Cambridge Audio introduces Evo all-in-one audio system

"Instant access to all the music in the world"

by Andy Bassett

The new Evo 150 and Evo 75 all-in-one systems from Cambridge Audio bring together cutting edge technology, streaming smarts and quality audio performance in a compact form factor - just add speakers and all the music you could want is at your fingertips.

It was inevitable that the cool sounding, easy to remember fancy techy names manufacturers give their latest products would start to overlap and so it’s happened in the case of Cambridge Audio’s newly announced all in one Hi-Fi, which just happens to share the Evo nom de guerre with LG’s latest high brightness OLED panel for 2021.

Not to worry though, since these two devices are coming from different ends of the product spectrum, there’s plenty of room in the AV playground for more than one ‘Britney’ without generating any confusion amongst consumers.

The Cambridge Audio Evo comes in two flavours, with both the Evo 150 and Evo 75 being powered by Hypex NCore Class D amplification, chosen by Cambridge Audio’s engineers as it offers class-leading audio performance and produces clear advantages in clarity, resolution, musicality and energy efficiency. Unsurprisingly, the  Evo 150 is rated at 150 watts per channel, and Evo 75 has 75 watts per channel - so at least that bit of the naming process was straightforward.

Cambridge Audio introduces Evo all-in-one audio system
Cambridge Audio Evo plus Evo S speaker

Both models also use ESS Sabre DACs to ensure all digital audio is converted to analogue sound with as much detail, precision and dynamics as possible remaining intact and the Evo has been through a rigorous tuning procedure to ensure the highest quality audio performance regardless of source.

Cambridge Audio’s StreamMagic platform lies at the heart of the Evo and ensures support for high-resolution MQA tracks using TIDAL Connect as well as Qobuz, Spotify Connect, internet radio and  Roon Ready status. Streaming using AirPlay 2, aptX HD Bluetooth and Chromecast built-in is also possible. The StreamMagic app offers comprehensive control over Evo such as accessing music streaming services and, in addition, both the app and the included remote control allow switching between inputs to play music from every connected source.

Moreover, the StreamMagic app can be used for the addition of software updates and new features to futureproof the Evo all in ones.

Sources can be connected via an array of optical, coaxial and RCA inputs plus there is an ARC input for connecting a TV using an HDMI cable. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone socket for late night and solo listening.

Cambridge Audio introduces Evo all-in-one audio system
Cambridge Audio Evo 150 - rear connections

Additionally, the Evo 150 features a built-in moving magnet (MM) phono stage for compatible turntables, an asynchronous USB audio input, balanced XLR inputs and two sets of speaker terminals for running twin pairs of speakers.

The Evo’s overall aesthetic was informed by use of premium materials and adherence to industrial design principles and it mirrors the iconic P40, Cambridge Audio’s first ever product from 1968 with its walnut wood side panels. The black anodised aluminium cabinet can also be matched with formed black side panels made from Richlite, an innovative new material made primarily from recycled paper. The side panels can be switched out according to each customer’s style.

Finally, completing the Evo’s design and forming the user interface is a dual-concentric rotary dial and large 6.8-inch LCD display panel that shows off album artwork in full colour.

Stuart George, Managing Director, Cambridge Audio, said, “At Cambridge Audio, we think evolution is about even more than improving the quality of the sound you hear and enhancing your enjoyment of music. Evolution is also about transforming the convenience and usability of hi-fi without compromising its performance. Evolution is about bringing hi-fi into the future, making it fit your lifestyle, and ensuring it looks just as good as it sounds. 

Evo is the product we’ve been leading up to for over 50 years.

Cambridge Audio introduces Evo all-in-one audio system
Cambridge Audio Evo plus Evo CD

For the ultimate ‘plug-and-play’ convenience, Cambridge Audio has specifically developed a pair of great-sounding Evo S speakers to create a complete Evo System, along with the optional dedicated Evo CD transport. Both are scheduled for release later in 2021.

Cambridge Audio Evo 150 and Evo 75 will be available from April 2021 at CambridgeAudio.com and Richer Sounds. 

Pricing: 

Evo 150 - £2,249 / €2,499 / $3,000 

Evo 75 - £1,799 / €1,999 / $2,250 

Evo CD - £799 / €899 / $950 

Evo S speakers - £649 / €749 / $750

Source: Press release

Image Source: Cambridge Audio

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