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Minx Xi Digital Music System

The stylish little music system that does it all

Minx Xi is designed to play everything in your music collection in crisp, rich, room-filling quality. No matter whether you're streaming from your smartphone, tablet or your home network, or maybe listening to internet radio, you’ll be sure to hear every single detail from all your favourite music.

  • Music on your phone or tablet – or from your favourite music apps like Spotify and Rhapsody
  • Music stored on your home network or any computer on your network
  • On board internet radio lets you tune-into your favourite stations or discover new ones around the world
  • Connect your TV, Blu-ray player, gaming consoles and more for a better audio experience
  • Built to last from rigid metal casework and finished in stunning high gloss black or white

Designed from the ground-up by Cambridge Audio in London, Minx Xi is focussed on delivering superb sound quality whatever music you’re into and however it’s stored. 

 

The plays everything system

Minx Xi handles just about any format of music, from any direction you might throw at it. It will wirelessly stream music from smartphones and tablets in their native quality. Music is accessed from your home network using driverless UPnP technology and Minx Xi will playback music files of all formats and sizes - up to stunning 24-bit/96kHz detail, including "lossless" files. Best still your can access and control all your music using our free app on your smartphone or tablet.

Wireless connection works using wi-fi or Bluetooth so it plays nicely with all brands of phone and tablet. And Minx Xi's streaming capabilities also include 20,000+ station internet radio and built-in streaming service support (BBC iPlayer Radio, Rhapsody and Pandora* among many others). Plus pushed firmware updates means Minx Xi is constantly evolving to support the latest and highest-quality services and gadgets.

*  Services dependant on market availability

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Plays it all beautifully

Minx Xi isn't just about getting your audio from any device and having every connection, it's also about making sure that every piece of music sounds brilliant. Every source, whether connected physically or wirelessly, sounds great through Minx Xi. That's because we've used our decades of audio expertise and streaming expertise inside it.

The Class AB amplifier, oversized toroidal power supply and Wolfson WM8728 digital-analogue converter are audiophile components commonly found in high-end products – as is the external clocking we use to reduce jitter in digital audio transmission. This kind of kit is exceedingly rare in this kind of hi-fi. That's why we think Minx Xi is an absolutely brilliant system, not just for its connectivity and its classy looks, but for the audio quality you hear.

The end result is not just room-filling power  but also stunning detail drawn from all sources. However you like your music, Minx Xi will make it sound wonderful.

The perfect connection

Minx Xi isn't just wonderful at wireless audio – it's got plenty of sockets too. Extensive inputs include twoUSB ports that will also charge your smartphone or tablet , two digital inputs for set-top boxes, consoles, Blu-ray players and more, as well as three analogue inputs for CD players and other devices and even a subwoofer output and ethernet socket – making Minx Xi an ideal centre to an entertainment system.

Reviews

Audiophile components – It's rare to see the kind of components found in Minx Xi in this kind of wireless designer system. But we believe that good looks should go hand in hand with great sound. Minx Xi features a high-quality 24-bit/96kHz Wolfson WM8728 DAC that means all sources are delivered in sparkling detail; an oversized toroidal power supply for improved audio quality and bass performance across the volume range; Class AB amplifier for great sound, low distortion and superb power efficiency; external clocking taken from our high-end NP30 network player to minimise jitter in digital audio streams

Digital and wireless – Wi-fi and Bluetooth wireless connections ensure every smartphone, tablet or wireless device will work with Minx Xi. And digital support is comprehensive including support for a wide array of digital audio formats (including lossless - FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV supported via UPnP up to 24/96), physical digital audio connections and in-built support for many streaming services including BBC iPlayer Radio, Pandora and Rhapsody*. Plus firmware updates can be pushed to Minx Xi, ensuring it will continue to work with the latest internet services, apps and protocols

Physical and analogue – As well as widespread wireless support, the Minx Xi doesn't skimp on traditional analogue and physical connections. Two digital audio and three analogue audio inputs to turn the Minx Xi into the core of a home entertainment hub and three device-charging USBs are joined by a subwoofer out connection to turn the Minx Xi into a compact and stylish 2.1 system, Ethernet connection and pre-amp connection.

 

Features

Audiophile components include 24-bit/96kHz Wolfson DAC for all digital audio including streaming, oversized toroidal power supply and Class AB amplifier
Wireless 802.11n wi-fi and Bluetooth with apt-X support (via supplied dongles)
3 x USB sockets with device charging for all your mobile devices (2x 500mA charge, 1x 2.1A charge)
20,000+ internet radio stations built-in
Streaming service support including BBC iPlayer Radio, Pandora and Rhapsody (RTSP, MMS, HTTP, Playlists ASX, M3U and PLS protocols supported)
Two digital inputs (S/PDIF Co-axial and TOSLink Optical), three analogue inputs - 2 x RCA, 1 x 3.5mm
Wide range of digital audio formats supported (including MP3, AAC, WMA, Apple Lossless, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, etc.) up to 24-bit/96kHz
Power output 55W RMS (into 4 Ohms), 40W RMS (into 8 Ohms)
Available in gloss white or gloss black
Control via free Stream Magic smartphone/tablet app or supplied slimline remote
Subwoofer out, and ethernet connections
Eco-friendly <0.5W standby power consumption and auto power down

Reviews

Hi-Fi+


"lf you are looking for a system to put in the study or fancy sticking a toe in streaming water, then the Minx Xi is an easy recommendation. lt has the same sonic limitations as you find with any budget amplifier, but the feature set is strong and ease of use very high...Well worth checking out."

