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Cambridge Audio CXN (V2)

Network audio streamer with Wi-Fi®, Apple AirPlay® 2, and optional Bluetooth® (Black)

Item # 779CXNV2B

Cambridge Audio's CXN (V2) was designed with today's audiophiles in mind.

Cambridge Audio's CXN (V2) was designed with today's audiophiles in mind.

Discontinued item
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Item # 779CXNV2B

About the Cambridge Audio CXN (V2)

An exceptional digital listening experience

Cambridge Audio's CXN (V2) was designed with today's audiophiles in mind. This versatile component offers digital convenience, plus the sound quality Cambridge is known for.

An exceptional digital listening experience

Cambridge Audio's CXN (V2) was designed with today's audiophiles in mind. This versatile component offers digital convenience, plus the sound quality Cambridge is known for.

Think of it as three components in one. First, it's a digital preamp with an assortment of connections for handling your digital gear. Plus, it's a network player ready to stream your favorite audio sources. And, of course, it's a high-performance DAC with state-of-the-art audio processing to improve the listening experience for all digital formats.

The CXN (V2) handles the most popular digital file formats and gives them all a sonic upgrade, from lossy sources like MP3s and Spotify®, to your CD collection, to high-resolution music including local files and streaming services like TIDAL and Qobuz. An available firmware update lets you use Chromecast built-in to stream a wide variety of apps from compatible devices over your Wi-Fi network. Or add an optional BT-100 Bluetooth® dongle and stream music from any Bluetooth-compatible device.

Advanced upsampling and DACs for clean, clear sound from every source

Cambridge's sophisticated Adapted Time Filtering 2 technology upsamples all incoming digital audio to a 24-bit/384-kHz signal to resolve extremely fine detail. That happens for all incoming audio data — whether it's from an internet radio stream, a lossless FLAC file on a USB flash drive, or a connected component like a CD transport. The upsampled audio signal is then fed through twin Wolfson 24-bit DACs, for clean, detailed, noise-free sound and outstanding stereo imaging with every source.

Seamless control through a simple, easy-to-use interface

Cambridge's free Connect app offers simple, intuitive browsing and control of all connected sources. Use the app to browse through your albums, build playlists, and set presets, without leaving your chair. From the music stored on your home network devices, to popular streaming services and thousands of internet radio stations, this app puts everything at your fingertips.

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Product highlights:

    Features:
    • stereo network player with built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
    • plays digital music from computers, music servers, and online services with your home stereo system
    • connects to your home network via wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi for music streaming and downloads
      • Wi-Fi USB dongle included
    • Apple AirPlay® 2 for streaming music from an iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad® or iTunes® on your computer
    • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library via Wi-Fi, controlled by your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
    • Chromecast built-in (via available firmware update) lets you stream a wide variety of apps from compatible devices
    • compatible with TIDAL and Qobuz high-res music streaming services
    • free Cambridge Connect app for iOS® and Android™
    • works with Roon music player subscription software
    • dual Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs for high-performance stereo playback of digital music
    • 2nd-generation Adaptive Time Filtering (ATF2) upsampling to 24-bit/384kHz
    • asynchronous USB technology for reduced timing jitter and better sound
    • high-resolution playback of DSD, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC files; also plays MP3, WMA, AAC, and OGG Vorbis files
      • up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution for PCM files; up to 2.8MHz resolution for DSD files
    Connections:
    • Ethernet port for wired connection to a home network
    • Bluetooth ready — accepts optional BT-100 Bluetooth dongle for wireless audio streaming from a mobile phone, tablet, or computer
    • stereo balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analog audio outputs
    • Toslink optical digital audio (1 in, 1 out)
    • coaxial digital audio in/out
    • USB input (Type B) for connecting a Mac or Windows® computer
    • 3 USB inputs (Type A) for connecting a thumb drive, the supplied Wi-Fi antenna, or the optional BT-100 Bluetooth receiver (1 front, 2 rear)
    • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu — this DAC cannot decode multichannel Dolby® Digital signals
    Specifications

    What's in the box:

    • Network audio player
    • 59" AC power cord
    • USB-WiFi dongle
    • Remote control (RC-CXA/C/N)
    • 3 "AAA" batteries
    • 38" Mono-RCA cable
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Important Safety Instructions
    • Spotify brochure

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    Audiophile Performance: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 network audio player provides audiophile performance for outstanding reproduction of your streaming music files. The CXN V2 incorporates dual Wolfson digital-to-analog converters with bit-perfect signal path and jitter suppression, as well as Cambridge's advanced ATF2 upsampling technology and Dual Differential Earth Balanced Filter Topology for all sources.

