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Cambridge Audio CXC

CD transport — no DAC onboard (Silver)

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Our take on the Cambridge Audio CXC

Most CD players combine a transport that reads your discs with a digital-to-analog converter and other electronics to process the digital bits into sound. That combo approach works out pretty well most of the time, but when you really want the best possible sound quality, separate components for these two tasks are the way to go.

A top-notch CD transport...

Most CD players combine a transport that reads your discs with a digital-to-analog converter and other electronics to process the digital bits into sound. That combo approach works out pretty well most of the time, but when you really want the best possible sound quality, separate components for these two tasks are the way to go.

The Cambridge Audio CXC transport is a true CD specialist. It's designed to do only one thing — read your compact discs with the utmost precision. This single-purpose design allows it to deliver digital data to an outboard DAC with no interference from internal analog circuitry. And instead of using a multi-purpose computer drive like some CD players, the CXC incorporates Cambridge Audio's dedicated S3 servo drive mechanism to provide state-of-the-art error correction and minimal jitter. You'll hear more detail and impact from your music CDs when you play them on this transport.

...deserves top-shelf processing and power

While the CXC works perfectly well with any high-quality digital-to-analog converter, it makes a brilliant partner for Cambridge Audio's CXA60 or CXA80 integrated amplifiers. Pairing either of these amps and their built-in, high-quality Wolfson DACs together with the CXC CD transport will deliver detail and clarity from your disc collection that will astound you.

Product Highlights:

  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • proprietary Cambridge Audio S3 Custom CD Servo™ drive mechanism provides maximum data retrieval with state-of-the-art error correction and minimal jitter
  • all printed circuit boards use double-sided, surface mounted components for ultra-short signal paths and optimum sound quality
  • audiophile-grade toroidal transformer for ultra-low noise and distortion
  • all-metal chassis to eliminate performance-robbing vibration
  • 1 coaxial digital audio output
  • 1 optical (Toslink) digital audio output
  • C-BUS RCA connection for remote operation with other compatible Cambridge Audio components
  • remote control
  • detachable power cable
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-1/4"H x 14-1/4"D
  • weight: 10.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc CD transport
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-CXA/C/N)
  • 3 "AAA" batteries
  • 39" Mono-RCA control cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Thank You" card

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I was looking to upgrade my CD player after my last one died after 25 years and looked into the Cambridge Audio CXC. For someone who is interested in high quality sound, I would strongly consider adding this to your stereo system to bring new life to your CD collection!

Ajay, Larchmont, NY


Cambridge Audio CXC Reviews

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(43 Reviews)

Worth every penny and then some!

Crutchfield customer from Fairfield, CT on 2/2/2019

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Alrighty, so I rarely write reviews but this thing is sick. I'm running it to a bryston dac>mx110>mc240>ns1000m and it sounds almost as pleasing as my vinyl...which is another filthy setup but not relevant to this. I had been using the digital out from a marantz 6006 to the Bryson but wanted to give it to my ex-girlfriend so I grabbed this transport. I was expecting and upgrade in sound because of what I'd read on here but I wasn't expecting such a dramatic one...night and day! A freakin steak at $450 and hands down some of the best money I've put into my hifi for sure. The bass is definitely the most impressive improvement, but across the board it's better...all the way across. Gonna start paying a bit more attention to the cd bins at goodwill now! Really good shit!

Pros: All

Cons: Nada

Fine CD reader

Timothy from Bedford, OH on 1/27/2019

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Purchased the CXC along with the Cambridge Audio CXA80 integrated amp to replace a 30 year old JVC system. What an improvement! The sound is much richer and realistic than the Japanese brands brighter sound. Connected my old CD player to compare directly to the CXC-- result--the CXC delivers more detail, nuance and natural sound. If you have an external DAC or an amp with a DAC give the CXC a listen in your system.

Pros: Delivers more detail and nuance when pared with a good DAC Great performance for the money

Cons: None so far

Exceptional Sound Quality!!

Ajay from Larchmont, NY on 10/30/2018

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I was looking to upgrade my CD player after my last one died after 25 years and looked into the Cambridge Audio CXC. For someone who is interested in high quality sound, I would strongly consider adding this to your stereo system to bring new life to your CD collection!

Pros: Exceptional sound quality!

Cons: None

Exceptionally musical when paired with a high quality dac.

