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Cambridge Audio AXR100

Stereo receiver with Bluetooth®

Item # 779AXR100

A perfect centerpiece for a two-channel system: plenty of power, digital and analog connections, and elegant good looks

A perfect centerpiece for a two-channel system: plenty of power, digital and analog connections, and elegant good looks

Item # 779AXR100

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About the Cambridge Audio AXR100

A powerful receiver to build your system around

I've always loved Cambridge Audio receivers — they provide plenty of power and a handy array of connections, plus the brushed aluminum front plate projects an understated elegance. The beefy toroidal transformer inside the AXR100 is the foundation for the receiver's 100 watts per channel of clean power — plenty to drive a pair of Aeromax 6 towers, or just about any other speakers you like.

A powerful receiver to build your system around

I've always loved Cambridge Audio receivers — they provide plenty of power and a handy array of connections, plus the brushed aluminum front plate projects an understated elegance. The beefy toroidal transformer inside the AXR100 is the foundation for the receiver's 100 watts per channel of clean power — plenty to drive a pair of Aeromax 6 towers, or just about any other speakers you like.

Digital and analog connections

You'll find plenty of inputs for just about any component you want to connect to the AXR100. There are two Toslink optical digital inputs on the back panel (my favorite way to hook up my TV), and one coaxial digital input, which is ideal for connecting a CD transport like the Cambridge CXC.

Analog music lovers have plenty to work with, too. There's a dedicated phono stage for connecting a turntable with moving magnet cartridge, and three more RCA inputs for your other components. If you want to use your mobile device as a source, a 3.5mm aux input is conveniently located on the front panel. And built-in Bluetooth® makes it easy to stream music wirelessly from a compatible phone, tablet, or laptop.

The AXR100 features a stereo "record out" output on the back panel, and a mono RCA output lets you hook up a powered subwoofer, to provide some extra low-frequency punch. Two sets of binding posts give you the flexibility to set up A and B speaker pairs, and a front-panel selector makes switching between them easy.


Product highlights:

  • 100 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.15% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • toroidal transformer ensures clean, dynamic sound
  • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music listening with compatible smartphones, tablets and computers
  • plays high-resolution digital music files (PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz)
  • 30 AM/FM station presets (US and European tuning)
  • front-panel A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
  • brushed aluminum front panel
  • remote control included
  • two Toslink optical digital audio inputs
  • one coaxial digital audio input
  • three stereo RCA inputs for connecting components
  • dedicated phono stage for turntables with moving magnet cartridges
  • front-panel 3.5mm stereo aux input
  • two pairs of binding post speaker connectors
  • mono RCA output for a powered subwoofer
  • stereo RCA record out output
  • Type-A USB port for firmware updates
  • full-size front-panel headphone jack
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Stereo receiver
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (AXR85/AXR100)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • FM-coax connector
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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2Ch Amplifier: The Cambridge Audio AXR100 stereo receiver delivers 100 watts x 2 channels into 8-ohms @ 20-20kHz with 0.15% THD.

AM/FM Tuner: The built-in AM/FM tuner provides manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 15 FM presets and 15 AM presets. The tuner supports RDS for station name song/artist information (no album art). You can select between US (AM: 530-1710kHz / FM: 87.5-108MHz) or European (AM: 522-1629kHz / FM: 87.5-108MHz) tuning. You can select between Stereo or Mono when listening to FM; for low quality stereo FM signals, selecting mono can usually reduce the noise. There is 75-ohm FM connector and a 300-ohm two-wire AM connector on the receiver back-panel. A FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Cambridge Audio AXR100 features built-in Bluetooth 5.0 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP). You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth-enabled source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer) to the AXR100 stereo receiver. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from the included remote. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth source device. The receiver can pair with up to 8 devices, but only one can be used for playback at a time. The unit will automatically connect with the last paired device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The Cambridge Audio AXR100 is equipped with a with two optical (toslink) digital inputs and one coaxial (RCA) digital input for connection of a CD player, DVD player, or TV. The digital inputs support 2ch PCM audio (16- or 24-bit / 32-192kHz).

