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Cambridge Audio CXN Version2

I compare the Cambridge Audio CXN version 2 to the Bluesound Node 2i in this video review.

One thing that strikes me about this product is the combination of competitive sound with the balanced design and dual DACs employed. Also the means and ways of interacting with the CXN and its ‘switchability’ in always being ready for music from whatever source you chuck at it, from Roon, to Tidal Connect or Spotify Connect and so on.

The Cambridge Audio app may let it down but used with Tidal Connect, Spotify or Roon, or as an Airplay or Chromecast device from whatever app you choose, the use of the Cambridge Audio, badged just as ‘Cambridge’ now, is a delight. It is also very good value for money.

In my ubiquitous way of having fun in videos and making HiFi engaging and about entertainment, I go through this product. Anyone for Cambridge punting or tea and scones? Check out my video below and please make sure to comment, like and subscribe.

Rumours have been spreading about a new version 3 form of this streamer, but from contact with Cambridge Audio recently I am assured there are no current plans. Why would there be, it’s difficult to think you could improve on this one at this price. It’s just unfortunate you can no longer get it in the lovely black metal version.

**This review is not a paid review and represents my true opinions and I am not sponsored by Cambridge Audio, nor do I receive money from them, nor was the product supplied by Cambridge Audio.

Specifications

  • DAC : Dual Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs
  • ROON READY: Yes (Requires a Roon subscription)
  • DIGITAL FILTER : 2nd Generation ATF2 up-sampling to 24-bit/384khz
  • ANALOGUE FILTER : 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
  • COMPATIBILITY : 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, Qobuz, Bluetooth aptX via BT100 Bluetooth receiver (not supplied)
  • AUDIO FORMATS : ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD (x64), WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis
  • ETHERNET : IEEE 802.3, 10 Base-T or 100 Base-T
  • WI-FI : IEEE 802.11 b/g or n (2.4GHz)
  • MAX POWER CONSUMPTION : 30W
  • STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION : <0.5W
  • REMOTE CONTROL : Yes
  • DIMENSIONS : 85 x 430 x 305mm (3.4 x 16.9 x 12.2”)
  • WEIGHT : 3.5Kg (7.7lbs)
  • BOX CONTENT : CXN (v2) Network Streamer, Power Cable, 3 x AAA Batteries, Remote Control, Control Bus Cable, Wi-Fi Dongle
  • ROON READY : Yes (Requires a Roon subscription)

Price

£700 / $900

Website / Contact

Product Link : here

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Written by Simon Price

I'm an audio lover who likes sharing experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in a CREDIBLE, BALANCED and ENGAGING way. I’m interested in products; their looks, functionality and features, and most importantly how they sound! My reviews keep technicalities easy, as I believe great audio is non exclusive and to be enjoyed by all! It's all about the music!

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