Variety of Sources
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
- 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
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
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
Variety of Sources
Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The Cambridge Audio
CXN V2 network audio player offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi
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
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
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
If you subscribe to
, 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
- 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
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
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
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
(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).
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
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
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.
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
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
Firmware/Software Updates: The Cambridge Audio CXN V2
firmware/software updates through its wired (Ethernet) or wireless