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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Next day delivery and timed options available for online purchases of selected products. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later 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

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 / trace in discounts.
T&Cs apply

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

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 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good solid sound, lots of connect options Easy to set up and easy to use. Plenty of depth and draws out that bit extra detail from my old vinyl.Some function buttons are dual purpose so worthwhile reading instructions. Remote user friendly. Need dongle for bluetooth! Overall very good value for money and it works really well with turntable and speakers I bought at the same time. Well done RS Newcastle
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Sound and Features If like me you are looking to upgrade from the budget integrated that sits in the 150-250 pounds class then I can recommend this amplifier. The amp is designed as a dual mono amp - left and right channels are kept totally separate and you can hear it in the sound quality it produces. I'm not going to try and describe it but trust me - you will hear your favourite tracks in great detail and dynamic drive. I have the amp driving a pair of monitor audio silver 6's and its a partnership that makes performers sound like a live event. The amp also has a built in DAC, this is not a cheapo chip as a gimmick but a high quality Wolfson chip that is found in some very exotic gear - google it and do some research. I run my cd player as a transport and let the amp do the decoding, it has 2 optical inputs for this purpose. Overall I cannot see how you will get a better feature set for under a 1000 pounds.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent amp to put at the centre of everything The CXA80 was not as heavily praised by What HiFi magazine as the cheaper CXA60. Presumably this was on the basis of the price differential and the additional features the CXA80 offered over the CXA60 not being worthy of the step up in price. The addition of i) a high quality DAC, ii) xlr inputs, and iii) separated transformer taps for left and right channels are welcomed features. Also, there is additional 20w of power output. These features for me were worth the difference between the CXA60 and CXA80, however I appreciate the need for greater connections and power is subjective. On the sound quality, there is an argument that more powerful amplifiers operating at lower volumes are likely to perform better in the long-run that less powerful amplifiers being pushed to their limits constantly. If we are compring a 60w to an 80w amp this differential is marginal however. Overall this is a great amp that can sit at the heart of any home entertainment setup and sounds good.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound in vinyl, MP3 and radio I initially wanted to go for the Cambridge amplifier in the top range (I can't remember the code), but it was too expensive (like £1,400). So I went one down a price in the same category. Anyway, am very pleased with the CXA80. The sound is great, you can hear the bass, musical instruments, drums, singing, everything that was average on your alarm radio clock / MP3 headphones now sounds amazing. It's a pleasure to listen to. The guys were really helpful in the shop too in Chiswick. Helping carry the stuff into the car and then being accommodating when I made a mistake with assembling the vinyl player I bought.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dont see what the fuss is about So, these get good WHF reviews, but on listening with some Dalis I wasnt blown away. They dont provide a realistic sound, and are too bright. The Arcam was soo much better. On the Arcam you heard the instruments, the notes played, the compositon of the note and their spacing. On this, it sounded like a replay of a flac file from 2 sound generators. Might be ok with some speakers, but if accurate reproduction is your thing then look elsewhere.
Date published: 2017-03-21
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Cambridge Stereo Amplifier is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 38.
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6 Year Supercare £74.90

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

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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available for online purchases of selected products. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later 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

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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