    • Dual Wolfson Digital-to-Analog Converters: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 employs two very high-quality Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DAC ICs in dual-differential mode for excellent stereo imaging. Since each channel has its own DAC to process information, completely separate and symmetrical analog filter circuitry can be implemented. This implementation allows both the left- and right-channel circuitry to operate identically, ensuring the CXN V2 delivers fantastic sound-staging and stereo-imaging properties.
    • ATF2 Upsampling Technology: The CXN V2 utilizes an asynchronous up-sampling process called "Adaptive Time Filtering 2nd Generation" that intelligently interpolates (converts) incoming audio data from 16-24 bits (at any standard sampling frequency between 32-96kHz) to 24-bit/384kHz for dramatically improved musical reproduction. ATF2 will enhance the audio clarity, richness, and dynamic range of your compressed music.
    • Dual Differential Virtual Earth Balanced Filter Topology: The CXN V2 uses Cambridge Audio's proprietary Dual Differential Virtual Earth Balanced filter topology, configured as a low-order two-pole liner-phase Bessel filter, in order to take advantage of the achieved high-sampling rate. As a result your music will have extreme linearity with greater dynamic range.
    • Bit-Perfect Signal Path w/ Jitter Suppression: Music stored on computers and other hard drives inherently suffers from jitter, so the CXN V2 implements a host of enhancements such as bit-perfect signal path and jitter suppression to vastly improve the quality of digital music playback. Total correlated jitter is less than 200ps.

    Digital Pre-Amplifier: By using a digital pre-amplifier, the audio signal remains in the digital domain for much longer, compared to a traditional analog integrated or pre-amplifier. Because the audio signal remains digital, and is only converted to analog at the very last minute, it is far less susceptible to analog signal deterioration. This means that the sound you hear is as close as possible to the original recording.

    DSP Controlled Volume: The CXN V2's digital pre-amplifier uses a powerful 32-bit Blackfin DSP (Digital Signal Processor). Most digital preamplifiers use "bit reduction" to adjust the level of the volume output, however this results in much lower sound quality because digital information is being cut out of the original audio signal. Instead, the CXN V2's digital pre-amplifier uses the Blackfin DSP to control the level of the volume output, meaning that the entire digital signal remains fully intact for the best possible sound.

    Fast Processing Power: The new CXN V2's increased processing power gives you a better online music listening experience and a greater level of playback control. The CXN V2 introduces MPEG-DASH and HLS compatibility which allows for higher quality, more consistent live streams, creating a richer online music experience.

    • mpeg-DASH: Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH), also known as MPEG-DASH, is an adaptive bitrate streaming technique that enables high quality streaming of media content over the Internet delivered from conventional HTTP web servers. MPEG-DASH is the first adaptive bit-rate HTTP-based streaming solution that is an international standard.
    • HLS: HTTP Live Streaming (also known as HLS) is an HTTP-based media streaming communications protocol implemented by Apple Inc. as part of its QuickTime, Safari, OS X, and iOS software. HTTP Live Streaming provides mechanisms for the player to adapt to unreliable network conditions without causing playback stalling.

    Balanced & Unbalanced Outputs: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 features both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) audio outputs to connect to a wide variety of home stereo receivers and amplifiers. The CXN V2 features true balanced XLR analog audio outputs to connect high-end home receivers and amplifiers. XLR is a higher-quality output that can reject noise and interference with equipment with balanced inputs. The CXN V2 also features an unbalanced stereo analog RCA audio output for connecting your stereo receiver or amplifier. The unbalanced and balanced outputs are simultaneously active.

    Digital Outputs: The CXN V2 features two rear-panel digital outputs; one optical (toslink) digital output and one coaxial (RCA) digital output. These digital outputs allow pass-through of the selected digital source (no up-sampling performed). These outputs loop or pass-through unprocessed digital audio from the selected digital input. Both digital outputs are always active and can be used to connect and run equipment at the same time.

    Ground/Lift Switch: When Grounded, the CXN V2 is connected to the earth connection of the PC directly. When Lifted the ground connection is made via a network designed to break any hum loops that may be caused by the source equipment. The Grounded setting is recommended, unless audible hum is experienced.

    All-Metal Chassis & Toroidal Transformer: The CXN V2 network audio player has an all-metal construction to ensure all components are completely isolated for the very best possible performance. The CXN V2 also uses a large toroidal transformer to deliver perfect, low distortion power for all your music.

    Variety of Sources

    Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 network audio player offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi dongle) connection to your home network for access to Internet Radio, select online music services, AirPlay, and music libraries stored on your computer.

    • Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The CXN V2 network music player is fitted with an Ethernet (R-J45) port to connect directly to your home's network hub. Only connect the LAN port of the player to an Ethernet port that supports 10BASE-T or 100BASE-TX.
    • WiFi Dongle/Antenna: The CXN V2 network audio player includes a USB-WiFi dongle/WLAN aerial antenna which plugs into the player's rear-panel USB port. This USB-WiFi dongle/antenna wirelessly connects the AV receiver to your home network. The CXN V2 supports 802.11 b/g/n (in 2.4GHz only) with WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption. The unit has a wireless range of 30-98'.
    Note: It is not recommended to use a WiFi connection for music files above 16 bits, 44.1/48kHz (if lossless/uncompressed).

    Online Music Services: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 lets you access Internet Radio, Spotify Connect and Tidal. Access to Internet Radio and Spotify Connect requires the free Cambridge Connect App for Apple iOS (7.1+) and Android (OS 4.0+) devices.

    • Internet Radio: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 gives you access to over 20,000 internet radio stations from around the world; all sorted by Location, Language, and Genre.
    • Spotify Connect: The CXN V2 also incorporates Spotify Connect. If you subscribe to Spotify Premium , you can play all of your Spotify music and playlists, plus control the CXN V2 with the Spotify Connect app on your Apple iOS or Android device.
    • Tidal: TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.