David from Everett, WA on 10/13/2018

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I have two of these running in two different setups. One is paired with a Schiit Gungnir dac, the other with a Schiit Bifrost dac. They both sound amazingly musically nuanced and detailed, I couldn't be happier with the sound. Compared to the Marantz 6006 CD and the NAD 546BEE CD players honestly it's not even close, although those two players are very good in their own right. Teamed with Parasound A23 amp and P5 preamp with the Schiit Gunmire dac and a Cambridge Azur 851A integrated and Schiit Bifrost dac.

Pros: Excellent musicality, reveals details, nuances, harmonics and sonic depth without any harshness or glare. The most music I've heard from any previous CD player I've owned.

Cons: None musically or build-wise. However I believe they play only CDs and are not multi-disc readers. May be a drawback for some.

Sounds incredible and is well-built

Jeff from Mequon, WI on 10/6/2018

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Using the CXC coaxial output to play back CDs through a Parasound Halo P5/A23 combo and 34-year-old ADS L1290 speakers sounds incredible. I previously was using an old Toshiba DVD player's coaxial digital output and the CXC just blows it away. The detail and clarity is significantly better and the harshness I heard before is now completely gone. I would have never thought that the transport could make such a difference. The DAC in the P5 is no longer cutting-edge but combined with the CXC the sound is stellar. Highly recommended. In my opinion the disc tray is acceptable at this price point - it is plastic but I don't think it's flimsy, and it makes reassuringly solid noises while opening and closing. It also fits the face plate perfectly, no misalignment at all. It looks high-end without a bunch of excessive "audiophile" weirdness. The unit is silent in regular operation. You should buy one!

Pros: Fantastic sound Nice build quality By far the least expensive CD transport on the market

Cons: Some may think it's expensive

Nice CD Transport

Jeff from Carthage, NY on 9/19/2018

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This is my first CD transport, having always owned a player with a built-in DAC. Mine is connected to a Peachtree Nova 220SE amp and my speakers are Golden Ear Triton-3s. So far the CXC has operated flawlessly and, although I'm not an audiophile and certainly not an expert, a CD played through this system sounds awesome. I can really hear details I hadn't noticed before. I love to listen to music but I'm not one who is able or willing to pay thousands of dollars for a CD player or transport. I'd bet I wouldn't notice a difference anyway! Some reviewers spoke of a flimsy CD tray. To me it is just fine. I'm placing a CD in the tray and pushing the close button. It works. I was ignorant about the difference between a CD player and a CD transport. The Crutchfield tech (Hank) helped me to understand it better. By the way, when my unit arrived it unfortunately did not have a power cord in the box. That was a problem for me as we had guests coming up for the weekend and really wanted to use the stereo. A call to Crutchfield and the power cord was sent overnight to my house. That's excellent customer service!

Pros: Sounds great. Works well.

Cons: None so far.

Cambridge Audio CXC

Crutchfield customer from Los Angeles, CA on 6/24/2018

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Although the drawer mechanism seems a little flimsy, the digital output is truly 5/5. Not sure why zeros and ones should "sound" different but, on this transport, there is far more information that gets sent to my DAC.



Back in Love with my CD Collection

Tegid from Westport Island, ME on 6/21/2018

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I am suddenly back in love with my CD collection. Having been resigned to just listening to them in my car I thought they would soon be gone. I now hear many more details than ever and I am now determined more than ever to upgrade my speakers to match this and get even more out of it.

Pros: More detail than previously experienced

Cons: Only that I need to upgrade my speakers now.

Cambridge Audio CXC

venkata ravi from Tampa, FL on 6/12/2018

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This is for serious music lovers who sit and listen. Cambridge Audio CXN and AudioQuest - Carbon - Digital Coax Audio Cable that's it period. Screw the digital music .. screw the high res crap..

Pros: very superior quality than digital music streaming

Cons: disc try is not up to the mark as it sounds. very plastic and old exist and close mechanism. once it closes did not look seamless with rest of display panel i see misalignment with rest of display pannel.

Outstanding value and quality

RICARDO from Seattle, WA on 4/4/2018

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I'm just going to repeat what has been said: you'll find details in your music that you didn't know were there! My CD collection got a new life. I found the CD tray to be very solid, not cheap as mentioned in other reviews. CA may have fixed it though. I paired it with a CA CXA-80 and B&W 683 S2. Really happy with the results.

Pros: Price, quality and build. Simple controls but results of high end components.

Cons: None so far.

Wow. ! can hear again!

Ralph from Arvada, CO on 3/9/2018

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Best listening from Vivaldi to Dean Martin. This amp is perfect with my B&W 702's.



