Cambridge Audio CX A80 | Black Integrated Amplifier w/ DAC

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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    Bespoke Bluetooth

    If you want to use your CXA80 with a Bluetooth source, they offer an optional BT100 audio receiver. To ensure that this does not interfere with other components in the amplifier, it's isolated internally on the digital input board. From the ground up, this is an audiophile Bluetooth device. All the coding for the BT100, including the aptX implementation, is done in-house. They even include an extension cable which enables you get the best Bluetooth range.

Details from Cambridge Audio

    The Heart Of Your Digital Music System

    Designing the CX Series amplifiers was a labour of love; the product of a team dedicated to extracting every drop of pleasure and detail from all genres of music. These amplifiers will help you discover a new dimension of sound. The CXA80 must be heard to be believed. Rated at 80 Watts per channel, its class AB amplifier design will reveal spectacular detail in your music. Separate dual mono windings on a low–flux toroidal transformer further enhance performance and together these design details deliver incredible control over your speakers on a wide, enveloping, captivating sound stage.

    Power Precision And Digital Connectivity

    To journey deeper into the music you love, the CXA80 has been designed from the ground up with built–in digital to analog conversion capabilities. Using a high–specification 24–bit/192kHz WM8740 DAC chip from Wolfson, the CXA80 offers a powerful upgrade for all your digital sources. And because they've designed it with digital in mind, it features two optical inputs, a co–axial digital input and an asynchronous USB Audio socket, so you can play your music directly from your PC or Mac. Add an optional BT100 Bluetooth dongle and you've got aptX streaming direct from your smartphone or tablet, allowing access to music from Spotify, Youtube, and a host of others.

    Two–Into–One Transformer

    The CXA80 utilizes two separate windings on the oversize toroidal transformer. In effect, this is like having two toroidal transformers wound onto one chassis, providing separate windings for each amplification module. If you get a huge transient in the right channel, it won't unsettle what's going on in the left. The current is being drawn from a different path, rather than a common path, so the output is stable and remains unflustered, whether your liking is for Little Richard or Lamb of God.

    Dynamic Thermal Tracking Transistors

    The transistors used by the CXA80 are not your usual common or garden offerings. They come with an integrated Dynamic Thermal Tracking System. So what does this mean? Normally a Power Output transistor utilises a thermo-coupler attached directly to the heat sink of the amp; this informs the system so that it can rebias when key temperatures are reached. However, using Integrated Dynamic Thermal tracking provides a far more accurate reading of the real temperature of a transistor, and relays it faster too because it's not a delayed heating effect. This enables us to bias the amplifier more accurately and in almost real time. Which means your CXA80 is always running at optimum performance.

    Musical Subwoofer Output

    If you want to use a subwoofer as part of your speaker complement, the CXA80 doesn't penalize you for it. Because they want to ensure there is no unnecessary high frequency noise affecting the subwoofer, they've put the output filter at 3KHz. This is high enough to prevent any phase shift associated with the low pass filter affecting what happens below 200Hz. The result is a phase linear subwoofer output signal which is clean and musical.

    Dual Mono Design

    Separate transformer taps for left and right channels, twin rectifiers and separate PSUs give dual mono operation of the left and right power amplifiers.

    Toroidal Transformer

    They use a Class AB amplifier design, a centrally mounted audiophile grade oversize toroidal transformer, and substantial extruded heatsinks. This allows the CXA80 to deliver 2 x 80 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms. Into 4 Ohms, this increases to 2 x 120W.

    Superb Separation

    The internal PCB layout is optimized for minimal left/right 'crosstalk' and to maximize the quality of stereo separation. By using symmetrical and separated circuit paths for the two channels, they ensure that the CXA60 and CXA80 deliver stunning stereo separation and minimum cross– channel interference.

    Volume Pot

    An ALPs film type volume pot delivers accurate volume control and superb low level channel balance

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Features & Specs

OID
    1770681
UPC
    813371023772
MPN
    No
Best Seller
    No
Manufacturer's Warranty
    1 Year Limited Warranty
Detailed Specifications
    Product Specs
  • Power Output: 80W RMS into 8 Ohms, 120W RMS into 4 Ohms
  • DAC: Wolfson WM8740
  • Frequency Response: <5Hz– 60kHz +/–1dB
  • Analogue Audio Inputs: 1x balanced XLR, 4 x RCA, 1 x 3.5mm MP3 input (front panel)
  • Digital Audio Inputs: 1 x S/PDIF coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK optical, 1 x USB audio, Bluetooth via BT100 (not supplied)
  • Compatibility: TOSLINK optical, S/PDIF coaxial, USB 1.0 and 2.0, BT100 Bluetooth receiver
  • Outputs: Speakers A+B, 3.5mm headphone, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output
  • Max. Power Consumption: 750W
  • Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W

  • Dimensions
  • Height: 4.5"
  • Width: 16.9"
  • Depth: 13.4"
  • Weight: 19.1 lbs
Product Bullets
    No

Warranty

Included Coverage from Cambridge Audio: 1 Year Limited Warranty

Category ID: 158 | $999.99