 

UK, Spring 2014

PC Praxis


„Der Minx Xi weiß als Class AB-Verstärker klanglich zu brillieren.”

 

Germany, Winter 2013

Audio DE


„Das Konzept kann inklusive der Ausstattung bis ins Detail überzeugen.”

 

Germany, Winter 2013

Hi Fi Digital


"Verarbeitung, Optik, Ausstattung, Klang – Cambridges Minx Xi erfüllt sämtliche Disziplinen mit Bravour."

 

Germany, Winter 2013

BBC Music Mag



"If you are looking to haul your music listening into the 21st century look no further than this compact detailed system"

 

UK, Winter 2013

Hi-Fi Choice



"A superb value package with proper hi-fi sounds that sets a new price benchmark."

 

UK, Winter 2013

Specifications

Digital to Analogue Converter Wolfson WM8728
Power output 40 watts RMS per channel (into 8 ohms)
47 watts RMS per channel (into 6 ohms)
55 watts RMS per channel (into 4 ohms)
Connectivity Network music playback (Wi-fi & Ethernet), 16-24-bit 32-96kHz
2 x local USB media inputs, 16-24-bit 32-96kHz
Toslink input, 16-24-bit 32-96kHz
S/PDIF input, 16-24-bit 32-96kHz
BT100 Bluetooth receiver: A2DP plus aptX
2 x RCA analogue inputs
3.5mm analogue input
Headphone output
Speaker outputs, 2 x 40W RMS
Subwoofer output
ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG
Standby power consumption <0.5W
Max. Power Consumption 300W
Mains Inlet Voltage 100-120V AC or 220-240V AC
Dimensions (H x W x D) 90 x 270 x 285mm (3.5 x 10.6 x 11.2”)
Weight 5.8kg (12.8lbs)

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Firmware Updates

Click here for information about the latest firmware update

Here at Cambridge Audio, we’ve been working hard to make your Minx Xi, Stream Magic and NP30 experience even better! There is a new Stream Magic firmware update.

The new firmware version is v266-b-553 (and v266-b-553-a-001 for NP30s without APD)

The next time you switch on your Stream Magic device it will automatically see that an update is available and will prompt you to update. Alternatively, you can update your device manually by going to Settings > Upgrade Firmware.

12th March 2014: v266-b-553 (and v266-b-553-a-001 for NP30s without APD)

- Fix UPnP search on Minim Server (mantis #1619)

- USB playback - fix problem where some files were not being seen on the thumbdrive

- Remove limit of number of tracks allowed in a playlist (was 20)

- Fix potential long term internet radio playback issues

- Try harder to ensure UPnP byebye is sent before unit shuts down (fix to help with iOS/Android app)

- Pre-select current Wired/Wireless setting before displaying the menu

- Fix display of DNS servers

- Fix UPnP browsing crash on corrupt server when (null) being returned for dc:title

Click here for information about previous firmware updates

- 21st January 2014: v266-b-546 (and v266-b-546-a-001 for NP30s without APD)

- Tell UPnP servers to sort all browse requests according to upnp:originalTrackNumber

- Fix crash on NP30/Minx Xi units (French or Italian units only) when entering UPnP menu

- Miscellaneous bug fixes

 

- 4th November 2013: v266-b-525-a-005

- Fixed text alignment issues

 

- 30th July 2013: v266-b-525-a-003

- Fix missing presets on iOS/Android apps

- Add Polish and improve other translations

- Fix crash when shuffle/repeat pressed in Bluetooth mode

- Fixes to support station delete in Pandora

- Stability fixes in playback engines

- Miscellaneous changes to support latest versions of mobile app

- Fix crash in 'auto' network mode when inserting ethernet cable while wi-fi interface is coming up

- Fix crash when connecting mobile app after using an interactive menu

- Fix MP3 metadata reported from ISO-8859-1 encoded files

- USB Media: Try harder to use volume-label as friendly name if available, otherwise use vendor/model name

- Fix 'is playing' indications for Pandora

- Show volume changes made via UPnP interface on main screen

- BT100: Remove Playback status, as it was unreliable

 

16th April 2013: v266-b-482   (and v266-b-482-a-002 for NP30s with APD)  

- Improve occasional track skipping seen when using certain Synology NAS devices

- Improve stability when using Stream Magic iPhone/Android control app

- Fix player crash when attempting to play tracks > 192kHz

- Fix display of clip-info for Aupeo! streaming service

- Improve overall detection of USB thumbdrives

- BT100: improve reliability of information displayed on player's front panel

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

 

15th March 2013: v266-b-467 (and v266-b-467-a-002 for NP30s with APD)

