Stereo Amplifier of the year for under $2000 Award for CXA80 from Sound and Image

CXA80

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.

 

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HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE REST

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.

EFFORTLESS POWER

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.

BRAINS AND BEAUTY

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.

BRING THE BEST OUT OF YOUR DIGITAL 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.

CONNECTIONS

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.

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POWER OUTPUT

80W RMS into 8 Ohms, 120W RMS into 4 Ohms

DAC

Wolfson WM8740

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

<5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB

ANALOGUE AUDIO INPUTS

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

DIGITAL AUDIO INPUTS

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

COMPATIBILITY

TOSLINK optical, S/PDIF coaxial, USB 1.0 and 2.0, BT100 Bluetooth receiver

OUTPUTS

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

MAX POWER CONSUMPTION

750W

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

8.7kg (19.1lbs)

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Peter Oakes

The CXA80 has something special about it.To me it has the "X" factor. Sound quality taken to new level. Precision, clarity, sound staging, musical presentation. Oh, and its a fine looking piece of kit too. I owned the CXA60 before this one, a very good amp I reckon, but the CXA80 is, to my ears, a significant step up. Cambridge Audio has created something special here.

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The CXA80 has something special about it.To me it has the "X" factor. Sound quality taken to new level. Precision, clarity, sound staging, musical presentation. Oh, and its a fine looking piece of kit too. I owned the CXA60 before this one, a very good amp I reckon, but the CXA80 is, to my ears, a significant step up. Cambridge Audio has created something special here.

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CXA80

Manow

outstanding value for money with upgrade option for better sound with pre-out to a power amp. well done! :)

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outstanding value for money with upgrade option for better sound with pre-out to a power amp. well done! :)

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