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Cambridge Audio AXR85

Stereo receiver with Bluetooth®

Item # 779AXR85

This receiver is Cambridge all the way — plenty of power, convenient analog connections, and elegant good looks.

This receiver is Cambridge all the way — plenty of power, convenient analog connections, and elegant good looks.

Item # 779AXR85

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About the Cambridge Audio AXR85

A good-looking receiver to build your system around

I've always loved Cambridge Audio receivers — they provide plenty of power and handy analog connections, plus the brushed aluminum front plate projects an understated elegance. The beefy toroidal transformer inside the AXR85 produces 85 watts per channel — plenty to drive a pair of Aeromax 6 towers, or just about any other speakers you like.

A good-looking receiver to build your system around

I've always loved Cambridge Audio receivers — they provide plenty of power and handy analog connections, plus the brushed aluminum front plate projects an understated elegance. The beefy toroidal transformer inside the AXR85 produces 85 watts per channel — plenty to drive a pair of Aeromax 6 towers, or just about any other speakers you like.

Analog connections

This receiver is built with analog music lovers in mind. There's a dedicated phono stage for connecting a turntable with moving magnet cartridge, and three more RCA inputs for your other components. If you want to use your mobile device as a source, a 3.5mm aux input is conveniently located on the front panel. And built-in Bluetooth® makes it easy to stream music wirelessly from a compatible phone, tablet, or laptop.

The AXR85 features a stereo "record out" output on the back panel, and a mono RCA output lets you hook up a powered subwoofer to provide some extra punch. Two sets of binding posts give you the flexibility to set up A and B speaker pairs, and a front-panel selector makes switching between them easy.


Product highlights:

  • 85 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.15% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • toroidal transformer ensures clean, dynamic sound
  • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music listening with compatible smartphones, tablets and computers
  • 30 AM/FM station presets (US and European tuning)
  • front-panel A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
  • brushed aluminum front panel
  • remote control included
  • three stereo RCA inputs for connecting components
  • dedicated phono stage for turntables with moving magnet cartridges
  • front-panel 3.5mm stereo aux input
  • two pairs of binding post speaker connectors
  • mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • stereo RCA record out output
  • Type-A USB port for firmware updates
  • full-size front-panel headphone jack
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Stereo receiver
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (AXR85/AXR100)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • FM-coax connector
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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2Ch Amplifier: The Cambridge Audio AXR85 stereo receiver delivers 85 watts x 2 channels into 8-ohms @ 20-20kHz with 0.15% THD.

AM/FM Tuner: The built-in AM/FM tuner provides manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 15 FM presets and 15 AM presets. The tuner supports RDS for station name song/artist information (no album art). You can select between US (AM: 530-1710kHz / FM: 87.5-108MHz) or European (AM: 522-1629kHz / FM: 87.5-108MHz) tuning. You can select between Stereo or Mono when listening to FM; for low quality stereo FM signals, selecting mono can usually reduce the noise. There is 75-ohm FM connector and a 300-ohm two-wire AM connector on the receiver back-panel. A FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Cambridge Audio AXR85 features built-in Bluetooth 5.0 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP). You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth-enabled source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer) to the AXR85 stereo receiver. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from the included remote. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth source device. The receiver can pair with up to 8 devices, but only one can be used for playback at a time. The unit will automatically connect with the last paired device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Line-Level RCA Inputs: The Cambridge Audio AXR85 stereo receiver is outfitted with three line-level analog RCA outputs for connection of external audio source devices - such as a CD player, tape-deck, or network streaming device (all sold separately).

Phono Input: The Cambridge Audio AXR85 has a built-in Phono preamplifier (Phono Stage) with a rear-panel phono input and ground terminal. The phono input supports turntables outfitted with Phono Cartridges of the Moving Magnet (MM) or high output Moving Coil (MC) type (between 2-6mV output and 30-50k load impedance). The Ground terminals on both the AXR85 stereo receiver and your turntable should be connected (where possible) with a ground wire for lowest noise/hum pickup.

Note: Low output Moving Coil cartridge types (<1mV and usually 10-1000 ohm load impedance) cannot be directly connected to the phono input and will require an external phono preamplifier (sold separately) compatible with low output Moving Coil cartridges.