    Chromecast Built-In (via available firmware update): Chromecast built-in lets you instantly stream a variety of music apps from your Apple (iOS 7.0+) or Android (OS 2.3+) mobile device to the CXN V2 player. Chromecast built-in works over WiFi and allows you to connect more than one device at a time to the player, as well as control what's playing from anywhere in the house with your compatible mobile device. Simply tap the Cast button from a Chromecast Built-in compatible music app to start streaming to the CXN V2 player. You can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop. While you cast your music, you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room, all without interrupting what's playing through  the Cambridge Audio CXN V2.

    • Supported Content: Chromecast built-in offers Internet Radio apps like TuneIn & iHeart Radio; plus online music service apps like Pandora, Spotify (requires Premium subscription), Tidal, Google Play Music, and more.  Click here for a complete list of compatible apps. You can even wirelessly stream exactly what's playing on your Android phone or tablet through the CXN V2 player. Or, if you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome browser.
    • Google Home Multiroom: Using the Google Home app for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0.3+, you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song from a Chromecast built-in music app throughout your house at the same time. Friends and family can even use their own Chromecast compatible phone or tablet to cast music to your system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.
    • Google Home Voice Commands: With a Google Home voice-activated speaker (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) and the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 4.2+), you can use your voice to control select functions of the CXN V2 Player. With a simple voice command, you can play music from Chromecast compatible music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood or activity.

    AirPlay Compatible: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 network audio player is compatible with Apple's AirPlay technology. With AirPlay, the CXN V2 can connect wirelessly to any AirPlay-enabled Apple device. This allows you to stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or your computer's (Mac or PC) iTunes library; via your WiFi network.

    • iTunes Streaming: The CXN V2 network audio player is able to stream audio from your computer's iTunes account via AirPlay technology. When connected to the same network as a computer running iTunes, the CXN V2 can appear as an output option in the pop-up menu at the bottom of the iTunes window. You can then browse your iTunes collection on your computer & stream music to the Cambridge Audio network audio player. You will need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to the same network as the CXN V2.
    • Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you wirelessly stream music and music apps stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the Cambridge Audio CXN V2. You will need an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (running iOS 4.3.3 or later) connected to the same network as the CXN V2.
    • Apple Remote App: Using the Apple Remote App (free download from iTunes) on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad and your wireless home network, you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles & artist info on your Apple device. You will need an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (running iOS 7.0 or later) connected to the same wireless network as the CXN V2.

    UPnP Compatible: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 network audio player 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 CXN V2 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 CXN V2. 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 CXN V2 network player can connect to these devices and play back, or 'stream' non-DRM music files via the network to your home entertainment system. UPnP connection supports up to 24-bit/192kHz and Gapless playback.

    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 format.

    USB Ports: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 network audio player is fitted with two USB type-A ports (front/rear) to connect a USB flash  memory device or portable USB hard drive, and a rear-panel USB type-B port to connect your Windows or Mac computer.

    • Dual USB (Type-A) Ports: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 features two USB (type-A) inputs for music playback from a USB flash memory device or portable hard drive (up to 24-bit/192kHz). One USB port is on the front-panel, while the other is on the rear-panel. Your USB device must be formatted in FAT32 or NTFS format with non-DRM music files. The CXN V2 cannot supply greater than 500mA from the USB socket, itself. Good practice is to create folders for Artists within which you should have sub folders for each Album which then contain the tracks for that Album. Libraries with thousands of tracks in one folder will progressively slow down the unit's media browsing.
    • Asynchronous USB (Type-B) Input:  A rear-panel asynchronous USB (type-B) port enables the CXN V2 to be connected to your Windows PC or Mac computer for playback of music files up to 24-bit/192kHz. The CXN V2 will act as a very high-quality DAC/sound-card with very low jitter for your computer, offering genuine Hi-Fi-quality playback from your stored music and Internet radio. The CXN V2 is both USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) and USB 1.1 (Full-speed) USB port compatible. It will also work with the new USB 3.0 ports where the PC will simply treat the CXN V2 as if it were a USB 2.0 or 1.1 device.
      • PC Compatible: With the CXN V2 switched to USB Audio 1.0 (this is the default setting), the CXN V2 will work with the native Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 Audio 1.0 driver (no need to load any new driver) and accept audio up to 24-bit/96kHz. With the CXN V2 switched to USB Audio 2.0, the CXN V2 needs the Cambridge Audio USB Audio 2.0 Driver to be loaded and can then accept up to 24-bit/192kHz (and support ASIO and WASAPI Exclusive, if required).  Click here to download the Cambridge Audio USE Audio 2.0 Driver.
      • Mac Compatible: No extra drivers are required to connect your Mac computer. With the CXN V2 switched to USB Audio 1.1,  the CXN V2 will work with the native Mac OS-X 10.5 (Leopard) or above Audio 1.0 driver and accept audio up to 24/96kHz. With the CXN V2 switched to USB Audio 2.0, the CXN V2 works with the native Mac OS-X 10.5 (Leopard) or above Audio 2.0 driver and can accept audio up to 24/192kHz.

