Cambridge Audio CXN V2 (Lunar Grey) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
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Cambridge Audio CXN V2 (Lunar Grey)

Network Music Player/Streamer

In-store Clearance item

Open Box Guide Price (3 available across all stores) £674.950000
Last brand new price £799.000000
Refurbished Guide Price (1 available across all stores) £649.000000
Last brand new price £799.000000

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”This remains the best music streamer around at this price.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2022 award-winner.

Powerful processor

The V2 version of the CXN features a faster processor for a richer Internet radio experience and a greater level of playback control. Introducing mpeg-DASH and HLS compatibility, the CXN V2 makes the most of Internet radio. BBC radio stations now sound better than ever when available at 320 kbps.

A sound emphasis
As ever, the CXN V2 puts sound quality first. Using twin Wolfson WM8740 DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors), each channel has its own DAC to process its own information. This gives a more precise and accurate sound quality with improved stereo imaging. When combined with the 2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel filter, the DACs help give the CXN V2 outstanding levels of clarity and transparency of sound.

AFT2 Up-Sampling for the ultimate detail and least jitter
The Cambridge CXN V2 improves sound quality still further with an Anagram Technologies AFT2 24 bit/384 kHz up-sampling circuit. ATF (Adaptive Time Filtering) up-sampling 'stretches' the music to give the highest resolution possible. Up-sampling sound gives a smoother, more relaxed sound quality with added detail. You'll hear every detail, including every deep breath, squeaky chair and flutter of sheet music; in short, it's like being there for real.

What is ATF Upsampling Technology? Click here to learn more.

Stream all your stored music - including Hi Res files
With UPnP (Universal Plug n' Play) compatibility it's easy to connect the Cambridge CXN V2 to your home network and stream from your NAS drive, hard drive, PC or laptop. The CXN V2 accepts a wide range of files, including many Hi Res formats. ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+ and OGG Vorbis are all supported, making this a highly flexible streamer.

Connect to Internet radio and Spotify Connect
In addition to supporting over 20,000, easy to access Internet radio stations, the CXN V2 is compatible with the most popular music streaming services. Spotify is the world’s most popular streaming service and the CXN V2 has Spotify Connect built-in (requires Spotify Premium account). If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can control the Cambridge with the powerful Spotify Connect app on your phone or tablet. The CXN V2 also supports Napster, BBC iPlayer Radio, Aupeo! Pandora and Rhapsody.

AirPlay 2 and optional Bluetooth
In addition to comprehensive streaming capabilities over LAN, Wi-Fi and USB, the CXN V2 is also compatible with Apple's AirPlay 2 streaming. Use it with your iPhone, iPad PC or Mac and wireless stream your iTunes library or other compatible music services. Connect the optional BT100 dongle and you'll be able to stream your music from any smartphone, tablet or other device with Bluetooth built-in.

Built-in digital pre-amp - just add active speakers
If you're seeking quality hi-fi from a minimal system then the built-in digital pre-amp will appeal. Simply add active speakers via the digital or analogue outputs and you'll be able to control the volume and balance via the CXN V2.

Pro connections
When it comes to connecting up, the CXN V2 is in the pro league. The highlight is the fitment of XLR balanced sockets. When used with a compatible amplifier, such as the matching Cambridge CXA81, these connections give the ultimate analogue link possible, with greatly improved resistance to interference.

Quad USB interface
Added to this there are no fewer than four USB interfaces. The front-mounted socket is ideal for connecting devices such as a USB media stick. At the back, two interfaces take care of a more permanently connected media device plus the optional Bluetooth dongle port. A Type-B asynchronous USB input gives direct connection to your PC or Mac. This makes the ideal connection for hooking up your computer as it effectively 'controls' the PC's output for the best sound quality possible – with greatly reduced jitter.

Digital in and out
Optical and coaxial digital sockets are provided for both inputs and outputs. This lets you connect other digital components and take advantage of the quality DAC built into the CXN V2. It also means you can plug the CXN V2 into your AV receiver or digital stereo amp. Analogue phono outputs are also standard.

New Stream Magic app*
For the best streaming experience with your CXN V2, simply download the free Stream Magic app on your Android or Apple iOS device. Developed exclusively by Cambridge Audio, this bespoke app offers a customisable hub for fast access to the streaming features you use the most.

