Cambridge Audio CXN100 (Lunar Grey)

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Cambridge Audio CXN100 (Lunar Grey)

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Following on from a multi-award-winning legend, the Cambridge Audio CXN100 makes the best network player in its class, even better.

Improving on a winner
Winner of a cabinet full of trophies, the previous CXN network player was something of a legend within its own lifetime. Such was its influence that, in 2023, it was inducted into the What Hi-Fi? ‘Hall of Fame’. The Cambridge Audio CXN100 takes this winning formula and uprates the heart of the electronics for even better sound quality and greater Hi-Res music file compatibility.

Best sound quality yet
At the heart of this Cambridge network player is a brand new DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). The ESS Sabre32 Reference device produces higher resolution sound than before, delivering a sound that’s more lifelike than ever. It also features incredibly low distortion, further reducing background noise and letting you hear detail that might previously have been missed.

Compatible with more Hi-Res music files than ever, including MQA
The CXN100 takes a big step up in Hi-Res music file compatibility. The new DAC and software facilitates file streaming to 32-bit/768kHz (up from 24-bit/192kHz) and DSD512 (up from DSD64). This means that you now get access to the highest quality recordings possible. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) decoding ensures that you can hear Hi-Res music from a wider range of sources, including TIDAL’s top-tier streaming system.

StreamMagic Gen 4 – for a seamless user experience
Developed for over a decade, the latest StreamMagic Gen 4 module and software takes centre stage in this powerful player. Delivering the ideal combination of no-compromise sound quality, absolute signal stability and intuitive app control, it’s one of the very best streaming platforms in the business.

Premium music services, built-in
The CXN100 has a range of premium music streaming services built-in (subscription services may apply). These include Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Qobuz and Deezer. With vast music catalogues and access to high quality audio content, these services make the most of the player’s outstanding sound quality.

Stream your way
Whether you’re an Apple or Android fan, the CXN100 has the platform for you. Apple AirPlay 2 and Google’s Chromecast let you tap into both Apple and Google ecosystems – making this network player a seamless part of your system. Alternatively, for a quick and easy solution, you can now pair with the built-in Bluetooth receiver.

Radio made Hi-Res
Thanks to its MPEG-DASH support and, of course, the top quality audio electronics, Internet Radio sounds better than ever. What’s more, the vast choice of radio stations and podcasts, worldwide, leaves traditional FM and DAB radio floundering to compete. Simply select your choice of station via the StreamMagic app and enjoy radio at its very best.

Multiroom support, including Roon
The CXN100 effortless integrates into a wide range of multiroom systems. Compatible with Google Home and Apple AirPlay, it comfortably sits within a Google or Apple system. The player is also Roon Ready. This ensures that it can be incorporated into a mixed-manufacturer, Hi-Res, multiroom music system via Roon’s award-winning platform.

Wide range of input connectivity
Much more than a just a wireless streamer, the CXN100 has a wide range of inputs, letting you make use of its premium quality DAC with other sources, too. The Type-B asynchronous USB input gives the best possible connection to your PC or Mac. There’s also a Type-A USB interface for local media devices. You can also boost the sound from your compatible games console, CD player, TV or other device, via the digital optical and coaxial inputs.

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 CXN100.

XLR Balanced connections for studio-quality link
When it comes to connecting up, the CXN100 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 Audio CXA81, these connections give the ultimate analogue link possible, with greatly improved resistance to interference. Other outputs include RCA phono, digital optical and coaxial, giving this network player universal appeal.

Top quality style and finish
The distinctive teardrop profile gives the CXN100 a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the CX digital amplifiers and CD transport. 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.

Hear all your digital music at its very best, with the versatile Cambridge Audio CXN100.
Smart Features
Apple AirPlay
Yes
Smartphone control
Yes
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Yes
Coaxial Digital Input
1
Digital Audio Output
Optical x 1 and Coaxial x 1
Optical Digital Inputs
1
USB
1
Wi-Fi Built In
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes
General
Manufacturer's Warranty
2 years
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
20 - 20,000
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Features
DAC
ESS ES9028Q2M SABRE32
Internet Radio Services
Yes
Energy Consumption
Power Consumption - Standby
0.2 W
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
430 x 80 x 325
Weight
Weight (KG)
3.55

