Cambridge Audio CXN (v2) Network Streamer/Preamplifier
Half a decade after the CX range redefined performance at its price point, it’s time to reimagine, reengineer and reinvigorate.
Now finished in Lunar Grey to match the rest of the CX Series 2 range, the award-winning CXN (V2) allows playback of multiple audio file-types from multiple sources. Enjoy your music, your way.
CONVENIENCE. NOT COMPROMISE
Everyone loves the convenience of digital audio. Nobody enjoys the compromises digital audio playback sometimes involves. That’s why the CXN (V2) is designed to provide the effortless accessibility of digital audio, but with the uncompromised sonic excellence of Cambridge Audio’s 50-plus years of hi-fi experience. Ease of use meets quality of performance.
THE WORLD’S MUSIC, ANY WAY YOU WANT IT
Digital audio is available from many sources – and the CXN (V2) is able to deliver from those you love most. Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2 and Tidal offer a world’s-worth of content, there’s Chromecast built-in to make things even easier, and the CXN (V2) is Roon Tested which means your NAS and UPnP audio is at your fingertips too. Add digital optical and coaxial inputs, asynchronous USB socket, aptX Bluetooth (via adapter) and internet radio, and the CXN (V2) brings the planet’s music into your home.
THE WHOLE STORY
Getting hold of the music you want is one thing. Being moved by the fidelity of its reproduction is quite another. That’s why the CXN (V2) is packing dual Wolfson WM8740 digital-to-analogue convertors – by upscaling any digital audio information to an information-packed 24bit/384kHz using Cambridge Audio’s unique ATF2 technology, music is delivered with the sort of warmth, depth, nuance and unity not automatically associated with digital audio.
POWER IN YOUR HANDS
The CXN (V2) features prodigious processing power, quite unlike that of any nominal rival. Cambridge Audio’s renowned Stream Magic platform ensures a slick, seamless and stable listening experience from any source, and its out-of-the-box MPEG-DASH and HLS compatibility means live streams are equally consistent and of equally high quality.
CONTROL. PURE AND SIMPLE
Interacting with CXN (V2) couldn’t be simpler or more satisfying. The bespoke Cambridge Audio Stream Magic app allows straightforward, stable and intuitive control of all connected sources – curate playlists, set presets or browse albums conveniently and in comfort. Then allow the big, colourful and crisp fascia display to show your commands or the album artwork of the music you’re enjoying.
MAKING THE BEST EVEN BETTER
Four What Hi-Fi? awards in a row speaks volumes about how well-loved the CXN (v2) is – but Cambridge Audio is always searching for ways to improve. A constant programme of development, a constant desire to seek out marginal gains in performance, and the ability to update the CXN (v2) remotely, as and when it’s required, means the best network audio streamer around just keeps getting better.
- Stunning Sound Quality – Hear every detail in your digital files
- Connect Anything – USB, Coaxial and TOSLINK wired connections. AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in wireless connections
- Spotify Connect and TIDAL built in
- High-quality Internet Radio Streaming thanks to MPEG-DASH support
- Control in the palm of your hand, thanks to the dedicated StreamMagic app for iOS and Android
- What Hi-Fi? Best Buy Network Player 2018
In the Box
CXN (v2) Network Streamer, Power Cable, 3 x AAA Batteries, Remote Control, Control Bus Cable, Wi-Fi Dongle
Dual Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs
2nd Generation ATF2 up-sampling to 24-bit/384khz
2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel
|USB Audio Output||
USB Type B conforms to USB Audio profile 1.0 or 2.0 (user selectable)
|Digital Audio Inputs||
S/PDIF Coaxial and TOSLINK Optical)
|Analog 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 2, Chromecast built-in , Internet radio, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Bluetooth aptX via BT100 Bluetooth receiver (not supplied)
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)
85 x 430 x 305mm (3.4 x 16.9 x 12.2”), 3.5Kg (7.7Lbs)