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.

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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

T3

United Kingdom,

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. 

hifi.nl

United Kingdom,

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

Home Cinema Choice

United Kingdom,

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

Tech Radar

United Kingdom,

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

Stereoplay

United Kingdom,

"Klang: absolute Spitzenklasse, Gesamturteil: überragend"

Music Emotion

Netherlands,

"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."

Video

Germany,

"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."

ALTA DEFINICIÓN HD

Spain,

"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."

What Hi-Fi?

United Kingdom,

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

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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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Really two products in one, great Universal disc transport and excellent DAC(s)

Neopolitan slice

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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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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