Network, USB & Tuner Functions
Remote + Bluetooth Control
Discrete Amplifier Design: The Cambridge Audio CXR120 AV receiver uses a highly-efficient
discrete Class A/B amplifier design, an audiophile grade
oversize toroidal transformer, and substantial extruded heat
sink. This allows the CXR120 to deliver 120 watts RMS per channel into 6Ω
(two channels driven), 100 watts RMS per channel into 8Ω
(two channels driven), or 60 watts RMS per channel into 8Ω
(all 7 channels driven).
Amplifier Assignment: The seven amplifier channels built
into the receiver are typically used for 7.1 channel surround (Front L/R,
Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and Dual SW) in the main room. These
seven amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate various home theater
- 7.1ch: Seven speakers are powered in the main room -
Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, and Surround Back L/R. Zone 2 will need to
be powered by a separate amplifier. Bi-amplification is not an option.
- 5.1ch + Height: Seven speakers are powered in the main
room - Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, and Front Height L/R (no Surround
Back channels). Zone 2 will need to be powered by a separate amplifier.
Bi-amplification is not an option.
- Bi-Amp Mode: This receiver allows you to reassign the
surround back amplifier channels to make bi-amp connections (compatible
speakers required). A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for
one speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a
loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined midrange and
tweeter section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a
limited frequency range, making its job easier. The receiver will be limited
to 5.2ch surround in the main room, and Zone 2 must be powered by a separate
All Metal Chassis: Electronics (and therefore sound quality) are
particularly susceptible to vibration; that's why Cambridge Audio uses a low
resonance, acoustically-dampened metal chassis to eliminate as much vibration as
possible; ensuring that the highest sound quality is extracted from each audio
24-bit/192kHz DACs: The Cambridge Audio CX series AV
receiver utilizes a Cirrus Logic (CS42528) 192kHz/24-bit D/A converter on each
of the unit's seven channels for exceptional sound quality. The 192kHz sampling
and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play
high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic
range of those recordings.
32-Bit DSP: The Cambridge Audio CX series receiver employs a
Cirrus Logic 32-bit/300Mhz DSP (CS49834A) for compatibility with the latest
Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic decoding formats.
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby, Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II,
Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital
audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby
Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to
your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
DTS-HD Speaker Remap: As there is no official speaker layout
for discrete 7.1 channel audio, it could be possible that the original master
track of a 7.1 soundtrack was mastered with a different speaker layout than the
one being used in your home. DTS has addressed this issue for DTS-HD Master
Audio and High Resolution Audio by including in the bitstream flags to tell the
receiving AV Receiver which of a seven nominal 7.1 speaker layouts was actually
used. By using special DTS Speaker Remap algorithms the CXR120 is able to
electronically "reposition" the speakers (i.e. direct the audio propagation), so
that the playback matches the original encoded layout for the best possible
Direct Stream Digital (DSD): Enjoy studio-quality sound
thanks to the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio codec; designed specifically for
High-Resolution Audio. This 1-bit format utilizes a stream of very high
frequency 1s and 0s to recreate audio waveforms at a higher resolution than
conventional codecs. The result is clearer, crisper, High-Resolution Audio
quality. The CXR120 supports DSD (2.8/5.6MHz) decoding thru HDMI only.
Auto Room Calibration: For quick and simple installation in any room,
this receiver uses the included microphone to perform multiple measurements of
the listening environment and automatically sets the receiver up for optimum use
dependent on your room's acoustics. You can also choose to manually setup the
receiver by manually calculating the size, distance, and level of your connected
Dolby Volume & Calibration Offset: Dolby Volume maintains a consistent
volume across all content, programs and input sources. Dolby Calibration Offset
is used to trim differences in input level between sources. Dolby Volume
can be set from 1-9
Surround Parameters: The Cambridge Audio CXR120 lets you
tweak and fine tune specific surround sound modes to suit your preference.
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in
the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements
you can adjust; Panorama: (broadens the front stereo image to the surround
speakers to provide a wraparound effect), Dimension (allows you to move the
sound field forward or backward), and Center Width (allows you to adjust the
width of the center channel).
- Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image
feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the
center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less
dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel,
especially when the listener is off-center.
