Since 1968 Cambridge Audio has been driven by a simple belief; that music should always sound amazing. Our mission is to delight people who really love music, so that you experience all of the emotion and passion that your favourite composers, songwriters and performers intended.
British-designed for an unparalleled sound, our products are beautiful, innovative and sublimely engineered. Everything we build is incredible value, bettering products costing many times more. So close your eyes and listen – you won’t just hear the difference, you’ll feel it.
We want nothing to come between you and the music, and we’ve always thought that way. Since the late 1960s we’ve been at the forefront of ‘Great British Sound’, typified by its purity and musicality. This means all components have to meet our exacting requirements, with key parts designed in-house.
By keeping to our “Sound first” philosophy, even our affordable Topaz amplifier has a toroidal transformer to ensure a rich sound. At the other end of our range, our engineering excellence means that our flagship 851 series pre and power amp combination creates a barely measurable amount of harmonic distortion.
The approach we’ve taken isn’t something new; we’ve always been a company with our own mind. Our first product, launched in 1968, was an amplifier that used a toroidal power transformer, then a radical choice. This made the amplifier unusually slim for the era, and it enabled us to establish a reputation for sonic excellence.
In the 1970s, we created the Cambridge Audio Classic One amplifier. Incorporating a host of new ideas and technology, it set the standard for hi-fi clarity and was widely recognised at the time as the pinnacle of amplifier design. In the 1980s we saw the advantage of splitting the CD transport from the more sensitive digital to analogue converters, launching the Cambridge Audio CD1, the world’s first two-box CD player to critical acclaim.
The launch of the Azur range in 2003 took our “Sound first” philosophy to a far broader audience. And now in the digital age, whatever your storage format, we have award-winning products that are incredible value, and all designed to let you fall in love with music again.
Above all else, we’re music lovers. We play in bands, we share our loved music with each other, and when we’re not perfecting our products we’re normally at gigs. We want to share our passion, so however you approach music, we’ve engineered an outstanding musical solution.
We’re proud to be different, to have our own mind about what’s important and how things should be done. We’re obsessive about details, and would rather take our time to get it right than rush a product, because only when there’s nothing between you and the music are we happy.
You’ll find our technical innovations right across the breadth of our products. Our re-engineering of the traditional tweeter with something we call Balanced Mode Radiator technology created a speaker with an incredibly immersive and natural sound, while our expertise in digital to analogue conversion upgrades the quality of your digital sources, making your laptop or even your mobile phone a true part of your hi-fi system.
And the future? Well, we’re quietly confident that we’ll continue to surprise and delight our customers with innovative products, but most of all, let nothing come between you and the music.
We feel it's only right to give something back. Over recent years, profits from the sale of our products have directly helped thousands of disadvantaged children and adults across the world. We support a broad range of worthy causes at home and abroad, including charities such as The Microloan Foundation and WorldVision. More recently, we've started to work with Teenage Cancer Trust as we're huge fans of the work they do for young people suffering with cancer.
We’ve also made many changes in our engineering and manufacturing processes to minimise our carbon footprint, and we’ve changed our cultural habits internally to ensure we’re operating an environmentally sustainable business. For example, we use less polystyrene packaging than ever before, we recycle all metals used in the development process and we’ve stopped printing service manuals to save on the paper!
The people that make up Cambridge Audio are its biggest asset, so we’re always looking for fresh talent and creative individuals. If you’re passionate about music, are excited by technology, and like the idea of joining one of the world’s most respected audio brands, you should get in touch.
Upload your CV using this link and we’ll keep it safe until the right vacancy arises. In the meantime, why not join our mailing list to keep abreast with what we’re doing. Or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The iconic product was Cambridge Audio’s very first. Externally it looked every inch the perfect addition to the 60s home, with its slim lines and bushed metal switches. Internally, its circuit design and engineering set the standard for products to come and established our brand at the forefront of the British Sound movement.
Replacing the P40, Cambridge Audio designed the P50 to be more powerful, and with an active volume control for really low noise. This made it useful for matching different input levels too. The T55 was the first tuner and was designed to complement the P50, as well as providing best-in-class access to radio.
Completing the source to sound journey, our R50 Transmission Line Speakers took six years to design. Their distinctive sound came via their seven-foot tapered labyrinth construction, damped with long-haired lamb’s wool. The result was extraordinarily accurate bass reproduction, and a weight of 44kg per speaker!
Part of a new range, the C75 and A75 used high current output stages and a new low distortion amp design called ‘segmented equalisation’, resulting in exceptionally low sound coloration. As an extra, linking end panels were available, enabling the C75 and A75 to combine into a single unit.