    Supported Audio Formats: Cambridge Audio's CXN V2 network audio player supports many of the most popular formats via Network, UPnP, and USB connection. Supported codecs include MP3 (16-320kbps), WMA (32-320kbps), AAC (16-320kbps), WAV (16/24-bit; 32-192kHz), FLAC (16/24-bit; 32-192kHz), ALAC (16/24-bit: 32-192kHz), AIFF (16/24-bit; 32-192kHz), and Ogg Vorbis (32-320kbps).

    Note: The CXN V2 does not support WMA pro, WMA lossless, RAW, AU, or other music file types not mentioned.

    DSD Audio: The CXN V2 will only support DSD x64 (AKA DSD64 or 64FS) via DoP (DSD over PCM). However this is only possible via USB connection to a computer, using Class 2 USB Audio mode.

    Digital Inputs: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2's optical (toslink) digital input and coaxial (RCA) digital input allows it to act as a high quality upsampling Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) to improve the sound from other devices, such as set top boxes, games consoles, or disc players. The optical and coaxial digital connections support up to 24-bit/192kHz, 2ch PCM audio (not compatible with Dolby Digital or DTS).

    Optional Bluetooth Adapter: Simply plug in the Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth Audio Receiver (779BT100, sold separately) into the network audio player's rear-panel USB (type-A) port for wireless music streaming from many of today's most popular Bluetooth supporting devices; such as Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, Mac computers, and more. The BT100 even supports the high-quality Bluetooth aptX CODEC, so you can stream audiophile quality music from your Bluetooth-enabled Android (OS 4.0+) device or Mac computer to the Cambridge CXN V2.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 includes a slim-line IR remote control for wireless operation of the network audio player. The IR remote also operates other Cambridge Audio devices, like  CX series integrated amps and AV receivers.

    Cambridge Connect App: The free Cambridge Connect App (for Apple iOS 7.1+ and Android OS 4.0+) gives you full control of the CXN V2 network audio player - including power on/off, source selection, and volume up/down - from your compatible smartphone or tablet device. The Cambridge Connect App also gives you access and control over UPnP servers and NAS drives connected to the same WiFi network, Internet Radio from across the world, select online music services, USB media device plugged into the player, music stored on your Apple iOS or Android device, and Bluetooth audio (requires BT100 adapter). The free app also features a high-resolution display for album art and track information.

    Front-Panel Color Screen: The network audio player's front-panel color screen displays album art and song/artist information. You can adjust the front-panel color screen's brightness level.

    Remote Connections: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 is fitted with the following custom remote connections.

    • IR Emitter In (3.5mm): 3.5mm minijack input that enables modulated IR commands from multiroom or IR repeater systems to be received by the CXN V2.
    • Control Bus In/Out (RCA): The Control Bus RCA input enables un-modulated commands from multiroom systems or other components to be received by the CXN V2.  The Control Bus RCA output provides control bus output commands for further downstream units. This can be useful if using the iPhone app to control the volume on a Cambridge Audio amplifier.

    Firmware/Software Updates: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2 will offer firmware/software updates through its wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) connection.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    AirPlay streaming with high quality DACs. [ Logan  Jul 12, 2019 ]
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    XLR Outputs. Networked Streaming. Ability to add external hard drive. [ Kenneth  Mar 08, 2019 ]
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    Looking for high quality network streamer for Tidal... without breaking the bank. Matched well with its integrated amp CXA80 and my speakers. [ Scott  Jan 03, 2019 ]
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    It's supposed to do what I want to have done. [ A  Dec 01, 2018 ]
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    I've a CXA-80 and a CXC and they deliver one of the best sound experience I've heard in my life. As all my music is now digital and this streamer seems to be the one of the best in this price category. I've decided to bet on the quality I've experienced from Cambridge Audio. [ Ricardo  Oct 12, 2018 ]
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    I think it will be great when connect to my Nad s200 Amp XLR direct ,and USB musics output from my Easystore hard disk [ VAN  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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    22 questions already asked

