Cambridge Audio Minx Xi
Integrated amp with built-in DAC, Wi-Fi®, and Bluetooth® (Black)
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Item #: 779MINXXIB
Your price: $899.99 Earn up to 900 Rewards points
Lots of our customers are looking for an easy way to enjoy streaming music through their stereos. Fortunately, Cambridge Audio has designed a versatile, easy-to-use, and fabulous-sounding component made for audiophiles and neophytes alike. The Minx Xi is an integrated amplifier and Wi-Fi-enabled digital music system that offers lots of wireless listening possibilities. They essentially combined their 351A amp with their Stream Magic 6 network player. The result is a seriously cool component that wants for nothing except speakers and your smartphone.
How many ways can you get music playing through the Minx Xi? Get it connected to your wireless home network, download the free Stream Magic app on your smartphone or tablet, and start counting. Through the app, you can browse and play songs from networked computers or NAS drives. Play tunes stored on your smartphone. Access endless music from Rhapsody®, cue up your favorite Pandora® station, or tune in Internet radio streams from around the world. The Stream Magic app brings all these sources together in one place, complete with album art, artist, and title info.
What about services not directly supported by the Minx Xi? If you can play them on your Bluetooth-compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer, then you can likely play them through the Minx Xi. Pop the included Bluetooth receiver into the rear USB port and you can stream music from almost any music source, including services like Spotify®. You can even send audio from YouTube™ to the Minx Xi over Bluetooth. In addition to wireless listening options, this amp has physical connections for CD players, media streaming boxes, MP3 players, and more — all in a component small enough to fit on a bookshelf.
The Minx Xi offers wireless streaming and control with your iPad or Android tablet (not included).
Think an amplifier with this degree of digital possibilities has to be lacking in the power department? Then you probably aren't familiar with Cambridge Audio. This British company makes gear for serious listeners, and the Minx Xi lives up to that proud tradition. This Class AB amp kicks out a conservatively rated 40 watts per channel. We heard it drive Cambridge Audio's Aero speakers to loud levels in a large room without breaking a sweat. The Wolfson digital-to-analog converter handles digital conversion with aplomb, as it does for so many high-end digital components, with high-resolution capability up to 24-bit/96kHz. And the toroidal power transformer and all-metal chassis give this amp legit audiophile chops, not to mention some pretty impressive heft given its small footprint.
Need speakers? Check out Cambridge Audio's selection of bookshelf speakers.
An integrated amplifier is essentially a receiver without a built-in AM/FM tuner. You get power to drive your speakers, audio controls, and inputs for music source components. Connect an iPod, a computer, a network music player, or any other device that can play Internet radio, and you may find you have no need for an AM/FM radio.
Very happy with the Minx xi. Mine is connected to my router by Ethernet. I only have two complaints. The Bluetooth dongle is placed in the back of the machine, which influences its receptivity. And the online interface could be more robust. But the system does everything I wanted and more.
Pros: Access to radio stations online.
Cons: Bluetooth a bit weak.
I'm a critical music listener so I wanted a compact system, all in one with streaming capability for a small vacation home. I also have an 851N in another location, playing through a high end system and it's fantastic! I connected the Minx Xi to that system, and it sounded good but not quite up to the 851N, However for the location and system I bought it for, it sounds and performs in a very impressive manner. In fact, it plays my i tunes library where I can't get the 851N to do so without installing UpNP server software. Sounds really great with small bookshelf Mission speakers. While it wouldn't pass the test for my main sound system, it works really well for my smaller room use.
Pros: Good sound, easy set up, plays i tunes library, very compact, good variety of inputs
Cons: The remote is a little quirky in that you have to be close to the unit and sometimes enter commands twice. Upon selecting via remote, it switches back to the original too quickly so you have to make the next selection very fast.
Great sounding little amp.
Pros: Small, nice looks, space saver.
Cons: When typing letters or numbers from the remote to search for radio stations there is no button for SPACE so you can separate words. You end up with an error message. Or am I missing something?Crutchfield response on September 8, 2015 We checked with our Tech Support team, and they identified the arrow on the Minx's character entry screen as the space key.
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||40|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||47|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||55|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||Not Given|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||Yes|
|High-resolution Audio Playback||No|
|Total Analog Inputs||3|
|Optical Digital Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||1|
|USB Input||Type-A (2)|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
Audiophile Performance for Outstanding Reproduction: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi digital music system provides audiophile performance for outstanding reproduction of your digital music files. The Minx Xi incorporates a Class AB amplifier, toroidal power supply, Wolfson digital-to-analog converter, external clocking for jitter suppression, and a full-metal chassis.
Supported Audio Formats: Cambridge Audio's Minx Xi digital music system supports the most popular music formats via Network, UPnP, and USB connection.
Note: The Minx Xi does support WMA pro, WMA lossless, RAW, AU, or other music file types not mentioned.
Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) connection to your home network.
Note: It is not recommended to use a Wi-Fi connection for content above 16 bits, 44.1/48kHz (if lossless/uncompressed).
UPnP Compatible: The Minx Xi digital music system is a UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) AV Client. Being a UPnP Client means the it can connect to UPnP AV servers on a network and browse and playback their music content. A connection to the internet is not strictly needed for this. The Minx Xi just needs to be able to connect to the server to access its content. Most operating systems and/or music playback software now feature UPnP server facilities built-in. This allow you to share the music on the computer's hard-drive with Clients, such as the Minx Xi. Your music library can include digital music located anywhere on your home network such as shared folders on your own computer (Windows or Mac), shared folders on another computer on your network, or music stored on a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device on your network. Using UPnP, the Minx Xi can connect to these devices and play back, or "stream" non-DRM music files via your home network.