Cambridge Audio CXC

Blake from Omaha, NE on 2/14/2018

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My DAC is a Schiit Bifrost Multibit. I have used JRiver and Tidal via USB out of my computer and coax out of my FiiO X5. This dedicated Optical Transport clearly sounds better than anything of those options. I thought things sounded good before but now I am noticing more details in the music as details are more effortlessly heard. I have also noticed that in addition to hearing more details in the music everything sounds smoother especially in the highs. There is less listening fatigue. Instrumental timbre is better as well. If you have a good DAC this is a no brainer at this price. It is built very nice and it feels substantial when you pick it up. While the CD drawer is plastic it is sold and smooth. No noise at all comes from the unit when it is spinning CDs. It has all the basic features I want in a CD player. The display is easy to read from my listening chair. I am at a point where I prefer physical media over downloads and streaming. My vinyl rig sounded considerably better than my digital rig on many albums that I have in both formats. However with this transport and CDs the gap has narrowed and I now listening to considerably more digital than I was. My only regret is that I did not get this sooner. Highly recommended!



Cambridge Audio CXC

Crutchfield customer from Greensboro, NC on 1/20/2018

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Great product. In combo with the Nova 300 DAC, my cds sound beautiful. Strongly recommend.



Exceeded My Expectations

Charles from Cottonwood, AZ on 12/23/2017

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This unit replaced an older Denon 2910 DVD player that I was using as a transport. I noticed an immediate improvement. The Cambridge CXC is smoother, more organic, has a lower noise floor, and has no hint of digital sound. There is also a trace of increased warmth with the synergy of my components and a nice large sound stage. Timing is also very good. It is exactly what I was hoping for and gives me the option of turning up the volume without listener's fatigue.


Cons: None

Near Perfect at This Price Point

Derek from Woodbridge, VA on 11/8/2017

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I've now spent about 2 weeks with the Cambridge CXC and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed. I've paired it with the Cambridge CXA60. This transport replaced an ONKYO 7030. Obviously the ONKYO was a budget player, but with a high quality DAC and excellent build it's a solid performer. However, I knew that I would need to upgrade to get the most from my cd collection. I still have my SONY DVP S9000 ES, which is still a fantastic player despite being 15 years old. It listed for around $1500.00 new. I use it for SACD playback mostly but I've also enjoyed it's redbook clarity as well. I used it and the ONKYO for comparison. In my A/B comparisons the CXC really does sound lively, not allowing anything within the frequency range to sound unfocused or short changed. This happens with a lot of other players due to poor error correction when those players fill in gaps within the audio track. On the CXC the highs, mids, and lows are well defined and sound like they exist right in front of you. So far I've listened to everything from jazz, to rock, to metal, to classical, and classic rock. The CXC presents every detail very nicely. I highly recommend this unit for anyone that has the desire to squeeze every last drop from your cd collection without breaking your wallet. Cheers!

Pros: - Overall build quality - Performance - Pairs well with any quality DAC - Looks great, especially when paired with the CXA60/80

Cons: - Tray is plastic and could be considered noisy (the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5)

Cambridge Audio CXC

Crutchfield customer from Paso Robles, CA on 9/24/2017

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The Cambridge CXC is beautifully built and performs flawlessly. Not cheap but still money well spent.



Mind Blowing Performance!

Clarence from Franklin Park, NJ on 9/8/2017

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I purchased the CXC after sampling some similar priced CD players. I paired the CXC with my Parasound P5 Pre-amp with a Bur-Brown DAC, Parasound Halo A23 power amp, and PSB Imagine T speakers. Right out the box I experienced warmer and more detailed sound. After about 50 hours of use the sound continued to improve. Recently, purchased a Bryston BDA2 DAC and the sound quality of the CXC is now Mind Blowing!! The CXC appears to be well built and I appreciate the large display. The transport mechanism is quiet - something that cannot be said of other CD players that I've sampled. This can be very important if you listen to classical music. I highly recommend the CXC if paired with a quality DAC!

Pros: Well built...Great Sound!

Cons: None So Far!

Great gear !

Romeo Gonzales from New York on 7/9/2017

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Outstanding performance, it brings new life to my collections of CD. Sounds is spacious as if the singers are in front of you. Hear it for yourself. Amazing gear!

Pros: Great sounds!