Front-Panel Aux Input: The front-panel Aux input consists of a 3.5mm minijack for connection of a portable audio device with an analog line-level or headphone output.

Record Output: The Cambridge Audio AXR85 stereo receiver features a stereo RCA record output for connecting a CD recorder, tape deck or other compatible recording device. The record output provides a constant line level output that does not fluctuate with the volume of the stereo receiver.

Note: The Record output cannot be used as a preamp output or subwoofer output.

Binding Post A/B Speaker Terminals: The Cambridge Audio AXR85 is equipped with a A & B speaker terminals for connecting up to two pair of loudspeakers or bi-wiring a single pair of loudspeakers. These binding post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 12AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual). Plastic caps need to be removed from the binding post terminals in order to use banana plugs. When connecting a single pair of speakers you can use 4-ohm to 8-ohm compatible speakers. When connecting two pair of loudspeakers or when bi-wiring a single pair of loudspeaker use only 8-ohm compatible speakers.

Note: When used together, the A & B speaker output terminals will always playback the same source content at the same volume level.

Subwoofer Output: The Cambridge Audio stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-RCA subwoofer output for connecting a powered subwoofer. The subwoofer output features a fixed 200Hz low-pass crossover filter.

1/4" Headphone Jack: The front-panel 1/4" headphone jack allows for connection of a set of stereo headphones with an impedance between 32 and 600-ohms. Connecting a set of headphones will automatically mute the stereo receiver's speaker outputs.

USB Charging Port: There is a USB-A (5V/500mA) port located on the back of the AXR85 stereo receiver that can be used to charge your smartphone or tablet, or supply power to a Bluetooth adapter.

Note: This USB port does not support audio playback.

Simple Control: The Cambridge Audio stereo receiver offers front-panel controls for simple, convenient operation. The included IR remote provides wireless operation of the stereo receiver.

  • Volume/Mute: A front-panel rotary knob or push-buttons on the remote control the volume level of the receiver's speaker outputs, subwoofer output, and headphone output. It does not affect the level of the Record Output. There is also a Mute function on the remote control.
  • Tone & Balance: You'll be able to adjust Bass (100Hz) & Treble (20kHz) from -10 to +10dB, as well as adjust the balance in sound output between the connected left and right speakers.

Front-Panel Display: The front-panel display indicates selected input source, station identification, and menu selections; as well as volume and tone levels.

