"Sets a new baseline for integrated amps… a rare product that has the ability to make us switch off our reviewing brain and simply let us be wowed by the music."
How do you take an admired and successful integrated amplifier, one that’s won respect and plaudits around the world, and make it even better? Well, if you’re a Cambridge Audio engineer, you examine every aspect of the performance - and then you do everything you can to make it ‘more’. More refined, more precise, more engrossing… more musical. The CXA81: it’s everything you loved about the CXA80, but more so.
All the research, all the development, all the time and effort that’s been expended on the CXA81 has been for one reason alone: to make this the most accomplished and absorbing integrated amplifier ever offered at the price. Every component selected, and every engineering decision taken, is based entirely on the desire to progress. The CXA81 has been designed and specified without compromise, in order to deliver the complete musical picture.
POWER OUTPUT: 80W RMS into 8 Ohms, 120W RMS into 4 Ohms
DAC: ESS Sabre ES9016K2M
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: <5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB
ANALOGUE AUDIO INPUTS: 1x balanced XLR, 4 x RCA
DIGITAL AUDIO 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)
BLUETOOTH APTX HD RECEIVER BUILT-IN: Yes
ROON TESTED: Yes
Speakers A+B, 3.5mm headphone, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output
REMOTE CONTROL: Yes
MAX POWER CONSUMPTION: 750W
STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION: <0.5W
DIMENSIONS (H X W X D): (4.5 x 16.9 x 13.4”)
BOX CONTENTS: CXA81 Integrated Amplifier, Power Cable, 3 x AAA Batteries, Remote Control, Control Bus Cable