Published On: April 12, 2024

Cambridge Audio Unveils CXA81 Mk II Integrated Stereo Amplifier

Published On: April 12, 2024
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Cambridge Audio Unveils CXA81 Mk II Integrated Stereo Amplifier

Cambridge Audio introduces the CXA81 Mk II Integrated Stereo Amplifier, boasting 80 Watts per channel and Class AB amplification for balanced and efficient performance.

Cambridge Audio Unveils CXA81 Mk II Integrated Stereo Amplifier

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In 2024, Cambridge Audio, the esteemed British audio brand, has been bustling with activity, unveiling notable releases such as the Melomania M100 earbuds, Evo 150 DeLorean Edition integrated amplifier, and the CXN100 Network Player. Building on this momentum, the brand now introduces a new addition to its revered CX Series lineup: the CXA81 Mk II Integrated Stereo Amplifier.

Building upon the success of its predecessor, the CXA81, the new CXA81 Mk II sets a new standard in reference-level digital-to-analogue conversion and enhanced sound performance, ensuring an immersive listening experience for discerning audiophiles.

At the heart of the CXA81 Mk II lies the cutting-edge ESS ES9018K2M SABRE32 DAC, heralding a new era of outstanding sonic resolution and fidelity, the company claims. This advanced DAC technology unlocks the amplifier's full potential, delivering breathtaking clarity and detail across all digital sources. 

Cambridge Audio's engineering prowess has further elevated the amplifier's sonic capabilities through careful tuning and the integration of ten premium components, resulting in a refined sound signature that captivates the senses.

Front view of the Cambridge Audio CXA81 Mk II Integrated Stereo Amplifier.

The CXA81 Mk II boasts a robust Class AB amplification design, powered by a substantial toroidal transformer, providing the necessary muscle to effortlessly drive even the most demanding speakers. With 80 Watts per channel at its disposal, the amplifier exudes authority and finesse, faithfully reproducing every nuance and emotion embedded within the music.

Versatility is a cornerstone of the CXA81 Mk II's design, featuring a comprehensive array of connectivity options to accommodate various audio sources. Analog aficionados will appreciate the inclusion of RCA and balanced XLR inputs, while digital enthusiasts can take advantage of TOSLINK, Coaxial, and USB Audio digital inputs. 

Additionally, Bluetooth aptX HD connectivity enables seamless wireless pairing with compatible devices, offering convenience without compromising on sound quality.

Designed, engineered, and acoustically optimized at Cambridge Audio's London-based workshop and headquarters, Melomania, the new integrated stereo amplifier embodies the brand's relentless dedication to audio excellence and innovation. Its sleek and modern aesthetic seamlessly integrates into any audio setup, while its robust construction should provide years of reliable performance.

Rear view of the Cambridge Audio CXA81 Mk II Integrated Stereo Amplifier.

The introduction of the CXA81 Mk II complements Cambridge Audio's existing CX Series lineup, which includes the recently launched CXN100 Network Player and the CXC Compact Disc Transport, offering a comprehensive hi-fi stack designed to elevate the listening experience to new heights.

Key Specifications:

  • Power Output @ 8 Ohms: 80W
  • Amplification: Class AB
  • Frequency Response: <5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB
  • Analog RCA Inputs: 4
  • Balanced XLR Input: 1
  • TOSLINK Inputs: 2 (16/24bit 32-96kHz)
  • S/PDIF Input: 1 (16/24bit 32-192kHz)
  • Asynchronous USB Input: 1 (Audio profile 1.0/2.0, up to 32bit 384kHz PCM, up to DSD256 or DoP256)
  • Bluetooth Integrated: Yes (4.2 A2DP/AVRCP supporting up to aptX HD 24bit 48kHz)
  • Speaker Outputs: A+B
  • Preamp Output: Yes
  • Headphone Output: 3.5mm
  • Subwoofer Output: Yes
  • ROON Tested: Yes
  • DSD Playback: DSD256
  • PCM Native Playback: 16-24Bit
  • RS232 Control: Yes
  • THD (Unweighted): <0.002% 1kHz at 80% of rated power; <0.02% 20Hz – 20kHz at 80% of rated power
  • Input Sensitivity: Input A1-A4 (unbalanced) 370mV RMS

Scheduled for release in May 2024, the Cambridge Audio CXA81 Mk II Integrated Stereo Amplifier will be available for purchase through authorized retailers and the Cambridge Audio website, with a suggested retail price of £999 / €1199 / $1199. For those attending AXPONA, Cambridge Audio invites you to experience the new integrate stereo amplifier firsthand at Booth 534, where it will make its public debut.

If you're considering exploring other Cambridge Audio products, take a look at their diverse selection available at Crutchfield.

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