Note: The digital inputs do not support Dolby Digital, DTS, or other multichannel audio formats.

Line-Level Inputs: The Cambridge Audio AXR100 stereo receiver is outfitted with three rear-panel line-level analog RCA outputs for connection of external audio source devices - such as a CD player, tape-deck, or network streaming device (all sold separately). There is also a front-panel Aux (3.5mm) input for connection of a portable audio device with an analog line-level or headphone output.

Phono Input: The Cambridge Audio AXR100 has a built-in Phono preamplifier (Phono Stage) with a rear-panel phono input and ground terminal. The phono input supports turntables outfitted with Phono Cartridges of the Moving Magnet (MM) or high output Moving Coil (MC) type (between 2-6mV output and 30-50k load impedance). The Ground terminals on both the AXR100 stereo receiver and your turntable should be connected (where possible) with a ground wire for lowest noise/hum pickup.

Note: Low output Moving Coil cartridge types (<1mV and usually 10-1000 ohm load impedance) cannot be directly connected to the phono input and will require an external phono preamplifier (sold separately) compatible with low output Moving Coil cartridges.

Record Output: The Cambridge Audio AXR100 stereo receiver features a stereo RCA record output for connecting a CD recorder, tape deck or other compatible recording device. The record output provides a constant line level output that does not fluctuate with the volume of the stereo receiver.

Note: The Record output cannot be used as a preamp output or subwoofer output.

Binding Post A/B Speaker Terminals: The Cambridge Audio AXR100 is equipped with a A & B speaker terminals for connecting up to two pair of loudspeakers or bi-wiring a single pair of loudspeakers. These binding post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 12AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual). Plastic caps need to be removed from the binding post terminals in order to use banana plugs. When connecting a single pair of speakers you can use 4-ohm to 8-ohm compatible speakers. When connecting two pair of loudspeakers or when bi-wiring a single pair of loudspeaker use only 8-ohm compatible speakers.

Note: When used together, the A & B speaker output terminals will always playback the same source content at the same volume level.

Subwoofer Output: The Cambridge Audio stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-RCA subwoofer output for connecting a powered subwoofer. The subwoofer output features a fixed 200Hz low-pass crossover filter.

1/4" Headphone Jack: The front-panel 1/4" headphone jack allows for connection of a set of stereo headphones with an impedance between 32 and 600-ohms. Connecting a set of headphones will automatically mute the stereo receiver's speaker outputs.

USB Charging Port: There is a USB-A (5V/500mA) port located on the back of the AXR100 stereo receiver that can be used to charge your smartphone or tablet, or supply power to a Bluetooth adapter.

Note: This USB port does not support audio playback.

Simple Control: The Cambridge Audio stereo receiver offers front-panel controls for simple, convenient operation. The included IR remote provides wireless operation of the stereo receiver.

  • Volume/Mute: A front-panel rotary knob or push-buttons on the remote control the volume level of the receiver's speaker outputs, subwoofer output, and headphone output. It does not affect the level of the Record Output. There is also a Mute function on the remote control.
  • Tone & Balance: You'll be able to adjust Bass (100Hz) & Treble (20kHz) from -10 to +10dB, as well as adjust the balance in sound output between the connected left and right speakers.

Front-Panel Display: The front-panel display indicates selected input source, station identification, and menu selections; as well as volume and tone levels.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
Wanted an "old school" style receiver without excessive extras yet modern enough to no longer want my vintage equipment. Unit has nice reviews and interesting internal components. 100wpc and a 3 digital inputs. Sub out plus it's not black. Reminds me of my old Carver equipment from the late 80's. [ Craig  Apr 29, 2020 ]
A Crutchfield advisor recommended it. [ R  Apr 02, 2020 ]
Very simple operation, grounded phono input, bluetooth...and advisor guidance [ Daniel  Jan 31, 2020 ]
Highly rated and reviews concerning clear sound and reproduction. [ Robert  Dec 13, 2019 ]
I have had a Cambridge CXA80 integrated ,and I am curious about this Cambridge product because I did like the CXA80 . I will let you know how this item performs as soon as it arrives . [ Darryl W.  Nov 28, 2019 ]

