CXU

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 PERFECT AUDIO PERFORMANCE

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.

VIDEO THAT OPENS YOUR EYES

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.

A COMPLETE DIGITAL HUB

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.

EASY TO USE

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.

NETWORK PLAYBACK

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.

TWIN OUTPUTS

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.

ANALOGUE SUPERIORITY

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.

DIGITAL VOLUME CONTROL

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.

Tech Specs
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Disc types

Blu-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 outputs

7.1 multichannel analogue RCA/Phono output, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x TOSLINK, Dedicated 2 channel stereo analogue RCA/Phono output

HDMI inputs

2 x 1.4a (one with MHL compatibility via the front panel)

Audio inputs

1 x S/PDIF, 1 x TOSLINK

D/A converters

5 x Wolfson WM8740 24-bit/192kHz DACs

Decoder

Mediatek MTK8580

Audio Up-Sampler

Analog Devices DSP running Anagram Technologies (TM) Q5 up-sampling to 24 bit/192kHz (All 10 channels)

Video processor

DARBEE Visual Presence (on primary output)

External storage

3 x USB 2.0

Network: Ethernet

100BASE-T, Wi-fi: 802.11 b/g/n via supplied dongle. 2.4GHz

Maximum power consumption

35W

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

Weight

5.0kg (11.0lbs)

* Maximum including sockets and controls

hifi.nl

GB, March 2016

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

What Hi-Fi?

GB, July 2015

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

Video

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."

ALTA DEFINICIÓN HD

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."

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."

Stereoplay

GB, November 2015

"Klang: absolute Spitzenklasse, Gesamturteil: überragend"

Music Emotion

NL, November 2015

"Ik kan niet anders zeggan dan dat dit de beste BD speler is die ik hier oot in huis heb gehad. Het afspelen van alle schijifformanten doet de spelen vleekeloos en een grote audiofiele fjingevoeligheid."

T3

GB, November 2016

No fewer than 11 audio and video sources can be played through this delightful device , making it the ultimate in home-cinema connectivity. Plus, your sounds and visuals are all up-sampled or processed for an unrivaled experience. Those movie nights will never be the same again.

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My Thoughts on the Cambridge Audio CXU

