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Cambridge Integrated Amplifier Rundown: AXR100, CXA81, Edge A

August 07, 2023

Yes, they offer plenty of detail and refinement like many modern day performance amplifiers. But the secret sauce in Cambridge Integrated Amplifiers is a little more about feeling the music completely as opposed to just hearing it clearly.

What does that mean? It means a sound signature that isn’t overly focused on hyper clarity, which can sometimes seem clinical and a bit sterile. These amplifiers leave room for the soul and texture of the music to seep through. In other words, they have a way of encouraging the listener to engage in the song as a whole and not just all the little details that comprise it. Those details are there to be sure—so don’t fret audiophiles. They are just not so incredibly forward that you lose perspective of the complete performance.

Cambridge AXR100

The most powerful amplifier in the AX range offers a massive 100 watts per channel, a dedicated subwoofer speaker output for improving bass and two sets of speaker outputs. It also features analogue inputs, digital inputs, a phono stage, an FM/AM receiver with RDS and a 3.5mm input. In addition, the built-in bluetooth receiver allows you to stream your favorite music from your smartphone, tablet or PC.

100 Watts per channel – perfect for driving different sizes of speakers including floorstanders, ideal for medium – large rooms

Integrated FM/AM Tuner – with RDS & 40 station presets

Built-in MM Phono Stage – plug & play a turntable, no other boxes required

Built-in Bluetooth 5.0 – easy wireless connection to smartphones etc. Slim elegant design – classic hi-fi design with stylish white LED display

Digital & Analogue Inputs – plenty of rear connectors for audio sources

Full-size headphone jack & Aux-In – on front panel for convenience

Cambridge CXA81

With a lineage of award-winning predecessors, the CXA81 pushes the boundaries of audio innovation even further. Packed with cutting-edge technology, the amplifier boasts a formidable power output and exceptional clarity, giving life to your favorite music in ways you've never experienced before.

Award-Winning Sound - 4x winner of What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year

80 watts per channel – power to drive the most demanding speakers

Class AB Amplification – for balanced & efficient performance

Toroidal Transformer – for incredible sound-staging

High Quality ESS Sabre ES9016 DAC – to realize digital music at its best

Digital inputs – TOSLINK, Coaxial & USB Audio Input (up to 24-bit/384kHz & DSD256 digital files from Mac/PC)

Balanced XLR inputs – for premium connection 

Bluetooth aptX HD input – connect wirelessly to devices, incl. Alva TT V2

Cambridge Edge A

The Edge A is pure audiophile art, representing the pinnacle of engineering and artistic design. Meticulously crafted by Cambridge Audio's team of engineers, the Edge A sets new standards in high-fidelity sound reproduction, combining technological innovation with a relentless passion for soul-stirring sounds.

Built to celebrate musicality – Cambridge’s most detailed integrated amplifier.

Hand-picked components – hours of listening to select only those that sound the best.

Twin Toroidal Transformers – huge reserves of power for consistent tonality.

Cambridge Audio proprietary Class XA Amplification - no audible crossover distortion.

Ready for digital – built-in DAC with digital inputs including TV ARC and Bluetooth aptX HD.