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Cambridge Audio announce four new HiFi products

Updated hub, phono stages & network streamer incoming

by Mark Hodgkinson Dec 23, 2017 at 7:55 AM

  • Cambridge audio has launched four new products – the Yoyo L home audio hub, the Solo and Duo dedicated stereo phono stages and the CXN (V2) Audio Network Streamer.
    The Yoyo (L) is a Chromecast built-in system that is billed as combining the simplicity and convenience of a wireless speaker with the scale and performance of a dedicated home cinema solution. The new Yoyo features a full range driver and subwoofer in each of the front, left and right sides of the product. Each driver also has its own high-performance, low distortion amplifier.

    The Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in Yoyo (L) uses MaxxAudio, a suite of audio enhancement tools from Waves for enhanced bass and increased volume.

    The Yoyo (L) is eceratinly well connected, offering compatibility with a range of devices. In addition to TOSLINK optical and aux connections, Yoyo (L) offers Bluetooth and Spotify Connect and, for further flexibility, an HDMI ARC connection to your TV. Yoyo (L) also features Chromecast built-in to connect seamlessly to your android or iOS device and allowing you to listen to and control your favourite music without the hassle of pairing.

    The Yoyo (L) should be available in January 2018, priced at £349.99 (estimate).

    Nobody can afford to ignore the vinyl comeback and Cambridge has also launched two new dedicated phono stages with the new Solo and Duo devices.

    The Solo and Duo both use the latest switch mode power supplies and surface mount technology to allow a compact overall design with short signal paths on the board inside. By specifying switch mode power supplies, Cambridge Audio has been able to use smaller transformers, while maintaining or improving power output levels

    Switch mode power supplies and software control also allow for improved energy efficiency. Both phono stages automatically switch to standby if unused for twenty minutes; with a standby energy consumption of less than half a watt.

    The Solo is a dedicated moving magnet phono stage, whilst the Duo will work with any turntable thanks to incorporating both moving magnet and moving coil input stages. The Duo is also unique in combing the phono stage with a dedicated high-quality headphone amplifier and volume control. Both phono stages feature a rear mounted balance control to trim channel level imbalances in cartridges. Solo has a simple fascia with just an LED indicator while Duo adds a full size 6.3mm headphone jack and volume control.

    Again, these products are scheduled for a January 2018 release with price tags of £149.99 and £249.99 for the Solo and Duo, respectively.

    Finally, we have the new CXN (V2) Audio Network Streamer which is available right now for £800. The CXN (V2) takes everything good about the original and adds a faster processor and support for high-quality internet radio streams via HLS and mpeg-DASH.

    The faster processor powering Cambridge Audio’s proprietary streaming platform, StreamMagic, means the CXN (V2) offers a smoother user experience and opens up new listening potential. Customers can now enjoy more control over how they listen to their music, thanks to the newly added ability to seek through tracks played over UPnP, USB or Spotify Connect.

    Cambridge Audio Managing Director, Stuart George, said, “At Cambridge Audio, we’re always innovating, always striving to improve our product offering. That’s why, despite the CXN winning multiple awards, we knew we could refine the streaming experience even further.”

    The CXN (V2) features Cambridge Audio’s unique ATF2 upsampling technology and dual Wolfson WM8740 DACs. Audio is upscaled to a hi-res 24bit/384kHz format using polynomial curve fitting interpolation. And to ensure this technology deliver the purest sound, Cambridge Audio engineers spent hours tuning the CXN (V2) the old school way, by ear, which they believe is the only way to achieve a sound quality that genuinely moves you.

    CXN (V2) also features Airplay, NAS Drive/UPnP compatibility, asynchronous USB, Coax and TOSLINK digital inputs, DSD64 support and AptX Bluetooth (via the optional BT100 receiver).

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