CX Series Design: Designed specifically for the new CX Series, the
Cambridge CXC delivers stunning CD playback and works in perfect harmony with
CXA80 integrated amplifiers, as well as other external DACs. Cambridge
Audio's CXC series handles digital to analog conversion in its amplifiers and
not the CD transport. There's a good reason behind this philosophy. Maintaining
the audio signal in the digital domain for as long as possible minimizes
potential analog signal degradation.
CD Transport: The CXC is a CD transport. This means that the CXC plays
the CD and extracts the digital information from the CD disc and outputs it
digitally, via S/PDIF Coaxial or Toslink digital connection. With no digital to analog conversion in the CXC, when
used in conjunction with the CX Series amplifiers it outputs the CD signal in
digital form, relying on the high quality Wolfson DAC in the CXA amplifier for
the crucial digital to analog conversion stages. The result is detail and
clarity from your disc collection that will astound you.
S3 Servo Drive: At the heart of the CXC is Cambridge Audio's "S3"
servo design. Designed for efficient recovery of CD digital data with state of
the art error correction, it's been engineered to play audio CDs brilliantly.
Multi-purpose drives simply can't compete. The vast majority of optical drives
in use today are designed with computers in mind. While they can read a variety
of disc media, they lack the precision and finesse of a dedicated audio drive.
To address this, Cambridge Audio has written its own software to precisely
control the drive's laser and motor assembly for CD Audio discs only. The
proprietary Cambridge S3 servo solution effectively turns a universal disc drive
into a dedicated CD spinner; it can calibrate and monitor the speed of the disc,
holding it steady and constant. By managing where the laser head is and what
it's reading, as well as maximizing error correction, the CXC can get the
maximum amount of clean data off the disc as possible, with the minimum jitter.
Disc Compatibility (CD-DA Format Only): The Cambridge Audio
CXC has been designed to play CD-Audio, CD-Text, recordable CD (CD-R) and
re-writable CD (CD-RW) type discs. The Cambridge Audio
CXC can play only discs recorded in the CD-DA format designed for music
reproduction. Do not attempt to play a disc containing other data; such
as MP3, WMA, AAC, etc. on this unit
Digital Outputs: The CXC features S/PDIF coaxial (RCA) and optical
(toslink) digital outputs. This not only minimizes analog signal
deterioration, but also means that the CXC works in perfect harmony with the
Cambridge CXA60 and CXA80 amplifiers, utilizing the high quality Wolfson DAC in
these amplifiers for the crucial digital to analog conversion stages.
Note: Because this unit is a CD transport and not a CD player, it does
not offer any type of analog output.
Audiophile-Grade Construction: The CXC utilizes a low-resonance acoustically
damped metal chassis, with an ultra-clean low noise power supply. Beneath the
hood, its PCB design employs double-sided surface mount technology, which
eliminates wire links and ensures an ultra short signal path, thereby reducing
Toroidal Transformer: The Cambridge Audio CXC employs an
audiophile-grade toroidal transformer delivering ultra-low low noise and
distortion power to the CD transport. The toroidal transformer provides
high-quality power output to the audio circuits with no clipping of the waveform
signal to provide a consistent signal; as well as no transformer noise, buzz, or
hum. The toroidal transformer is also full shielded against internal and
external electrical interference to maintain quality of power and signal.
Remote Control: The CXC is supplied with an IR remote control for
wireless operation of the CD transport. The remote duplicates the unit's
front-panel control functions. The remote is also able to control other
Cambridge Audio CX series components, like CX Series integrated amplifiers. The
CXC also incorporates Cambridge Audio's C-BUS connection, which allows one remote to power on/off both
CD transport and CX series amplifier in sync.
- IR In: The CXC features a IR Emitter input (3.5mm) which allows
modulated IR commands from multi-room systems or IR repeater system to be
received by the CD transport.
- Control Bus: The CXC features a Control Bus Input & Output (RCA),
which allows un-modulated commands from multi-room systems or other
components to be received by the player and loop out to another unit.
Playback & Search Functions: The Cambridge Audio CX series
CD transport offers Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next
Front-Panel LCD: The unit's front-panel LCD indicates
playback time, time remaining, and song/artist information from CD-Text discs.
The front-panel LCD can be dimmed.
Auto Power Down: If desired, the CXC CD transport can shut itself down if
not used for a period of time. Power down after an inactive period (no disk
playback or any functions of the player used) of 30, 60 or 120 minutes can be