12 questions already asked

Does this receiver allow speakers A & B to be used simultaneously?
[ Wade  Jun 03, 2020 ]
5 answers
Yes, of course.
[ Joseph  Jun 03, 2020 ]
[ MARK M.  Jun 03, 2020 ]
I think you can but I've never tried. I only run a since pair of Maggies and the receiver works fine.
[ Stuart  Jun 03, 2020 ]
Indeed it does!
[ James Marty  Jun 03, 2020 ]
That is an affirmative.
[ Joel  Jun 03, 2020 ]
How this compare to TOPAZ SR20, seems as on paper specifications looks same apart of added Bluetooth. Is there any improvement in sound quality?
[ Polaris  May 07, 2020 ]
1 answer
On paper it seems about the same other than (as you mentioned) Bluetooth, but also a more current DAC. (I think I read somewhere it was a Cirrus chip, instead of a Wolfson one in the Topaz, but now I can't find that anywhere.) Either way it'd be a newer DAC.
[ Tanner  May 08, 2020 ]
How do you adjust bass and treble I didn't see any knobs?
[ Bob  Apr 23, 2020 ]
1 answer
Push the menu button and adjust with the dial.
[ Patrick  Apr 23, 2020 ]
What type of input jack is the FM antenna? Is it RCA? How can I connect a coaxial antenna cable?
[ Peter  Apr 07, 2020 ]
1 answer
I didn't connect the FM on mine but it did come with a coaxial adapter for the antenna
[ Bradley  Apr 08, 2020 ]
What is the power rating when paired with 6 ohm speakers?
[ James  Apr 02, 2020 ]
3 answers
100 watts per channel
[ Lawrence  Apr 02, 2020 ]
i don't have any information on the power output at 6ohms, I am driving a pair of elac debut 6.2 , if i was to turn the volume past the 11o,clock i would loose my hearing , more power than i will ever push to its top power level. enjoy it , very good product.
[ Joe  Apr 02, 2020 ]
Hello, thanks for reaching out James. I am not a technical expert but, in all my electronic experience when you decrease the ohms from 8 to 6 a natural 20% reduction should be expected. Hope this helps.
[ Joel  Apr 02, 2020 ]
Does the receiver accommodate for 120 V in the US?
[ G  Mar 25, 2020 ]
5 answers
Yes. I live in the US and this plugs in to a standard 120V outlet.
[ Todd  Apr 22, 2020 ]
[ Scott  Apr 20, 2020 ]
Yes. I'm in rural Arizona, and it plugs into 120v line voltage.
[ DAVID WENDEL  Apr 20, 2020 ]
Yes, mine came setup to be plugged into US 110-120 60Hz power line. I recommend a good surge suppressor as this is a nice unit and one would not like to leave it open to a lightning surge
[ David  Apr 20, 2020 ]
Yes it does as 120 is common voltage in the US
[ GEORGE  Apr 20, 2020 ]
Does it have a phone input for turntable along with a ground connection? Thanks
[ Tlevel5  Jan 08, 2020 ]
11 answers
I guess I'm not sure in regards to a phone connect for turntable? There are dedicated phono inputs for a turntable as well as ground connection. I currently do have a Denon turntable hooked up to it, but only requires the 2 phono jacks. Does this help?
[ Todd  Jan 09, 2020 ]
Yes this receiver has a phono input and ground. I have my turntable hooked up to this and my vinyl sounds great!
[ William  Jan 09, 2020 ]
Yes it had a phono output and a ground. The only negative for me is the Bluetooth distance. Otherwise it's an amazing simple amp. Just what I was looking for. No bells or whistles.
[ DARRELL  Jan 09, 2020 ]
Yes, it does! That was important to me too. It also has a Bluetooth connection as well FYI...
[ Robert  Jan 09, 2020 ]
Yes, the AXR100 has a built-in phono stage which supports both moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges along with a corresponding ground connection for a turntable.
[ William  Jan 09, 2020 ]
Yes, it has a phono input and a ground terminal.
[ William  Jan 08, 2020 ]
Yes it does
[ Robert  Jan 08, 2020 ]
Yes, it has the connection with the ground.
[ Jennifer  Jan 08, 2020 ]
Yes it has a phono input along with a ground connection.
[ William  Jan 08, 2020 ]
yes it has phone and ground for turn table
[ karen  Jan 08, 2020 ]