Cons: None

My CD's Sound Better Than Ever

Steve from San Diego, CA on 6/23/2017

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When I noticed the price of the CXC had been reduced, I decided to see what "Great British Sound" was all about. I had been using an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player to feed my Marantz HD-DAC1 and Beyerdynamic T1 headphones. Replacing the Oppo with the CXC has made a noticeable improvement. Everything from guitars to drums, cymbals and tambourines sound more real, more natural. The CXC is worth the price. I must also mention Crutchfield's great customer service. After placing my order, the package was at my door in California less than 48 hours later.



Great unit to pair with the CXA80

Andrew from Alpharetta, GA on 6/20/2017

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I bought this unit as part of a full system upgrade and have paired it with the CXA80 amp and Monitor Audio BX5 floor standing speakers. The sound quality is quite astounding and i can hear a much higher level of clarity in the high notes which come across crisply. Build quality of the transport seems fine and the overall appearance matches the CXA80 very well. I'm using the Toslink Optical cable to connect the units and this is working very well. I have only had the unit for a few weeks but it has definitely been a welcome addition. I would recommend this unit as part of any system as it really delivers the goods.

Pros: Crisp, clear high notes Great looking unit

Cons: None really that i can see thus far

Excellent Product.

Guest from Oakland, CA on 6/2/2017

Excellent CD transport. No issues playing old CDs, CDRs, or CDRWs from my library.

Pros: Very easy set up. Amazing packaging.

Cons: None.

Makes CDs sound better

Ken from Forest Hills, NY on 5/21/2017

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Opens up the music.Fantastic detail and soundstage. Helps make the music more transparent.

Pros: Easy to setup and use

Cons: None

Plays all my CD's and they sound great

John from Simi Valley, CA on 4/16/2017

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My CD's never sounded better! This is a very nice transport, I matched it with the Cambridge Topaz SR20 and some incredible speakers and was awestruck! Keep switching between my vinyl and cd's and not feeling like I am loosing much besides normal compression of the recording.

Pros: simple hook up Dimmer for display on remote

Cons: No con here, worth it!

Fantastic CXC transport from Cambridge!

Heath from Madison, AL on 2/26/2017

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Fantastic CXC transport from Cambridge! Very detailed, balanced and crisp. Much more than I was expecting for the price. I am usually hesitant to give full stars in reviews (I am usually a four-star-giving kind of guy), but for the price, the Cambridge CXC definitely deserves 5 stars. Package arrived in great condition in a matter of two days from Crutchfield! I initially connected the CXC to a Yamaha A-S801 with a Monster coaxial cable I also purchased from Crutchfield, playing through a pair of AudioEngine P4 speakers (which I will eventually upgrade), through 12awg speaker wire. I was hearing details in familiar music that I had never heard before. Since the speakers are absent on the low end, I attempted to add an REL Tzero sub, with it's Neutrik cable, and it became clear the essentially ungrounded (only has a two-pronged power cable) Yamaha system was the source of aground loop hum. As part of troubleshooting, a subwoofer cable borrowed from a knowledgeable friend corrected it, but what is the point of an REL sub if you are not using the Neutrik connector? I am keeping the transport, speakers and sub, because they are outstanding, and am waiting on an integrated amplifier upgrade - three-prong grounded this time - and DAC. I am very pleased with the Cambridge CXC transport and not willing to part with it. It is solidly built, attractive, gives outstanding sound quality. Quite an upgrade from my previous listening. I will be keeping it for a very long time

Pros: Detailed Balanced Crisp Attractive Sturdy build Multiple interconnect options

Cons: None for my purposes

Should Have 0 Rating

David from Palms Springs, CA on 2/19/2017

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This is a cd transport, so only digital & opitical connections. I was using the dac on my preamp (which I love). Sound was harsh on the high registers and not alot of middle. The drawer looks, feels and sounds like a cheap dvd player from a discount store! But on top of all this, it wouldn't play but maybe 5% of my cdrs. Seems like the most attention was given to the package persentation. It felt like opening something really upscale .... with all the fancy cloth bags .... But don't let this fool ya! Not much satisfaction here as far as sound, function or quality of materials.

Pros: None

Cons: Almost everything

Cambridge Audio CXC

Crutchfield customer from Ft Myers, FL on 1/26/2017

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Amazing clarity! i am hearing things on my CD's I haven't noticed before (usually a good thing, except on a couple which are not so well engineered -- but I have a renewed aporeciation for THAT art, too!) Thanks, Cambridge!



Cambridge Audio CXC

Crutchfield customer from Charleston, SC on 1/9/2017

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This is a top shelf CD Transport, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that has a quality DAC in their system to buy for this price range.



Don't miss this one!