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small steps forward. The new CXN100 builds on the V2's successes. The screen has been improved and the sound is less cluttered. I am not sure that removing the USB port from the front panel is an improvement. You don't get a remote either.
Date published: 2024-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK, but some issues Sound quality seems OK, I think it's limited by my amplifier and speakers, which I intend to upgrade later in the year. I've connected the digital coax output from my 10+ year old CD player to use the CXN100 DAC using a Chord C-Digital cable. I can hear some differences, but I can't immediately say which I think is better. The internet radio function includes the BBC channels, but I was surprised how much delayed this was compared to FM or DAB radios - about 28 seconds, but presumably this is down to the broadcaster. Airplay 2 works well and displays album artwork on the screen as well as track information, audio quality etc. Because Airplay doesn't suport high res, I've also connected an iPad via the Apple Lightning to USB 3.0 adapter to the USB-B port. The display shows the frequency but not the number of bits. Bluetooth seems problematic and it takes multiple connection attempts from devices that connect without problems to my AKG headphones. The CXN100 screen says they are connected but the audio continues to play on the TV or iPad, and after a while it tells me to connect again. Once a connection is established, it seems to be maintained but there is significant latency, much more than with my headphones, so speech is very out of sync with the TV picture. Plugging in a USB SSD works well and displays album art on the screen and in the StreamMagic app. But if the same SSD is made available from a Windows Media Server no album artwork is shown on the screen and in some views on the app. It is shown in the track list in the app but not in the detailed view of a single track. The StreamMagic app has hung a few times and I've had to restart it. When I use it to power down the CXN100 it warns me that it cannot power it up again because I've chosen Eco Mode, but then immediately tries to reconnect to it. I'm a little disappointed in the CXN100 display, there's a lot of backlight bleed through and blacks are not very black.
Date published: 2024-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great machine for playing. So pleased with my new purchased from this company, was unsure what to go for, but with some help got all sorted and very pleased with the product and sound.
Date published: 2024-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely blown away by the quality of this! Cannot believe how this has freshened up my audio system. I have a Marantz PM6002 and matching CD player. The detail in the streams is truly jaw dropping. I am sat here at midnight still listening to all sorts of stuff to test this thing out. Some of the modern music through Tidal is truly incredible. Lewis Capaldi for example just shines out with detail that i haven’t  experienced before. I have been a bit of a vinyl snob but this has taken me in another direction altogether. Truly incredible.
Date published: 2024-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good quality DAC Bought this new unit to accompany my Chord Qtest, and would say that the new DAC has a very similar performance in spite of the Chord demanding a significant premium (without a streamer). Easy to use, a few minor set up issues.
Date published: 2024-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Evo OR CXA CXN combo…They’re both great but…… CXN100 and CXA81 arrived yesterday….. Hooked up to my new PMC Prodigy 5s and left running overnight playing Radio Paradise to get the amp to settle in….. Qobuz this morning and some test tracks and the system is rather sublime… Effortless, spacious, good bass grip, really rather impressed…. Surpasses my EVO150 running the PMCs and/or my Dali Opticon 2s… In fairness the new system is currently installed in a much larger room as intended, but I’m extremely impressed….. I was going to buy a Naim Supernait 3 but in all honesty, I’ve demo’d it along with others (Cyrus I9 XR, Arcam A25, NAIT XS3) and this is close, real close to them all…. The only stumbling block is the larger form/dimension of the 2 units and it may force us to revisit the Cyrus…… The other issue seems to be Streamagic not wanting to play ball with both the EVO150 and the CXN100 on app startup… It was patchy with just the Evo, seems more patchy with the 2 streamers associated… Thanks so much to Tomasz in Edinburgh….. Every time he remains patient and courteous to the max…
Date published: 2024-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile streamer and DAC Upgraded from the original CXN. I wanted to simplify playing my Hi-Res audio files and set aside my laptop. Easy to setup. No problem switching from MP3, Flac, DSD to MQA. My initial impression is that the sound of the DAC is clean, delivers impactful bass, and revealing without being shrill. Over time I will take advantage of the digital out and compare it to my AK4499 dac.
Date published: 2024-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece of Kit I recieved great service from Chris at the MK store and Anthony at Leeds.
Date published: 2024-02-06
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