Cambridge Audio Evo
Cambridge Audio has been at the forefront of British audio innovation for over 50 years and Evo represents an evolution in hi-fi - an all-in-one music player that combines timeless design, cutting edge technology, streaming smarts, and incredible audio performance into one streamlined and compact box. Designed in Cambridge Audio's London studio, Evo's minimal and timeless aesthetic will fit into any interior and lifestyle. Lead designer Ged Martin chose premium materials and used industrial design principles to create a product that champions simplicity and will endure for many years. Taking inspiration from the wood trims of the iconic P40, Cambridge Audio's first ever product from 1968, Evo has beautiful walnut wood side panels that complement the sleek, black anodised aluminium cabinet. Evo also comes with a choice of formed black side panels made from Richlite, an innovative new material made primarily from recycled paper. The side panels can be switched out according to each customer's style. Completing Evo's elegant design is a dual-concentric rotary dial and large 6.8in LCD display panel that shows off album artwork in full colour.
Evo uses high-quality components and is powered by a revolutionary Hypex NCore Class D amplification, which reproduces every detail in your music while remaining compact and energy-efficient. Evo comprises two models: Evo 150 is rated at 150 watts per channel, and Evo 75 has 75 watts per channel. The Hypex NCore power module was specifically chosen by Cambridge Audio's engineers as it offers class-leading audio performance and produces clear advantages in clarity, resolution and musicality. It's a big part of what makes Evo such an enjoyable listen.
At the heart of Evo lies Cambridge Audio's powerful StreamMagic platform. It's designed to be the best-sounding streaming platform around and supports the latest digital music formats and services. Both Evo models use powerful ESS Sabre DACs to ensure all digital music is converted to analogue sound with every ounce of detail, precision and dynamics intact. Whether you use Roon to organize your digital library or stream high-resolution MQA tracks using TIDAL Connect - Evo can play it all. And StreamMagic will ensure you hear your music in the best possible sound quality, no matter where you're playing it from and in whatever source quality.
Evo supports streaming using a variety of methods, including AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Chromecast built-in, Qobuz, Roon Ready, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and internet radio. Using the Evo couldn't be simpler, with the StreamMagic app offering comprehensive control over Evo. With the app, you have access to all your favourite streaming services at the tap of a button. You can use the app or the included remote to easily switch between inputs and play all your music from every connected source. Software updates and new features can be added remotely using the StreamMagic app, so you can be sure that Evo is always evolving and will be at the cutting edge of streaming technology.
Evo includes a wide array of digital and analogue connections, so you can add any source: from your existing turntable or CD player, to using Evo as your TV's sound system. Along with optical, coaxial and RCA inputs, there is a TV ARC input for connecting your TV using an HDMI cable. A 3.5mm headphone socket lets you plug in your favourite pair of headphones and listen to music at all hours. You can also connect your wireless turntable and wireless headphones using Evo's built-in aptX HD Bluetooth, allowing you to enjoy high-definition streamed music without the need for wires. Evo 150 features additional connectivity: a built-in moving magnet (MM) phono stage for compatible turntables, an asynchronous USB audio input, balanced XLR inputs and two sets of speaker terminals for running two pairs of speakers. Evo 150 (£2,249/€2,499/$3,000) and Evo 75 (£1,799/€1,999/$2,250) will be available from April 2021. Info and photos by Cambridge Audio.