Cambridge Audio CXA80 (Black)

Stereo Amplifier

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With comprehensive inputs, including XLR balanced, digital and USB audio, plus class-leading power, the Cambridge CXA80 silences the opposition.

RIGOROUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL FOR POWERFUL, DETAILED SOUND


Lift the lid on the Cambridge CXA80 and you’ll find components and technology that would usually only be found on much more expensive designs. At its heart is a fully symmetrical Class A/B amplifier. This ensures a precise, even sound with excellent separation between the right and left channels. Powering the amp is a large toroidal power transformer with separate, dual-mono windings. By having separate windings for left and right channels, the symmetrical amplifier design is enhanced still further, with the clarity and imaging more reminiscent of amplifiers from a class or two above. Renowned for their low noise, high efficiency and superior sound quality, the over-sized transformer also helps give the CXA80 its powerful, dynamic sound and a hefty 80 watts per channel power output. This is enough to drive most speakers to high levels in pretty much all domestic environments.

BUILT-IN DAC FOR DIGITAL DELIGHT

The Cambridge CXA80 has been designed from scratch to work just as well with your digital sources as it is your analogue ones. This means that Cambridge have gone to the trouble of fitting a high quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) inside the amp. Usually found in their dedicated DacMagic range, the Wolfson WM8740 DAC chipset offers high quality sound that could actually improve the sound of your existing digital sources. With two optical digital inputs and one coaxial one, you can connect up to three digital sources, such as games console, TV and a CD transport such as the matching Cambridge CXC.

ASYNCHRONOUS USB AUDIO

A further highlight of the CXA80’s spec is the asynchronous USB socket at the rear. This makes the ideal connection for hooking up your computer as it will effectively 'control' the PC's output for the best sound quality possible. This greatly reduces jitter and gives the highest quality sound possible from your computer audio.

OPTIONAL BLUETOOTH

Add the optional Cambridge BT100 Bluetooth dongle (cost option) and you’ll be able to enjoy Bluetooth connectivity with your Smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer or other compatible device. Not only will the music from your Bluetooth device sound superb through the unit’s sophisticated DAC technology but it is also compatible with the higher grade Bluetooth aptX CODEC - used on many of the latest devices. This enhanced form of Bluetooth transmission is designed to give the highest audio quality and gets the closest yet to a conventional wired connection.

FLEXIBLE ANALOGUE CONNECTIVITY INCLUDING BALANCED XLR INPUTS

Just because it has class-leading digital connectivity doesn’t mean that Cambridge has forgotten about analogue connectivity – far from it, in fact! More usually found on ‘reference’ hi-fi and professional equipment, the CXA80 boasts balanced XLR inputs. When connected to a suitable source, this gives a fully balanced, hot/cold, connection for the ultimate analogue signal quality. The Cambridge CXA80 also has four line level inputs: easily enough for the vast majority of systems. An added bonus is the 3.5mm, front-mounted input. This is perfect for connecting up your MP3 player or smartphone for quick and convenient playback. Other handy connections include an RCA subwoofer output, headphone socket and connections for two pairs of speakers.

SLEEK STYLE

The CXA80 is part of the totally redesigned CX-Series. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXA80 a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the matching CD transport and network player. Yet it’s far more than just a good-looking case; it helps the sound quality, too. With rigid, metal construction and low-resonance design, the casing helps shield the amp from both mechanical and electrical interference, helping to improve clarity and reduce background noise.

If you’ve been looking for an amp with the finest sound quality without compromising connectivity, you need look no further. The Cambridge CXA80 has it all!

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Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

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Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500 For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

With comprehensive inputs, including XLR balanced, digital and USB audio, plus class-leading power, the Cambridge CXA80 silences the opposition.

RIGOROUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL FOR POWERFUL, DETAILED SOUND


Lift the lid on the Cambridge CXA80 and you’ll find components and technology that would usually only be found on much more expensive designs. At its heart is a fully symmetrical Class A/B amplifier. This ensures a precise, even sound with excellent separation between the right and left channels. Powering the amp is a large toroidal power transformer with separate, dual-mono windings. By having separate windings for left and right channels, the symmetrical amplifier design is enhanced still further, with the clarity and imaging more reminiscent of amplifiers from a class or two above. Renowned for their low noise, high efficiency and superior sound quality, the over-sized transformer also helps give the CXA80 its powerful, dynamic sound and a hefty 80 watts per channel power output. This is enough to drive most speakers to high levels in pretty much all domestic environments.

BUILT-IN DAC FOR DIGITAL DELIGHT

The Cambridge CXA80 has been designed from scratch to work just as well with your digital sources as it is your analogue ones. This means that Cambridge have gone to the trouble of fitting a high quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) inside the amp. Usually found in their dedicated DacMagic range, the Wolfson WM8740 DAC chipset offers high quality sound that could actually improve the sound of your existing digital sources. With two optical digital inputs and one coaxial one, you can connect up to three digital sources, such as games console, TV and a CD transport such as the matching Cambridge CXC.

ASYNCHRONOUS USB AUDIO

A further highlight of the CXA80’s spec is the asynchronous USB socket at the rear. This makes the ideal connection for hooking up your computer as it will effectively 'control' the PC's output for the best sound quality possible. This greatly reduces jitter and gives the highest quality sound possible from your computer audio.

OPTIONAL BLUETOOTH

Add the optional Cambridge BT100 Bluetooth dongle (cost option) and you’ll be able to enjoy Bluetooth connectivity with your Smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer or other compatible device. Not only will the music from your Bluetooth device sound superb through the unit’s sophisticated DAC technology but it is also compatible with the higher grade Bluetooth aptX CODEC - used on many of the latest devices. This enhanced form of Bluetooth transmission is designed to give the highest audio quality and gets the closest yet to a conventional wired connection.

