Cambridge Audio CXN (Black)

Network Music Player/Streamer

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“The Cambridge delivers a full-bodied performance that’s hugely pleasing to listen to” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

Sound engineering

The Cambridge CXN puts sound quality first and it does this through the use of quality electronics and painstaking design. Using twin Wolfson 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, noise reducing filter, the DACs help give the CXN outstanding levels of clarity and transparency of sound. Simply put, this network player will pull out subtle nuances of sound that you might never even have heard before!

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

AFT2 Up-Sampling for the ultimate detail and least jitter
The Cambridge CXN 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 also notice enhanced depth of sound and a more natural quality without the "edge" that can afflict digital music. 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! AFT2 even aids native 24-bit/192kHz recordings with a faster sampling rate for even less jitter.


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


Connect to Internet radio and Spotify Connect
In addition to supporting over 20,000, easy to access Internet radio stations, the CXN is also compatible with the most popular music streaming services. Spotify is the world's most popular streaming service and the CXN has Spotify Connect integrated into it. If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can control the Cambridge with the powerful Spotify Connect app on your phone or tablet. Should you prefer other music services, the CXN also supports Napster, BBC iPlayer for radio, Aupeo! Pandora and Rhapsody.

AirPlay and optional Bluetooth
In addition to comprehensive streaming capabilities over LAN, Wi-Fi and USB, the CXN is also compatible with Apple's AirPlay streaming. Use it with your iPhone, iPad PC or Mac and wireless stream your iTunes library or other compatible music services. Connect up 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.

Fully connected, including XLR Balanced sockets and 4 USBs
When it comes to connectivity the CXN has everything you'd expect and possibly more. The highlight is the fitment of XLR balanced sockets. When used with a compatible amplifier, such as the matching Cambridge CXA80, these connections give the ultimate analogue link possible, with greatly improved resistance to interference. Added to this there are no fewer than four USB interfaces. The front-mounted socket is ideal for connecting temporary devices such as USB media sticks. 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 is provided for the direct connection of your PC or Mac. 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. Finally, both optical and coaxial digital sockets are provided for both inputs and outputs. This lets you connect up other digital components and take advantage of the quality DAC built into the CXN.

Intuitive app interface and colour display*
With a free Apple/Android app you have effortless control over the radio stations with the comfort of your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad or Android device. The app also seamlessly manages all your streaming content and is, in effect, a very user friendly way of bringing together and controlling all your digital sources. Boasting a new colour screen, it's now possible to display album art on the player. This makes it a pleasure to browse for albums and artists by whichever control system you use.

Sleek style
The CXN is part of the totally redesigned CX-Series. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXN a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the digital amplifiers and CD transport. 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 player from both mechanical and electrical interference, helping to improve clarity and reduce background noise.

For a comprehensively equipped network streamer that puts sound first, the Cambridge CXN is simply the best in class.

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

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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

“The Cambridge delivers a full-bodied performance that’s hugely pleasing to listen to” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

Sound engineering

The Cambridge CXN puts sound quality first and it does this through the use of quality electronics and painstaking design. Using twin Wolfson 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, noise reducing filter, the DACs help give the CXN outstanding levels of clarity and transparency of sound. Simply put, this network player will pull out subtle nuances of sound that you might never even have heard before!

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

AFT2 Up-Sampling for the ultimate detail and least jitter
The Cambridge CXN 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 also notice enhanced depth of sound and a more natural quality without the "edge" that can afflict digital music. 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! AFT2 even aids native 24-bit/192kHz recordings with a faster sampling rate for even less jitter.


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


Connect to Internet radio and Spotify Connect
In addition to supporting over 20,000, easy to access Internet radio stations, the CXN is also compatible with the most popular music streaming services. Spotify is the world's most popular streaming service and the CXN has Spotify Connect integrated into it. If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can control the Cambridge with the powerful Spotify Connect app on your phone or tablet. Should you prefer other music services, the CXN also supports Napster, BBC iPlayer for radio, Aupeo! Pandora and Rhapsody.

AirPlay and optional Bluetooth
In addition to comprehensive streaming capabilities over LAN, Wi-Fi and USB, the CXN is also compatible with Apple's AirPlay streaming. Use it with your iPhone, iPad PC or Mac and wireless stream your iTunes library or other compatible music services. Connect up 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.

Fully connected, including XLR Balanced sockets and 4 USBs
When it comes to connectivity the CXN has everything you'd expect and possibly more. The highlight is the fitment of XLR balanced sockets. When used with a compatible amplifier, such as the matching Cambridge CXA80, these connections give the ultimate analogue link possible, with greatly improved resistance to interference. Added to this there are no fewer than four USB interfaces. The front-mounted socket is ideal for connecting temporary devices such as USB media sticks. 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 is provided for the direct connection of your PC or Mac. 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. Finally, both optical and coaxial digital sockets are provided for both inputs and outputs. This lets you connect up other digital components and take advantage of the quality DAC built into the CXN.

Intuitive app interface and colour display*
With a free Apple/Android app you have effortless control over the radio stations with the comfort of your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad or Android device. The app also seamlessly manages all your streaming content and is, in effect, a very user friendly way of bringing together and controlling all your digital sources. Boasting a new colour screen, it's now possible to display album art on the player. This makes it a pleasure to browse for albums and artists by whichever control system you use.