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18 questions already asked

Can I pair the Cambridge AXR85 Receiver with the Adam A7X studio speakers?
[ Victor  Dec 27, 2020 ]
1 answer
Don't know much about the Adam studio speakers, You can hook up two set of speakers and a subwoofer to this receiver. I have The Kef Q150 Bookshelf speakers , Sony floor standing and a Kef 8 cube subwoofer . Call a tech at Crutchfield,,they will answer all your questions.
[ stephen  Dec 28, 2020 ]
Can you play A & B speakers simultaneously?
[ Don  Dec 23, 2020 ]
7 answers
yes. I run my old pioneers on one channel, my bookshelf polk audio on another and use them together. Sounds great!
[ FRANK  Dec 28, 2020 ]
[ JOHN  Dec 23, 2020 ]
Yes, separately or both together.
[ Bruce  Dec 23, 2020 ]
Yes you can
[ ROSS  Dec 23, 2020 ]
Yes. The button toggles: A, B, A&B, Off.
[ ANTHONY  Dec 23, 2020 ]
yes A and B speakers can be used simultaneously. I have four speakers set up on mine and run A & B simultaneously.
[ NANCY  Dec 23, 2020 ]
Yes, no problem
[ JEFF  Dec 23, 2020 ]
Do I need banana clips or straight wire? If banana clips are the separate kind or the one kind(black and red in one clip)?
[ Steve  Dec 17, 2020 ]
1 answer
you can connect speakers either with straight wire or banana clips. If you go with the clips you'll need to purchase them separately as they do not come with the unit. You will need a separate banana clip for each wire
[ NANCY  Dec 23, 2020 ]
How is the Bluetooth sound quality from the Cambridge AXR85 and can better external Bluetooth device be used like IFI Audio Zen Blue as an example?
[ David  Dec 16, 2020 ]
2 answers
i don't have bluetooth, sorry.
[ Carl  Dec 16, 2020 ]
Bluetooth sound quality is good most of the time. Occasionally the pairing seems to be less than ideal and the sound quality is a bit off but this could be my source device. To put a number on quality, BT is about 80% as good as a CD. Still very listenable.
[ Philip  Dec 16, 2020 ]
Does this receiver have WiFi capability for internet radio and other streaming service connection?
[ Tim  Dec 02, 2020 ]
5 answers
It has built in Bluetooth.
[ Rafael  Dec 04, 2020 ]
This Receiver does not have WiFi capability d...But the Bluetooth connection readily makes my phone available for streaming audio services via the bluetooth. The quality is excellent. Only caveat is that the bluetooth needs to be fairly close to stay connected. Great receiver, BTW.
[ James  Dec 04, 2020 ]
No, it does have Bluetooth but not WiFi
[ Hutch  Dec 04, 2020 ]
Not to my knowledge. I use the Bluetooth to my phone for Spotify and Tidal as well as the phono stage but that is it.
[ KEVIN  Dec 04, 2020 ]
No. It does not.
[ David Overbeck  Dec 04, 2020 ]
This has more features and quite a bit more power than the Cambridge Audio AXA35, so why is this only $50 more?
[ heff55  Oct 27, 2020 ]
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Calvin  Nov 25, 2020 ]  Staff
Does the Cambridge AXR85 Receiver have a fan motor inside for cooling? It has a noise as if a fan is running, it is very annoying. Has anyone else noticed this or do i have a dud?
[ Vaughn  Aug 22, 2020 ]
2 answers
Yes, there is a fan inside.
[ Richard  Aug 23, 2020 ]
Yes. Mine isn't too loud. Amps generate heat so I reckon it's necessary.
[ Carl  Aug 22, 2020 ]
what is the voltage?
[ bogs  Aug 16, 2020 ]
2 answers
well I am pretty sure it is 120v
[ Hutch  Aug 28, 2020 ]
Not sure about the question. It runs off 110. Power output is 85 watts per channel. I like the unit but in hindsight I would go with the arx100 for the optical inputs.
[ JOHN  Aug 28, 2020 ]
I want to bi-wire this receiver to a pair of Klipsch RP 600 M speakers. Can someone walk me through that? Thx.
[ Carl  Aug 15, 2020 ]
1 answer
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
[ Krissy  Aug 26, 2020 ]  Staff
How many speakers can you hook up 2 or 4 ?
[ Jackieeee  Aug 13, 2020 ]
3 answers
Hi Samuel, thank you for your question. The Cambridge Audio AXR85 receiver will power up to 4 speakers. Feel free to chat with us online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695, we will be happy to go over this in more detail with you!
[ Jess  Sep 01, 2020 ]  Staff
It has connections for up to 4 speakers.
[ Neil  Aug 31, 2020 ]
It will handle 2 pair of 8ohm speakers.
[ WILLIAM  Aug 31, 2020 ]
Should this be in a ventilated area, i.e., not in a closed cabinet? I guess I'm asking how much heat do the amps generate?
[ Carl  Aug 12, 2020 ]
5 answers
mine is on an open shelf, i wouldn't use it in a closed space.
[ Carl  Aug 21, 2020 ]
It doesn't seem to generate a lot of heat, runs much cooler than my previous receiver. Still, I would make sure there is some ventilation, as that could change depending on how enclosed it will be
