Audiophile-Quality Entry-Level Integrated Amplifier Suits All Practical Needs: Cambridge Audio AXA35 Features MM Phono Preamplifier, Metal Casing, Handy Connectivity
If you're looking for an entry-level audiophile integrated amplifier that never gets ruffled, Cambridge Audio's AXA35 should end your search. It puts out an impressive 35 watts per channel and boasts a serious hi-fi pedigree that puts far pricier competitors to shame. No surprise, then, that a five-star rave review from What Hi-Fi? and acclaim from Forbes arrived within a month of the unit's debut.
In addition to ample power, tone controls, and a remote control, AXA35 displays impressive control and sonically minded design choices. For starters, AXA35 uses toroidal transformers, usually only seen in high-end separates, to more accurately channel extra power. This means not only far better bass response, but also a deeper, richer reproduction of your music. And while most budget amps hide a plastic case behind a metal front, AXA35 claims an all-metal case inspired by the Cambridge Audio's flagship Edge Series to minimize vibration and maximize purity. The elegant, minimalist aesthetics extend to the refreshingly clean white display screen.
A built-in MM phono preamplifier, you wonder? Yep, it's here, so you can instantly connect a turntable. There's even a direct input on the front for plugging in a smartphone or portable player. As well as a 5V 500mA power-only USB port to power a Bluetooth receiver. Ditto a headphone socket for private listening sessions. Four rear-panel inputs let you hook up a combination that could include a CD player, tuner, DVD player, Blu-ray transport, or TV.
With AXA35, Cambridge Audio thought of everything you need in an entry-level integrated that, in spite of its low price, comes on as a bona fide audiophile component. Whether you need it for an office, den, bedroom, dorm room, or living room, AXA35 will not disappoint. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"The first thing that strikes you about the Cambridge Audio AXA35 is just how confident it sounds. There's no wavering over the placement of notes, no blurring of lines. Whether it's carving out a bass line, delivering the leading edge of a drum thwack or positioning a vocal inside its stereo image, the AXA35 delivers them all in a precise and assured manner."
– What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
"Even with the volume turned up, the AXA35 never loses control of the music like some other budget amplifiers can. Thanks to that impressive toroidal transformer, the AXA35 delivers a big forward sound that really does tease out nuances from the music. And while the bass is impressive, the details in the treble is most commendable and without a trace of sibilance."
– Mark Sparrow, Forbes
"The AXA35 remained its composed and confident self and even developed a better sense of stereo depth than I had been experiencing via the CD input. The phono input is definitely a forte of the AXA35, suggesting it will power the heart of both budget CD and vinyl-playing systems successfully."
– Hi-Fi News, Highly Commended review
"Instruments and voices have such a beautiful presence that I am already doing less evaluating, finding myself more immersed in my favorite records."
– Michael Laurance, TONEAudio
"[It] delivers more than enough power to drive pricier bookshelf loudspeakers in a very satisfying manner. It does not include an internal DAC or streaming capabilities, but serves as a very confident and robust sounding amplifier that works well with the AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt DAC and your smartphone or laptop."
– Gear Patrol, Best Budget Integrated
THD (unweighted): <0.01% @ 1kHz, 80% of rated power <0.15% 20Hz - 20kHz, 80% of rated power
Frequency response (-3dB): 5Hz - 50kHz
S/N ratio (ref 1W): >82dB (unweighted)
Input impedances: 47k ohms
Power Amp damping factor: > 50
Max. power consumption: 260W
Bass/Treble controls: Shelving, ultimate boost/cut +/- 10dB @ 100Hz and 10kHz
Standby power consumption: <0.5W
Inputs: 4x RCA, 1x Phono, 1 x 3.5mm Aux input (front panel)
Outputs: Speakers, Rec Out, USB 5V power
Dimensions (HWD): 3.3" x 16.9" x 13.2"
Weight: 12.3 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 1.0 MB)