About the Cambridge Audio CXA60
Are you passionate about your music?
Are you passionate about your music?
As music lovers, we're very fond of Cambridge Audio components. Why? Because the team of designers at Cambridge are passionate about music, too. Take their CXA60 integrated amplifier for example. The Cambridge folks crafted this amp to wring every bit of detail and texture from your favorite recordings, without wringing every penny from your wallet.
Plus, while many integrated amplifiers have only analog inputs, the CXA60 gives you optical and coaxial digital inputs that feed this amp's high-quality Wolfson digital-to-analog converter (DAC). That means you can connect a network music player or streaming media device, as well as your tape deck and AM/FM tuner. The CXA60's DAC is as adept at decoding high-resolution audio files from your digital music player as it is at improving the sound quality of your old CD player. You can even stream music directly from your Bluetooth® enabled portable devices by adding Cambridge Audio's optional BT100 adapter.
Real power for the real world
At the heart of the CXA60 is a high-performance, 60 watt-per-channel amplifier. Cambridge Audio's conservative power rating only tells part of this amp's story. Each channel's 60 watts are generated courtesy of a power supply that employs an audiophile-grade toroidal transformer for plenty of steady, low-noise current. The transformer is centrally located inside the chassis to minimize interference with sensitive preamp circuitry, and surrounded by hefty extruded heat sinks for cool, efficient operation.
In addition to its ample power output, this integrated amp uses symmetrical and separately laid out right- and left-channel circuits with a greatly reduced component count in the signal path compared to previous models. This keeps distortion and interference from cluttering the signal, for rich, multi-layered sound and superb stereo separation. The result of all that beefy construction is an amp capable of handling the heavy demands of 4-ohm speakers as well as all the dynamic peaks in music that make it sound real.
Tone controls, direct mode, and room for extra speakers
The CXA60 features two pairs of speaker connectors, front-panel treble and bass controls, and Direct mode for bypassing these tone controls if you desire even purer sound. There's also a subwoofer output and preamp outs for expanding your system, as well as a front-panel headphone jack for late-night music listening that won't disturb others.
- 60 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (90 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms)
- 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
- THD: 0.02% (20-20,000 Hz at 80% of rated power)
- built-in high-performance Wolfson WM8740 DAC
- toroidal power transformer for low noise and high-current output
- separate left and right channel heat sinks and symmetrical separated circuit paths for maximum stereo separation and minimal cross-channel interference
- high-quality ALPs film-type volume control provides superb low-level channel balance and stereo imaging
- relay-based input source switching with silver-plated contacts for maximum signal transfer
- full-metal casework with thick, brushed aluminum front panel and acoustically damped chassis for enhanced resonance control
- 2 optical and 1 coaxial digital audio inputs
- 4 stereo RCA audio inputs, 1 front-panel minijack (3.5mm) audio input
- Bluetooth®-ready with optional Cambridge Audio adapter
- 1 stereo RCA preamp output and a dedicated mono subwoofer output
- minijack headphone output
- switchable A+B speaker outputs with binding-post connectors
Other Info and Specs:
- class A/B amplifier design
- 16-15/16"W x 4-1/2"H x 13-7/16"D
- weight: 18.3 lbs.
- If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in your TV's audio menu. The built-in DAC cannot decode multi-channel Dolby® Digital signals.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # C10760K
What's in the box:
- Stereo integrated amplifier
- 6' AC power cord
- Remote control (RC-CXA/C/N)
- 3 "AAA" batteries
- 39" mono-RCA control cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Important Safety Instructions. "Thank You" card
Cambridge Audio CXA60 reviews
Love this amp. Improved the sound quality of my music. Works well with Bluetooth adapter (necessity) connecting to Apple Music on my Phone and seamless connection to Cambridge Solo preamp for my turntable. Plenty of analog and digital connections. Powerful enough to run bookshelf speakers in two rooms well. Negatives: remote control does not appear to have a selector for A vs B vs both speakers so you have to get up and do that on the unit. No big deal but puzzling that was left off. Seen other reviews that noted volume nob does not have a mark to show volume level. I carefully drew a small neat mark with black marker at Zero volume on nob so I can see where the volume is at when I turn it on. Can see it if looking for it but not ugly.
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Build quality is very good. Sound is excellent. I'm disappointed with the remote (seems to be a lot of unnecessary buttons) and the online apps available to control with your phone are non existent.
