Are these stylish Cambridge Audio separates now the hottest Hi-Fi ticket in town?

posted on Wednesday, 5th June 2019 by Steve May

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UK Hi-Fi specialist Cambridge Audio has unveiled the AX series, a new range of Hi-Fi separates. Designed and engineered in the UK, the line comprises two CD players, two integrated amplifiers and two stereo receivers.

The AX models take design cues and technologies from Cambridge Audio’s high-end CX and Edge two channel models.

AXC25 CD player (£229) and step-up AXC35 CD (£299) are both gapless playback CD players with the added ability to play home recorded CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs with MP3 and WMA files on them. The AXC25, with single analogue phono output, remote control, is aimed that those looking to put together a high-performance, budget setup. The AXC35 adds the option of a coaxial digital audio output.

The AXA25 is a matching integrated stereo amplifier (£229) boasting a power output of 25W, four analogue phono inputs, a single analogue output for recording purposes and a USB port with 5V 500mA of power for adding a Bluetooth receiver, plus a 3.5mm auxiliary stereo input on the front panel.

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Its stablemate, the AXA35 (£299) offers additional connectivity, features and a greater power output of 35W. It’s supplied with a remote control and white display screen, a phono stage input and a 6.3mm headphone output. Both amplifiers come in the AX range’s Lunar Gray and black colour scheme.

The AXR85 stereo receiver (£349) is an 85W design, able to drive two stereo speaker zones. Connectivity comprises three analogue inputs, a phono stage input, rec and subwoofer outputs and a 3.5mm auxiliary input and 6.3mm headphone output up front. It comes with an FM/AM tuner and built-in Bluetooth receiver for wireless streaming.
Sitting at the very top of the AX range is the AXR100 stereo receiver (£449), which adds digital inputs (two optical and one coaxial) while increasing the power output to 100W.

The AXC and AXA ranges will be available from Cambridge Audio and Amazon from mid June 2019. The AXR range will be available from July 2019.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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