What Hi-Fi? Awards 2016

CXA60

60W integrated amplifier

The most fun you can have with 60 watts. An amplifier is the heart of any hi-fi system and ours - What Hi-Fi?’s ‘Best Stereo Amplifier’ two years running – is hugely entertaining. With those 60 watts of power comes 4 analogue, 3 digital and optional Bluetooth inputs so your connectivity is sorted too.

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OUR MOST ENERGETIC SOUND YET

Designing the CXA60 was a challenge that was accepted with open arms by our engineers. We wanted an amp that sounded more musical and energetic than anything we’ve made before. They beavered away for months and after some particularly late nights they eventually nailed it. To achieve this they used some unique engineering techniques, some very premium components, and some great ears for detail.

LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC AT ITS BEST

We’ve used an audiophile-grade toroidal transformer which helps minimise magnetic flux levels. This basically keeps distortion and other noise levels low so that your music is played back with complete purity. We also centrally mount the transformer to reduce interference with other components in the circuit board such as the volume pot; this is in a further effort to keep your music sounding amazing. As for the volume pot itself, we’ve used an ALPs film type volume pot which delivers accurate volume control and superb low level channel balance so the volume is always perfectly controlled across both left and right channels at whatever volume you’re enjoying.

AN AMPLIFIER FOR THE DIGITAL WORLD

The CXA60 was designed to work with digital sources from the outset so has a 24-bit Wolfson WM8740 DAC (a very premium digital to analogue converter) built in. This chip is as the heart of our award-winning DacMagic range. So whether it’s music from your TV or your network streaming device, it all gets passed through the Wolfson DAC. Connecting the CXA60 to the digital out of the CXC dedicated 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.

CONNECTIONS

Digital connections are in the form of S/PDIF co-axial and TOSLINK digital inputs. Add an optional BT100 Bluetooth dongle and you have access to aptX high-quality streaming, opening up a world of wireless possibilities from your paired device. Analogue options include four sets of RCA inputs and a front 3.5mm aux jack so you’re fully catered for there as well.

BRAINS AND BEAUTY

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 CXA60 enables you to re-discover your favourite music.

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POWER OUTPUT

60W RMS into 8 Ohms, 90W RMS into 4 Ohms

DAC

Wolfson WM8740

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

<5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB

ANALOGUE AUDIO INPUTS

4 x RCA, 1 x 3.5mm MP3 input (front panel)

DIGITAL AUDIO INPUTS

1 x S/PDIF coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK optical, Bluetooth via BT100 (not supplied)

COMPATIBILITY

TOSLINK optical, S/PDIF coaxial, BT100 Bluetooth receiver

OUTPUTS

Speakers A+B, 3.5mm Headphone, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output

MAX POWER CONSUMPTION

600W

STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION

<0.5W

DIMENSIONS (H X W X D)

115 x 430 x 341mm (4.5 x 16.9 x 13.4”)

WEIGHT

8.3kg (18.3lbs)

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Decent sound but no USB input

DanB

I auditioned this vs. a cheaper CA amp, and various other makes and models under £500, sourced from a CA music streamer and playing through Roksan speakers. The sound quality was among the best, a little too 'electronic' sounding for my ears vs. my old NAD amp. My main interest was to connect directly to my laptop via USB. However, this doesn't have a USB input, precluding connection to the most powerful and flexible source for digital music - a computer! The more expensive model has direct USB input, but why USB should be seen as a 'high end' component is beyond me. I'll stick to my NAD, driven via HST Music Streamer DAC.

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I auditioned this vs. a cheaper CA amp, and various other makes and models under £500, sourced from a CA music streamer and playing through Roksan speakers. The sound quality was among the best, a little too 'electronic' sounding for my ears vs. my old NAD amp. My main interest was to connect directly to my laptop via USB. However, this doesn't have a USB input, precluding connection to the most powerful and flexible source for digital music - a computer! The more expensive model has direct USB input, but why USB should be seen as a 'high end' component is beyond me. I'll stick to my NAD, driven via HST Music Streamer DAC.

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ThePete

Sound quality and sound staging excellent. Good detail to the music. I'm enjoying listening to my music through this amplifier. The ability to adjust bass and treble has been a plus as I've worked though speaker options. Finally settled on bookshelf speakers that work beautifully with it, will add a small sub in the near future. Controls are smooth and easy to use and its a classy looking piece of kit. But far and away the most important thing is sound quality and this amp delivers.

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Sound quality and sound staging excellent. Good detail to the music. I'm enjoying listening to my music through this amplifier. The ability to adjust bass and treble has been a plus as I've worked though speaker options. Finally settled on bookshelf speakers that work beautifully with it, will add a small sub in the near future. Controls are smooth and easy to use and its a classy looking piece of kit. But far and away the most important thing is sound quality and this amp delivers.

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Super sound absolute good amplifier

Han

Super amplifier running on kef Q700, you close your eyes and there is the music. Even streaming is good! I think you just spend a lot more money to get a little bit better sound

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Super amplifier running on kef Q700, you close your eyes and there is the music. Even streaming is good! I think you just spend a lot more money to get a little bit better sound

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