- Pro Logic IIz Height Gain: The Height Gain Control in
Dolby Pro Logic IIz enables the listener to select how much gain is applied
to the front high speakers.
Stereo Modes: The AV receiver also provides two-channel
stereo playback, multi-channel stereo playback, as well as stereo direct mode.
The Stereo/Stereo + Sub mode lets you choose between conventional stereo left
and right speakers or stereo speakers with subwoofer. The Multi-channel Stereo
mode sends a stereo signal to all speakers with left speakers receiving left
stereo and right speakers receiving right stereo; the center and sub will be
sent a mono signal. Direct mode bypasses any DSP, tone control, and
multi-channel post processing for analog and digital inputs.
Tone & Dynamic Range Controls: The Cambridge Audio CXR120 offers independent Bass
& Treble adjustment. DRC controls the dynamic range of Dolby Digital movie
soundtracks by compressing the audio to limit the difference in level between
loud and quiet passages in the movie.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The AV receiver offers a variety of
analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
- Digital Inputs: The CXR120 features two
optical (toslink)) and two coaxial RCA) digital inputs.
- Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The receiver has
binding-post terminals for all speaker connections. The binding-post
terminals can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and banana plugs (single
only). Speakers with an impedance of between 4-8 ohms are recommended.
- 7.1ch Analog Inputs: The CXR120 features a 7.1
Channel input (Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround
right, Surround Back left, Surround Back right, and Subwoofer) for
connecting a DVD Audio player, Super Audio CD multi-channel player, or other
component that has a multi-channel port so you can playback the audio with
5.1 channel or 7.1 channel surround sound.
- MP3 Input: The A/V receiver is fitted with a
front-panel 3.5mm input for temporary connection of your portable digital
- Headphone Jack: The receiver features a 1/4" stereo
headphone jack on its front-panel for connecting a pair of optional
headphones. Plugging in a set of headphones will automatically mute the main
speakers and pre-amp outputs, while selecting a 2-channel stereo down-mix
soundfield. Headphones with an impedance of between 32-600 ohms are
HDMI 2.0: The Cambridge Audio CXR120 receiver is fitted with
seven HDMI inputs (6 rear/1 front) and two HDMI outputs to deliver
crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video signals. The two HDMI outputs will display the same
audio/video signal simultaneously. Six of the seven HDMI inputs and both HDMI outputs are HDMI 2.0
certified (the front-panel HDMI/MHL input is HDMI 1.4). The CXR120 receiver supports
4K/60Hz and 1080p video signals; as well as 3D video and Deep Color. Deep Color.
The AV receiver's HDMI jacks support 2-channel and multi-channel linear PCM (up
to 8-channel) and Bitstream (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc) digital audio formats.
- 4K/60Hz + HDCP 2.2: This unit supports the latest HDMI
2.0 standards thanks to the transmission of 4K video
@ 60 frames per second on six of its
HDMI inputs and both outputs. These HDMI 2.0 jacks also support HDCP 2.2
which fully complies with the latest copyright protection, a standard for 4K
- 3D Pass-Ready: The Cambridge Audio receiver supports 3D
HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast
devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via
HDMI). Special eyewear will be required for viewing 3D content.
- Deep Color Support: The CXR120 also supports Deep Color
content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition
schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
- Audio Return Channel (ARC): The HDMI 1 output supports
ARC. This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your
receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and
video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to
Note: This receiver does not offer any analog video inputs or outputs.
4K Upscaling: The CXR120 AV receiver will upscale 1080p video to 4K.
In "Pass-through" mode, the output video format will be same as the input.
Front-Panel HDMI/MHL Port: The receiver's front-panel HDMI
port is MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI
port provides easy, direct connection of MHL compatible smartphones, like
Android. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is
supported. The receiver will also charge (5V/1V) your connected phone. Play,
Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote
AV Sync: This feature automatically compensates for the timing shift
between the audio and video of the receiver. If needed, the audio signal can be
manually delayed to match the video signal.