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Well I waited a bit to decide how to put this review and let me start by saying Crutchfield has the best customer service I've ever seen bar none and I'll definitely be buying my hifi and audio needs from them from now on. Let me start by saying I love the cxa60 and it's perhaps the best amp in its price as per the what hifi review. It's sound is a blend of fantastic realism and excitement from all inputs no matter. At first I had hooked to a pair of pioneer speakers which paired with the amp proved a less than stellar performance but upon switching to some polks I had laying around it became a tour de force of audiophile bliss everything I could have hoped for. So why the three stars then, well I purchased a silver version which looks sweet by the way and after getting and setting it up I found the headphone jack was doa and Crutchfield being so awesome switched it out. I received my new one in black because they were out of the silver and upon hooking it up I discovered that there's something loose in the amp and the volume knob has a left channel bias. So with some build quality caveats it's a great amp and totally deserving of its many great reviews. However my mileage has certainly varied and decided to go with a Parasound integrated which while roughly four times the money sounds to me like heaven and of course build quality is spot on 1000%. I wanted so much to like this amp and I did I just can't take not knowing if I'll get a good one or not.
Pros: Lively rich sound with full body and meaty sound. Inputs galore and wonderful choice. The extra Bluetooth dongle works and sounds great also.
Cons: Build quality is spotty at best and iffy.
13 of 13 found this helpful
The amplifier sounds very good with my Klipsch R-28F speakers as I had expected.
Pros: Well made. Liked Controller. BT100 bluetooth add-on works well.
7 of 7 found this helpful
Amazing! Phenomenal! Best bang for the buck! The purity and clarity is unmatched. I PROMISE if you spend the extra money you won't be disappointed!!!
Pros: Can compete with units costing thousands more.
8 of 8 found this helpful
The Cambridge CXA60 and thevB&W 685 s2 speakers are a match made in heaven. Totally blew away all of my expectations. I am also using Audioquest Type 4 speaker cables. I run Tidal through Wi-Fi using the Chromecast Audio. The sound is excellent !!
Pros: Sound quality Build quality Inputs
11 of 11 found this helpful
Bright clear sound! Music has never siunded so good.Plenty of power to move 6 ohm elac speakers. Highly recommend!
10 of 10 found this helpful
Great amp at a very accessible price (especially with it on a black Friday special). Very precise and detailed. You can hear the picks and the breaths. Very happy with my purchase and enjoying listening to it now!
Pros: Great amp, very happy with audio performance
Cons: Nothing really other than it isn't in my universal remote menu.
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This is an awesome integrated amp! The sound is excellent and the power is plenty! Paired with Elac UniFi B5, which it pushes effortlessly. Highly recommend! Sound is warm and engaging!
Cons: None at all!
10 of 11 found this helpful
I reviewed both CXA 80 and CXA60 at length . For days. Ultimately settled down for CXA 60. Inspite of my speakers being power hungry ( ELAC Unifi UB 5 ) . The editors at what hi fi knew what they were talking about . CXA 60 , specially if you listen to lot of vocals , is head and shoulder above CXA 80 , which is much louder. This is my first review ever and I felt compelled to let you all know that CXA 60 for some reason is really a music fan's dream - specially someone who is on a budget!
49 of 50 found this helpful
The amplifier is everything I expected. Beautifully sounding. Delivers more detail and separation to all my music. Has plenty of connection options and looks very modern.
Cons: Does not include Bluetooth
19 of 22 found this helpful
Cant be more happier. It can even make an $80 pair of speakers sound like $500.
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Just picked one of these up to compliment my Denon X4300H receiver, Rythmik Sub and Kef R500 towers. Let me tell you, outside of my speakers, this was easily my best electronics purchase in many years. Crystal clear, dynamic and separated stereo sound. This piece of equipment exudes quality from the packaging it arrived in to the sound it outputs. I have the L/R pre-outs on my AVR going through this unit. It powers the front L/R for both Surround sound content running through the AVR and stereo listening that bypasses the AVR completely. Perfect setup. Now I can enjoy surround sound and high quality music playback with no hassle. Make no mistake, I have had numerous AVRs and none of them hold a candle to this for listening to music in stereo. That includes some of the more musical AVRs like Anthem and Arcam. While these do a respectable job for an AVR, you just can't beat running a separate integrated stereo amp for music. It took me years and a lot of money to figure this out. Always felt my music was suffering but couldn't figure out why. The purchase of this answered that question. Excellent purchase and as usual Crutchfield presented an awesome purchasing experience.
Pros: Very solid build with classy looks Functional and comfortable remote Excellent sound quality!!!
Cons: No light on volume dial
11 of 11 found this helpful
I am using this for my desktop computer, yes it might be a little overkill. Running optical into the amp out to psb mini's. Speakers set on isoacoustics stands. I do have an inexpensive powered sub hiding under a file cabinet. This is replacing paradigm set up that i thought sounded good, until I heard this. I have had this setup for about a year and i can honestly say it is awesome. If you want a sweet desktop setup, this will be beyond expectations. Sounds fabulous at any volume.
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Great sounding amp.
