Half a decade after the CX range redefined performance at its price point, it’s time to reimagine, reengineer and reinvigorate. The all-new CXA61 and CXA81 integrated amplifiers build on the foundations laid (and the Awards won) by CXA60 and CXA80, but with a fresh and progressive perspective.
The CXA61 is 60 watts per channel of pure excitement. It’s a punchy and upfront listen, without giving away detail or precision - so it’s just as much at home in the mosh-pit as it is the conservatoire.LET YOUR MUSIC MOVE YOU
The CXA61 is designed to bring you closer to the music you love. It’s designed to put you right at the heart of your favourite recordings, telling you the story of every note in the most natural, most effortless, most detailed way imaginable. Analogue or digital, lo-fi or hi-res, the CXA61 lets the music take you where you want to go.UNCOMPROMISED SOUND
The CXA61 has been engineered, refined and finessed with only one objective in mind: to deliver the most thrillingly musical sound you’ve ever experienced. Every choice of component, and every engineering decision, has been made in order to minimise colouration of the sound and maximise its accuracy. Cambridge Audio has drawn on every one of its 50 years of experience to make the CXA61 its most accomplished integrated amplifier yet.ALL OF THE MUSIC
Because it’s designed to deliver the maximum musical experience no matter where the music is coming from, the CXA61 has an entirely reengineered digital board featuring the industry-standard ESS Sabre ES9010 K2M digital-to-analogue convertor. The CXA61 can bring digital audio files up to state-of-the-art 32bit/384kHz and DSD256 resolutions vividly to life, combining convenience with performance in a way unheard-of until now.
COMPLETE MUSICAL FREEDOM
Pair any Bluetooth device to the CXA61 to stream up to aptX HD-quality audio. Because there’s no need to compromise your musical experience when you decide to cut the cord.SONIC INTEGRITY
The CXA61 features a reimagined power amp stage with optimised capacitors values, and a revised volume pot designed to offer minimised crosstalk. The result is a clean, short and pure signal path that allows your music unmatched coherence - at any volume.
The CXA61 has a versatile set of inputs for use with modern digital sources (bluetooth with aptX HD, USB, 3.5mm). It's not so good with Apple Bluetooth sources if you want to push the fidelity limits of the DAC though (no AAC support). You'd also better trust your neighbours if you're using bluetooth, since it doesn't require any authentication when pairing. It's also annoying that its USB 2.0 type B socket won't accept a 3.0 type B cable (or the ubiquitous type C), which means purchasing a cable that isn't useful for anything else (but it keeps the audiophile snake oil industry profitable?).
The output works well with Monitor Audio Bronze 50s, with details audible from about 9 o'clock (10%?) on the CXA61's volume dial... though I use it at a much lower volume. The 3.5mm output also works fine with my ATH-900 headphones - though it's not distinguishable from computers in terms of fidelity.
Be warned: with just convection cooling, the outside of the amp runs pretty hot (top about 50 degrees) even with just headphone output. It needs airflow like an open window to keep it near ambient temperature, which makes me suspect it's wasting a bunch of power - probably nice in winter though!