CXU Cambridge Audio 1


Our best ever universal Blu-Ray player

A true music and movie hub.

Connect it to your TV, your projector or your AVR and it not only makes everything look amazing but it also sounds better than anything else out there. It’ll play virtually any disc you have and stream music through the on board network connectivity. And everything benefits from our bespoke upsampling technology so you hear the last drop of detail.


The CXU features 5 separate Wolfson WM8740 DACs and our proprietary ATF audio upsampling (more info on that genius tech here). Through these, all your inputs get upsampled to 24-bit/192kHz hi-res quality, meaning all your audio has even more acute detail and warm depth. You’ll be able to enjoy musical nuances that you’ve never heard before in tracks and films that you’ve heard a thousand times. A dedicated 2-channel analogue stereo output also guarantees the best possible stereo sound, and Pure Audio mode allows shut down of all video processing to prevent any audio signal interference resulting in a true hi-fi performance when it’s needed.


The CXU uses DARBEE Visual Presence technology to deliver stunning video playback; it provides greater clarity and increases the perception of depth resulting in a more dynamic, lifelike experience. Processing is adjustable, allowing you to customise the visual enhancement to suit your needs. And for ultimate flexibility, you can set your preferred DARBEE mode individually for each of the different video inputs. To make the most of the powerful video processing, 4k upsampling and 2D to 3D scaling from all video sources are also included, so you can enjoy a cinema quality ‘3D’ experience, whatever the source.


Whatever source, the CXU can handle it, making it a true home hub. The CXU has 2 HDMI inputs, digital optical and coaxial audio inputs, and 3 USB inputs allowing connection to almost any source - all up-sampled or processed for the best possible audio or audio-visual experience. The front HDMI input even supports MHL, for exceptional mobile device playback from smart phones or a digital camcorder.

  • Disc playback
  • HDMI input 1/MHL
  • HDMI input 2
  • Network connection
  • S/P DIF audio input
  • Optical audio input
  • USB input 1
  • USB input 2
  • USB input 3
  • ARC from TV (HDMI 1)
  • ARC from TV (HDMI 2)


An intuitive on-screen colour display and simple, user-friendly controls, plus an easy to use backlit remote mean all of CXU’s features are easy to use, even in the dark. The remote control for the CXU will also control matching Cambridge Audio AVRs or hi-fi amplifiers.

CXU Menu


The CXU also has a wired or wireless network connection. This means it can connect to your home network and play back audio, video or photo files from UPnP and DLNA servers and from NAS drives. So you can seamlessly access all your media from the comfort of your sofa and all of it will take advantage of the hi-res upsampling and DARBEE video processing for an incredible home cinema experience.


Separately configurable, twin HDMI outputs send high quality video to multiple displays or 3D video to a display and separate HDMI audio to a non-3D AV receiver. An Audio Return Channel (ARC) is built in too, allowing the audio signal from a connected TV to be sent to the CXU – with no need for a separate audio output from the TV.


Make the most of the Wolfson DACs and audio upsampling on-board by connecting the multichannel analogue audio outputs to the multichannel inputs of the perfectly matched CXR200 AV Receiver. This takes advantage of the highest quality digital to analogue conversion and 24-bit/192kHz audio upsampling in the CXU and leaves your AVR to amplify it all.


The CXU can be connected directly to a power amplifier or active speakers for a simple and highly versatile system, with no worries about volume control. Whether using digital or analogue outputs, you can control volume direct from the CXU remote.

Recent reviews
GB, March 2016

"Ik kan niet anders zeggen dan dat dit de beste BD-speler is die ik hier ooit in huis heb gehad."

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What Hi-Fi?
GB, July 2015

"As a player that does it all, the Cambridge CXU impresses on every level."

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DE, October 2015

"Der Player ist der Traum eines jeden Liebhabers bester Bild- und Tonqualität. Ein solch gelun¬genes Gesamtpaket gab es bislang bei keinem Blu-ray-Player. Damit ist der CXU die neue Referenz von video."

Home Cinema Choice
GB, December 2015

"Image quality is sumptuous. Clean fine detail, velvety gradations, no intrusive noise or artefacts... Blu-rays look superb."

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ES, October 2015

"Está claro que el Cambridge CXU será utilizado principalmente por un tipo concreto de usuarios: los que buscan la máxima calidad de imagen y sonido. Y en eso, os aseguro que el CXU se lleva la palma."

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Tech Radar
GB, November 2015

"With such depth and detail delivered in a clean and precise manner, the CXU's video or audio performance is outstanding."

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Technical specifications

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  • Disc typesBlu-ray (BD) including BD-3D, DVD, DVD-A, AVCHD, SACD, CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD+-R/RW, DVD+-R DL, BD-R/RE - (Not 4K BD Compatible)
  • Video outputs 2 x HDMI 1.4a with ARC
  • Audio outputs7.1 multichannel analogue RCA/Phono output, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x TOSLINK, Dedicated 2 channel stereo analogue RCA/Phono output
  • HDMI inputs2 x 1.4a (one with MHL compatibility via the front panel)
  • Audio inputs1 x S/PDIF, 1 x TOSLINK
  • D/A converters5 x Wolfson WM8740 24-bit/192kHz DACs
  • DecoderMediatek MTK8580
  • Audio Up-SamplerAnalog Devices DSP running Anagram Technologies (TM) Q5 up-sampling to 24 bit/192kHz (All 10 channels)
  • Video processorDARBEE Visual Presence (on primary output)
  • External storage3 x USB 2.0
  • Network: Ethernet100BASE-T, Wi-fi: 802.11 b/g/n via supplied dongle. 2.4GHz
  • Maximum power consumption35W
  • Standby power consumption<0.5W
  • Dimensions (H x W x D)82 x 430 x 312mm (3.2 x 16.9 x 12.3’’) with feet
  • Weight5.0kg (11.0lbs)
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