This substantial-looking machine was the world’s first 2-box CD player, the idea being to separate the DAC from the magnetic fields of the transformer. The lower deck contained the DAC and analogue filter sections, the upper deck held the control, transport, and power supply components.
Between 1985 and 1992 the cassette tape was the UK’s most popular music format, so in 1990 we released the CT50 Cassette Deck. This was a fully loaded machine, featuring a two-head design, full logic transport control, automatic tape selection, and Dolby B, C and HX Pro noise reduction.
Featuring BNC coaxial inputs and outputs, the original DacMagic offered an incredible performance upgrade for CD players at an extremely low price. As a result, in 1996 it was the first product in our history to win the prestigious “What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Best Buy” award.
We started the new millennium with a prize-winning series of DAB tuners, and also launched the Azur series. This range of separates would come to re-define affordable hi-fi for the next decade, and win us many ‘Best buy’ recommendations.
Crammed full of proprietary technologies and patented designs such as XD amplification, the 840 Series was launched in 2005. The A840 amplifier, 840C CD player and the *840E and 840W pre/power amplifiers all won worldwide critical acclaim, establishing us as a serious player in the world of hi-end audio.
Another world first - using hybrid Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speaker technology in a sub/satellite speaker system. The basis of our Minx Min 10 and 20 satellite speakers, it’s a revolutionary approach that uses a single flat panel to produce an ultra wide range of frequencies, eliminating the need for a separate tweeter.
The NP30 was our first network audio player and established our award-winning StreamMagic music streaming platform. Adding to the success of this versatile platform, the StreamMagic 6 and Minx Xi players followed, cementing our reputation as a leader in network music streaming technology.
Our Minx Air speakers were some of the world’s first to be able to play music using three different wireless connection methods: Bluetooth, Airplay and internet radio. Shortly afterwards we released the Minx Go Bluetooth speaker, and we now have a full range of award-winning wireless speakers and TV sound bases.
Using our innovative BMR speaker technology, we created the Aero speaker range, which won ‘What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision’s Best Speaker Package of the Year” award in both 2013 and 2014. The Aeromax range followed in 2014, using new BMR drivers, improved cabinets and upgraded crossovers.
Our CX Series of hi-end components is set to revolutionise entertainment in the digital age. Marrying our tradition of hi-fi excellence with more than 30 years of digital expertise, the CX Series offers effortless compatibility and a precise, detailed audio performance that will take your breath away.
Have a look below to meet a few of our staff members and find out what their favourite albums are. Some are pretty eclectic and some are proper classics but they all keep the energy flowing through our office. Click on ‘more’ under each album to read the reasoning behind our top picks.
Album: Black Holes and Revelations
“It’s an awesome album; I used to drum along to it almost every night! Muse have always had an amazing blend between fantastic musicianship and foot tapping rhythm, Knights of Cydonia is a great example of this and has got to be my favourite track from the album - an absolute banger!”
“A recent takeover of the number one spot as Augustines was only released in 2014 but it is THAT album that I can listen to over and over without it becoming tarnished. Augustines always deliver such emotionally charged inclusive gigs and this resonates throughout the album and its predecessor – Rise Ye Sunken Ships. However, the sound on Augustines is cleaner and more refined. This is especially true of ‘The Avenue’ which I like to crank up to max on an almost daily basis and revel in the rawness of McCarthy’s voice.”
Artist: Nightmares on Wax
Album: In a Space Outta Sound
“If I had to choose, I think this album would go down as my all-time favourite due to the sheer production skill in the songs. It’s the kind of album I feel I could play from start to finish in most places and be able to get heads nodding. Pure chill out from start to finish with a genre blend of reggae, soul, hip hop and many more vibes to put me in a great mood.”
Artist: Van Morrison
Album: Astral Weeks
“The vibraphone. The harpsichord. The superb musicianship and the gorgeous, romantic, nostalgic poetry of Van’s lyrics. It’s often described as a kind of opera, and always feels as if you are taking an emotional journey from start to finish. When I hear it I’m taken back to memories of my late teens, and to another world. I‘ve framed the sleeve of the LP, and it hangs alongside John Martyns’ Solid Air as the two albums that mean the most to me.”
Artist: The Stone Roses
Album: The Stone Roses
“It's given me more pleasure than any other record and hearing it always evokes feelings of madder days, long gone. It took me to Spike Island and 22 years later to Heaton Park, not the best record I own but the one that’s had the most impact on my life.”
Artist: Late of the Pier
Album: Fantasy Black Channel
“It feels like the most fun any band has had making an album. The recordings capture the energy generated from experimenting with textures, grooves, pop hooks and musical gear creating an eerie mirror to the lo-fi, EDM, grunge revival, 80’s revival and dub step trends that followed it.”