Cambridge Audio CXA61 Amplifier - Black Edition
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CXA61 INTEGRATED STEREO AMPLIFIER
- High Quality DAC - Connect digital sources directly via TOSLINK and Coaxial
- Bluetooth aptX HD built in for a high quality wireless connection
- 4 x RCA Analogue connections for all your sources.
- USB Audio Input accepting up to 32bit/384kHz & DSD 256 digital files from Mac or PC
PerformanceWith the CXA61 Cambridge’s engineers have specified a new DAC chip. It’s now an ESS Sabre SE9010K2M DAC rather than the Wolfson 8740 of the previous model. This means it is now compatible with 32-bit/384kHz PCM files and up to DSD 256 data streams. Bluetooth is now built-in too, and it’s of the better aptX HD (24-bit/48kHz) variety.
The engineers have improved sound quality by changing most of the op-amps in the signal path and upgrading the capacitors in both the pre and power sections of the amp. While still recognisably related to the older CXA60 amp, this new one sounds more transparent and playful. It’s simply more fun to listen to, regardless of input chosen. It has enough in the way of scale and authority to work well. There’s plenty of punch when required, with the amplifier thumping out an album’s numerous dynamic peaks with conviction.It has a nicely judged tonal balance that walks that delicate path between attack and refinement. It digs up low level details with ease and renders them with care and conviction. Stereo imaging is impressive, with the amp able to place sounds and instruments with precision and stability.
The CXA61 ticks all the hi-fi boxes without forgetting that all the detail and tonal neutrality in the world doesn’t matter if the emotional content of the music is ignored.With music that's uptempo or fun it all starts with the bass. It’s not overcooked or bloated, and it doesn’t dominate. But it has a ridiculous amount of energy and a kick that’s a true joy to listen to.The sound signature extends well into the other parts of the sound spectrum, too. Mids - where you’ll find elements like vocals and guitars - are warm and engaging. You'll also be impressed with the high-end too, which offered a staggering amount of texture and realism.