Cambridge Debuts Minx Xi All-in-One Media Streamer
Cambridge Audio's Minx Xi Streaming Digital Music System is a desktop component that supports streaming audio, network audio and traditional audio sources. It includes audiophile-grade components such as Wolfson DACs, an over-sized Toroidal power supply and a Class A/B amplifier section.
Cambridge Audio has always been a go-to brand for value-minded audiophiles. But over the past couple of years the company has been diversifying its outreach through the development of its Minx series of products, which are designed to satisfy digital audio consumers with audiophile performance.
Cambridge Audio has introduced the Minx Xi Streaming Digital Music System (MSRP $899) that is available now through its North American distributor, Audio Plus Services. The Minx Xi features a contemporary industrial design and a variety of features that support legacy audio sources, streaming audio and wireless audio sources.
The all-in-one solution incorporates user-friendly features such as Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming and the ability to playback high-resolution audio files stored on a UPnP server, networked attached storage (NAS) drive and computer. Cambridge also incorporates streaming Internet radio with services like the BBC’s iPlayer Radio, Pandora and Rhapsody.
At the core of the Minx Xi is a Class A/B amplifier rated to deliver 40 watts into 8 ohms or 55 watts into 4 ohms. It also features Wolfson digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and an over-sized Toroidal power supply that ensure the amp’s ability to instantly deliver power on demand.
Other features offered with the Minx Xi include a free control app for Apple iOS and Android, a choice of analog and digital connections highlighted by USB sockets that can also charge smart devices, wireless 802.11 b/g and Ethernet, and provisions to hook up a subwoofer to provide clients with a compact 2.1 system solution.
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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
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