yes it phone and ground
[ karen  Jan 08, 2020 ]
Is there a way to connect to a Sirius XM radio, or Echo?
[ David  Nov 28, 2019 ]
2 answers
Well, there are auxiliary inputs and two optical inputs that I use for my CD player and TV and also a phono input, not sure what kind of outputs XM radio or Echo have but really I use Bluetooth. I have an app on my smartphone for my jazz station which I can pair and also I have a laptop in my office room and one in my music studio that I can Bluetooth my music upstairs to my home stereo.
[ Robert  Nov 28, 2019 ]
If either of those have Bluetooth then yes. I use the Bluetooth input frequently with great results.
[ Sabrina  Nov 28, 2019 ]
Hi People ! What of these speakers would you recommend to match this amp? MISSION LX-2, MISSION QX-2, JAMO C93, MONITOR AUDIO BRONZE 2 ? Thanks!
[ Nyac!  Nov 24, 2019 ]
1 answer
I am unfamiliar with the Mission line up. But I really like the Monitor Audio line up. Those Bronze speakers would great, and will pair up with that amp really well!
[ Calvin  Dec 16, 2019 ]  Staff
Is the housing and front made from plastic or metal? What about the volume dial?
[ Simen  Oct 20, 2019 ]
3 answers
The housing is made of heavy sheet metal. The top and sides are matte black. The front housing appears to be made of a similar or perhaps slightly thicker gauge metal (I didn't take apart to measure), with the edges rolled back so it looks at a glance like a thick plate. The front is finished in a slightly metallic silver paint. The volume dial is cast plastic, painted in the same metallic as the front panel. Dial has a good feel and in my opinion it doesn't feel "cheap," but it also doesn't have the "luxe" feel you'd expect with say a machined piece of stainless steel you might find on more expensive amps.
[ Jay  Oct 21, 2019 ]
The faceplate is brushed aluminum but the dial is plastic.
[ William  Oct 20, 2019 ]
The front is metal. Not sure about the volume knob but it is the most solid volume knob I have ever had. This unit is well worth the money.
[ Robert  Oct 20, 2019 ]
Can you bi amp speakers?
[ Will  Aug 24, 2019 ]
4 answers
this receiver is not capable of 'bi-amping' speakers. It can run two sets of speakers, however.
[ Calvin  Sep 17, 2019 ]  Staff
Not sure if I understand the question but there is a "Bi-Wire" connection available if your speakers have two sets of terminals. Bi-Wiring sends the bass and treble down separate cables for clearer sound. Hope that answers your question.
[ Robert  Sep 16, 2019 ]
in order to biamp speakers you must have two sets of terminals on the back of the speaker. One for the woofers and the other for the set of tweeters. this is because you have a crossover Network that sends the speaker through these different components come on. also most of the speakers on the market today are of 8 ohm impedance. once you buy amp a set of speakers you dropped the impedance down to four or possibly 2 ohms. you have to pretty much have a high-powered amplifier to even do this. I'm not saying some possible but you really have to have somebody who knows what they're doing to set this up. Personally I wouldn't think of doing it. The sound quality it's not worth the difference for all the hassle to do it. I had a friend who tried this years ago and he was not happy with the results. Then you have the expense of having to buy two amplifiers. Hope that helps. Have a good day!
[ John Mc  Sep 16, 2019 ]
on some set of speakers you can. Most of these speakers will have two sets of Jax on the back. If you don't see them you cannot do it. the reason is you have crossover networks between woofers mid-range speakers and tweeters. You are so have to watch the impedance level other speakers. Most speakers today or 8 ohms. once you buy amp to speakers it may drop down to four or even two ohms.
[ John Mc  Sep 16, 2019 ]

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