Cambridge Audio CXN V2 (Lunar Grey)

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Cambridge Audio CXN V2 (Lunar Grey)

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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
Yes
Smartphone control
Yes
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Optional - BT100
Coaxial Digital Inputs
1
Coaxial Digital Output
Yes
Optical Digital Inputs
1
USB
4 including optional Bluetooth plug-in
Wi-Fi Built In
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes
General
Manufacturer's Warranty
24.0000
Audio
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Features
Internet Radio Services
Yes
Energy Consumption
Power Consumption - Normal Use (W)
30
Power Consumption - Standby
0.5
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
430 x 85 x 305
Weight
Weight (KG)
3.5
Accessories
Remote Control
Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great network player Bought this recently & very impressed with the performance, The inbuilt DAC does a good job & even low res music files sound surprisingly good through this streamer. Really good value for what it cost. Also spoilt for choice with so many internet radio stations !!
Date published: 2022-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for and more I bought this primarily to listen to internet radio as my old network player no longer supported the latest streaming formats. The CXN v2 does all I wanted and far more. I have now discovered music streaming services and I’m hooked.
Date published: 2022-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Streamer I have used a Yamaha WXAD10 for several years to stream Spotify and Qobuz. It gives really excellent sound, given its price point. However an attack of Upgraditis resulted in the purchase of the CXN V2. Set up was easy. Connected to my Rega Brio using analogue out, to internet via ethernet. It immediately recognised my network, then downloaded and installed update files. Opened the StreamMagic app on iphone, it connected quickly and I followed the prompts. Clicked on media tab, selected Qobuz, logged in and was streaming straightaway. However, the initial listening experience was disappointing. While some tracks sounded superb, others had excessive treble brightness, sometimes to the extent of being unlistenable. (Now, my ears aren’t the best, so this is subjective to me but I had no trouble when using the little Yam) Tried different speakers and interconnect cable, but no improvement. Then tried Chromecast, but same issue. Downloaded the Qobuz app, went into settings and saw Hi-Res was selected by default. Changed setting to CD quality and restarted streaming. The treble brightness had now gone, leaving a balanced bass/treble sound. The CXN V2 now exhibits a finely detailed, energetic sound which is a real pleasure to hear. It is giving true CD quality. Internet radio mp3 files also sound really good. The StreamMagic app is excellent. I have used the streamer on wifi as well as ethernet and the sound is identical. Overall a super streamer.
Date published: 2022-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound, easy to control from phone app. Bought a few weeks ago. Sounds great, looks great, easy to control from phone app. Setup with ethernet to NAS and control over Wi-Fi. Can also drive from screen during setup.
Date published: 2022-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart looking and impressive sound Purchased to go with the cd player I was very impressed with the quality of the streamed music
Date published: 2022-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great features; very simple and quick to set up Excellent streamer; very easy and quick to set up; compatable with all my music sources. very, very pleased!
Date published: 2022-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superb music streamer I bought this a few weeks ago to replace a Cambridge NP30 which i have had for many years that started going offline from the network and rebooting after about 30 to 40 minutes which ruined my enjoyment of listening to my music. The new CXNV2 is superb and was up and running within minutes after downloading the new Stream Magic app. The app works very well on both Android and Ipad and is very easy to use. I particularly like having 50 presets on which to store my favourite internet radio stations, i have already stored around 20 fovourite stations. One minor issue i found was that while using the Stream Magic app in landscape mode you need to occasionally need to click very near the top of the screen which I can’t manage to do and so have to rotate the screen to portrait mode and then there is no problem.
Date published: 2022-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy setup great sound Bought a week ago to add streaming capability to existing hifi setup. Very easy to connect and the StreamMagic app worked straight away. Mostly used for Spotify Connect and BBC Internet radio stations so far. Sound quality very impressive and presets very useful.
Date published: 2022-10-21
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