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 CXN V2 is part of the refreshed CX-Series 2. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXN V2 a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the CX digital amplifiers, CD transport and also a great match for the Cambridge Audio AX range. The Lunar Grey front panel contrasts with the black top and sides and blends well with both black and silver separates.

For a comprehensively equipped network streamer that puts sound first, the Cambridge CXN V2 is still the one to beat.

*Please note that the Stream Magic app is not compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.

Read about the Cambridge Audio CXN V2 on the Richer Sounds Blog
Smart Features
Apple AirPlay
Smartphone control
Optional - BT100
Coaxial Digital Inputs
Coaxial Digital Output
Optical Digital Inputs
4 including optional Bluetooth plug-in
Wi-Fi Built In
XLR Balanced Outputs
XLR Balanced Outputs
Manufacturer's Warranty
2 years
High Resolution Audio
Internet Radio Services
Energy Consumption
Power Consumption - Normal Use (W)
Power Consumption - Standby
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
430 x 85 x 305
Weight (KG)
Remote Control
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound and easy to use Amazingly easy to set-up and use. Great to have an app that works so well and the option of a remote and front panel buttons too. I bought the Cambridge out of frustration with a Pioneer streamer on which it was well nigh impossible to find internet radio stations and very hit and miss finding and playing music files. Not only is the functionality of the Cambridge way way superior but the sound is better. The Cambridge, with its app is an excellent piece of kit.
Date published: 2022-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good sound, slightly let down by software I bought it to try with my naim system, using Amazon ultra hd (cd quality) The sound quality better than expected, connecting it was a faff because chromecast won't work. Apparently it will only work with airplay, I downloaded several apps including cambridge's own which kept on crashing..finally after a couple of days of trail and error found one that worked..
Date published: 2021-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic sound and easy installation I bought this earlier this year (2021) to add to a reasonably high end system (Monitor Audio Gold speakers and Roksan Caspian integrated amp). This is well engineered and beautifully constructed bit of hardware - Cambridge have been around for a while and I've owned an amplifier which still works some 30 years later - and the sound quality is outstanding, even though I tend to stream via my Apple Music account as my router is a long way from the system. It is pretty straightforward to use, my only gripe being that very occasionally the music stops for some reason and I've had to unplug and restart the unit for it to work again. My guess is that this is a software glitch. Overall I'm really delighted with the unit and would recommend it without hesitation.
Date published: 2021-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than lived up to my expectations I read and watched loads of reviews of this product but did not have the opportunity to audition it so took the very slight risk that it wouldn't live up to what others had said about it - I needn't have worried. I have a pretty modest system (NAD 320amp purchased 20 years ago; Tannoy Revolution DC6 bookshelf speakers and a Cambridge Audio Azur 351C CD player, all with good quality interconnects) and I must say that the sound is amazing. I use Tidal HiFi and connect the CD player through the CXN V2's DAC and wow! I had been considering purchasing a decent (British) record deck for around the same price but the high cost of vinyl when compared to the variety and quality of music available to stream pushed me down the streaming route. 10/10 Cambridge Audio - I am most impressed.
Date published: 2021-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds amazing The set up was very easy and very quickly I got excellent sounds to my hi-fi. I've not bothered with the remote control as it doesn't seem to be needed for me. Great product.
Date published: 2021-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a curtain being lifted. I bought the CXN v2 along with the superb CX2 CD Transport. The DAC in the CXN is clearly extremely good and the sound delivered from the CD's signals is revelatory. I love the internet radio possibilities too and it's very easy to set up presets of stations, literally fro Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - I have only explored USA Canada and Jamaica so far but don't intend to stop there. I've explored both Spotify and Tidal so far. What amazed me was the quality of Spotify's output. Word is that Tidal's "Master" sound is much better, but this machine draws so much out of Spotify tracks that there my 73 year-old ears can hear almost no difference - both are superb. I have to go back nearly 40 years to think of any HiFi separate that impressed mw=e as much - that would be my Pink Triangle turntable. This is seriously classy bit of kit.
Date published: 2021-05-28
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