General player stability improvements

BT100: Fix issue where state gets lost when force re-paring

Fix occasional crash when coming out of idle mode

Send hostname when doing DHCP request

Other miscellaneous bug fixes

 

29th January 2013: v266-b-416-a-004

- Stream Magic 6 only - fixes intermittent bug with USB Audio input occasionally not selecting correctly

 

3rd January 2013: v266-b-416-a-002

- NP30 digital volume controlled by IR remote control (NP30 only)

- Changes required for compatibility with future Windows 8 USB Audio driver (Stream Magic 6 only)

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

 

10th October 2012: v266-b-398

The new firmware update includes a number of upgrades and most importantly, means your Stream Magic 6 or NP30 now supports Apple Lossless (ALAC) playback. Features of the firmware update include:

- Added Apple Lossless (ALAC) support, 16-24-bit @ 12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48/88.2*/96kHz (*88.2kHz not supported on NP30)

- Added support for up to 24-bit AIFF @ 12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48/88.2*/96kHz (only 16-bit AIFF was supported previously)

- Added Display of album/artist metadata on our iPhone App for Internet Radio stations that provide such information

- Add Auto Power-Down function to European Stream Magic 6 units

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

An updated version of the Android Stream Magic Remote app is also available on the Android app store. The updated version is V1.05 and adds support for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) devices.

25th July 2012: v266-b-354-a-002

The new firmware update includes a number of upgrades and most importantly, means your Stream Magic 6 or NP30 now support gapless playback. We’ve also added a handy digital volume control feature to the NP30 to allow you to control the volume of the NP30 using the app or front panel selector. Features of the firmware update include:

- Added gapless playback via UPnP and local USB

- Added digital pre-amp mode (digital volume control) to NP30

- Ensure mute status persists over power-cycle and idle mode

- Changes to improve interworking with iOS/Android app

- Some minor fixes to improve UPnP browsing

- Fix issue where start of playback is lost on analogue output on SM6

- Improve buffer control on Internet Radio

- Allow volume control and balance control from iPhone/Android apps

- Fixes a bug where when switching from internet radio to a digital input of the Stream Magic 6, there is no sound coming from the digital input – requires a restart the Stream Magic 6 in order to get sound again from the digital input

- Fixes a compatibility issue with Apple ._ files, where they would show as duplicates

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

7th March 2012: v266-b-272

This Stream Magic firmware update includes a number of upgrades and most importantly, means your device will now support Bluetooth audio streaming. All you need is our new plug and play BT100 wireless audio receiver to stream music from your iPhone, smartphone, iPad, tablet, laptop or MacBook to your Stream Magic device. Read more about this amazing enhancement here Features of the firmware update:

- Allows the NP30 to work with Stream Magic Remote Android app

- Changes to improve interworking with iOS/Android app

- Adds BT100 support

- Some minor fixes to improve UPnP browsing

- Add fast scrolling via remote and front panel

- Rename UuVol to Stream Magic

- Improve handling of tracks being moved around in the media queue via the iPhone app

- Displays "Queue Empty" if when Reply/Browse Queue button pressed there is no current queue

- Ensure that codec information is still displayed when paused

- Don't list devices that aren't media servers in the 'UPnP Servers' menu

- Stop playback when queue is cleared

- Export information on current stream type/source name to iOS/Android app

- Changes to the preset-setting mechanism

- Mark currently playing track when browsing UPnP

- Fix "Network not supported" problem with some access points

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

As part of this update process, we’re also creating a single platform to support all our network players and as such, UuVol has now become Stream Magic. These exciting enhancements will deliver a host of benefits:

Even more powerful control apps...

- UuVol Remote apps for iPhone and iPad have become Stream Magic Remote. Today, an update has been released on the App Store which your device will prompt you to install. As well as changing name to Stream Magic Remote, the app update also features improved UPnP browsing and album art handling.

- Stream Magic app for Android! We’re in the final stages of developing a fantastic app for Android phones. This has been released in advanced beta mode on Android Market and we will continue to develop it to offer seamless control across Android devices. Finally, UuVol Home portal has also now become Stream Magic Home. When you visit the usual www.uuvol.com you’ll now be redirected to www.stream-magic.com where your UuVol login details will allow you to access your new Stream Magic Home account. Your presets, settings and devices will be carried over to your Stream Magic account and no action is required to activate or use your account.

BT100 upgrade

Fixes issue when playing Bluetooth audio from some aptX enabled devices. This affects some (but not all) BT100 units. The symptom is audio cutting out after 3 minutes of playback with some aptX capable source devices. Typically affected devices will be Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phones and Apple computers.

If you have any previous version of the update app installed on your PC, you should uninstall this first:

Windows 7 / 8 - ‘Control Panel → Programs and Features’ and double clicking on any installed instance of ‘BT100 Update’.

Windows XP - ‘Control Panel → Add and Remove Programs’ and double clicking on any installed instance of ‘BT100 Update’.

Full instructions from a fresh install are then included in the zip file; please read them first. Click here to download BT100 upgrade files and instructions - note: this upgrade can only be carried out on a Windows computer.