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Cambridge Audio CXC v2 CD transport — no DAC onboard (Lunar Grey)

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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Item # 779CXCV2G

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About the Cambridge Audio CXC v2

Eric A.

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.


Product highlights:

  • Featured in our article: Best CD players for 2024
  • 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)
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-1/4"H x 14-1/4"D
  • weight: 10.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years (3 years with registration)
  • MFR # C11134K

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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More details on the Cambridge Audio CXC v2

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Features & specs

Disc Capacity 1
CD Transport Only Yes
Disc Exchange N/A
Track Programming No
Random Play Yes
Direct Track Access No
Direct Disc Access N/A
Networking Features
Network Music Streaming No
Ethernet Port No
Wi-Fi No
Remote Included
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
Stereo SACD Playback N
CD Frequency Response N/A Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio Not Given
SACD Frequency Response Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range ---
Digital Optical Input No
Digital Coaxial Input No
USB Type-A Input No
USB Type-B Input No
Analog RCA Output No
Analog XLR Output No
Digital Optical Output Yes
Digital Coaxial Output Yes
Headphone Output No
The Cambridge Audio CXC v2 replaces these items:

Product Research


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 CXA81 integrated amplifier, 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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13 questions already asked

Does it have Gapless playback?
johnw  Jan 03, 2024
1 answer
The Cambridge Audio CXC v2 does have gapless playback, John.
bo  Jan 03, 2024 (Staff)
Will this transport play cd's that were burned from iTunes? I see that unit is not compatible with all formats and I'm not sure this unit will work with a number of cds I created a few years ago.
mark  Jul 03, 2023
1 answer
Great question, Mark. The Cambridge Audio CXC (v2) can play only discs recorded in the CD-DA format designed for music reproduction, it cannot play discs with MP3, WMA, AAC, etc. You would have to confirm the file type on your burned CDs for a definitive answer, however. If you are open to units that have a built-in DAC (you can also connect with digital and use as a transport if you wish) I would consider the alternate Denon DCD-900NE in the link below. This is a stellar quality unit like the Cambridge, but it offers a wider range of supported disc formats.
bo  Jul 03, 2023 (Staff)
Will this work with a Topaz SR20 ?
michael  Feb 10, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Michael, and thank you for your question. You have great taste, I will say. Answer is yes, the CDC V2 does not have an internal DAC, but your Topaz SR20 does. Use either the COAX digital in, or the Optical digital inputs on the Topaz. I have the original CXC, and love it.
hogan  Feb 10, 2023 (Staff)
What file formats will it read?
djinx  Apr 06, 2022
2 answers
Plays discs in cd-da format.
rick  Apr 07, 2022
standard CD
robbie  Apr 06, 2022
Having trouble with some cds skipping. Some are older and not in perfect condition but played fine on my older player. Some of the cds are much newer and in great condition. Tried cleaning discs but they still skip. Any suggestions?
scott  Apr 05, 2022
3 answers
Return it for a replacement. Mine wouldn't read CDs at all. No issues with the replacement. Why buy it if you can't listen to old CDs, right?
martin  Apr 05, 2022
I too have had serious problems with this unit. Playing most cds presents no problem at all - until I bought a massive box of CDs on Sony, the Ormandy Columbia Mono legacy. For some reason I do not get, perhaps a third of them will not play on the Cambridge. They all play perfectly on my older Marantz and Denon players. Maybe it's the nature of a transport and not being a real cd player? I don't know. But it's frustrating and I've put it out of service.
martin  Apr 05, 2022
Ive experienced the same thing. Not happy with it. Would not buy again. Cheapest player i own plays cd better than the CA
raymond  Apr 05, 2022
does this transport has osd or on screen display?
michael  Mar 31, 2022
2 answers
Hello. The display is under the cd tray. Just as it shows in the picture. When it first reads the cd it shows you the length (time wise) and how many tracks. Press play and starts with track one. Its nothing fancy for a display I would say its basic. But once you press play and hear that first song you dont care about its pedestrian display. It goes away and a smile appears!
edgar  Apr 01, 2022
Just what's shown in the picture - no album art or anything like that.
charles  Mar 31, 2022
Will cxc v2 work with an older sansui G-6000 ?
chuck  Feb 19, 2022
