CXA80 integrated amplifier


80W integrated amplifier

Power, precision and poise.

Building on the award winning foundation of the CXA60, the CXA80 adds an extra 20watts of power giving 80watts of pure precision which creates a strikingly vivid soundstage. The addition of balanced inputs and USB connectivity for your computer based music library offers the solution for every source.


Rated at 80 Watts per channel the CXA80 has power in reserve for even the most demanding speakers. But it’s the way in which this power is delivered that put’s the CXA80 completely out of reach from its competitors. The entire internal layout is designed to minimize left and right interference (crosstalk) and provide astonishing stereo separation so you can virtually place each instrument in your room. It has symmetrical and separate transformer taps for the left and right channels, twin rectifiers and separate PSUs. When combined together these ‘dual mono’ features deliver incredible presence and depth to your music and a wide, enveloping soundstage that’s normally only available in amplifiers costing many times more.


Our engineers spent months to create the unique separated circuit board because they knew it would eventually provide the sound they wanted. As for power they were similarly insistent on sticking to what they knew would deliver. They used a class AB amplifier to minimise crossover distortion so music sounds purer and more controlled. An audiophile-grade oversize toroidal transformer provides huge power reserves, a consistent audio signal (no clipping) and a sensational bass performance. Finally, an ALPs film type volume pot was recruited for its accurate volume control and superb low level channel balance so the volume is always perfect across both left and right channels at whatever volume you’re enjoying.


In use, the CXA80 is a delight. The floating effect of the chassis, the brushed finish, the easy-to-read front panel, they’re all designed to create a hi-fi amplifier that’s as beautiful on the outside as it’s well-engineered on the inside. Whatever the source, the CXA80 enables you to re-discover your favourite music.


To enjoy more of the music you love, the CXA80 has been designed from the ground up with digital sources in mind. Using a high-specification 24-bit/192kHz WM8740 DAC chip from Wolfson (a very premium digital to analogue converter), the CXA80 offers a powerful upgrade for all your digital sources and simply connecting it to the digital out of the dedicated CXC CD transport also creates a perfect partnership. The result is that any digital music soars to new heights, reveals new depths and can be enjoyed like never before.



Designed to work with as wide a range of separates as possible, we engineered the CXA80 with both digital and traditional analogue inputs. Digital support is in the form of S/PDIF co-axial and TOSLINK digital inputs, plus an asynchronous USB Audio input - so you can play your music directly from your PC or Mac. Add an optional BT100 Bluetooth dongle and you’ve access to aptX high-quality streaming, opening up a world of possibilities from your paired device. Analogue options include a high quality balanced XLR input, four sets of RCA inputs and a front 3.5mm Aux jack.

Recent reviews

Music Emotion
NL, July 2015

"Twee indrukwekkend goede apparaten. Ik vind deze Cambridge Audio ontdekking zelfs een ouderwetse oase van rust."

GB, July 2015

"What's immediately apparent is that the designers' intention to give the new products a sound with better bass and more rhythmic drive has been realised well here: the two components, whether separately or used together, have a sound that's bright, fresh and informative without ever becoming brash or hard-edged, and yet that is underpinned with a wonderfully well-extended and fluid bass."

Audio Vidéo HD
FR, August 2015

"Cambridge Audio avait à coeur de marquer les esprits avec la nouvelle et ambitieuse gamme CX. Le verdict est sans appel, au regard des excellentes performances de l'ensemble en matière de musicalité, l'objectif est atteint de très belle manière."

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Le blog de Son-Vidéo
FR, August 2015

"Des timbres plus justes, un bas médium mieux exploré, une latéralisation supérieure, du peps à revendre, la nouvelle gamme Cambridge CX vaut le détour."

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CH, September 2015

"Cambridge Audio setzt neue Akzente mit der CX Serie!"

DE, September 2015

"Hierbei wurden die Eigenschaften der ebenfalls in diesem Heft getesteten Music Server unüberhörbar und klar reproduziert. Das is ein 'klarer Beweis für die zeitlose Neutralität dieses Vollversterkers, der sich problemlos im viele Installationen einfüger wird."

Technical specifications

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  • Power output80W RMS into 8 Ohms, 120W RMS into 4 Ohms
  • DACWolfson WM8740
  • Frequency Response<5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB
  • Analogue audio inputs1x balanced XLR, 4 x RCA, 1 x 3.5mm MP3 input (front panel)
  • Digital audio inputs1 x S/PDIF coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK optical, 1 x USB audio, Bluetooth via BT100 (not supplied)
  • CompatibilityTOSLINK optical, S/PDIF coaxial, USB 1.0 and 2.0, BT100 Bluetooth receiver
  • OutputsSpeakers A+B, 3.5mm headphone, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output
  • Max power consumption750W
  • Standby power consumption <0.5W
  • Dimensions (H x W x D)*115 x 430 x 341mm (4.5 x 16.9 x 13.4”)
  • Weight8.7kg (19.1lbs)
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