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CXA61 Amplifier From Cambridge Audio

Cambridge Audio has released the new CXA61 integrated amplifier, including a remote control and built-in DAC

This new CXA61 integrated amp is powered by 60W and features a range of digital and analogue inputs (see below) and several major changes over the CXA60 model it replaces.

CXA61 Amplifier From Cambridge Audio

The older model’s DAC has been replaced with an ESS Sabre ES9010K2M…

CXA61 Amplifier From Cambridge Audio

…and there’s now a USB input compatible with sources up to 32bit/384kHz and DSD256 in quality.

CXA61 Amplifier From Cambridge Audio

Additionally, aptX HD Bluetooth is integrated, for streaming up to 24bit/48kHz.

CXA61 Amplifier From Cambridge Audio

Available from October 2019, the price is £749

To read more, contact cambridgeaudio.com/en

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    28th September 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Ugh, that gray color is disgusting.

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    1st December 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Paul,
    Do you have any plans to review this? How do you think it will stack up against the Audiolab 6000A on a cost/benefit ratio? I’ve just purchased a Rega Planar 1 and haven’t decided on the rest of my set-up; I was initially looking into the Schiit Mani as a phono amp but the rest of the puzzle was a bit blurry. Then I read your review on the 6000A and decided that could do for a while as it has a built-in phono amp.
    The CXA61 is still within my budget for an amp but lacks the internal phono so going this route would be a tough sell unless the sound was clearly superior to the 6000A.

    Not to mention I still haven’t decided what to do about the speakers 🙂

    Thanks for all the amazing work you’re doing!

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      2nd December 2019 at 9:57 am

      Hi Tibi – I’ve lost touch with Cambridge – no particular reason, just life 🙂 – and need to cuddle up to them again. So I do have plans to review something from Cambridge. I need to talk to them first. I’ll keep the 61 in mind though, sure.

      The Mani would be a good choice for the phono amp although the built-in 6000A phono amp is ok for now if cash is tight. But I’d encourage a future upgrade ASAP. Thanks for your kind words 🙂

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        Rob Steckbeck
        5th January 2020 at 4:30 pm

        Hi Paul,

        The 6000A is on my short list for a short-term fix. I just read your 6000A review and liked your practicality and honesty. Like Tibi, CXA61 is on the same shortlist and was hoping to read your review of that, although phono isn’t that critical to me right now. Looking forward to the CA review, although I’m pretty sure I’ll make a decision before then.


        • Reply
          Paul Rigby
          6th January 2020 at 12:58 pm

          Thanks Rob – got quite a list of review items here but I’ll certainly try in the future.

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