Cambridge Audio is best known for its beautiful hi-fi audio components that, unfortunately, most people simply won’t be able to afford. However, the British audio maker’s new AX range — consisting of a CD player, integrated amplifier and two stereo receiver — strikes the perfect balance between hi-fi and value.
The range “takes design and innovation cues from Cambridge Audio’s CX and Edge hi-fi ranges,” according to the company’s press release, but brings the price down to something very manageable. The AXC35 CD player and the AXA35 integrated amplifier, for example, both cost $349; and the two stereo receivers, the AXR85 and the AXR85, cost $399 and $499, respectively. Compare that to Cambridge Audio’s Edge series, which includes the Edge A integrated amplifier ($5,000), Edge NQ streamer ($4,000) and Edge W power amplifier ($3,000). You might say that’s slightly more expensive.
The new, cheaper, CD player and the integrated amplifier will be available to order mid-June 2019, while the two stereo receivers will be available in July.
Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.
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