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.
- Class AB Amplifier + Toroidal Power Supply: The Minx Xi employs a
40W x 2Ch Class AB amplifier and oversized toroidal power supply for great sound,
low distortion, and superb power efficiency. The system provides excellent
bass performance across the entire volume range.
- Wolfson Digital-to-Analog Converter: The Cambridge
Audio Minx Xi features a Wolfson WM8728 DAC capable of 24-bit/96kHz for
exceptional audio performance.
- External Clocking w/ Jitter Suppression: Music stored
on computers and other hard drives inherently suffers from jitter, so the
Minx Xi implements a host of enhancements, such as external clocking and
jitter suppression to vastly improve the quality of digital music playback.
- All-Metal Chassis: The Minx Xi features all-metal casework and an
ultra rigid chassis to prevent unwanted distortion caused by vibration.
Supported Audio Formats: Cambridge Audio's Minx Xi digital
music system supports the most popular music formats via Network, UPnP, and USB
- WAV containing uncompressed PCM 16-24bit/32-96kHz
- AIFF containing uncompressed PCM 16-24bit/32-96kHz
- Flac containing "lossless" compressed PCM 16-24bit/32-96kHz
- Apple Lossless (ALAC) containing "lossless" compressed 16-24bit/12-96kHz
- Microsoft Windows Media Audio (WMA 9 standard) with bit-rate of 32-320kbps
- MP3 (CBR or VBR) with bit-rate of 16-320kbps
- AAC, HE AAC, and AAC+ (CBR or VBR) with bit-rate of 16-320kbps
- Ogg Vorbis with bit-rate of 32-320kbps
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
- Ethernet (LAN): The Minx Xi digital music system is
fitted with an Ethernet (R-J45) port to connect directly to your home's
network router. Only connect the LAN port of the unit to an Ethernet port
that supports 10BASE-T or 100BASE-TX.
- WiFi: The Minx Xi also features Wi-Fi (with a WiFi
Dongle/WLAN antenna) to wirelessly connect to your home network. The WiFi
Dongle/WLAN antenna plugs into the rear-panel USB port labeled "WiFi
Dongle". The Minx Xi supports 802.11 b/g/n (in 2.4GHz only) with WEP, WPA,
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
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.
||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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
||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
Note: The USB ports do not support Apple iPod, iPhone, or
Analog + Digital Inputs: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi is equipped with both
analog & digital audio inputs to connect a variety of external audio components.
- Three Analog Inputs: The Minx Xi is fitted with three
analog audio inputs. There is a 3.5mm aux input on the front-panel for
connection of a portable audio device with a headphone jack and two stereo
RCA inputs on the rear-panel for connection of a CD player, Tuner, etc.
- Two Digital Inputs: The Cambridge Audio digital music system is
also equipped with two digital audio inputs. There is one coaxial (RCA) and
one optical (Toslink) digital audio input capable of supporting
16-24bit/32-96kHz. The digital inputs can be used to connect a Blu-ray/DVD
player, Gaming console, or Satellite/Cable box.
Analog Outputs: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi digital music system
features speaker terminal outputs, a mono-sub output, and headphone jack.
- Speaker Terminals: The unit is equipped with four binding-post
terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), spade-connectors, or
pin-connectors. The binding-post terminals pull out to accommodate single or
dual banana plugs. The system can support
speakers from 4-8 ohms.
- Sub Output: The Cambridge Audio digital music system is fitted
with a mono-subwoofer output for connection of a powered subwoofer.
- Headphone Jack: The Minx Xi also features a front-panel 3.5mm
headphone jack for connection of a set of headphones, so you can listen to
your music privately. The system's speaker outputs will be muted while
headphones are connected.
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 Controls: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi
digital music system features easy-to-use front-panel controls with various
push-buttons and a rotary-dial.
- Slim-Line Remote: The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi includes
a slim-line IR remote control for wireless operation of the unit and your
connected USB & Network devices (does not control Bluetooth devices).
- Stream Magic Remote App: The Minx Xi can also be
controlled by your
Apple iOS (5.0+) or
Android (2.3+) device using the free Stream Magic Remote App and your
wireless home network. From the palm of your hand you can access music
stored across your home network, control streaming music services, browse
Internet radio stations and USB media using your Apple iOS or Android
device. For added convenience, track information and album art is retrieved
and displayed automatically on your mobile device's touchscreen. You can
also edit preset stations and streaming services, while setting up a queue
of your favorite tracks which will continue to play even if your Apple iOS
or Android device is switched off or loses its network connection. In
addition, the Stream Magic Remote App supports volume control, input
selection, and powering off/idle; all from your compatible mobile device.
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)
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.