    Q
    Does this unit support Apple Air Play 2 ?
    [ Kevin  Oct 09, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    A
    As of a firmware update late in 2019, the CXN V2 does support Apple AirPlay 2 as well as Apple Air play
    [ Calvin  Oct 19, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Yes. I use "Deezer" music streaming service with the Apple Air Play. I stream the music from my iPhone to the Cambridge CXN using Air Play.
    [ TADHG  Oct 17, 2019 ]
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    Does the cxn v2 output analog audio via both the RCA and xlr outputs at the same time? Would want to use RCA outs to nearby amp and xlr outs to stereo powered subs.
    [ G  Jul 24, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    Yes the RCA & XLR outputs can be used simultaneously. They are independent so the output impedance is not affected.
    [ Tim  Jul 31, 2019 ]
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    Yes they do. My setup is XLR outs to powered monitors/subs and RCA out to rackmount processor then to powered monitors/subs.
    [ Michael  Jul 31, 2019 ]
    Q
    Can the CXN (v2) connect straight to Edifier S3000Pro Powered Speakers?
    [ Donald  May 20, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    It shouldn't be a problem. It looks like the CXN has a few ways you could connect your Edifier S3000 speakers. You could connect with RCA cables, optical cable and even an XLR cables. To use a XLR cable the CXN has to be in preamp mode, in preamp mode the CXN controls the volume. I would use some good RCA cables, the CXN probably has a better DAC than the Edifier. Use the Edifier to control the volume. Just wouldn't use too long of a run on the RCA cables.
    [ Daniel  Jun 01, 2019 ]
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    Hello, according to the specification yes - For best audio quality I would recommend connecting from the CXN (v2) to the Edifier S3000Pro using Balanced XLR. That said, the specifications also indicate unbalanced RCA connections are supported.
    [ Michael  May 31, 2019 ]
    Q
    When set to preamp mode can I run the XLR output to an external equalizer before going to powered speakers?
    [ Donald  May 14, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    Yep... But if your equalizer is next to the CXN why bother. XLR can provide some advantage when components are a long distance apart. Just use the RCA patch cables. Unless you have a very high quality equalizer your not going to gain anything with XLR output. Meaning.. XLR will provide negligible improvement in the face of the damage you equalizer is going to do to the music.
    [ jason  May 15, 2019 ]
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    Yes, there should be no problem connecting the equalizer between the CXN and your powered speakers with the XLR or RCA connectors.
    [ Tim  May 14, 2019 ]
    Q
    does it transmit bluetooth for wireless headphone listening?
    [ David  Mar 23, 2019 ]
    4 answers
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    It does not output to headphones/earbuds via Bluetooth
    [ Tim  Mar 26, 2019 ]
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    No it doesn't :)
    [ Frank  Mar 24, 2019 ]
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    No, it does not.
    [ v264hdoy  Mar 23, 2019 ]
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    I do not believe so. I am extremely please with purchase
    [ James  Mar 23, 2019 ]
    Q
    Can I play Tidal MASTER quality streams on this unit?
    [ Roman  Dec 05, 2018 ]
    3 answers
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    If you're referring to Tidal Master Quality Audio (MQA] then no.It lacks the decoder to play that format. Having said that it plays MQA files at a down rez'd quality (cd) quality.
    [ Rolo  Dec 05, 2018 ]
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    No, you would have to go with Bluesound Node 2i for that..
    [ Frank  Dec 05, 2018 ]
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    No. Hifi which is cd flac
    [ Ross  Dec 05, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does it play MASTER or only HI-FI / CD quality music on TIDAL?
    [ Roman  Dec 03, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    Sorry, no. It supports the CD-level quality of Tidal but not the Masters MQA format.
    [ Ryan  Dec 15, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    Can it be used as a Roon endpoint?
    [ David  Nov 13, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    Yes, since Google Chromecast is build-in the device is now a Roon endpoint. Your device with the Roon remote app can stream directly to the streamer. Max stream is 24/96.
    [ nycbike  Nov 18, 2018 ]
    Q
    is there any adjusts for bass and treble?
    [ Bubba  Nov 08, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    No not through the unit
    [ ANDREW  Nov 09, 2018 ]
    Q
    Is the volume only controlled through the remote?
    [ Mark  Oct 24, 2018 ]
    7 answers
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    When the CXN V2 is in its selectable "preamp" mode, there are three ways to control the volume: 1. You can use the multifunctional knob on the front. 2. You can use the volume control on the included remote. 3. You can use the volume control on Cambridge Audio's free "Stream Magic" app. When this streamer is not in "preamp" mode, you would control the volume by using the remote or knob on the integrated amplifier, stereo receiver, or powered speakers that the CXN V2 is connected to.
    [ Jeff  Feb 18, 2020 ]  Staff
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    There is no volume control unless you use it as a preamp then yes
    [ Thomas  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    A
    My CXN is connected to the DAC input on my McIntosh and so the volume is controlled by my McIntosh remote
    [ Robert  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    A
    No, the volume can be controlled with the knob on the front of the CXN also. The knob on the front is multifunctional.
    [ Tim  Oct 24, 2018 ]
    A
    You can control the volume either through the remote, the Cambridge Connect app, and of course, your amp's volume control.
    [ Javier  Oct 24, 2018 ]
    A
