Cambridge Audio has unveiled new and improved versions of the TV2 and TV5 soundbases.
Improvements have been made in the specification, performance, construction and aesthetic design, says Cambridge, as current TVs generally still don’t provide audio to match the quality of the images. Both of the new Cambridge Audio TV2 and TV5 speaker bases now include HDMI connectivity with 24bit/192Khz ARC connection for the playback of Hi-Res audio from compatible TVs. The HDMI connector also allows stereo digital output with LPCM support.
The TV2 and TV5 are supplied with a new and improved remote control with a streamlined but both do support Infra-red (IR) learning, allowing them to learn the volume commands from compatible TV or Sky remotes so you can adjust the volume without having to use the dedicated remote control.
Probably most importantly, both products have been given a significant increase in the power output of the digital amplifier, now offering twice the power of the previous model, working in partnership with the amplifier’s new optimised signal path design. Both of the soundbases continue to feature two patented 57mm (2.25’’) BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) speaker drivers now located in their own independent, sealed enclosure to allow a wider sound.
The TV2 features an active, down-firing 165mm (6.5’’) subwoofer which complements the two BMR drivers and the TV5 takes things a step further by adding a second active subwoofer. The new TV2 now matches the TV5 in having twin bass ports. Both new models also feature an improved Digital Signal Processor (DSP) offering both lower distortion and more processing power.
Design wise, the new models feature a new ‘seamless’ MDF enclosure design and a satin black paint exterior as well as internal power supplies allowing a more discrete installation.
In addition to the new HDMI connection, the TV2 and TV5 continue to offer plenty of other options including Toslink optical input and an analogue audio input, via either RCA or 3.5mm jack. The TV2 and TV5 V2 also stream high quality aptX Bluetooth audio from any compatible mobile device via a new and improved aptX chipset. Both models will remember up to 8 different Bluetooth paired devices. Each time you switch on the TV5 or TV2, it will automatically pair with any of the last 8 paired devices without having to be put it into pairing mode again.
The Cambridge Audio TV2 and TV5 will be available in October priced at £199.95 and £299.95, respectively.
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