Cambridge Audio Introduces Affordable Line of Hi-Fi Separates

Cambridge Audio AX line includes CD player, integrated amplifier, two stereo receivers—each under $500.


Hi-fi separates are alive and well in the Cambridge Audio camp, as the British audio manufacturer announces a new range of products comprising its AX series. The goal of the development of the AX series products is to strike a balance between performance and affordability, as every product sits below $500 retail.

Consisting of a CD player, an integrated amplifier and two stereo receivers, the AX range takes design and innovation cues from Cambridge Audio’s CX and Edge hi-fi ranges and will be available mid-June.

AXC35 CD player – $349

With a single analog RCA output, remote control and a Lunar Grey and black finish, the AXC35 is a versatile CD player offering gapless playback with the added ability to play home recorded CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs with MP3 and WMA files on them.

The AXC35 also includes the option of a coaxial digital audio output.

AXA35 integrated amplifier – $349

The AXA35 integrated stereo amplifier boasts a power output of 35W, four analog RCA inputs, a single RCA output for recording purposes and a USB port with 5V 500mA of power for adding a Bluetooth receiver, plus a 3.5mm auxiliary stereo input on the front panel.

It’s supplied with a remote control and white display screen, a phono stage input and a 6.3mm headphone output.

AXR85 stereo receiver – $399; AXR100 stereo receiver – $499

The AXR85 stereo receiver delivers 85W and able to drive two stereo speaker zones.

Plus it supports a wide range of connectivity options: three analog RCA inputs, a phono stage input, rec and subwoofer outputs and a 3.5mm auxiliary input and 6.3mm headphone output up front.

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It comes with an FM/AM tuner and built-in Bluetooth receiver for wireless streaming.

Sitting at the very top of the AX range is the AXR100 stereo receiver, which takes the AXR85’s template and adds digital inputs (two optical and one coaxial) while increasing the power output to 100W.

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