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Cambridge Audio CXC v2

CD transport (no DAC onboard)

Item # 779CXCV2G

It's a specialist that does one job very well — it reads discs with extreme precision.

It's a specialist that does one job very well — it reads discs with extreme precision.

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About the Cambridge Audio CXC v2

An essential building block for excellent CD sound

Typically, when you buy a CD player, it comes with a DAC inside the chassis. So why does Cambridge Audio make their CXC v2, a CD transport without an onboard DAC? Because it's a specialist that does one job extremely well: reading the information on your CDs. Cambridge's proprietary S3 Custom CD Servo™ drive mechanism provides maximum data retrieval with state-of-the-art error correction and minimal jitter. and the signal stays digital throughout the process. Sending pure digital signals to a separate DAC keeps noise and interference to a minimum, for the best possible sound.

An essential building block for excellent CD sound

Typically, when you buy a CD player, it comes with a DAC inside the chassis. So why does Cambridge Audio make their CXC v2, a CD transport without an onboard DAC? Because it's a specialist that does one job extremely well: reading the information on your CDs. Cambridge's proprietary S3 Custom CD Servo™ drive mechanism provides maximum data retrieval with state-of-the-art error correction and minimal jitter. and the signal stays digital throughout the process. Sending pure digital signals to a separate DAC keeps noise and interference to a minimum, for the best possible sound.

Pair it with top-notch processing and power

Cambridge recommends pairing this disc transport with one of their CXA series integrated amplifiers. The high-quality Wolfson and ESS DACs built into those amps are chosen for their ability to reveal subtle layers of detail and clarity, so your CDs sound the way musicians, engineers and producers intended.

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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
  • audiophile-grade toroidal transformer for ultra-low noise and distortion
  • all-metal chassis to eliminate performance-robbing vibration
  • remote control
  • 1 coaxial digital audio output
  • 1 optical (Toslink) digital audio output
  • C-BUS RCA connection for remote operation with other compatible Cambridge Audio components (cable included)
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What's in the box:

  • Single-disc CD transport
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 3 "AAA" batteries
  • 39" Mono-RCA control cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features

CX Series Design: Designed specifically for the new CX Series, the Cambridge CXC (v2) delivers stunning CD playback and works in perfect harmony with the Cambridge CXA61 and CXA81 integrated amplifiers, as well as other external DACs. Cambridge Audio's CXC (v2) 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 (v2) is a CD transport. This means that the CXC (v2) 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 (v2), 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 (v2) 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 (v2) 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 (v2)  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 (v2) 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 (v2) features S/PDIF coaxial (RCA) and optical (toslink) digital outputs. This not only minimizes analog signal
deterioration, but also means that the CXC (v2) works in perfect harmony with the Cambridge CXA61 and CXA81 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 (v2) 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 (v2) 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 (v2) 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 (v2) 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 (v2) 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 (v2) 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 (v2) 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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