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Cambridge Audio's AX series aims for quality on a budget

The Cambridge Audio AX series comprises a CD player, an integrated amp and two stereo receivers
The Cambridge Audio AX series comprises a CD player, an integrated amp and two stereo receivers
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The Cambridge Audio AX series comprises a CD player, an integrated amp and two stereo receivers
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The Cambridge Audio AX series comprises a CD player, an integrated amp and two stereo receivers
The AX series is claimed to achieve the perfect balance between performance and affordability
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The AX series is claimed to achieve the perfect balance between performance and affordability
The AXA integrated amplifier has a power output of 85 W and is reported capable of driving two stereo speaker zones
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The AXA integrated amplifier has a power output of 85 W and is reported capable of driving two stereo speaker zones
As well as standard discs, the AXC CD player can accommodate home recorded CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs rocking MP3 and WMA files
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As well as standard discs, the AXC CD player can accommodate home recorded CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs rocking MP3 and WMA files
The AXR85 stereo receiver can output 85 W of power, has an FM/AM tuner and comes with built-in Bluetooth for wireless streaming
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The AXR85 stereo receiver can output 85 W of power, has an FM/AM tuner and comes with built-in Bluetooth for wireless streaming
The AXR100 has the same feature set as the AXR85, but outputs 100 W and adds two optical and one coaxial digital inputs
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The AXR100 has the same feature set as the AXR85, but outputs 100 W and adds two optical and one coaxial digital inputs

Though the UK's Cambridge Audio always has its ears tuned on top quality audio, as with the recently-announced Alva TT, the company is also mindful that budget music lovers appreciate good sound too. And so it is with the new AX series of a wallet-friendly hi-fi gear.

Claimed to achieve the perfect balance between performance and affordability, the AX series kicks off with the AXC35 CD player for US$349. The unit features a single analog RCA output, the option of coaxial digital audio output and gapless playback.

The AX series is claimed to achieve the perfect balance between performance and affordability
The AX series is claimed to achieve the perfect balance between performance and affordability

The $399 AXA35 integrated amplifier has a power output of 35 W, rocks four RCA inputs, has its own phono stage – meaning that vinyl lovers don't have to position a phono pre-amp between a turntable and the amp – and a single RCA output to enable recording. There's a USB port with 5 V/500 mA of power for connecting an optional Bluetooth receiver, a 3.5 mm auxiliary stereo input and a headphone jack on the front panel.

As its name might suggest, the AXR85 is a stereo receiver outputting 85 W of power, and is capable of driving two stereo speaker zones. Users are offered three analog RCA inputs, a phono stage, recording and subwoofer outputs, a 3.5 mm aux input and a headphone jack. The $399 receiver also comes with an FM/AM tuner and integrated Bluetooth for wireless streaming.

The $499 AXR100 is very similar to its AX series receiver sibling, but ups the power output to 100 W, and adds two optical and one coaxial digital inputs.

The CD player and amplifier are due for release at the end of this month, with the receivers following a little later.

Source: Cambridge Audio

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