Terry from Murfreesboro, TN on 12/28/2016

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I have this coupled to an upgraded Schiit Bifrost DAC. What a combo! A very notable improvement over my Pioneer Elite disc player the CXC replaces. I hear more detail and less hash. This is a solid straightforward unit ment for sonic splendor, at a more than reasonable price of admission!

Pros: Simplicity @ it's best!

Cons: The remote is less than I'd like,but, serviceable.

It's Better

John J from Charlotte, NC on 12/9/2016

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Wow! The simple job that the CXC does is just that, simple. It excels at getting the signal to the other components. There are different dimensions in the music I know well that are incredible to me right now! I've got this CXC - CXN - CX80 with AudioQuest digital coax, balanced XLR cabling & speaker wire to a pair of Klipsch Heresy IIs.

Pros: Gets a perfect signal to your DACs

Cons: One disc at a time

Cambridge Audio CXC

Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 11/1/2016

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Smooth CD tray... Sound is great and very detailed. It's perfect paired with my CXA 80.



Why Didn't I Think of This Sooner?

George from Alexandria VA on 10/30/2016

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This is my second CXC Transport, as I intend to use it, along with my earlier one, as a quasi-replacement for a carousel. I have a Bryston BDA-2 DAC that accepts multiple digital inputs, slo I can load both CXC Transports and select CD #2 merely by starting CXC #2 and switching DAC inputs. Faster than a carousel, and clearly with a more balanced and jitter-free sound. The CXC Transport I currently own is an unmitigated pleasure to use with my CD collection. Both Cambridge and Bryston have applied significant engineering know-how to ensure balanced and jitter-free reproduction of what is on the CD. The "Red Book" authors should be smiling.

Pros: Smooth, well-balanced output. Drawer and transport mechanisms are well-engineered. Excellent build quality. Heavy-duty use of my current CXC Transport suggests good reliability. Good price/quality/sound ratio.

Cons: The remote control wand was designed to control the complete C series units. Slightly awkward to use.

Works fine.

john from St Paul, MN on 10/14/2016

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Four stars because of the price. It work just fine though.

Pros: Works fine

Cons: Pricy

Cambridge Audio CXC

ELI from Poughkeepsie, NY on 9/4/2016

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For those that continue to collect vinyl, you know what I'm talking about. We love our turntables and continue to collect music. This transport is for people who see it as possibly their last one and do enjoy sitting down and listening to music. For those who continue to collect CDs, this is the choice. The price is reasonable and DACs may change and yet we will have our CD transport. It is well built, sounds good with the Cambridge Audio CXN. I'm still giving it more time to burn in. At this price, it's the only one that I've seen. My speakers are the Kef LS 50. It is a perfect combination. I also play the Martin Login Motion LX16. They both sound very good with the Cambridge Audio CXC CD Transport paired with the CNX Streamer.

Pros: Well built. Attractive design. Great sound with an appropriate DAC.

Cons: An XLR Digital output is the only thing missing. I would had paid the difference if needed.

Cambridge Audio CXC CD Transport

Jim from El Cajon, CA on 6/21/2016

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This is an excellent CD transport, and a great value at the price. I use it with a DacMagic 100 (also purchased at Crutchfield) and it has breathed new life into my CD collection. Sturdy, easy to use, solid feel to the controls. A great CD player for a high-end system.

Pros: No-nonsense layout of controls, sounds great

Cons: None


Matt from Denver, CO on 6/1/2016

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I wanted to get away from computer-driven music, but still wanted to be able to play my collection of digital audio files. After some research, the Cambridge CX series checked all of the boxes, so this is paired with the CXN and CXA80. The CXC feeds into the dual DACs in the CXN and then is connected to the CXA80 via XLR cables. The final piece of the system is Monitor Audio Silver 8 speakers. This does a great job of playing my CD collection in this configuration. Couldn't really be happier.

Pros: Does what it is intended to do very well. Fits very well within the rest of the CX series. Love it in this configuration.


Is It Live Or Is It Cambridge Audio?

Mothra from Akron, OH on 4/6/2016

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This sounds great! I connect to my Yamaha A-S501 via AudioQuest Forest Optilink cable. I don't know why I'm spending 2 or 3 times more for 180 vinyl when the CXC makes my old CD's sound better than ever. The bad news... Now I need to buy a better turntable. Maybe a $1500.00 turntable will compare favorably with the CXC.

Pros: My silver CXC looks great, sounds great, easy to use. I haven't found a CD in my "extensive" collection that will not play in it.

