Cambridge Audio Evo brings designer style to streaming

posted on Thursday, 8th April 2021 by Steve May

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Cambridge Audio has unveiled Evo, an all-in-one music system aimed at the burgeoning lifestyle Hi-Fi market. Two versions of the Evo are incoming. The Evo 150 is rated at 150 watts per channel, while the Evo 75 has 75 watts per channel. Behind both is Hypex NCore Class D amplification, specifically chosen by Cambridge Audio’s engineers as it offers ‘class-leading audio performance and produces clear advantages in clarity, resolution and musicality.’

At the heart of Evo is the latest iteration of Cambridge Audio’s StreamMagic platform, which supports the latest digital music formats and services., including Qobuz, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and internet radio. The Evo works with the Roon digital library and can stream high-resolution MQA tracks using TIDAL Connect.

The interiors friendly, vaguely retro design marks something of a shift for Cambridge Audio, as it moves into territory currently dominated by the likes of Naim and Ruark. The compact combi streamer amp features a large 6.8in full colour LCD display panel to show off album artwork.

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Wireless connectivity includes AirPlay 2, aptX HD Bluetooth and Chromecast built-in. The Evo works with the StreamMagic app, which offers access to streaming services and input selection. Software updates and new features can also be added remotely using the StreamMagic app.

The system can be hooked up to a turntable or CD player, while HDMI delivers TV audio. There’s also an asynchronous USB audio input, balanced XLR inputs and two sets of speaker terminals for running two pairs of speakers.

Stuart George, Managing Director, Cambridge Audio, said: “At Cambridge Audio, we think evolution is about even more than improving the quality of the sound you hear and enhancing your enjoyment of music. Evolution is also about transforming the convenience and usability of hi-fi without compromising its performance. Evolution is about bringing hi-fi into the future, making it fit your lifestyle, and ensuring it looks just as good as it sounds.”

Cambridge Audio Evo 150 and Evo 75 sell for £2,249 and £1,799 respectively. Cambridge will offer the option of £649 Evo S speakers to complete the Evo System, along with a dedicated £799 Evo CD transport. Both are scheduled for release later in 2021.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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