Note: Not all servers support serving of all audio formats. Always make sure the server you choose also supports your formats of choice. For example, Windows Media Server does not currently serve FLAC format.
Streaming Music Services: The Minx Xi digital music system lets you enjoy your favorite music streaming services through Cambridge Audio's own online music server. You'll have access to thousands of Internet Radio stations and a variety of online music services. Here's a quick overview of each of the supported services.
|Internet Radio||These are radio stations from around the world broadcast over the internet. Currently, the Minx Xi can access about 20,000 internet radio stations all sorted by Location, Language, and Genre. The list of available stations is constantly maintained and automatically updated to the unit via the internet. If you register on the Stream Magic website, you will also be able to browse the stations and set presets on your units from your PC. You can also add stations to your units that are currently not in the Stream Magic's Radio database, suggest new stations to us, and more.|
|Pandora||Pandora is a personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorite music selections. You can explore Pandora's vast music collection for Free. Simply drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and it will create a custom internet radio station for you. It will quickly scan its entire collection of analyzed music (almost a century of popular recordings) to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. You can create up to 100 personalized stations.|
|Rhapsody||Rhapsody is an online music subscription service which lets you listen to anything and everything in their catalog (over 10 million songs). With subscriptions starting as low as $9.99 per month, you don't have to worry about paying for individual songs, ripping CDs, or managing files any longer.|
|BBC iPlayer Radio||BBC iPlayer Radio lets you Listen to live BBC Radio or catch up on the last 7 days of BBC programming from across the UK and World Service.|
|MP3 Tunes||MP3tunes offers a Free online music Locker (2GB) which can store up to 400 songs from your computer's music library. Once you have uploaded your MP3 music files to the online music Locker, you can access it directly on your Apple iOS or Android network device. You can also increase your Locker size, up to 50/100/200 GB with a monthly or yearly subscription.|
|Live 365||Live 365 lets you listen to thousands of internet radio stations featuring online music in every genre, including hip hop, jazz, new age, rock, classical, oldies, and more. You can choose between a Free commercial-interrupted subscription or a $7.95 per-month commercial-free subscription.|
|Podcasts||The Podcast services in your area will be available for access through the Minx Xi.|
Note: The Minx Xi supports up to 20 presets. These can be Internet Radio stations or streams from most online music streaming services.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming w/ aptX: The Minx Xi will support Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming w/ aptX using the included BT100 Bluetooth audio receiver. Simply plug in the included BT100 Bluetooth audio receiver into the Minx Xi's rear-panel USB port labeled "BT100". You'll be able to stream music and music apps from your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, or laptop/computer (Windows/Mac) to the Minx Xi. In addition to the Standard Bluetooth Codec (SBC), the Cambridge Audio system supports the high-quality Bluetooth aptX codec, so you can stream audiophile quality ("CD-like") music from your compatible Bluetooth-enabled source device (such as Android). Music navigation and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device.
Dual USB Ports: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi features two USB (type-A) inputs for music playback from a USB mass storage class device; such as select Android smartphone/tablets (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital music players, or thumbdrives. One USB port (max 500mA) is on the front-panel, while the other USB port (max. 1A) is on the rear-panel. Your USB device must be formatted in FAT32/NTFS format with non-DRM music files. Your USB device's battery will be charged while connected.
Note: The USB ports do not support Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad connection.
Analog + Digital Inputs: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi is equipped with both analog & digital audio inputs to connect a variety of external audio components.
Analog Outputs: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi digital music system features speaker terminal outputs, a mono-sub output, and headphone jack.
Simple Control: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi digital music system offers simple operation through its front-panel controls, IR remote, and remote app for Apple iOS/Android devices.
Front-Panel LCD: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi features a front-panel display to indicate song/artist information from USB and Network connected devices. The unit will also display song/artist info and station identification for Internet Radio stations. No song/artist or station info is displayed for Bluetooth, analog, or optical/coaxial connected devices.
Firmware/Software Updates: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi will offer firmware/software updates through its wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) connection. Check here for the latest firmware/software updates.
Auto Power-Down: The Minx Xi will switch itself off after 15 minutes if it is not playing anything and there has been no user interaction with it during this time. As a default this is set to 15 minutes, but you can increase (up to 60 min) or decrease (down to 5 min) this time, or turn this feature off altogether if desired.
Yes! I can access lap top and phone iTunes No prob. You have to have Bluetooth [ David May 25, 2015 ]
The Minx does not support Apple Airplay. If you want to play iTunes directly to it, you need an Apple TV unit for about $99. On the other hand, it has bluetooth, so you could play anything from iTunes indirectly by putting play lists on your phone/iTouch. [ Mark May 25, 2015 ]
10.5 x 11.75 by about 3.25 inches. I think wi-fi is likely to work through the floor (it depends on your router), but bluetooth (e.g. if you want to play something from your phone) probably won't. I suppose so. [ Mark Jan 13, 2015 ]
Bought this unit about 12 months ago and love the product. I have mine situated in the family room however, I use my android tablet to control it outside around the pool area. The Minx Xi is a great product just wish Cambridge Audio would do something about their App since it is one of the worst App's I have ever had the misfortune to use. As for embedding in the wall... just remember there is an antenna that sticks up at the back. [ P. DUNCAN Jan 12, 2015 ]