Lively, Dynamic, Fun: ESS SABRE SE9010K2M DAC, DSD256 and 32-Bit PCM Playback, and aptX Bluetooth Streaming Elevate High-Value Cambridge Audio CXA61 Integrated Amplifier
Open, detailed, and dynamic, the Cambridge Audio CXA61 integrated amplifier delivers high-end performance at a modest price, turning heads (and ears) on the basis of its sleekness, sonics, and ability to excel with a wide array of speakers and musical tastes. You'll hear a liveliness, playfulness, and emotionalism that simply makes listening more fun. And it doesn't shirk when it comes to serious matters such as imaging, control, punchiness, low-level detail, and composure.
Bolstered by a high-performance 60Wpc Class A/B amplifier section fueled by a single-winding, low-flux toroidal transformer, CXA61 touts an audiophile-caliber ESS Sabre SE9010K2M 8740 DAC that plays up to bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256 via USB. Speaking of digital, built-in aptX Bluetooth permits 24-bit/48kHz streaming from any Bluetooth device. Upgraded op-amps and capacitors further distinguish this overachiever, which far surpasses even the abilities of its award-winning predecessor.
On the rear panel, two optical inputs, four analog inputs, a USB-B input, and a sub output anoint CXA61 as an all-rounder. A new wedge-foot support base that makes the unit appear as if it floats ups the aesthetic value. Versatility and good looks aside, you'll keep coming back for more because of its captivating, entertaining sound and the manner in which it confidently drives loudspeakers. Backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, CXA61 wraps power, precision, and purity up in a very affordable package.
"It has a nicely judged tonal balance that walks that delicate path between attack and refinement. This is the kind of presentation that works well across a wide range of speakers and musical genres. There's spaciousness here too, and the kind of outright clarity that sets a high bar for the price."
–What Hi-Fi?, 2020 Best Stereo Amplifier, €600-€800 Award
DAC: ESS Sabre ES9010K2M
Frequency Response: <5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB
Analog Inputs: 4 x RCA, 1 x 3.5mm MP3 input (front panel)
Digital Inputs: 1 x S/PDIF coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK optical, 1 x USB audio, Bluetooth (integrated)
TOSLINK optical: 16/24bit 32-96kHz PCM only
S/PDIF coaxial: 16/24bit 32-192kHz PCM only
USB: audio profile 1.0/2.0 (default 2.0), up to 32bit 384kHz PCM, up to DSD256 or DoP256
Bluetooth: 4.2 A2DP/AVRCP supporting up to aptX HD (24bit 48kHz)
Outputs: Speakers A+B, 3.5mm Headphone, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output
Dimensions (HWD): 4.5" x 16.9" x 13.4"
Weight: 18.3 lbs.
Included Accessories: Power Cable, 3 x AAA Batteries, Remote Control, Control Bus Cable
User Manual (PDF, 2.2 MB)