Cambridge Audio CXA81 (Lunar Grey) Stereo Amplifier

Cambridge Audio CXA81 (Lunar Grey)

Stereo Amplifier

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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(5 available across all stores)

£894.95 RRP £999.0000

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10%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.

”Sets a new baseline for integrated amps at this price”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 Product of the Year.

The amp that does it all

Engineered to the highest standards, the CXA81 delivers class-leading sound quality. The 80 watt amp is powerful enough for the largest rooms and the most power-hungry speakers. A built-in ESS DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) means you get the best from your digital, as well as analogue sources. Thanks to standard Bluetooth, you can now stream music in top quality aptX HD. All this, plus the Lunar Grey CXA81 looks more stylish than ever.

Powerful sound from the toroidal transformer
Powerful sound begins with the power supply, which is why Cambridge Audio use an audiophile quality, toroidal transformer. Renowned for their low noise, high efficiency and superior sound quality, the over-sized transformer gives the CXA81 a powerful, dynamic sound and a hefty 80W per channel power output - enough for ‘party level’ sound in even the largest domestic spaces.

Digital inputs with top spec DAC for detail
Featuring a reference standard ESS Sabre ES9016K2M DAC, the CXA81 works wonders with your digital audio and video sources. With two optical digital inputs and one coaxial, you can connect up to three digital sources, such as a games console, TV and a CD transport – the Cambridge Audio CXC makes the perfect match.

Bluetooth as standard
Now a standard fitment, Bluetooth offers simple, wireless music streaming from your mobile, tablet or laptop. Stream stored music or popular music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. The Bluetooth receiver is compatible with aptX HD, giving the highest quality sound possible from Bluetooth, right up to 24bit/48kHz. You also get the benefit of the sound passing through the ESS Sabre DAC, meaning precise, detailed sound from all your streamed music.

The best from USB audio, with Hi-Res sound
If you enjoy Hi-Res sound, you’ll love the CXA81. Using an asynchronous USB socket at the rear, you can connect up to your laptop, PC or server and stream Hi-Res music, right up to studio-quality 32bit/384kHz and DSD256. As well as improving the sound over your computer’s soundcard, the asynchronous ‘direct control’ link also greatly reduces jitter, for lower distortion and more precise audio.

Professional connection
More usually found on 'reference' hi-fi and professional equipment, the CXA81 boasts balanced XLR inputs. When connected to a suitable source, this gives a fully balanced, hot/cold, connection for the ultimate analogue signal quality.

All for analogue
The Cambridge CXA81 has four line level inputs - enough for all your analogue sources. A pre-amp output is also fitted – ideal for power amp upgrades. Other handy connections include an RCA subwoofer output, headphone socket and connections for two pairs of speakers.

Connected for installs
A wide range of control sockets make the CXA81 ideal as part of a more complex home installation. RS-232C, IR input, trigger in/out sockets and Control Bus RCA phonos mean the CXA81 is more than happy to work with a wide range home automation control systems.

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 CXA81 is part of the refreshed CX-Series 2. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXA81 a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the CXC CD transport, CXN V2 network player. The Lunar Grey front panel contrasts with the black top and sides and blends well with both black and silver separates.

Complete versatility meets the finest sound, with the Cambridge Audio CXA81.
”Sets a new baseline for integrated amps at this price”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 Product of the Year.

The amp that does it all

Engineered to the highest standards, the CXA81 delivers class-leading sound quality. The 80 watt amp is powerful enough for the largest rooms and the most power-hungry speakers. A built-in ESS DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) means you get the best from your digital, as well as analogue sources. Thanks to standard Bluetooth, you can now stream music in top quality aptX HD. All this, plus the Lunar Grey CXA81 looks more stylish than ever.

Powerful sound from the toroidal transformer
Powerful sound begins with the power supply, which is why Cambridge Audio use an audiophile quality, toroidal transformer. Renowned for their low noise, high efficiency and superior sound quality, the over-sized transformer gives the CXA81 a powerful, dynamic sound and a hefty 80W per channel power output - enough for ‘party level’ sound in even the largest domestic spaces.

Digital inputs with top spec DAC for detail
Featuring a reference standard ESS Sabre ES9016K2M DAC, the CXA81 works wonders with your digital audio and video sources. With two optical digital inputs and one coaxial, you can connect up to three digital sources, such as a games console, TV and a CD transport – the Cambridge Audio CXC makes the perfect match.

Bluetooth as standard
Now a standard fitment, Bluetooth offers simple, wireless music streaming from your mobile, tablet or laptop. Stream stored music or popular music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. The Bluetooth receiver is compatible with aptX HD, giving the highest quality sound possible from Bluetooth, right up to 24bit/48kHz. You also get the benefit of the sound passing through the ESS Sabre DAC, meaning precise, detailed sound from all your streamed music.

