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Cambridge CXA80 Stereo Amplifier

RRP $1699 Now $1599
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11.50 KGS

Product Description


Designing the CX Series amplifiers was a labour of love; the product of a team dedicated to extracting every drop of pleasure and detail from all genres of music. These amplifiers will help you discover a new dimension of sound. The CXA80 must be heard to be believed. Rated at 80 Watts per channel, its class AB amplifier design will reveal spectacular detail in your music. Separate dual mono windings on a low-flux toroidal transformer further enhance performance and together these design details deliver incredible control over your speakers on a wide, enveloping, captivating sound stage.

To journey deeper into the music you love, the CXA80 has been designed from the ground up with built-in digital to analogue conversion capabilities. Using a high-specification 24-bit/192kHz WM8740 DAC chip from Wolfson, the CXA80 offers a powerful upgrade for all your digital sources. And because we’ve designed it with digital in mind, it features two optical inputs, a co-axial digital input and an asynchronous USB Audio socket, so you can play your music directly from your PC or Mac. Add an optional BT100 Bluetooth dongle and you’ve got aptX streaming direct from your smartphone or tablet, allowing access to music from Spotify, Youtube, and a host of others.

Analogue sources are equally well catered for with balanced XLR inputs, RCA inputs and a front 3.5mm aux jack. In use, the CXA80 is a delight. The floating effect of the chassis, the brushed finish, and the easy-to-read front panel, all create an amplifier that’s as beautiful on the outside as it’s well engineered on the inside.

Whatever your source, the CXA80 will reveal new depths and layers of sound, letting you re-discover your favourite music.

Dual Mono Design

Separate transformer taps for left and right channels, twin rectifiers and separate PSUs give dual mono operation of the left and right power amplifiers.

We use a Class AB amplifier design, a centrally mounted audiophile grade oversize toroidal transformer, and substantial extruded heatsinks. This allows the CXA80 to deliver 2 x 80 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms. Into 4 Ohms, this increases to 2 x 120W.

The internal PCB layout is optimised for minimal left/right 'crosstalk' and to maximise the quality of stereo separation. By using symmetrical and separated circuit paths for the two channels, we ensure that the CXA60 and CXA80 deliver stunning stereo separation and minimum cross- channel interference.


Both our CXA60 and CXA80 amplifiers employ the same Wolfson WM8740 DAC, and there’s a very good reason for that: it sounds superb! There are more recent Wolfson DACs in circulation, however none sound quite as great as the WM8740 in our view. Which is why, time and again, we choose them.

  • Power output:80W RMS into 8 Ohms, 120W RMS into 4 Ohms
  • DAC:Wolfson WM8740
  • Frequency Response:<5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB
  • Analogue audio inputs1x balanced XLR, 4 x RCA, 1 x 3.5mm MP3 input (front panel)
  • Digital audio inputs:1 x S/PDIF coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK optical, 1 x USB audio, Bluetooth via BT100 (not supplied)
  • Compatibility:TOSLINK optical, S/PDIF coaxial, USB 1.0 and 2.0, BT100 Bluetooth receiver
  • Outputs:Speakers A+B, 3.5mm headphone, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output
  • Max power consumption:750W
  • Standby power consumption:<0.5W
  • Dimensions (H x W x D)*:115 x 430 x 341mm (4.5 x 16.9 x 13.4”)
  • Weight:8.7kg (19.1lbs)

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