Cons: None so far

smooth as silk

Paul from Doylestown, PA on 2/10/2016

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Bought the CXC to go with the Yamaha A-S801 amp (both from Crutchfield). Leave it to Cambridge Audio to make a great transport that looks like a CD player, not a small toaster for the RV. Make no mistake, this transport is silky smooth and well built, and BTW...why do you need to have two DACs in the system? I run the CXC to the Yamaha via coaxial cable (also from Crutchfield). I get the same goosebumps that I got with the $1400 CD player I bought 8 years ago (I won't mention the brand).

Pros: Heavy and sturdy, very smooth operation, low jitter

Cons: none

more than I expected.

Sakim from New York on 11/19/2015

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very good sound. more than expected. crisp sound and quick operating speed.



No complaints!

Robbyboy from Maine on 9/8/2015

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I connected the CXC to a DAC Magic Plus with an Audioquest Vodka Toslink interconnect. Still in break-in, but it sounds as good or better than the Cambridge Audio CD player that they replaced. Streaming Netflix, the movie sound is dramatically improved - on music, the soundstage, imaging, and general resolution are remarkable. I am pleased that I chose these components.

Pros: Does a good job doing what it should.

Cons: None.

love this transport

tracy in VT from Vermont on 8/31/2015

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teamed up transport with Cambridge DacMagic 100 and the sound is fabulous. had a Marantz CD player that was great but this is better. Interconnects are also critical so all in all love the sound.

Pros: sounds great, runs great, great remote, fast and easy to use. hooked up to DAC by S/PDIF. all good.

Cons: none

A Transporter Scotty Would Love

Corgidog59 from the Washington, DC Area on 8/8/2015

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I bought the Cambridge CXC and replaced a Oppo 105 BD player. I am using a SimAudio Moon 280D dac with the CXC. The combination is nothing short of stellar. The CXC is dead quiet. Draw opens and closes quickly. It is exceedingly easy to operate. I wanted a dedicated transport and not a another CD player. The Oppo is a fantastic product but I am only using it for CD play back and nothing else. It is really a waste of capability not to do more with it.. Having said that, I am really more a of a 2 channel person and wanted to take my system to the next level. The Cambridge CXC and Moon 280D does just that. I still listen to CDs but also wanted to position myself to be able to listen to my collection via the computer when I am ready for it. What HiFi gave this player 5 starts and I concur with their assessment. By the way, Crutchfield's service is 2nd to none. I received this player next day.

Pros: Quiet, quick response, and well built.

Cons: No balanced outputs

Excellent product

Dave from Blue Hill ME on 7/16/2015

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I needed a backup CD transport for my system which uses a Sony SCD 5400 ES SACD/CD player. The Cambridge CXC fills the bill perfectly. The digital signals are fed to my Benchmark DAC1 which in turn sends the analog signal directly to a Nakamichi PA-7 amplifier. The sound from my large CD collection is truly outstanding. My yardsticks for a stereo component are resolution, frequency response from deep bass to the highest treble, the width and depth of the soundstage and the stability of the soundstage. The CXC is excellent on all of these measures and it is as musical as any CD player I have heard. At this price, you will be hard pressed to find a better CD transport. Well done, Cambridge. I'd recommend this product to any audiophile who values high end gear at reasonable prices.

Pros: Solid build. Outstanding soundstage and musicality. Nice remote control.

Cons: Nothing to complain about at all.

High end aspirations for little dough!

JamesT from California on 7/10/2015

When I first saw the price I was awe struck! I never bought a cd transport previously due to their multi-kilo-buck costs. This player is well isolated from vibration despite its light weight, it sounds glorious, and ,again, its price is very low for its serious taste of the "high-end". Music sounds as it should with fast attacks to notes, good decay, tight, tuneful bass, and instruments that sound as they should. I tried a femto clock reclocker with this transport and the sound just got better. I have heard some $5000+ cd transport and cd players that this set up beats. Clearly, the Càmbridge CXC deserves the best DAC you can afford and you will be happy with the results -- and save alot of dough in the process!

Pros: Sound, flexibility to use and change DACs of your choosing. Top quality components and circuit designs. Isolation of transport from DAC.

Cons: On the light weight side.


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CX Series Design: Designed specifically for the new CX Series, the Cambridge CXC delivers stunning CD playback and works in perfect harmony with the Cambridge CXA60 and 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 signal deterioration.

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 Track.

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 selected.

