan streaming amp which was very good but the Cambridge CXA81 with the CXN were just much better in my opinion. Huge upgrade in the sound quality I have been listening to for some time. Many thanks to the staff at Middlesbrough especially Shaun who happily swapped through a variety of speakers to find what suited me and the amp.
Date published: 2022-09-14
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