One of the biggest obstacles to mainstream adoption of hi-res audio and high-end network players has been the price of admission. Most consumers view their smart phone as the only network player they will ever need; and that is especially true for those who prefer to use Bluetooth loudspeakers and want to minimize any additional components or cables.
For the rest of us who want access to Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, Roon, Chromecast, TIDAL, Qobuz, and our home networks — a smart phone doesn’t really work as well unless your wireless speakers support all of those platforms and lossless playback.
Adding a network player to a system shouldn’t be a complicated or expensive endeavor and we’re starting to see a trend emerging in the entry-level and mid-tier categories with a new range of affordable high-end network players that offer access to almost everything but without the fancy touchscreen or headphone amplifier. NAD just introduced the CS1 network player and we are not surprised to see two new models from Cambridge Audio.
Cambridge Audio has launched the AXN10 and MXN10, two new network players that bring fresh pricing and form-factor options to its renowned StreamMagic line-up.
From internet radio to music streaming services to your own digital music collection, the new dedicated players serve them up in style, with simple control via the StreamMagic app.
The full-size, limited edition AXN10 joins Cambridge Audio’s introductory level AX Series of hi-fi separates, adding a dedicated music streaming option alongside the AX series’ popular integrated amplifier, CD player and tuner models.
The MXN10 offers the same features and functionality in a more compact form factor, making it a discreet and easy way to add streaming to any music system – including bringing vintage kit bang up to date.
Both players offer incredible performance for the money, benefiting from Cambridge Audio’s significant ongoing investment in streaming technology R&D, which has generated multiple award-winning products including the CXN V2 network player and Evo all-in-one systems.
”At Cambridge Audio we believe in offering our listeners choice; it’s essential to offer diverse routes to the music you love. We’re delighted to expand the StreamMagic family to even more listeners worldwide,” says Cambridge Audio CEO, Stuart George.
Price & Availability
Both will be available from March at cambridgeaudio.com and Cambridge Audio’s extensive retail network at the following prices:
- AXN10 – $599/€599/£549
- MXN10 – $499/€499/£449
- INPUTS: Ethernet, USB socket (mass storage), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- OUTPUTS : Line out (unbalanced), Digital out (Coax and Optical)
- DAC: ESS Sabre ES9033Q
- FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20Hz – 70kHz +0/-1dB
- ETHERNET: IEEE 802.3 10 Base-T or 100 Base-T
- WI-FI Wi-Fi 5 dual band 2.4/5gHz
- BLUETOOTH : 5.0 A2DP/AVRCP supporting SBC and AAC
- COMPATIBILITY : UPnP, Local USB media, Internet Radio, Chromecast, Spotify connect, Tidal, Qobuz, Roon Ready, Airplay 2
- AUDIO FORMATS : ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD (x512), WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis
- HI-RES SUPPORT: Up to 768KHz 32bit PCM, up to DSD512
- MAX POWER CONSUMPTION: 20W
- STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION : <0.5W
- DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) & Weight :
- AXN10: 430 x 75 x 305mm (3kg)
- MX10N: 52 x 215 x 191mm (1.2kg)
For more information: www.cambridgeaudio.com