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Harnessing the power of Cambridge Connect
The CXN is our fastest, slickest network player yet, and this is helped by the processing power of our bespoke new Cambridge Connect app. The app, which offers a new menu system plus a more graphical and intuitive interface, locates uPnP servers on your network, makes sense of the folder structure and lists content metadata, all without skipping a beat.
The CXN also supports C-BUS control, allowing power and volume to be controlled via the Cambridge Connect app. The CXN can be employed as a digital pre-amplifier, with volume control performed by the Sharc DSP; for maximum quality, this resamples at every volume step. There’s also asychronous USB (24-bit/192kHz resolution) with DSD64 playback support. Using the app to find the track you want to play, not the player, results in a faster, more satisfying user experience. We believe this switcheroo is ingenious. Before, our streaming module would have to go find the uPnP servers and serve up the file structure back to the app - a relatively slow process. In the CXN ecosystem, your smartphone or tablet app handles all the browsing, searching and finding.
Naturally file playback support is wide, with all popular codecs and wrappers supported, including WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, MP3, HE AAC and AAC+ OGG Vorbis. UPnP media playback is joined by AirPlay, Spotify Connect and Internet radio.
Built to sound better
Just as with other components in the CX series, the CXN features a low-resonance, acoustically dampened chassis, allied to a high quality power supply - and for the first time on a Cambridge network player, there’s also a high resolution, full colour TFT display, which compliments the browsing experience on the Cambridge Connect app.
Dual Differential DACs
The two Wolfson WM8740 DACs within the CXN are used in a dual differential mode. Put simply, this means we use one stereo DAC per channel. Not only does this give us terrific stereo separation, but also enables us to multiply up and convert at 24-bit 384kHz (2 x192Khz) per channel. Why do we use Wolfson WM8740 DACs? Because they sound great, of course!
Adaptive Time Filtering upsampling
The CXN employs Cambridge Audio’s proprietary 2nd Generation Adaptive Time Filtering (ATF2) upsampling technology, which is implemented in the CXN’s Analog Devices Sharc DSP. Traditionally, upsampling algorithms consider two bits of data then draw a line between; our ATF technology considers both the data and its overall shape, then interpolates where it’ll best fit the waveform. We believe this is a more accurate, realistic way of handling audio upsampling, and results in a more convincing soundstage.
If you want to use the CXN with a Bluetooth source, we offer an optional BT100 audio receiver.
From the ground up, this is an audiophile Bluetooth device. All the coding for the BT100, from the XMOS interface to the aptX implementation, is done in-house. We even include an extension cable which enables you get the best Bluetooth range.
- DACDual Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs
- Digital filter2nd Generation ATF2 up-sampling to 24-bit/384kHz
- Analogue filter2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel
- USB Audio InputUSB Type B conforms to USB Audio profile 1.0 or 2.0 (user selectable) and DSD via USB
- Digital audio inputsS/PDIF Coaxial and TOSLINK Optical
- Analogue audio outputsBalanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue
- Digital audio outputsS/PDIF Coaxial and TOSLINK Optical
- CompatibilityUPnP, 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
- Audio formatsALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis
- Max power consumption30W
- Standby power consumption0.5W
- Dimensions (H x W x D)maximum including sockets and controls: 85 x 430 x 305mm (3.4 x 16.9 x 12.2")
- Weight3.5Kg (7.7lbs)