[ STEVE  Aug 21, 2020 ]
I have not noticed an unusually high amount of heat coming from the top vents but would definitely recommend leaving ample room above the unit to allow for heat to escape.
[ JOSEPH  Aug 21, 2020 ]
I have had this receiver for a couple of weeks and my unit is not enclosed. I guess it all depends on how long you will be playing it at 1 time. From my experience when enclosed its always good to have some type of ventilation when enclosed
[ Sherlann B  Aug 21, 2020 ]
My AXR85 is not in a cabinet. This receiver generates enough heat to require an internal cooling fan and putting in a closed cabinet would probably get pretty warm. A well vented cabinet should be okay.
[ Philip  Aug 21, 2020 ]
If I want to adjust bass and treble, does it come up on an on screen menu or on the receiver display?
[ Lee  Jul 27, 2020 ]
2 answers
After pressing the appropriate buttons, the bass/treble levels are shown on the receiver's desplay.
[ JOSEPH  Aug 21, 2020 ]
It comes up on the receiver display.
[ Mark  Aug 07, 2020 ]
Does it have built-in dac, can I use Schiit Modi3 with it and use as source direct like other integrated amps provide?
[ Rahul  Jul 05, 2020 ]
1 answer
Hi Rahul. The Cambridge Audio AXR85 stereo receiver does not incorporate a DAC. Please chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. We will be happy to assist you in finding the best product for your application needs.
[ Jess  Jul 19, 2020 ]  Staff
Does it have built-in dac, can I use schiit modi3 with it use as source direct?
[ Rahul  Jul 05, 2020 ]
1 answer
The AXR85 has a bluetooth antenna. Used for wireless streaming bluetooth (A2DP/AVRCP) audio capability directly from most phones, tablets, and laptops. There are no USB ports on the receiver. It does have an AUX Input Socket (3.5mm stereo jack) on the front panel for connecting portable audio devices like an MP3 player.
[ Rafael  Jul 05, 2020 ]
Can I connect wireless speakers to this tuner?
[ Diane  Jun 24, 2020 ]
4 answers
i don't believe you can. The manual makes no reference to it . It does have bluetooth but I cannot pair it with my mini boom box.
[ JOHN  Jun 24, 2020 ]
I do not think so, I use a pair of vintage InfintyQe2 speakers, I do use the Bluetooth feature to play music from online via my tablet. I hope this helps, I do like the unit.
[ Hutch  Jun 24, 2020 ]
Probably. It says it has Bluetooth.
[ RAYMOND  Jun 24, 2020 ]
Not directly. It receives Bluetooth but doesn't have a Bluetooth out.
[ Carl  Jun 24, 2020 ]
Can this be paired with AT-LP120?
[ Norman  Apr 30, 2020 ]
2 answers
You can absolutely pair this with an AT-LP120. Use the Phono input in the back or an Auxillary input if you're using a separate preamp. The phono stage on the AXR85 is much better than the internal preamp your LP120 has. I have owned this exact receiver for 6 months and it's well worth it. The internal DAC is also awesome for streaming music from your phone etc.
[ Jason  May 14, 2020 ]
This amp has a dedicated phono input, meaning that you don't need (or want) a preamp going into the phono input. It's my understanding that AT-LP120 has a switchable preamp, so as long as you can switch it off, it would work with this amp.
[ Carl  May 13, 2020 ]
Can I connect powered Bookshelf speakers on this unit?
[ Norman  Apr 29, 2020 ]
2 answers
[ Mark  Aug 07, 2020 ]
No those speakers already have their own power supply.
[ Winehaze  Apr 29, 2020 ]
can this be used with another Cambridge Audio preamplifier? if yes, which one?
[ Fola69  Apr 06, 2020 ]
6 answers
I would think a preamplifier bus unnecessary as the AXR85 containebs a preamp already. This would make adding another redundant. Secondly, the connections include inbound for line level sources and outbound connections for speakers.
[ Scott  Apr 21, 2020 ]
I'm afraid I'm not sure. My setup is for a small room so it has more than enough power for me...right now. It is a good question in case I decide to put my system in a bigger room. But it is a fantastic receiver!
[ Lamont  Apr 21, 2020 ]
This is an audio receiver, which means is has a radio tuner, a preamplifier, and a power amplifier (twoz channel), all in one case. Therefore a separate preamplifier would be redundant (and silly).
[ R Lawrence  Apr 21, 2020 ]
sorry I cannot help, I use this with a Cambridge AXC35 CD player as well as a turntable with my old Infinity speakers.
[ Hutch  Apr 07, 2020 ]
I have not tried to use the AXR85 with a preamplifier....not sure why you would need one????
[ James  Apr 06, 2020 ]
Sorry, I am not qualified to answer that. Best of luck.
[ JOHN  Apr 06, 2020 ]

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