Cambridge Audio AX
Cambridge Audio introduces the AX series, a brand new range of hi-fi separates. Designed and engineered in the UK, AX has something to offer every music lover, hitting the perfect balance between performance and affordability. Consisting of two CD players, two integrated amplifiers and two stereo receivers, the AX range takes design and innovation cues from Cambridge Audio's CX and Edge hi-fi ranges. Like those award-winning products, it uses the company's 50-plus years of audio engineering expertise to deliver what Cambridge Audio has dubbed its "Great British Sound", a pure, unfiltered audio experience reflecting the artist's intentions - nothing added, nothing taken away.
With a single analog RCA output, remote control and a sleek Lunar Grey and black finish, the AXC25 makes the perfect affordable CD player for anyone seeking a value-based setup. The step-up AXC35 adds the option of a coaxial digital audio output. Both models are versatile, gapless playback CD players with the added ability to play home-recorded CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs with MP3 and WMA files on them.
Representing superb value for money, the AXA25 integrated stereo amplifier boasts a power output of 25W, 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. Moving up the range, the AXA35 offers additional connectivity, features and a greater power output of 35W. It's supplied with remote control and white display screen, a phono stage input and a 6.3mm headphone output. Both amplifiers come in the AX range's Lunar Gray and black color scheme.
With both power and flexibility aplenty, the AXR85 stereo receiver is an ideal choice for the more demanding listener. The 85W receiver is able to drive two stereo speaker zones and has a wide range of connectivity - three analog RCA inputs, a phono stage input, rec, and subwoofer outputs and a 3.5mm auxiliary input and 6.3mm headphone output upfront. It comes with an FM/AM tuner and a 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. Prices start at £229 for the AXC25 CD player. The most expensive component in the entire range - the AXR100 stereo receiver - will be priced at £449. Info and photos by Cambridge Audio.