    The large knob on the unit controls the volume. Furthermore, if you are using Airplay then changing the volume in iTunes will change the volume as well.
    [ v264hdoy  Oct 24, 2018 ]
    A
    It have three ways to control volume. You can control it with the knob on the unit, with the remote control, and with free "Cambridge Connect App" on your phone or tablet. This is very versatile and well designed piece of electronics, with all conductivity options you can imagine, I love this DAC.
    [ Jan Lewczenko  Oct 24, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does this give me access to Pandora?
    [ Adam  Sep 12, 2018 ]
    6 answers
    A
    I don't believe Pandora is supported. On mine Spotify seems to be the default streaming service and Tidal is supported but isn't on the main menu. You can contact Cambridge to get more definitive answers.
    [ Jeff  Sep 12, 2018 ]
    A
    I believe only Tidal and Spotify, but using BT100 you could stream via bluetooth to the device I believe.
    [ Ian  Sep 12, 2018 ]
    A
    NO, the CXN V2 doesn't have access to Pandora radio. I send email to Cambridge Audio and specifically ask for that feature, they did confirm that. I head bolt version original and V2, because they removed Pandora Radio support from V2, I return it. I was able to compare both units, I did not hear any different in sound quality and features, that's why I kept V1 (the original). I'm pretty sure they losing a lot of business because of that move, I like my Pandora radio, I have extensive list of my favorite stations and I need access to it in my home system. I hope this help to make your decision.
    [ Jan Lewczenko  Sep 12, 2018 ]
    A
    Hello Adam, the CXN (V2) does not directly stream Pandora, as it does Spottify, however you can stream from other devices, iPhone or PC, as examples and the either play through the CXN over your home network, wires or wireless, through airplay, or directy connected using its inputs, i.e., USB.
    [ Michael  Sep 12, 2018 ]
    A
    I AirPlay pandora to it from my Apple products but I'm not sure if it comes with pandora as I still haven't gotten any further than setting it up and using airplay
    [ RUSSELL  Sep 12, 2018 ]
    A
    No but you can apple airplay it from you phone app
    [ Thomas  Sep 12, 2018 ]
    Q
    Would I be able to use this with a turntable?
    [ drunner  Jul 20, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    A
    The CXN V2 can be used as a digital preamp, so there are no analog connections for a turntable. However, the McIntosh phono preamp has digital outputs that could be connected between the CXN V2 and a turntable. Additionally, a turntable with Bluetooth transmission could be used with the Cambridge BT100 Bluetooth module connected to the CXN V2. Lastly, an Analog-to-Digital converter, item 870A2DB2, could be used with a phono preamp for a turntable connection I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for a personal recommendation!My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
    [ Paul  Jul 23, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does the cxn v2 play music from a usb in the corrrect order? The Denon receiver I'm using plays the songs in a random order or alphabetical. Ive tried renaming the songs to start with 01, 02 etc. but no luck.
    [ Michael  Jul 05, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    Yes the CXN will play audio files in either alphabetic or numeric order, to play back in an exact order it is recommended that you prefix the file names with 01, 02, 03, etc. It will not playback in the album order, ripped order or order copied onto the drive, Alpha or Numeric that's it. If you place the files in a directory structure on the drive it will find and present all files regardless of their directory structure, it is recommended you place all files in the root. In addition to USB memory sticks it will also recognize the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 4TB hard drive. USB sticks/drives of any type do not support album art, directory browsing or playlists, you must use a UPnP server for album art, browsing and playlists. The front USB port cannot be used to connect to Apple mobile devices, nor can it be used for charging.
    [ Tim  Jul 11, 2018 ]
    Q
    What type of Internet Radio does the Cambridge CXN (V2) have?
    [ Chris  May 12, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    A
    6.As of late 2019, Cambridge now includes Qobuz as part of their streaming lineup, as well as many other options using AirPlay2 and Chromecast
    [ Jeff  Feb 18, 2020 ]  Staff
    A
    Regular internet radio, Tidal, Spotify
    [ Tim  Jul 11, 2018 ]
    A
    It has built in tidal and regular internet radio
    [ Tyquan  May 13, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does the Cambridge CXN v2 require a separate amplifier?
    [ John  May 04, 2018 ]
    6 answers
    A
    The CXN can be used as component and connected to the inputs of any pre-amp or integrated amplifier (no volume control). It also has a pre-amp mode so you can connect directly to a power amplifier or powered speakers and control the volume from the CXN. In pre-amp mode it also has a balance control function, there is not a tone control (Bass/Treble) function in pre-amp mode. It has single ended (RCA) and balanced (XLR) outputs which can be used individually or simultaneously. The CXN only has two digital inputs, one optical and one RCA/Coaxial, there are no analog inputs however you can use a Flexson Analog to Digital converter model FLXA2D1022 available from Crutchfield to convert analog sources to digital.
    [ Tim  Jul 11, 2018 ]
    A
    Good question - It is my understanding the the CXN v2 has a built-in pre-amp so does not need an external amp and thus can connect to speakers but the speakers must be self-contained powered speakers. I personally connected it to a vintage Sansui amp and it sounds great.
    [ Michael  May 04, 2018 ]
    A
    Yes. The Cambridge CXN v2 requires a separate amplifier. In fact, this device also does not feature a headphone output. It is an excellent DAC and streaming device (airplay, Spotify, and internet radio). The internet radio feature is very underrated - the device plays low bit rate internet radio stations through a quality amplifier very well.
    [ JOSEPH  May 04, 2018 ]
    A