Network, USB & Tuner
Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The Cambridge Audio
CXR120 offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi dongle) connection to your home network for access to
Internet Radio, select online music services, and music libraries stored on your
- Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The CXR120 AV receiver 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 CXR120 includes a USB-WiFi dongle/WLAN
aerial antenna which plugs into the receiver's rear-panel USB port. This
USB-WiFi dongle/antenna wirelessly connects the AV receiver to your home network. The CXR120 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
content above 16 bits, 44.1/48kHz (if lossless/uncompressed).
Internet Radio & Spotify Connect: The Cambridge CXR120 gives you
access to over 20,000 internet radio stations from around the world; all sorted
by Location, Language, and Genre. The CXR120 also incorporates
If you subscribe to
Spotify Premium , you can play all of your Spotify music and playlists, plus
control the CXR120 with the Spotify Connect app on your
Apple iOS or
Android device. Access to Internet Radio and Spotify Connect requires the free
Cambridge Connect App
for Apple iOS (7.1+) and Android (OS 4.0+) devices.
UPnP Compatible: The Cambridge Audio CXR120 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
CXR120 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 CXR120. 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 CXR120 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.
Front-Panel USB Port: The Cambridge CXR120 AV receiver features a
front-panel USB (type-A) port for music playback from a USB flash memory device
or portable hard drive (up to 24-bit/192kHz). Your USB device must be formatted
in FAT32 format with non-DRM music files. The CXR120 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 receiver's media browsing.
Note: There are two rear-panel USB (type-A) ports used only for the
included WiFi module/antenna and Cambridge Audio's BT100 Bluetooth adapter (sold
Supported Audio Formats: Cambridge Audio's CXR120 AV
receiver supports all the most popular formats via Network, UPnP, and USB
connection; up to 24-bit/192kHz. 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
Note: The CXR120 does not support WMA pro, WMA lossless, RAW,
AU, or other music file types not mentioned.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Cambridge Audio AV receiver features a
built-in AM/FM tuner with RDS. RDS is a method for the transmission of
additional information from local radio stations. It is only available in FM
mode. RDS will only work if the local broadcasting stations have RDS
transmission and the signal is strong enough. You can store up to 30 AM/FM
presets for easy recall. The tuner can be set to USA or European tuning.
On-Screen Display (via HDMI): The Cambridge Audio CXR120 AV
receiver features an intuitive color on-screen display menu. The color OSD menu
provides icon and text information about your system's settings. These menu
displays can only be output to your TV via HDMI. The unit's front-panel LCD also
displays the receiver's menu adjustments, as well as input source.
Firmware/Software Updates: The receiver allows you to update its
firmware & software via a network connection (wired or wireless).
Auto Power Down: The Cambridge Audio CXR120 feature an
automatic power down function and will by default shut down if no audio playback
has been detected for 30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, or 8 hours.
Remote + Bluetooth Control
IR Remote w/ HDMI CEC: The Cambridge Audio CXR120 includes an IR
remote control for wireless operation of the AV receiver. By pressing the
appropriate button, you can turn the backlight on and illuminate the remote
control's buttons. The AV receiver also supports HDMI-CEC, which synchronizes
the operation of this unit with other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI.
Cambridge Connect App: The free Cambridge Connect App for
Apple iOS (7.1+) and
Android (OS 4.0+) gives you full control of the CXR120 AV receiver;
including power on/off, source selection, volume up/down, and Zone 2. 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, Online
music services, USB media, music stored on your smartphone/tablet device, and
Bluetooth audio (requires BT100 adapter). The free app features a
high-resolution display of album art and track information.
Optional Bluetooth Adapter: Simply plug in the Cambridge
Audio BT100 Bluetooth Audio Receiver (779BT100,
sold separately) into the receiver'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 Phone/PC, Mac
computer/laptop, 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 to the CXR120 AV receiver.
Remote Connections: The Cambridge Audio CXR120 is fitted
with the following custom remote connections.
- IR Input/Outputs: The receiver has two minijack (3.5mm)
remote inputs and two minijack (3.5mm) remote outputs for use with
external IR receivers
- 12V Trigger Outputs: The CXR120 feature two minijack
(3.5mm) trigger outputs that can be used to signal to external devices for
simple automation functions. The outputs are 0V for Off and 12V for On at up
- RS232C Port: The RS-232C port is to be used in
conjunction with an external controller to control the operation of the unit
by using an external device.