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I was obsessively reading reviews on Stereophile, Michael Lavorgna's Audiostream, John Darko's digitalaudioreview dot net and What HiFi websites. What HiFi recommends this highly, so I demoed this a few times at the local store with Elac UniFi bookshelves. It sounded pretty good, so I sprang for this unit.. Other amps I considered were NAD C338, NAD C356BEE, Peachtree Nova150, Rogue Audio Sphinx V2, Rotel RA-1570 (disappointingly lifeless and twice the price), Wyred4Sound mINT and Cambridge Audio CXA-80. I went for this unit because it is bang for the buck. I am a budget-conscious music lover who was in the market for a good integrated amplifier for my music needs. I am from India, so I listen to a lot of Indian and Pakistani music, along with hard rock, heavy metal (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Arctic Monkeys). punk rock and some pop. If you listen to the kind of music that I do, be warned that any speaker costing <$20,000 will need a subwoofer. Also, if you are a vinyl fan, be prepared to spend $10,000 to get really good sound. I am running this amp hooked up to a pair of Aperion Audio Verus II Grand Bookshelf (87 dB, 6 ohm) speakers and a Hsu Research VTF-1 MK3 subwoofer. Chromecast Audio is serving as the audio streamer, arguably the weakest point in the whole system. Unless you listen to high-res music, this unit has you covered. Do consider something like an Auralic Aries or Aries Mini, or Bluesound Node 2 for serious digital
Pros: - 4-ohm stable and sufficient power for a lot of modern speakers - check speakers specs before buying! I don't feel the need to go beyond 9'o clock for my speakers. - CAP5 protection works very well. I accidentally shorted the speaker wires, and the unit went into a protection mode. Phew! A cheaper unit might have fried itself... - All inputs on the back are labeled upside down - impressive attention to detail. - Well built and looks nice.
Cons: - Volume control is confounding. I accidentally played my headphones at full volume - unpleasant, to say the least. - Binding posts have a cap in the end which need to be removed to use banana plugs. This is mentioned NOWHERE - not even in the manual.. - Cambridge Audio website lists some of the important specifications you need to know before buying an amp, but these numbers are not provided for this unit. - No USB input. - No bluetooth - Headphone jack is 3.5 mm, not 6.3 mm.
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I went from DENON AV receiver with all the bells and whistles to the CAMBRIDGE amp because I wasn't even using the "surround sound" for movies. Now,even though , every component was running through the DENON and worked fine, I considered MY MUSIC to be of greater importance. So, that's where I put my time and energy. SIMPLIFY!!! The CAMBRIDGE CXA60 gives me just the right hookups from analog to digital ( and TOSLINK) no nonsense front panel and good,clean sound through my new Wharfedale floor speakers. I'm still able to listen to CD's I burn, listen to music through Directv, and, if I want have some surround sound for music DVD's I've researched alot over the past year...separate components, good cables, and power conditioner will make you stand there DUMBFOUNDED...I constantly hear "new" things in the songs and the vocal clarity gives me goosepumps. This AMP also allows me adjustments to bass/treble..I like that!
Pros: I really made the right decision buying this unit for my needs
Cons: runs a little warm...make sure you let the unit "BREATHE" The remote is awkward...not backlit, and in dim light you can't tell which end is up some of the speaker jacks are not gripping speaker cable terminations tightly ...am considering replacing the unit with another CXA60
13 of 14 found this helpful
This goes in my home office as I listen to a lot of music in there on my computer (I also have a turntable, more on that later). One Toslink cable from the computer into this is how I'm connecting it. I'm not an audiophile but I can tell when something sounds good and this does-- I can genuinely say that it is surprising how good it is. In addition to my digital library I use an old turntable and external phono preamp as a source. The CX-60 handles analog material great making it very versatile. Just for fun I plugged my iPhone into the front panel (A4) and tried that as a source and was shocked at how good that was. I'm running this into a pair of Bowers and Wilkins CM1 S2 bookshelf speakers and it is a great match. This might seem like overkill for an office system but I love music and haven't heard sound like this in a long time. AV receivers (at least the kind I can afford) can't do music this kind of justice. My only complaints have to do with the somewhat flimsy feeling tone knobs (yes, I use tone knobs sometimes!) and the volume knob marker (you can't see it).
Pros: Looks nice with quality materials and build. Does not take up much space. Sound is outstanding regardless of the source (though high quality digital material really shines).
Cons: Somewhat flimsy feeling tone knobs. Hard to see volume level mark on knob.
10 of 10 found this helpful
I started my search for a new amp after switching to a set of high sensitivity speakers (Klipsch Cornwalls) my older amp would hiss at any listening level and really didn't do the speakers any justice. After many days of researching amplifiers I settled on trying the cxa60. Setup was easy and in no time I was back in the groove. Immediately I noticed that my hiss was no longer audible at low levels. Sound was clear and defined at every level. The design and interface are clean and simplistic, leaving you with only what's necessary to enjoy your music. Overall I'm very happy with this amp.
