Ultimate digital convenience and quality. CXN (V2) further refines the seamless digital music experience that made the original a What Hi-Fi? award winner, three years running. A faster processor opens up new possibilities, giving you a richer internet radio experience and a greater level of playback control.
It’s been 50 years since our founding, when a group of talented, young technology graduates established a high technology R&D and prototyping business in Cambridge, England. We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved in the 5 decades since. Ever since we have pursued one simple objective: to produce audio equipment that faithfully creates a pure and natural sound. Nothing added, nothing is taken away.
AWARD WINNING STREAMING. IMPROVED.
At Cambridge Audio, we strive to keep moving forward. That’s why, despite winning What Hi-Fi?’s ‘Best Streamer’ category three years running, we’re still working to improve the best sounding network player around. The new CXN (V2)’s increased processing power refines your digital music experience, making it a joy to use and opening up new listening opportunities.
Almost 50 years of hi-fi expertise goes into every single one of our products to ensure they sound spot on - the CXN (V2) is no different.
Your music is passed through our unique ATF2 upsampling technology and then through dual Wolfson WM8740 DACs (premium digital to analogue converters).
All audio is upscaled to a hi-res 24bit/384kHz format using polynomial curve fitting interpolation. Every song has even more acute detail and warm depth, so you’ll be able to enjoy musical nuances that you’ve never heard before in songs that you’ve heard a thousand times.
Our engineers spent hours tuning the CXN (V2) the old school way, by ear, which we believe is the only way to achieve a sound quality that genuinely moves you.
We wanted to design a product that allows you to play any song in the world from any device.
The CXN (V2) will play almost anything you want. Thanks to its huge processing power and slick functionality from our award winning StreamMagic platform, it doesn’t make a fuss of it or skip a single beat, it just plays your music instantly.
CXN (V2) introduces mpeg-DASH and HLS compatibility out of the box, which allows for higher quality, more consistent live streams, creating an intimate internet radio experience. Because the CXN (V2) supports DASH, your favourite radio stations from the BBC will be available in 320 kbps.
We’ve included; Spotify Connect, Airplay, Internet Radio, NAS Drive/ UPnP compatibility, asynchronous USB, Coax and TOSLINK digital inputs, DSD64 support and AptX Bluetooth (with additional BT100 receiver).
There’s a lovely big colour screen on the front so you can always see the album artwork and commands that you’re sending to the unit. To make control as seamless as possible, we’ve built our own app – Cambridge Connect.
Whether it’s flicking through albums, building playlists or setting presets, the app allows simple and intuitive browsing of all the connected sources from the comfort of your chair. And with the CXN (V2) you’ll find even more control as you’ll be able to seek through digital music playing from your desktop, NAS, USB or Spotify to pinpoint your favourite music moments.
We’ve completely removed any obstructions or complicated menus between you and your favourite music, leaving the CXN (V2) simply as a catalyst to an incredible listening experience.
Dual Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs
2nd Generation ATF2 up-sampling to 24-bit/384kHz
2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel
USB AUDIO INPUT
USB Type B conforms to USB Audio profile 1.0 or 2.0 (user selectable)
DIGITAL AUDIO INPUTS
S/PDIF Coaxial and TOSLINK Optical
ANALOGUE AUDIO OUTPUTS
Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue
DIGITAL AUDIO OUTPUTS
S/PDIF Coaxial and TOSLINK Optical
UPnP, Local USB media, USB audio 1.0 and 2.0, S/PDIF Toslink and Coaxial, Airplay, BT100 Bluetooth receiver (not supplied), Internet radio, Spotify Connect. Note: Pandora is not supported.
ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD (x64), WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis
IEEE 802.3, 10 Base-T or 100 Base-T
IEEE 802.11 b/g or n (2.4GHz)
MAX POWER CONSUMPTION
STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION
DIMENSIONS (H X W X D)
Maximum including sockets and controls: 85 x 430 x 305mm (3.4 x 16.9 x 12.2")
The CXN is a gorgeously designed hi-fi audio streamer with all the wired and wireless connections you need to play digital music from any device.'
"What's immediately apparent is that the designers' intention to give the new products a sound with better bass and more rhythmic drive has been realised well here: the two components, whether separately or used together, have a sound that's bright, fresh and informative without ever becoming brash or hard-edged, and yet that is underpinned with a wonderfully well-extended and fluid bass."
"One of the best streamers I've yet come across."
"By any standards, this is an impressive network audio component, going far beyond the 'buy a streaming platform off the shelf, add on a DAC and stick it in a nice box' approach of some similar products in the past. Putting in the design time has paid dividends for Cambridge, and if the rest of the CX range approaches this high standard, it could just be something rather special."
"It’s clear that a lot of thought and attention has gone into the Cambridge CXN. The functionality, design and ease of use are the best we’ve seen at this price, and the engaging, punchy sound is sure to win people over. Those in the market for a streamer should really give this one a listen – and be prepared to put it at the top of their wishlist."
"Cambridge Audio setzt neue Akzente mit der CX Serie!"
Cambridge make some of the finest music systems around, and the CXN network is a fine addition to that lineage. It has a gloriously slim, floating design that's simply beautiful; and the sound quality, if anything surpasses that.'
"With style in abundance, intuitive operation and entrancing sound quality, the CXN deserves a place at the top of your streamer shopping list!"
"There’s an enthusiastic drive to the performance, combining subtlety, snappy timing and rich detail to deliver a sound that’s just wonderfully entertaining."