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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.

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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.

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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)

Gapless CD Playback?

Yes

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4.6
Quality
5.0
Durability
3.6
Ease of use
4.8
Compatibility
5.0
Ease of setup
5.0
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5.0

Perfect digital companion for music lover

Eric IZABELLE

I purchased the Cambridge CXU player in late 2017 to replace a 12 year-old Marantz universal player which I used for CD, SACD and DVD-Audio. My main music format for the past 10 years has been vinyl, and I had grown tired of digital formats altogether (I have about 2000 CDs and 200 SACDs and DVD-Audio or Blu-Ray Audio titles, and 2000 LPs). My main use for audio is music, I don't play movies very often. When I purchased the CXU, I expected a significant increase in quality, but not _that_ significant. I had read some reviews over the internet, including one on What Hifi and some reviews by a forum member on various audiophile forums. However, the actual result and increase in quality when playing music on this player is simply astounding. I have had about 10 digital players over the past 25 years, from $100 to $7,000 (KW SACD), and quite honestly the Cambridge CXU is one class above anything I have owned in the past - playback is relaxed, but very clear and detailed, never sounding digital or edgy or hard on the high frequencies - I can listen to music for several hours without any fatigue (this is perfect for listening to complete operas or long playlists). In terms of formats, it plays everything I have tried, from SACD to DVD-Audio, Blu-Ray and DVDs, HDCD and CDs, MP3s and high-resolution formats (including lossless FLAC or APE, etc) up to 24/192. I have about 2 TBytes of music ripped and archived on my audio server, and everything plays flawlessly. Home-made DVD-Audio records made with Burn on my Macintosh play effortlessly (unlike my previous Marantz player). The performance on SACD and DVD-Audio is quite stunning - I am able to appreciate many records that I had forgotten in my collection, including many Warner DVD-Audio titles and Classic Records DADs. The CXU shines on rock, blues, jazz, classical, opera, electronica, with the same ease and relaxed precision. It really sounds in the same league as the best players of Cambridge Audio, or other high-end British brands. I use the analog output for SACD, and it sounds great to my ears. The player has only two built-in apps, one for Youtube (great) and one for Picasa (which I don't use so I can't comment). The Youtube app is great. I could not find any support for Qobuz (which is my music service), but I could make a connection using a very smart piece of software Audirvana+, which enables full control of the CXU from my Macbook Air - and I can play my music library as well as Qobuz playlists flawlessly. In this DNLA configuration, the sound is just perfect (to my earsà and really one step above Airplay (I can't explain why, but it is very obvious on my system). The digital connectivity works fine, I could connect a hard drive through USB, and connect the CXU to my Airport Extreme for additional connectivity and full access to my music library. Perhaps the only (minor) issue with this player is that you have to use some kind of display to navigate some menus (I use a computer screen through DHMI out). All in all, I have to say the CXU is simply the best digital player I have owned, and for the time being, the only digital player I will keep - I have discarded my Marantz 9660 universal player, a good old Sony DVP9000-ES (for SACD), and two DACs that I used, admittedly not very recent, a Musical Fidelity Tri Vista 21, and an Audiomat Tempo - I now have only one box for all digital formats, and that's a great relief. Aside from the Cambridge CXU, my system is TT is a Rega P9 /RB 9000 with Ortofon Quintet black cartridge, Audiomat Phono pre, Musical Fidelity KW500, and Apertura Tanagra SE speakers (cables of various makes).

