The AX range takes design and innovation cues from Cambridge Audio’s CX and Edge hi-fi ranges. Like those award-winning products, it uses the company’s 50-plus years of audio engineering expertise to deliver what Cambridge Audio has dubbed its “Great British Sound”, a pure, unfiltered audio experience reflecting the artist’s intentions – nothing added, nothing taken away.
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.
The series opens with an audio source in the shape of the new AXC35 CD player ($349). With a single analogue RCA output, remote control and a sleek Lunar Grey and black finish, the AXC35 makes the perfect affordable CD player for anyone seeking a value-based setup. The AXC35 also includes the option of a coaxial digital audio output. The AXC35 is a versatile CD player offering gapless playback with the added ability to play home recorded CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs with MP3 and WMA files on them.
Next is the essential AXA35 integrated amplifier ($349). Representing superb value for money, the AXA35 integrated stereo amplifier boasts a power output of 35W, four analogue RCA inputs, a single RCA 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. It’s supplied with a remote control and white display screen, a phono stage input and a 6.3mm headphone output. The AXA35 is available in the AX range’s Lunar Gray and black color scheme.
The new series is next expanded with two stereo receivers, the AXR85 model ($399), and the AXR100 ($499). With both power and flexibility aplenty, the AXR85 stereo receiver is an ideal choice for the more demanding listener. The 85W receiver is able to drive two stereo speaker zones, and has a wide range of connectivity: three analogue RCA 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, which takes the AXR85’s template and adds digital inputs (two optical and one coaxial) while increasing the power output to 100W.