Cambridge Audio Unveils Affordable Hi-Fi Separates

Taking design cues from the company’s flagship Edge series and midline CX series, the new AX series comprises four mix-and-match models — a CD player, integrated amplifier, and two stereo receivers — at prices ranging from $350 to $500.

Described as a versatile, gapless-playback CD player, the AXC35 ($350) features a “high quality digital-to-analog converter” (DAC) and plays regular CDs as well as MP3 and WMA files from home recorded CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-ROM discs. It has coaxial digital and RCA analog outputs and comes with a remote control.

The AXA35 integrated amplifier ($350) combines a stereo preamp with a power amp rated to deliver 35 watts/channel into 8 ohms in a low-profile chassis. Connections include four RCA analog inputs, a moving-magnet phono stage/input, an analog output for recording, and a powered USB port for adding an optional Bluetooth receiver.

The front panel features a white display screen, quick-access input buttons, and a menu button for access to bass/treble controls and other settings. There’s also a minijack stereo input and ¼-inch headphone output on the front panel.

Both models are slated to ship this month.

Due out this summer, the AXR85 ($400) and AXR100 ($500) stereo receivers are rated to deliver 85 and 100 watts/channel into 8 ohms, respectively, support Bluetooth streaming, and include an AM/FM tuner in addition to three analog RCA inputs, a phono input, and rec(ord) and subwoofer outputs. Both models can drive a second set of speakers and have a 3.5mm auxiliary input and 1.4-inch headphone output on the front panel.

The AXR100 adds three digital inputs (two optical and one coaxial).

All AX series components sport a gray and black finish

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