We listen to Cambridge Audio's AXN10 and MXN10 streamers

posted on Friday, 3rd February 2023 by Steve May

Hi-fi  Streaming 

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Cambridge Audio has unveiled two new network music players, based on its StreamMagic platform. The AXN10 (pictured above) and MXN10 come in two form factors, the former a standard separates size to rack mount, the latter more compact, suiting desktop or discreet installation.

Both models are controllable via the brand’s StreamMagic app, and can be used both for popular streaming services, and local USB stick and NAS playback.

The full-size, 430mm wide AXN10 is intended to partner the brand’s entry-level AX Series of separates, and is a cosmetic match, in signature Luna Grey, with that range. Build quality appears high.

The MXN10 is a half-width model, better suited to bring network connectivity and hi-res streaming to legacy hardware. Its 215mm width is the same as Cambridge Audio’s DAC Magic and Alva Duo models. Connectivity, wired and wireless, comes in the form of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Ethernet, USB, stereo phonos and both optical and digital outputs.

Inside CI had the opportunity to listen to the new streamers, and can confirm they sound delightfully impressive. Both models were played across a trio of amplifiers, specifically Cambridge Audio's AX and CX series models and a vintage offering from 2011, the Azur 351A, into a pair of PMC floorstanders. Spatial presentation is excellent, with biting clarity.

Both players lean heavily on streaming technology developed for the brand’s higher-end CXN V2 network player and Evo all-in-one systems.

The AXN10 and MXN10 sound identical, as both models run the latest StreamMagic gen 4 module and software. The only difference is the casing.

In addition to Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz and Deezer support, there’s Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built in. The duo are also Roon Ready. Beneath the hood is an ESS Sabre ES9033Q DAC. High-res support extends to 768KHz, 32-bit PCM and DSD512.

Available at the end of February, the AXN10 and MXN10 will retail for £549 ($599//€599) and £449 ($499/€499) respectively.

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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