    Yes the Cambridge CXN v2 is aa audio streamer. It will allow you to stream music from your computer, NAS Drive or attach a hard drive to it for storage. It will allow you to play Network radio stations like Tidal and Spotifie over your internet connection. It does not have a built in amplifier. It does have a built in DAC.
    [ Brad  May 04, 2018 ]
    A
    Yes you need amplifier or receiver to use Cambridge CXN V2. But it can be use as a preamp connected directly to the amplifier. You can use RCA cables or XLR cables from the outputs of CXN to the input of your amp.
    [ Jan Lewczenko  May 04, 2018 ]
    A
    Yes an amplifier is required. It has a Digital Pre-Amp mode that enables it to be connected directly to a power amplifier or it can be set to provide line level output that can be connected to a pre-amp or integrated amplifier. The balanced XLR outputs are only active in Digital Pre-Amp mode.
    [ Tim  May 04, 2018 ]
    Q
    Can this be powered on by an optical remote control and does it work with DLNA servers?
    [ Steven  May 07, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    A
    Never tried with an optical remote -- but it absolutely works with DLNA servers. I'm currently using Plex on my home network and it works wonderfully. I also tried Windows DLNA and the basic DLNA Media Server that comes with Synology NAS before settling on Plex.
    [ Brad  May 26, 2020 ]
    A
    I use a Logitech universal remote for my CXN V2; works very well. Yes, my experience with DLNA servers has been positive as well. I would however recommend subscribing to Roon and using the device as a Roon end point. The Roon interface is far superior and it makes the DLNA connectivity far easier. Regardless of Roon, I will say this unit makes your digital music library come alive - one of the best component investments I've ever made.
    [ JOE  May 21, 2020 ]
    A
    This unit only accepts IR infra red control through line of sight to the front of unit, or through 3.5mm IR in on the rear (control system. There is no rs-232 or IP connectivity with exception to their Stream Magic app.
    [ Ryan  May 21, 2020 ]
    Q
    Does the CXN V2 screen show album art with Roon? Are there any compromises to the display or other function when using Roon?
    [ Andrew  May 04, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    A
    I own (and love) a CXN V2 and I am a Roon user. I can confirm that the CXN screen does show album art when using Roon as well as Song, Artist, Album, Song Time Counter, and ROON as the source. No compromises using it with Roon; this device is a great sounding, easy to use Roon end-point.
    [ JOE  May 21, 2020 ]
    Q
    Can I connect the cxn V2 to an Nad masters M32 integrated amp?
    [ Bill  Apr 09, 2020 ]
    6 answers
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    You sure can. I have mine connected to a Yamaha A-S2100 via XLR and A-S1100 via RCA cable.
    [ Frank  Apr 20, 2020 ]
    A
    Yes, the V2 has the most flexible connectivity of any its competitors. You can simply connect it as a streamer rather than a preamp (although if your integrated allows, the V2 can function as your preamp). I have mine connected as a preamp to a high power pure amplifier and it works great. Highly recommend.
    [ JOHN F  Apr 20, 2020 ]
    A
    Line level out with RCA interconnects would work fine. You can set the cxn v2 output to fixed and use the NAD for all volume control as with any other line level component.
    [ THOMAS  Apr 20, 2020 ]
    A
    I use the optical out on my cxn to connect to the optical in on my preamp. I assume it would work with the NAD's optical in as well.
    [ Barry  Apr 20, 2020 ]
    A
    Its a component, just like a tuner or Cd player. Goes into any amplifier Using Aux or CD inputs.
    [ TIMOTHY  Apr 20, 2020 ]
    A
    Why not?
    [ gregory  Apr 20, 2020 ]
    Q
    Can I use an External USB 3.0 SSD as a input (USB Input) to listen to my ALAC type files?
    [ musicman_78626  Apr 09, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    A
    I didn't have any luck getting this to work when I tried my Western Digital USB 3.0 (Non-SSD) with an NTFS filesystem.
    [ Brad  Apr 10, 2020 ]
    Q
    I have been using a system consisting of an iMac, Peachtree DAC, and Anthem 225 Integrated driving KEF R500 speakers. Yesterday the iMac died. I thought I would replace it with a music server, and have begun investigating possible units to purchase. It seems there is no clear consensus as to what a music server does and what role it plays in a home system. In my mind a music server provides a place to store music and serve it up as needed, feeding it to my system for listening. I need a CD drive to feed my CDs into the music server where the files are stored. When it is time to listen, a simple user interface allows me to easily identify the music I want and extract the files from the hard drive, feeds them through a DAC into my amplifier and from there into my speakers. (One can also substitute a music service such as Spotify for CD in the above description of the music server workflow.) My search has been frustrating so far. A CD drive is not included in most music servers. An internal hard drive is not included in most. Some include a DAC; some do not. Is there such a beast, or is the device I describe a creation of my mind? My iMac based system worked quite well, but was only fair in terms of the quality of the output. Is there a device such as I describe, at a price a consumer unwilling to refinance his home to buy, available? I welcome any suggestions. Thanks for listening.
    [ Steve  Dec 21, 2019 ]
    9 answers
    A
    Many answers here cover the Bluesound Vault piece to get CDs integrated as originally asked; however, they don't mention item NAD Masters Series M50.2 (iten #745M502), which can "rip" AND play CDs using the BluOS system. Also, customers can actually "rip" CDs from their computer to an external hard drive using iTunes, JRiver, or another music managing tool, then plug that HDD into the CXN V2. It's one of the few streamers that will read portable HDDs nicely. We've tested 500GB, 2TB, and 5TB with no problems. You can navigate the music using the Stream Magic app or using the front display and controls. As for the album artwork it is all about the settings you use when ripping.
    [ Jeff  Feb 18, 2020 ]  Staff
    A
    The Cambridge Audio CXN is not a server, but rather a streamer. If you rip your cd's to a home NAS you can stream them to your audio system through the CXN
