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Cambridge Audio CXA81 Review Rundown

Cambridge Audio | Published on 12 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Cambridge CXA81
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Excellent balance and control
  • Excellent build quality
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The CXA81 is part of a second series of CX components that was originally launched by Cambridge Audio in 2014. It is the bigger brother of CXA61. With all the features that make CXA61 an excellent amplifier, the CXA81 adds a pair of balanced XLR input, a superior ESS Sabre ES9016K2M DAC, and 80W power output.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

theear[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Theear have found the following[***]:
The CXA81 is part of a second series of CX components that was originally launched by Cambridge Audio in 2014. As well as this integrated amplifier, the line-up also includes a second amp, CD transport and a network audio streamer. Back panel features sockets for three digital inputs (two optical, one coaxial), four analogue inputs, a USB input, as well as outputs to connect a subwoofer and preamp.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Cambridge CXA81 is the top-of-the-line integrated amplifier in its updated CX range of hi-fi separates. There is formidable power and punch to the low frequencies (although it's fearsomely controlled), wide-open spaciousness to accompany the heady detail levels in the mid-range, and assertive levels of attack at the higher end. Control is via Cambridge's system remote, which naturally features an excess of buttons.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive detail levels
  • Impressive range of off-board phono stages
  • Excellent build quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
Cambridge Audio CXA81 is a new version of its 80W-per-channel CX series amplifier. It features a superior ESS Sabre ES9016K2M DAC and improved USB input that supports audio of up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256 quality. Bluetooth receiver is also built in for direct streaming from any compatible device.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful and detailed presentation
  • Impressive build and finish
  • Excellent build and build
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Cambridge Audio CXA81. Theear. 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  2. 2. ^ Cambridge CXA81 Review. Trustedreviews. 2019-10-24. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Cambridge Audio CXA81 review. Whathifi. 2019-09-16. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  5. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  6. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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