Cambridge Audio CXN in the Test

With the new CX series, Cambridge Audio holds up old British HiFi ideals: for manageable money there is to be a huge Sonic equivalent here. The network player CXN redeems the promise – and incidentally boasts first-class practice characteristics in the test.

Rich facilities, high-quality components, luxury instead of merely functional circuit details, not least an exuberant temperamental sound: With the integrated amplifier CXA80 Cambridge gained respect themselves when tested in the laboratory and AUDIO already. The here tested network player CXN is not only particularly the ideal partner for the 80s – he leaves the feeling that one gets unusually much function and sound for the money.

The large TFT display on the front panel makes with its sophisticated, high-contrast visuals ever as of yesterday some competitors. The expectations thus aroused are then even exceeded by the player in the practice test: Cambridge thanks to full on-device playlist belongs to the exclusive club of players, that allow free modular, cross-top playlists, which the user at any time at will complement and can change.

And that even then undeterred running when the Cambridge-app is not reachable or was terminated by the user. The app works very well: long lists (about the “album” choices of the listening room Server 2500 entries) can be quickly scroll or quickly skip through the alphabet Strip. You type the desired tracks or albums, the app asks whether they immediately, to be inserted after the current title or at the end of the existing list – so you can nicely prepare long musical evenings and if necessary at any time to respond to spontaneous inspirations.

Data sources

With regard to possible data sources, flexibility is capitalized: the local collection, approximately on a NAS with UPnP server function, only the Foundation on which to make with Internet radio, digital inputs (including asynchronous USB port), can build up airplay and the streaming service Spotify in many ways. And because the Cambridge developer use the processor and memory resources of their streaming module currently only to 20%, way – is also future extensions obvious and lossless streaming providers a la tidal or Qobuz would be desirable of course.

Regardless, they flow from what on – or offline source – the CXN would be no real Cambridge, if he would not particularly carefully process the music data. So, the inevitable oversampling happens somehow, but in a full-blown Blackfin processor after Cambridge-specific algorithms. Two highly respected Wolfson 8740 worry about the conversion of the now very high-frequency data. One would have done it, but then you would have to that particularly rausch – and low distortion, dual differential circuit must – without who naturally enjoy the British, including balanced XLR outputs, almost calling for direct connection about a couple active speakers. And yes – there is a digital volume and even balance control, working particularly gentle thanks to the computing capabilities of the Blackfin-DSP.

Hearing test

The total package is quite unique in its price class – especially as it showed not the slightest respect for established references in the AUDIO listening room. The dreaded Linn sneaky DS about seemed almost shy next to the Cambridge and had to oppose the mighty, wide and sweeping presentation of the CXN only a slightly more natural musical flow. What barely below the line and extended emergency to a tie, but nothing changed, that the sound tremendously gripping and transparent fills, just like a really big player Cambridge mainly with rock and jazz.

Conclusion

The Cambridge CXN defines what you may expect from a network gamer for 1100 euros: his powerful streaming Board makes a pleasure dealing with this player and has sufficient reserves for future feature additions. Sonically currently no comparable to more expensive player can candle to him – all the more gratifying that his converter thanks to numerous additional inputs not only via streaming is available.

 

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