The best from USB audio, with Hi-Res sound
If you enjoy Hi-Res sound, you’ll love the CXA81. Using an asynchronous USB socket at the rear, you can connect up to your laptop, PC or server and stream Hi-Res music, right up to studio-quality 32bit/384kHz and DSD256. As well as improving the sound over your computer’s soundcard, the asynchronous ‘direct control’ link also greatly reduces jitter, for lower distortion and more precise audio.

Professional connection
More usually found on 'reference' hi-fi and professional equipment, the CXA81 boasts balanced XLR inputs. When connected to a suitable source, this gives a fully balanced, hot/cold, connection for the ultimate analogue signal quality.

All for analogue
The Cambridge CXA81 has four line level inputs - enough for all your analogue sources. A pre-amp output is also fitted – ideal for power amp upgrades. Other handy connections include an RCA subwoofer output, headphone socket and connections for two pairs of speakers.

Connected for installs
A wide range of control sockets make the CXA81 ideal as part of a more complex home installation. RS-232C, IR input, trigger in/out sockets and Control Bus RCA phonos mean the CXA81 is more than happy to work with a wide range home automation control systems.

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 CXA81 is part of the refreshed CX-Series 2. The distinctive tear-drop profile gives the CXA81 a contemporary look and makes it the ideal partner for the CXC CD transport, CXN V2 network player. The Lunar Grey front panel contrasts with the black top and sides and blends well with both black and silver separates.

Complete versatility meets the finest sound, with the Cambridge Audio CXA81.
Brand Cambridge Audio
Colour Lunar Grey
Power Output - Watts per CH 80 x 2
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs 2
USB Input Yes (1)
XLR Inputs Yes
Power Amp In No
Audio Outputs Yes - Combined with pre-output
Pre Output Yes
Sub Output Yes
Headphone Output Yes
Speaker Sets 2
Loudness Control No
Weight (KG) 8.7
Remote Control yes
Bluetooth Yes
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 430 x 341 x 115
Analogue RCA Inputs 4
MP3 Front Input No
High Resolution Audio Yes
Freq Response (Hz) 5 - 60,000
Power Consumption- Normal Use 750
Power Consumption - Standby 0.5
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal audio, sleek, and easy to operate. Fantastic piece of kit, has USB, digital and blue-tooth facilities, as well as all the usual inputs/output connections. The sound phenomenal, punchy and quiet when it needs to be. Comes with easy to use remote control. This is a class piece of equipment! Love it.
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Sound Quality and Definition I bought this to replace an Audiolab 8000A and it's truly impressive, great sound definition and fantastic value for money
Date published: 2021-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound, power and features. Have had this a few weeks and am really impressed. Only negative is is that it doesn't have a phono stage which I had to buy separately.
Date published: 2021-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was after After 25 years faithful service of my old amp it finally gave up the ghost (at least enough not to warrant a repair). I scoured the reviews and didn’t want anything which tried to do too much. The onboard DAC and Bluetooth are perfect for my needs. Already having a phono amp was the clincher (the Cambridge not having this). All in all very satisfied..
Date published: 2021-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound and facilities. Now works with TV. Previously reviewed after purchase over a year ago and still very pleased with sound and facilities. Following a recent upgrade to Focal Aria 608 speakers now even better! One issue which previously lowered my rating has now been resolved so increased to 5 stars. This was that there were audio dropouts when connected to the CXA81 using the Toslink input. It seems this affects some Samsung and LG televisions but Cambridge Audio are now able to provide a fix for this (a selectable option to increase tolerance of the D2 input). They provided a cable (USB) for attaching to a Windows PC and link / instructions for applying a firmware update; this has successfully resolved my issue. Details can be found on Cambridge Audio support pages. I have been really pleased with the amplifier and happy that this particular issue (which onlly affects a small number of TVs) is resolved.
Date published: 2021-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound from compact unit Awesome sounding amp with plenty of features in a small sized case
Date published: 2021-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely sounding amp Had amp a couple of weeks now. Bought it to replace a Magnum amp I’d had for over thirty years. Took a little getting used to after the Magnum, because it simply has different sound. Now after listening to it incredibly happy with it. It has wonderful separation of instruments, and a great soundstage. I listen to a wide variety of music it it is great with them all. Lots of heft for rock,funk etc but handles classical, jazz folk etc wonderfully well. Very happy I bought it
Date published: 2020-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Usual brilliant service from all the guys I bought Cambridge Audio CXA81, CXN v2, CXC, Wharfedale 4.4 floor standers & QED xt401 cable along with a Cambridge Optical cable. Wanted an upgrade for my present system that was a genuine step up. I had already decided pretty much on my choices (& it had to look right in the living room for the "Boss" She's happy now!!) Martin was great & sorted it all out for me. Very happy, on furlough from work due to Covid, but have lots of time to listen to my new "best friend"!!!
Date published: 2020-12-29
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(5 available across all stores)

£894.95 RRP £999.0000

SAVE

10%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.