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Published on September 6th, 2019 | by The GC Team

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IFA 2019: Cambridge Audio unveils CX Series 2

Cambridge Audio has unveiled the CX Series 2, a major update to its CX range of hi-fi components which builds on and refreshes the original well-received CX Series launched five years ago.

The new CXA61 and CXA81, a pair of integrated amplifiers, use the old CXA60 and CXA80 models as starting points, but are “fully reimagined, reengineered and reinvigorated for 2019.” Both amplifiers are designed to appeal to hi-fi fans and newcomers alike, offering high spec hi-fiat an affordable price.

The CXA61 (£749, available October 2019), at 60 watts per channel, features a wide range of digital and analogue inputs and several major changes over the CXA60 model it replaces. The older model’s DAC has been replaced with a cutting-edge ESS Sabre ES9010K2M, and there’s now a USB input compatible with sources up to 32bit/384kHz and DSD256 in quality. Additionally, aptX HD Bluetooth is integrated, allowing music lovers to stream high quality wireless audio up to 48kHz 24Bit.

The CXA81 (£999, available October 2019), at 80 watts per channel, is designed, says Cambridge Audio, “to be the very best product of its type in this price bracket.” Rebuilt from the ground up, the CXA81 offers several new features over its predecessor the CXA80, including a superior ESS Sabre ES9016K2M DAC, improved USB input supporting 32bit/384kHz and DSD256 quality and integrated aptX HD Bluetooth receiver, allowing users to stream from their mobile device direct to the amp at up to 48kHz 24Bit quality.

Two familiar components round out the CX Series 2 range: CXN (V2) network audio streamer (£799, available October 2019) and CXC CD transport (£399, available October 2019) are now both finished in a Lunar Grey colour to match the CXA61 and CXA81 integrated amplifiers.

As well as the refreshed CX hardware, Cambridge Audio’s Connect iOS and Android app, compatible with the CXN (V2) and the company’s other network audio streamers, has been given a major feature overhaul and rebrand. Built from the ground up by Cambridge Audio’s in-house team of app developers, the new Stream Magic app offers smoother network performance, a customisable Hub tab giving fast access to the most-used features and an improved interface.

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