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good reviews [ brian  Feb 10, 2019 ]
After thorough analysis of specs vs budget and customer reviews and other reviews I opt for the CXC [ Juan  Jan 26, 2019 ]
Want to continue to enjoy my 150 cd collection with a quality unit. [ Steve S.  Oct 08, 2018 ]
Matched integrated Amp, CXA80 [ Michael  Aug 08, 2018 ]
Since I love the DAC on my Denon Receiver and only want to use the optical out, this seemed like a good idea. Thus using gets a lot of good reviews and is also just within my price range. [ Craig  Jun 28, 2018 ]
Needed a good transport for music CD's only. [ S  Feb 28, 2018 ]
Transport only, no internal DAC. [ Patrick  Nov 22, 2017 ]
Needed a CD player but will use the DACs on my Yamaha RX-A3070 receiver which are state of the art ESS ES9026PRO. [ Garnot  Oct 09, 2017 ]
Mind blowing sound quality when paired with a good DAC! [ CLARENCE E  Sep 11, 2017 ]
Had already decided on Stereo Receiver and needed CD player, and this one is uniquely matched. [ John  Apr 02, 2017 ]
because I bought the CXA80 2 months ago and love it-- [ DENNIS  Mar 01, 2017 ]
Reviewers praised this unit as giving the best quality result -- as good as items several times its price. Cambridge Audio is also widely respected for their products in general. [ Steven  Jan 13, 2017 ]
I chose the CXC after reading reviews on many different web sites. [ RAJESH  Dec 29, 2016 ]
As an accomplice to my CXA80 & CXN, this place will sound WAY Better! [ John  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Great reviews. Had purchased CXA 80. Goes together perfectly. [ JAMES  Nov 14, 2016 ]
Great reviews. [ Linda  May 22, 2016 ]
I wanted a better (and faster loading) CD player than the old Yamaha DVD player I had been using. This fit the bill nicely. [ Christopher  Apr 18, 2016 ]
I have an integrated amp with built in DAC. This is the most simple way to play my collection of CD's through it. A What HiFi review said the CXC was very musical and was a 'no brainier' choice for this application. Also, the CXN network player looks very interesting as a source of music from the Internet- something I've been thinking of doing for a number of years now. [ RICHARD  Jan 19, 2016 ]
Wanted to ad CD transport only to existing DAC for high-end audio system. [ David  Nov 20, 2018 ]
Very well reviewed. [ Ronald  Jun 11, 2018 ]
Good reviews [ A  Apr 27, 2017 ]
I have an excellent DAC just need a CD transport, good reviews on product. [ george  Jan 11, 2016 ]