    [ Gary  Jan 08, 2020 ]
    A
    Hello. I uploaded over 300 CD into the blue sound system and I can play any CD through my Denon receiver and speakers. I am not tech savvy. The other stuff, I can not relate. Sorry. However I am very much pleased with my blue sound.
    [ Jules  Jan 08, 2020 ]
    A
    I agree with your assessment of what is on offer in the world of digital audio. I bought a Bluesound Vault because it closely fits the needs you describe, which were mine too. After about a year now I feel that the Vault does everything I want - however, the software is still being developed and regularly updated. It's not perfect, but it's useable. The handling of metadata is poor - image files in particular. If you plan to use Roon, that might solve this problem. If you aren't a computer networking expert you'll have a potentially steep learning curve to go through. Bluesound support is great - if you can wait for them to eventually respond and don't mind killing hours or days in waiting on the phone. Documentation is crappy (at best!) they usually direct you to user forums and force you to waste your time searching through mountains of irrelevant topics and/or replies. Still, once it's running, it will do everything you are asking for, and you can use your own DAC .I am depending on the built-in one presently and find it more than adequate, but will add an external DAC later on for more flexibility. So, it is priced right & sounds great, but you may tear your hair out getting to the point you want it to be on day one. Hope this helps you in your search for the right hardware/software combo.
    [ Jim  Jan 08, 2020 ]
    A
    I recommend the bluesound vault 2. It has a cd slot and hard drive and will do what you want.
    [ Ivan  Jan 08, 2020 ]
    A
    The Bluesound Vault 2i is a super easy way to store CD's with a very nice graphical interface for replaying c them.
    [ Kyle  Jan 07, 2020 ]
    A
    Welcome to the club, the confusion part. Seems that this segment has been evolving quickly and what was state of the art yesterday will be obsolete tomorrow. I settled on the Bluesound Vault 2i after much research. And from what you have written, I think it would be the best option for you as well. The unit is a network streamer which means that it will stream from most popular sources like Spotify, Tidal, Quobuz and others. But it will not support everything, like Google music and Youtube. It uses one of the easiest to use apps called Bluos. It allows you to find your music stored on it's 2TB hard drive and some internet stations. To use a premium stream, you just switch over to the streaming app and it plays. It also allows you to rip your CDs onto the hard drive and it will then play through the Bluos app never needing the CD again. It does not play CDs directly. The draw backs are one, you will need to use an either net cable connected directly to the system from your router, and two, you have to switch between the apps to get at all your music. I use a power line Ethernet device which uses you AC wall outlet to carry the Ethernet connection (cheap on Amazon but get the 1 gig version) and the switching of apps is just swiping my ipad, so no biggie. Later, I may get a Roon Nucellus to manage my music but I am ok for now. It also has a built in DAC that is 32 bit 194hz and seems to be the upper end of DACs available in streamers and it does sound very good. It doesn't do everything, but I have been happy with it and it's closer to the edge of this technology, so it should be good for some time. Good luck with your search :D
    [ Allan  Jan 07, 2020 ]
    A
    Steve, after a lot of research I purchased the Cambridge CXN V2 streamer and I love it. I was so pleased with Cambridge that I updated my entire system from high end Denon, which I thought I would never do. I don't think you would go wrong. Only complaint is that I can't interface directly with Amazon music however the Tidal service is fine.
    [ Steve  Jan 07, 2020 ]
    A
    I suggest that you look at the Bluesound Vault 2i. It has the features you describe. A CD slot for feeding in your CDs which are copied to the internal hard drive. BlueOS software to provide a database of CD information, based on the meta-data read. BlueOS has a user interface available through a PC, IOS or Android device. I find my iPad is most useful for finding and playing music. The PC makes it easier to edit metadata information as necessary. The device is connected to my home network as an ethernet node. Outputs include RCA Audio (L/R using the Vault's DAC), Coax digital and optical digital out (to your DAC). The device has been out for a couple of years. There are many reviews in online audiophile magazines. Device also includes access to online digital resources (but not all) and radio stations. I purchased mine last March and am totally happy with it. Check out the manufacturer's website for the owner's manual and support pages. I find that the convenience of the iPad "remote controller" and custom playlists has made the content my CD collection more valuable to me.
    [ Harold  Jan 07, 2020 ]
    Q
    Does this work with Amazon Music HD?
    [ jmaruy  Oct 24, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    A
    The Amazon Music app can cast directly to any Chromecast enabled device. So with the Chromecst firmware update installed on the CXN one should be able to cast to it. No?
    [ Henry Succop  Jan 14, 2020 ]
    A
    Hi! Thank you for your question. This stream is compatible with Amazon Music HD through AirPlay or Chromecast
    [ Jess  Nov 05, 2019 ]  Staff
    Q
    Why did this unit's price increase from $899 from about a month or less ago to $1,099.99, and also, why is this labeled as "new" product? This is still a cxn v2 version. What is new or different about this one and the one that was priced $899, and why the price increase? Thank you.
    [ John  Oct 24, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    A
    As far as the price change, the unit went from the 899.99 to 1099.99 on 9/20/19. Reason for the price change? Honestly, it could be a myriad of things... In terms of the label of "New", that is due to the new finish of the unit. Cambridge recently changed the color from Silver to a "Luna Grey", and this was just recently released.
    [ Calvin  Nov 06, 2019 ]  Staff
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