Sleek style
The CXN is part of the totally redesigned CX-Series. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXN a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the digital amplifiers and CD transport. 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 player from both mechanical and electrical interference, helping to improve clarity and reduce background noise.

For a comprehensively equipped network streamer that puts sound first, the Cambridge CXN is simply the best in class.

*Please note that the Cambridge app is not compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.
More Information
Active Speaker No
Active Subwoofer Output No
Audio Inputs 5 (optical x 2, coaxial x 2, USB)
Audio Outputs 4 (coaxial, optical, balanced XLR, unbalanced RCA)
Bluetooth Optional
Dimensions WxDxH 430 x 305 x 85
DLNA Compliant No
HDD No
HDMI No
Headphone Output No
High Resolution Audio Yes
Power Consumption- Normal Use 30
Power Consumption - Standby 0.5
Pre Output Digital pre amp
Remote Control Yes
Smart Remote Control No
Smartphone control Yes
Text Display yes
Tone Controls No
Tuner Radio Internet
Weight (KG) 3.5
Wi-Fi Built In yes
Wireless Connection Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs Yes
XLR Inputs No
Brand Cambridge Audio
Colour Black
Apple AirPlay Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CXN Streamer Excellent product. Can't fault it in any way. Build quality, sound, input/outputs, compatibility, remote and OSD are the best compared to other streamers I had in the past. There are cheaper multi room boxes available but they are a compromise. Very happy with the product..thought I would take a star away due to costs, but it deserves 5 stars!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely minimalist unit Having already got the CXC and CXA60 it was only right adding the CXN to my system. Paired with my Monitor Audio Silver 200's this system really rocks. The setting up of the CXN was very easy and connected without delay to my router, the radio is good but the way it seamlessly works with my Spotify account and phone via the app is fantastic. Sound quality: I will reserve judgement until my speakers have run in as these are also new but so far so good.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Great streamer - Cambridge Audio build a good product for a reasonable price - great price / performance ratio. Super sounds Looking forward to the Tidal upgrade promised for early 2018. One bad thing is the connect app software is a bit simple and not as good on Android as IOS.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Nice Product, but feel mis-advised & no manual As a good old fashioned hifi customer, the move towards digital is not easy, as you have to learn. So i vistied my local store to get advice and was told about this (not cheap) product and how easy it was and how it would work with my MacBook & iTunes just great. OK, investment made, unit connected up and works really well with Spotify Good crisp sound and easy to use. Then the MacBook, hmm let me check the installation instructions provided..... oh there are not any ! For a product that costs multiple hundreds this is awful customer service, especially when there are adverts in the box and other glossy unhelpful info. The box is labelled with apple logo's so surely this is going to be easy.... No ! Basically it doesn't work with a MacBook or iTunes (after researching online), I MIGHT be able to use it if I hardwire the MacBook to the unit (sort of not the point with a streaming device is it?) Oh and I can buy an EXTRA Bluetooth adaptor (for £70) that I was told nothing about by my local store (not even mentioned in passing) and this might help - surely this was an essential Cambridge Audio, & should have been part of the unit anyway? So sadly I am a wee bit miffed, that a quality product has been badly explained, the manufacturer cannot be bothered to provide a manual to tell you all about their product (I don't want to download one, it SHOULD come with the unit so you can understand the quality & functions of the item) I feel that service from Cambridge Audio (& laterally Richer Sounds) has failed me & the unit. For Spotify it works great & am happy but this isn't ALL the unit could do, I just don't know what it COULD achieve and as for the reason I bought it after seeking advice - use with my MacBook & iTunes, well again plainly disappointed with the advice and/or info Contacted customer service to ask, got emails to tell me that the person could definitely help me, then after two days he replied saying he didn't know so would ask someone else. It might work, but I have no way to find out without hard wiring or maybe the Bluetooth adaptor. 3* for an £799 product is based more on the info & advice rather than the product at this time
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CKN marvellous...... I bought this as my only option for playing music on my hi fit was Bluetooth. What a difference, the sound quality and depth of sound is impressive. No issues at all, the Cambridge app is ok.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does more than enough Due to my NAD amp of 17yrs of age giving up on me I found it time to update my stereo, this combined with the cxa60 then you cannot really go wrong! Someplace to navigate sounds beautiful and definitely does what it says on the tin!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good recommendation Went into your chester branch and your manager was very patient and gave a lot f advise on what I needed. So far very pleased with his recommendations
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cracking piece of kit This is a lovely, if pricey, bit of kit - and a definite step-up from my now retired Sonos ZP90 zone player. Mine is teamed with a CA CXA60 amplifier and a pair of Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers. Hi-res audio files, in particular, are absolutely beautifully presented. Lo-res files can be a tiny bit splashy at the top end - but I think that has as much to do with the Bronze 2s as with the CXN, as I had the same issue (only more so) with the ZP90. Build quality is superb; this thing is Main Battle Tank solid. The Cambridge Connect app for iOS is functional rather than flashy, and can be a tiny bit laggy - but it gets the job done. I was slightly dreading the set-up, given what some of the other reviewers have said here - but as soon as I'd connected the CXN to my network it found the music library on my Synology NAS auto-magically. I think that the whole process, including a firmware update, was done in about 5 minutes flat - and I still haven't needed to trouble the instruction manual.
Date published: 2017-11-27
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