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I recently purchased the CA CXC and the CA DacMagic 100. The key driver was to find a CD player in my price zone that would eliminate the pause between CD tracks. I'm super happy with the components, which the Crutchfield staff recommended. [ PHILIP E  Aug 31, 2018 ]
I purchaed this transport a few month after I purchased the cambridge 80W integrated amp in the same CX line. ALthough my previous Marantz SACD player worked great, the Cambridge transport is defintely better in terms of delivering great audio. My 20 year old Thiel speakers came back to life, as did my Sennheiser phones. If the Peachtree has a good DAC or you have a separate high quality DAC and decent speakers you will probably love this deck. Hope this s somewhat helpful PS I listen mostly to jazz, classical, classic rock, rock, showtunes. jazz vocals -- [ DENNIS  Aug 30, 2018 ]
I have never owned a Peachtree amp, but looking at the spec sheet, that transport should be a great match. Jeffry just needs to connect the 2 pieces with a good quality optical cable. [ Joseph  Aug 30, 2018 ]
You'll still need a DAC and a pre-amp unless the Peachtree is an integrated. The CXC is just a transport. There's no reason it wouldn't be compatible aside from the components you're either missing or haven't mentioned. [ Mick Wolfe  Aug 30, 2018 ]
Hi Jeffrey... The Cambridge CD transport is a very smooth and we'll built CD player. Match it with a good Digital Analog Converter ( dac ) then you will enjoy your music collection. I have mine for over a year now and no issues have I encounter in the transport capabilities to it's performance. I'm sure experts from Crutchfield can add more to what I said. Give it a try and happy listening...romeo [ ROMEO L  Aug 30, 2018 ]
Yes, the Peachtree Nova 220SE amp is an integrated amplifier with a quality DAC (based on my research). Over the past year, I have enjoyed using my CXC with my Moon integrated which also has a quality DAC. I strongly advise using a quality coaxial cable. [ CLARENCE E  Aug 30, 2018 ]
MD this is just a player and does not have the AD converter. If there is an AD converter in your receiver then it should work. It has both coax and optical output. I do have the CXN because it has dual AD converters, one for each channel. I was skeptical about it but I am delighted with both the sound and options the network player has to offer. I connected the CXN to the CXA integrated amp via XLR cables. [ Howard  Oct 13, 2016 ]
The CXC is a CD transport not a CD player. This means that it only outputs a digital signal and requires a separate DAC (digital to analog converter) for conversion to analog. The Yamaha R-S700 does not have any digital inputs so it appears that it has no built in DAC capability. The only way the CXC would work would be to run the digital output from the CXC into a separate external DAC and then the output from the DAC to the receiver. I hope this answers your question. Also the CXC will only play real CD's it will not play other files saved to a CD (like mp3 or aac) so it is limited in its use. But what it does it does very well. I have my CXC running in to the CXA80 with Martin Logan Motion 40 speakers and Sub and it sounds awesome. [ Kevin  Oct 10, 2016 ]
As long as your receiver has a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) the CXC should work just fine. I'm not running any of their equipment and have had no problems. Just remember it has no DAC of its own so one is required along the food chain. [ David H.  Oct 08, 2016 ]
Use a digital coaxial RCA or optical TOSLINK cable to connect to the digital input on the receiver will be fine. From Wikipedia: RCA S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) is a type of digital audio interconnect used in consumer audio equipment to output audio over reasonably short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fiber optic cable with TOSLINK connectors. S/PDIF interconnects components in home theatres and other digital high-fidelity systems. [ Michael  Oct 07, 2016 ]
The CXC is a CD transport which means it has no DAC. Your receiver needs to be able to accept the digital signal from the CXC. I've paired the CXC with a NAD D7050 amp with has no analog inputs. You do not need a Cambridge only system. [ Doug  Oct 07, 2016 ]
I just took a look at the manual for the R-S700... it does not have any digital inputs, only analog. The CXC only has a digital output. You would need an external DAC to convert the digital output to analog. I'm using a Muscical Fidelity DAC between my CXC and my integrated amp. It sounds fantastic. [ Joseph  Oct 07, 2016 ]
I use the Audio CXC with a Metrum DAC. As long as you receiver has the appropriate digital input you will have no problems. The Cambridge CXC is a great transport! Cheers Rodney C. [ Rodney  Oct 07, 2016 ]
Hello. If your Yamaha has optical and coaxial inputs (CXC does not have standard left right outs) it will work well. [ EDDIE  Oct 07, 2016 ]
I have the CXC and use it with my Peachtree Nova 125 and it works great. The Peactree Nova has a built in DAC so having just the transport and not DAC works one with my system. If your Yamaha also has a built in DAC you will have no problems. Otherwise you will have to buy a separate DAC unit to convert the sound. [ Hil  Oct 07, 2016 ]
The CXC is a CD transport, so it will only work with amplifiers that have a DAC (digital-to-analog converter) built in. I don't think the Yamaha receiver has a DAC so you would have to buy a separate DAC to go in between the CXC and the Yamaha, or you could buy a CD player with a built-in DAC to connect directly to the Yamaha. [ Steven  Oct 07, 2016 ]
The CXC does not have internal DAC'S. It only transmits a digital signal. Your DACS in your receiver will do the decoding. I do not see why it won't work with your equipment. But to assure your self contact Cambridge. You can Email your question to them. [ David  Oct 07, 2016 ]
No. The Yamaha R S-700 is a receiver only There is no DAC included. The Cambridge CXC is a CD "transport" only and needs a DAC (Digital audio Controller) as in one of the other Cambridge products or any other DAC on the market.not propitiatory to just Cambridge products. [ Dennis  Oct 07, 2016 ]
Yes, the silver version and a true silver color looking unit. [ Michael  Nov 06, 2015 ]
The silver faceplate is indeed a true silver. It has the same color temperature as my other silver plated equipment. Not a dull grey. [ Ron  Nov 05, 2015 ]
Actually, When I purchased there was no Silver option that I had seen.. Pict on site is Black. [ Dennis  Nov 05, 2015 ]
It was designed to use with an outboard dac. The CXC is a cd transport not a cd player. It does not have an onboard dac. [ David  Jul 20, 2015 ]
The P5 has coax and optical so yes it will connect to those digital inputs. [ Dennis  Jul 20, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes. The XEO3 has its own DAC built into it. You would simply connect the Cambridge to the XEO3 transmitter via a digital optical cable. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Aug 24, 2015 ]  Staff