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CXN (V2) from Cambridge: Network Streamer upgrade

A new processor with extra oomph plus improved internet radio and new control options with Tidal promised in the future

The CXN (V2) signal is passed through ATF2 upsampling technology and then through dual Wolfson WM8740 DACs.

Cambridge CXN (V2): Network Streamer upgrade

All audio is upscaled to a 24bit/384kHz format using polynomial curve fitting interpolation (try saying it fast after six pints and a whiskey chaser, during a spare moment).

CXN (V2) introduces mpeg-DASH and HLS compatibility out of the box, which allows for, “higher quality, more consistent live streams, creating an intimate internet radio experience.”

Cambridge CXN (V2): Network Streamer upgrade

Because the CXN (V2) supports DASH, radio stations from the BBC will be available in 320 kbps.

Also included is Spotify Connect, Airplay, Internet Radio, NAS Drive/ UPnP compatibility, asynchronous USB, Coax and TOSLINK digital inputs, DSD64 support and AptX Bluetooth (with added BT100 receiver).

Cambridge CXN (V2): Network Streamer upgrade

There’s a colour screen on the front so you can always see the album artwork and commands that you’re sending to the unit. Control can be issued via the app – Cambridge Connect.

Spanning 85 x 430 x 305mm and weighing in at 3.5kg, with Tidal promised in early 2018 via a software update, the unit is priced at £800.

To read more, click www.cambridgeaudio.com

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  • Reply
    20th January 2018 at 10:00 am

    You have copied information available on Cambridge Audio’s web site onto your own. What a talent. Well done. Very enlightening. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      20th January 2018 at 1:22 pm

      You seem to have become aware of the concept of the ‘press release’ Darren. I feel that a measure of education is necessary here. When a new product is announced to the world, the company responsible releases news of the same in the form of a few images and limited, controlled, set text to all of the world’s media. So, everyone receives the same info. Lazy media outlets print this info verbatim. Others edit out the superlatives, printing the facts. This is what I do. I sometimes add a few comments of my own.
      Any information over and above can only be gleaned from an in depth review which follows later. I hope to do just that in good time.
      Sometimes the company will also utilise its text to populate its website. Others create new text. Cambridge have decided to take the former route. I hope this explains matters for you.

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        28th March 2018 at 10:00 pm

        Does the dac in this cxn only work thru usb in, not using optical or coax in. Tidal is, per cambridge, due by software update between april 4 and 14, 2018- will believe it when it happens. support in the usa is by email only, details very had to get. there is only a 1 sheet manual in the boix, 3 pages on line, no helpful into at all. no info on the dac, Usb only?, linear or not power supply, Id call your post an advertisement, not a review since you tell us almost nothing about the sound and details on the unit, or customer support experience.

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          Paul Rigby
          29th March 2018 at 10:03 am

          Hi File1man – as you can see at the top of the post, this is a news item and not a review. I posted all of the information that I was given at that time. I can try to find out more for you, if you wish. Can you resend and clearly print the questions you would like addressing, please. Number each separate question to help Cambridge to help you. No guarantees but I’ll do my best.

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    Ole Sandner
    20th October 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Haven’t we all Paul, hope you are doing well! Thanks for this read on the CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      20th October 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Not a problem, Ole 🙂

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