4 answers
If you use the RCA outputs on the back of whatever DAC you have the CXC connected to and connect to the G-6000 using RCA connection cable it should work. You cannot use the TOSLINK outputs on the DAC because the G-6000 does not support that connection. I hope this helps,
david  Feb 23, 2022
The Sansui G-6000 stereo receiver has a built in Phono stage, and analog inputs but is too old to include an internal DAC. The CXC v2 would require an external DAC between it and the Sansui.
christian  Feb 23, 2022
No it will not, it is only a ""transport" that has no built in DAC (Digital Audio Converter) Your G-600 also does not have a DAC. You would have to purchase a separate DAC to plug the player into, then plug that DAC into your receiver. The less expensive Cambridge Audio AXC 35 player has a DAC and will work with your Sansui as is. (I have both the CXC and AXC 35 and the 35 is wonderful, the expensive CXC only plays discs when it feels like it, which is not very often.
richard  Feb 23, 2022
Hello, unfortunately it will not work with your sansui unless you purchase a dac then plug the cxc v2 to the dac. The cxc v2 is only a cd transport. You are better off purchasing a cd player like the marantz cd6007.
edgar  Feb 23, 2022
It seems crazy to have to ask here in 2022, but does the CXC v2 play CDs gaplessly, meaning adding no silences between tracks when there shouldn't be? Think certain prog rock albums (Dark Side of the Moon), classical, EDM, and jazz where one tracks seamlessly flows into another. Thanks.
ross  Feb 09, 2022
4 answers
It all depends how the CD was recorded. If it was recorded with no gaps, that's how it will play.
robert  Feb 15, 2022
Yes, it will play without adding unwanted gaps. Plays just like listening to a vinyl record.
charles t  Feb 09, 2022
I have the Solo Acoustic CD from Jackson Browne and it is hapless and plays hapless. Some transports seem not to be able to lock onto next track but the Cambridge does fine.
walter  Feb 09, 2022
Yes, it plays exactly like a regular CD player does. The only difference is there is no audio out - only a digital signal.
martin  Feb 09, 2022
Can I plug this into my CXN (V2) and use that as a DAC?
paul  Jan 13, 2022
4 answers
Hello, and yes you can. Its an excellent cd transport I highly recommend it.
edgar  Jan 14, 2022
If the CXN has digital inputs( I believe it does) you can use it as a DAC.
david  Jan 14, 2022
YES, the CXC v2 is specifically intended to be used with the CXN v2, or Azur 851N acting as the DAC. You could also use a standalone DAC, but the CXN v2 is pretty capable at it's price point.
christian  Jan 13, 2022
Yes, i have my cd player plugged into my CXN (V2).
rick  Jan 13, 2022
will this model work with the CXA81 so i don't need another DAC?
brian  May 03, 2021
4 answers
I have the CXA80, which has a built in DAC and I have the CXC CD transport that does not have a DAC. They work amazingly well together. I don't think you will need another DAC.
erick j  May 04, 2021
I have a CXA-80 and it works perfectly with the CXC v2. Indeed, if you read the material about the CX line, I believe you will find that the entire CX line is designed to work together.
donald a  May 03, 2021
I have it directly connected the the CXA81 amp so no worries there. I think the sound is really good and it is a nice, well built piece of equipment. I really can't imagine needing anything more than this as a CD player. Cheers!
matt  May 03, 2021
Not sure what the question is. If the question is "will a CXC CD transport work with a CXA81 without adding a DAC"? Yes it will. These two audio components are designed to work together. A very good combination. Lots of reviews available.
joe  May 03, 2021
Can this be paired with the Cambridge AXR100? I don't know if that receiver has DAC onboard...
greg  Mar 27, 2021
3 answers
It does require an outboard DAC. So if the AXR100 has one you should be good. I have mine connected to a Vincent integrated with an onboard DAC and it works great!
robert  Mar 28, 2021
Buy a separate DAC, but, yes. Out the preamp into the receiver. Not recommended. Just buy a DAC.
raymond j  Mar 27, 2021
I'm also a German auto lover. The CD transport does need a DAC, as you recognize. From the Cambridge webpage, it sure seems like that receiver has a DAC. So long as the receiver's digital inputs are compatible with the transport's digital outputs (coaxial would be my choice), you should be good.
john  Mar 27, 2021
Is the front aluminum in color and material?
janlg  Apr 12, 2020
3 answers
No, it more more of a gray color than aluminum or silver and mine has a chip on the face and so it appears that the face plate is only painted plastic. Rotel makes CD players that are aluminum and nearly match my Parasound Halo equipment in color.
richard  Feb 23, 2022
No it is a darker gray.
donald a  May 03, 2021
Yes. Very good build
john  Apr 15, 2020
What are the diferences between the CXC and the CXC v2?
harrison  Dec 05, 2019
1 answer
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
kristina  Dec 30, 2019 (Staff)

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