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Vinyl Rules!
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Forget the Oppo's, this is the one to own if you want a player that is extraordinarily good sounding on audio discs AND is amazingly good...
Forget the Oppo's, this is the one to own if you want a player that is extraordinarily good sounding on audio discs AND is amazingly good with both DVD and BluRay video discs. I have an Oppo BDP-95D and the CXU is significantly better with audio and slightly better with video than my Oppo BDP-95D. Initially, I was leaning towards the Oppo BDP-105D and I almost ordered one, but I'm glad I waited. One reason Oppo discontinued the 1xx series players was that MediaTek, the vendor for one of the chips in the 105D, ceased production of the chip they were supplying to Oppo. This chip provided HDCD decoding for the 105D (and all the other Oppo models). HDCD decoding for HDCD encoded discs is important to me. Almost all Joni Mitchell and Grateful Dead CD's are HDCD encoded. And many artists (The Doors, The Rippingtons, Willie Nelson and many others) continue to release HDCD encoded CD's, but they are often not flagged as an HDCD disc. So what's the big deal about HDCD? Well, the HDCD encoding process adds an additional 4 bits of information to a CD. Standard Redbook CD's are 16 bit discs (16/44), but HDCD discs are 20 bit discs (20/44), and these extra bits add additional dynamic range to the recording. The result (IMHO) equals the sound quality of a SACD (Super Audio CD). And I do not hear any loss of sound quality when I play back an HDCD disc on a good non-HDCD player: The disc sounds like any other Redbook 16/44 CD. Microsoft bought the rights to HDCD several years ago but they've made no effort to market it to the major music labels. When I made the decision to add a newer player to my system I wanted a player that sounded good with music. About 75% of my listening is to Redbook CD's, some HDCD's, and a small number of SACD's and DVD-Audio discs. The other 25% is used to view DVD and BluRay movies. No one in my area (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) had any Oppo BDP-105D's left in stock, but I found a couple of on-line retailers that had a few 105D's. I liked everything about the Oppo BDP-105D: I have their BDP-95D, and two older Oppo's (DV-970HD and DV-981D), and they have been fantastic machines. I've never had a problem and Oppo's customer service is legendary. And the 105D has the ESS Sabre 9018 DAC chip which is one of the best available. And the 105D has received stellar reviews for both its audio sound quality and its video playback. I was about to order the Oppo, but then I read a review of the Cambridge Audio CXU in "What HiFi," a British publication. They gave the CXU very high praise in their review, and they noted both the audio reproduction and the video playback was BETTER than Oppo's BDP-105D, which they had previously reviewed. I then did more digging in various Internet audio and video news groups and forums, and I found many people who thought the CXU sounded better on music and was slightly better on video when compared to Oppo's BDP-105D and BDP-95D. The only negatives people noted with the CXU were: (1) No headphone jack; (2) No balanced XLR outputs; and (3) No Netflix app, and general criticism for the few apps that came with the CXU. None of these were important to me. I have a separate headphone amp for headphone listening, I don't use balanced XLR connections in my system, and an inexpensive Roku device provides NetFlix and many more apps than any universal player on the market. Since music (and HDCD decoding) is important to me, I took a chance and ordered the CXU. I would be able to compare it to my Oppo BDP-95D, and if the CXU disappointed me, I was going to return it and order the Oppo BDP-105D. About two months have gone by and the CXU is a keeper! Music and film soundtracks on the CXU are more realistic, the CXU has more depth and "soundstage," and the CXU sounds much less digital than the 95D. Even my wife noticed the difference, and she began pulling some of her CD's out of our collection for me to play. I'm not sure how Cambridge Audio is able to get such great sound out of the CXU. The CXU uses five Wolfson 24 bit WM8740 DAC's (Wolfson has newer DAC chips that could have been used), and the CXU upsamples all data before it is sent to the Wolfson DAC's. Cambridge Audio says this upsampling reduces jitter and latency. And the CXU uses these five Wolfson DAC's for music decoding versus a single ESS 32 bit 9018 Sabre DAC used both by the Oppo BDP-105D and the BDP-95D for music decoding. So the Oppo should sound better than the CXU since it uses a newer 32 bit ESS 9018 Sabre DAC versus the older 24 bit WM8749 DAC used in the CXU. But it doesn't: Music (and film soundtracks) sound much more real on the CXU than on the BDP-95D, and the superior sound quality of the CXU trumps the Oppo BDP-95D. Most of you know Oppo is now selling 4K players. The Oppo UDP-203 is the replacement for the BDP -103D and Oppo's UDP-205 is the replacement for the BDP-105. I've not read any reviews yet of the UDP-203, but it (and the replacement for the BDP-105D) does not decode HDCD. So they are not something I will buy. And I'm not convinced 4K Ultra High definition BluRay discs have a future. More people are streaming, more 4K streaming content is becoming available, and physical media sales continue to decline. And Hollywood is now asking retailers to stock THREE versions of popular movies: (1) 4K UHD BluRay; (2) "Regular" BluRay; and (3) Standard DVD. And the new 4K UHD BluRay's are not cheap. This is an untenable business model and I don't think the new 4K UHD BluRay's have a future. Most average customers can barely tell the difference between a DVD and a BluRay of the same movie, and there is not that much difference between a 4K UHD BluRay and a regular BluRay unless you have a 4K projector and a high-definition screen (both are quite expensive) or a 70" or larger 4K UHD TV. IMO, the market will slowly grow for 4K UHD streaming content, but I think the future for expensive 4K UHD BluRay physical media is bleak. Cambridge Audio uses the same MediaTek chip set in the CXU that Oppo used in their BDP-1xx series and their BDP-9x series players, so once they go through their remaining inventory of MediaTek chips, they will have to have a replacement for the CXU. The retail price of the CXU has been lowered in England (their home base) as well as in the US. This suggests to me that they, like Oppo, are discontinuing the CXU because the MediaTek chip set with HDCD decoding was discontinued. The Cambridge Audio CXU is a really good unit. It has the best video performance of any standard BluRay player on the market, and its audio quality is extraordinary. I believe you would have to spend more than $20,000 on a CD player (yes, there are some that cost this much, and more) to get something that sounded at least as good on music. Buy one while they are still available! As always, YMMV.
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Really two products in one, great Universal disc transport and excellent DAC(s)

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Bought to replace an ageing Denon universal player - i use this really just for music and have an ageing Sony telly so can't comment with...
Bought to replace an ageing Denon universal player - i use this really just for music and have an ageing Sony telly so can't comment with any authority on the video side of it except to say it upscales the picture from my virgin set top box really well (and of course handles the audio for radio and tv), i went for the CXU because of rave reviews of its musicality and i'm not disappointed. Nice to have Blu-ray discs to play now and it does so with excellent results as with SACD and DVD Audio/video. CD's sound great too though i have added a CXC CD transport to my stack as, well running it through the superb DACs in the CXU. Haven't played with the streaming side of things as it don't interest me but it plays back hi res files from a usb stick really well. Great product.
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This is my at least my 5th high resolution player and is the best. The sounds of CDs played through the CXU, using analog outputs, easily...
This is my at least my 5th high resolution player and is the best. The sounds of CDs played through the CXU, using analog outputs, easily surpasses the sound from all my other units. Primarily no more ringing in the high end, resulting in a much smoother presentation and less fatiguing sound. The sound of CD through the HDMI output sound better than on my previous units but not quite up to the sound via the analog outputs. SACD , Bluray, and DVDA all sound great. They sound the best using the CXU analog outputs, than the HDMI, to my Marantz AV 7005 AVP. The same AVP is used for CDs. I don't use the CXU for video only audio hence no comments about picture quality. A definite recommendation from me. How can you rate the durability of a product you have only had it for one month. I gave it one point because I had to answer the question. Cambridge should revise they're required responses.
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