FLEXIBLE ANALOGUE CONNECTIVITY INCLUDING BALANCED XLR INPUTS

Just because it has class-leading digital connectivity doesn’t mean that Cambridge has forgotten about analogue connectivity – far from it, in fact! More usually found on ‘reference’ hi-fi and professional equipment, the CXA80 boasts balanced XLR inputs. When connected to a suitable source, this gives a fully balanced, hot/cold, connection for the ultimate analogue signal quality. The Cambridge CXA80 also has four line level inputs: easily enough for the vast majority of systems. An added bonus is the 3.5mm, front-mounted input. This is perfect for connecting up your MP3 player or smartphone for quick and convenient playback. Other handy connections include an RCA subwoofer output, headphone socket and connections for two pairs of speakers.

SLEEK STYLE

The CXA80 is part of the totally redesigned CX-Series. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXA80 a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the matching CD transport and network player. Yet it’s far more than just a good-looking case; it helps the sound quality, too. With rigid, metal construction and low-resonance design, the casing helps shield the amp from both mechanical and electrical interference, helping to improve clarity and reduce background noise.

If you’ve been looking for an amp with the finest sound quality without compromising connectivity, you need look no further. The Cambridge CXA80 has it all!
More Information
Analogue Input 6
Analogue RCA Inputs 4
Audio Outputs 1
Bluetooth Optional
Dimensions WxDxH 430 x 341 x 115
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 430 x 115 x 341 mm
DLNA Compliant No
Freq Response (Hz) 5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB
Frequency Response 5 - 60,000
Headphone Output Yes
Internet Radio Services No
Loudness Control No
MP3 Front Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Phono Input No
Power Amp In No
Power Consumption- Normal Use 750
Power Consumption - Standby 0.5
Power Output - Watts per CH 80 x 2
Pre Output Yes
Remote Control Yes
Speaker Sets 2
Sub Output Yes
Tone Controls Yes
Tuner Radio No
USB Yes
USB Input Yes
Weight (KG) 8.7
Wireless Connection No
XLR Inputs 1
Brand Cambridge Audio
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sif123 is obviously biased towards Arcam I have owned a few amps over the years and at the moment I run monoblocks from a pre-amp. The reason i say this is because unlike the CXA60 the 80 is built as a dual mono (monoblock) design and for the money I doubt you can get anything near as good quality. excellent separation between the signal paths making the speakers just disappear and leaving you an excellent soundscape. This amp produces a faithful accurate sound which is totally different to the Arcam sound and in the wrong setup could therefore sound harsh. It maybe that sif123 is using the onboard DAC with the DALIs which are pretty sensitive speakers. the DAC is ok but will sound harsh if you have high end speakers and so a dedicated DAC is highly recommended. If you have high end speakers then you would already know this. Otherwise the onboard DAC makes a pretty good job. I sold my CXA80 a couple of months ago and I have had to pay quite a lot more to better it in my opinion. It is a beautiful beast and SIF123 is completely off the mark
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cambridge CX-A80 Excellent amplifier - audiophile grade at affordable price tag, highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cxa8 I wanted quality with good volume. This has both. Can also multi connect different units I.e. streamer ,cd, dvd, tv
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Absolutely delighted. A fantastic product! Amazing sound quality
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely excellent This amplifier entirely surprised me by transforming the performance of my Dynaudio Emit 10 speakers and eliminating clipping . A great success. Thanks to everyone at the Cheltenham store.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Precision sound! This amp is very flexible, easy to set up Bluetooth, full of connections and by God it makes an amazing sound! No distortion at all (if you want to irritate your neighbours!) and absolutely perfect recreation of whatever sounds you ask it to. I couldn't recommend it (or Richer Sounds customer service) highly enough. Go on, get one, you'll love yourself for making that decision
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from deserved better review from hi fi news Swopped the cxa 80 from cxa60 and what a difference. so many features over the cxa60. wonderful sounds really works well with my mission speakers. well worth a listen
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing An exceptional amplifier. Whatfi have it wrong in this isolated instance. This a very different amp to the cxa60 and should not be compared simply as a higher powered version of it. It is beautifully made, has plenty of power and really does chuck out some fabulous tones. I have connected a number of speakers to it and none of them have sounded better. i think that is due to way L and R are powered mono/independently. The imging is insane and vocals really hit you in the middle of the eyes. The trebles sound so so detailed, mids sit perfectly and the bass is tight and very tidy. The amp drives speakers like no other amp i have owner and will polish any speaker up. Q acoustic 2020's sound a country mile more capable than they ever have before. My more expensive b&ws likewise and then some. What i am trying to say is that the amp is incredibly generous to what ever it powers I have no significant negatives, only that the remote looks and feels a little cheap and the tone controls are not very robust. I am an extremely happy customer, Richer Sounds were brilliant and this really is a superb amplifier.
Date published: 2017-10-12
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Cambridge Stereo Amplifier is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 43.
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Buy in-store Call store to order. Find store details Buy by phone Call our UK based team on 0333 900 0093

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices.

6 Year Supercare £64.90

6 YEAR SUPERCARE COSTS JUST £9.99 ON ALL ITEMS UNDER £100, OR 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE ON ANYTHING OVER £100.

We think you’ll agree that our Supercare guarantee offers fantastic value. What’s more, if you don’t use our it in the 6 year period, we’ll refund the cost of it. You really can’t say fairer than that!
Plus, if we can’t fix a fault, we will give you a like-for-like replacement.
Find out full details here.

Add our Supercare to your basket when you check out. We'll cover your items for 6 years and give you your money back if unused.

Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500 For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details