Posted on 12th September, 2019


The Cambridge Audio CX series landed five years ago and ticked a lot of boxes. Now the CX Series 2 range is hoping to emulate the first-gen CX's popularity.

We had a feeling that the mid-ranged CX was about to get a refresh, especially when the CXN v2 network streamer and CXC CD transport was released last year. Now we can confirm that the CXA61 and CXA81 are set to replace the CXA60 and CXA80 from October.

Cambridge has kept the overall CX aesthetics; however, the balance and tone controls of the originals have disappeared from the front panel giving the new kids a more minimalist appearance.

Naturally, you will find new components and new features on the second-gen CX integrated amplifiers.

Cambridge CXA61

Cambridge CXA61

The CXA61 sticks with the 60 watts as sported by the CXA60; however,  the DAC has been replaced with a cutting-edge ESS Sabre ES9010K2M.

Additionally, you also get a USB input compatible with sources up to 32bit/384kHz and DSD256.

Finally, the CXA61boasts aptX HD Bluetooth for wireless audio up to 48kHz 24Bit.

Cambridge CXA61
Meanwhile, there are four RCA sockets and a single 3.5mm jack providing analogue inputs. Outputs include RCA preamp, subwoofer and 3.5mm headphone.

Cambridge CXA81

Cambridge CXA81

The CXA81 is an 80-watt-per-channel integrated amp just as was its predecessor. Also, as with the previous range, the 81 promises a bit more of everything compared with its 61 sibling. For instance, the DAC inside the CXA81 is the more advanced ES9016K2M model.

Cambridge CXA81

As well as sporting a similar range of ins and outs as the CXA61, the CXA81 swaps out the 3.5mm input for an XLR balanced input.

Price and availability

The Cambridge Audio CXA61 and CXA81 integrated amplifiers will be available from October for £749 and £999, respectively.

For more information, head over to Cambridge Audio.


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