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I purchased the Cambridge CXU player in late 2017 to replace a 12 year-old Marantz universal player which I used for CD, SACD and DVD-Audio. My main music format for the past 10 years has been vinyl, and I had grown tired of digital formats altogether (I have about 2000 CDs and 200 SACDs and DVD-Audio or Blu-Ray Audio titles, and 2000 LPs). My main use for audio is music, I don't play movies very often. When I purchased the CXU, I expected a significant increase in quality, but not _that_ significant. I had read some reviews over the internet, including one on What Hifi and some reviews by a forum member on various audiophile forums. However, the actual result and increase in quality when playing music on this player is simply astounding. I have had about 10 digital players over the past 25 years, from $100 to $7,000 (KW SACD), and quite honestly the Cambridge CXU is one class above anything I have owned in the past - playback is relaxed, but very clear and detailed, never sounding digital or edgy or hard on the high frequencies - I can listen to music for several hours without any fatigue (this is perfect for listening to complete operas or long playlists). In terms of formats, it plays everything I have tried, from SACD to DVD-Audio, Blu-Ray and DVDs, HDCD and CDs, MP3s and high-resolution formats (including lossless FLAC or APE, etc) up to 24/192. I have about 2 TBytes of music ripped and archived on my audio server, and everything plays flawlessly. Home-made DVD-Audio records made with Burn on my Macintosh play effortlessly (unlike my previous Marantz player). The performance on SACD and DVD-Audio is quite stunning - I am able to appreciate many records that I had forgotten in my collection, including many Warner DVD-Audio titles and Classic Records DADs. The CXU shines on rock, blues, jazz, classical, opera, electronica, with the same ease and relaxed precision. It really sounds in the same league as the best players of Cambridge Audio, or other high-end British brands. I use the analog output for SACD, and it sounds great to my ears. The player has only two built-in apps, one for Youtube (great) and one for Picasa (which I don't use so I can't comment). The Youtube app is great. I could not find any support for Qobuz (which is my music service), but I could make a connection using a very smart piece of software Audirvana+, which enables full control of the CXU from my Macbook Air - and I can play my music library as well as Qobuz playlists flawlessly. In this DNLA configuration, the sound is just perfect (to my earsà and really one step above Airplay (I can't explain why, but it is very obvious on my system). The digital connectivity works fine, I could connect a hard drive through USB, and connect the CXU to my Airport Extreme for additional connectivity and full access to my music library. Perhaps the only (minor) issue with this player is that you have to use some kind of display to navigate some menus (I use a computer screen through DHMI out). All in all, I have to say the CXU is simply the best digital player I have owned, and for the time being, the only digital player I will keep - I have discarded my Marantz 9660 universal player, a good old Sony DVP9000-ES (for SACD), and two DACs that I used, admittedly not very recent, a Musical Fidelity Tri Vista 21, and an Audiomat Tempo - I now have only one box for all digital formats, and that's a great relief. Aside from the Cambridge CXU, my system is TT is a Rega P9 /RB 9000 with Ortofon Quintet black cartridge, Audiomat Phono pre, Musical Fidelity KW500, and Apertura Tanagra SE speakers (cables of various makes).

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CXU Universal Player

Steve

I bought my CXU from a Sydney Hi-Fi store. An Ex-Demo unit approx 2 years old.
I Love the connectivity and output options. I set up the hdmi connects first because I was keen to see it work. The brushed aluminium remote feels first class and you know you haven't wasted your money when the tray glides open to take a cd then draws it in with the care and precision you hoped for. within a week I had a full set of hi-end interconnects to hook up the 8ch pre-out directly to my amp. and the sound is superb.
Sounds are perfect whether browsing youtube's music channell or one of my few sacd's.
When I first heard my sacd of Hotel California I was mesnerised by the feeling of relaxing centre stage with instruments coming from all around me with stunning clarity.
Thanks to the CXU I have a new appreciation for the best quality music I can get my hands on, have re-discovered youtube music channell and have bought cd copies of previously downloaded music.
On the down side though, The firmware seems a bit delicate with the unit sometimes not responding to the remote, and on occasion the unit will randomly repeat a song on a cd.
I'll get that looked at

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I bought my CXU from a Sydney Hi-Fi store. An Ex-Demo unit approx 2 years old.
I Love the connectivity and output options. I set up the hdmi connects first because I was keen to see it work. The brushed aluminium remote feels first class and you know you haven't wasted your money when the tray glides open to take a cd then draws it in with the care and precision you hoped for. within a week I had a full set of hi-end interconnects to hook up the 8ch pre-out directly to my amp. and the sound is superb.
Sounds are perfect whether browsing youtube's music channell or one of my few sacd's.
When I first heard my sacd of Hotel California I was mesnerised by the feeling of relaxing centre stage with instruments coming from all around me with stunning clarity.
Thanks to the CXU I have a new appreciation for the best quality music I can get my hands on, have re-discovered youtube music channell and have bought cd copies of previously downloaded music.
On the down side though, The firmware seems a bit delicate with the unit sometimes not responding to the remote, and on occasion the unit will randomly repeat a song on a cd.
I'll get that looked at

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Brett

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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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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Durability
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Ease of setup
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