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Cambridge - CXA81 Integrated Amplifier

Equipment Amplification Integrated Amp
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Cambridge - CXA81 Integrated Amplifier

Cambridge - CXA81 Integrated Amplifier


Audiophile-Grade Integrated Amplifier Knows How to Have Fun: Cambridge Audio CXA81 Plays 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256, Features High-End Construction

Take your system to the next level while enjoying the smooth, high-resolution fidelity of up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256 with the Cambridge Audio CXA81 integrated amplifier. Part of the British manufacturer's cutting-edge CX Series Version 2, it outputs 80Wpc and includes an audiophile-grade ESS Sabre ES9010K2M 8740 DAC. An asynchronous USB input allows you to play music straight from your computer, while a fully symmetrical circuit board with balanced XLR connections and three optical inputs add more flexibility. What's more, you can stream from any Bluetooth-enabled device courtesy of integrated aptX HD Bluetooth that supports 24-bit/48kHz.

Equipped with a low-flux toroidal transformer featuring separate dual-mono windings, twin rectifiers, and separate power supplies for the l/r amplifiers, CXA81 takes hold of loudspeakers and produces soundstages noticeable for depth, headroom, architecture, detail, and richness. Aesthetically, a new wedge-foot support base that makes the integrated appear as if it floats ups CXA81's appeal. What's more, the all-metal casing speaks to CXA81's build quality and focus on sound. This is one piece of high-end kit that knows how to have fun. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.

"The Cambridge Audio CXA81 sets a new baseline for integrated amps at this level. It's a rare product that has the ability to make us switch off our reviewing brain and simply let us be wowed by the music..."
What Hi-Fi?, five-star review, 2022 Product of the Year Winner: Best Stereo Amplifier

"[The] CXA81 could be the perfect start to a system that is one step up from entry-level high end."
—Muse Kastanovich, The Absolute Sound

"It helped me realize how much music can be had for such a low price. It knocked me flat with its ability to sound good in so many ways. It is versatile, well-made, and smartly designed. Most important, it sounds good to great."
—Ken Micallef, Stereophile, Class B Recommended Component

Power Output: 80W RMS into 8 Ohms, 120W RMS into 4 Ohms
DAC: ESS Sabre ES9016K2M
Frequency Response: <5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB
Analog Inputs: 1x balanced XLR, 4 x RCA
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
Power Consumption:
   Max: 750W
   Standby: <0.5W
Dimensions (HWD): 4.5" x 16.9" x 13.4"
Weight: 19.1 lbs.
Included Accessories: Power Cable, 3 x AAA Batteries, Remote Control, Control Bus Cable

User Manual (PDF, 2.2 MB)