Starting at $349

This Notoriously High-End Audio Company Made a Hi-Fi System You Can Afford


June 7, 2019 Tech By

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.

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