Pros: Clean design, excellent performance.
Cons: Not at the moment
11 of 11 found this helpful
Did not buy unit from Crutchfield but will review anyway. Have cxa60 mated with focal 706 bookshelf speakers and a polk audio freebee psw 111 sub . Unit replaced a denon dra 397. It has a lot better control over focals and sub.the 60 watt rating is very conservative in my opintion most likely do to the power suppy. I am running lossless I tunes thru usb into dac magic as only source right now. Have had the unit for about two weeks now. Prob still breaking it in. I bought cxa60 and focals in Portland Oregon
Pros: Great sound q.unit very well build. Night and day diff. Over denon dra 397
Cons: None yet.
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More details on the Cambridge Audio CXA60
Features & specs
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||60|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||90|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||Not Given|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||Yes|
|High-resolution Audio Playback||No|
|Total Analog Inputs||5|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||1|
|Preamp Outputs||Stereo, Sub|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
60 Watts x 2 Channel: Rated at 60 watts x 2 channel into 8Ω (or 90 watts x 2 channel into 4Ω), the Cambridge Audio CXA60 integrated amplifier is powerful enough to drive some of the most demanding speakers, yet has the nuance and subtlety demanded by modern recordings. The CXA60's class AB amplifier design, along with its centrally mounted oversized toroidal transformer and extruded heatsinks, will reveal spectacular detail in your music.
Oversized Toroidal Transformer: The CXA60 integrated amplifier's power comes from an oversized audiophile-grade toroidal transformer, which keep magnetic flux level extremely low, benefiting the other internal components. This low-flux toroidal transformer also enhances performance and delivers incredible control over your speakers. The toroidal transformer is mounted centrally inside the chassis of the integrated amp to reduce flux or magnetic disturbance from the volume pot.
Symmetrical & Separated Circuitry: The entire internal layout of the CXA60 is designed to minimize left/right crosstalk and provide astonishing stereo separation, thanks to its symmetrical and separated circuit paths. By entirely separating the left and right channel heat sinks, and using symmetrical and separated circuit paths for the two channels, the CXA60 will deliver stunning stereo separation and minimum cross-channel interference with great soundstage performance.
Volume Pot: An ALPs film volume pot delivers accurate volume control and superb low level channel balance.
Dynamic Thermal Tracking Transistors: The output power transistors used by the CXA60 incorporate integrated Dynamic Thermal Tracking. Integrated Dynamic Thermal tracking provides a far more accurate reading of the real temperature of a transistor, and relays it faster too because it's not a delayed heating effect. This enables Cambridge Audio to bias the amplifier more accurately and in almost real time; which means the CXA60 is always running at optimum performance.
24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The CXA60 has been designed from the ground up with built-in digital to analog conversion capabilities. Using a high-specification 24-bit/192kHz WM8740 DAC chip from Wolfson, the CXA60 offers a powerful upgrade for all your digital sources.
Fully Balanced Signal Management: Cambridge Audio engineers decided to go fully balanced rather than single-ended all the way through. As a consequence, any noise that that might be picked up in the audio signal while routing through the amplifier is cancelled before it's output.
Tone Controls + Direct Mode: The CXA60 integrated amplifier has independent Bass (20Hz) and Treble (20kHz) controls. Or, you can select Direct Mode which gives the audio signal a more direct path to the power amplifier stage of your amplifier, bypassing the bass and treble control circuits for the purest possible sound quality.
High-Quality Damped Metal Chassis: The CXA60 features a high-quality damped metal chassis, designed to ensure that nothing rattles or interferes with the electronics.
Digital & Analog Inputs: The CXA60 integrated amp features two optical (toslink) inputs and a S/PDIF coaxial (RCA) digital input so you connect all of your digital sources. The unit's digital inputs can decode 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital 2.0. The CXA60 integrated amp also features four stereo RCA inputs and a front-panel 3.5mm Aux input.
Outputs: The Cambridge Audio CXA60 integrated amp is fitted with A-B speaker terminals, a mono-sub output, stereo pre-outs and a headphone jack.
- A-B Speaker Terminals: The Cambridge Audio CXA60 integrated amplifier is equipped with two sets of gold-plated, binding-post speaker terminals (labeled A and B). The terminals will accept bare wire, spade connectors, single- and dual-banana plugs. (The red and black caps can be removed when using banana plugs.) The use of A and B speaker terminals allow you to hook up speakers in another room. When using a single pair of speakers, use speakers with a nominal impedance of 4Ω to 8Ω. When using two pairs of speaker, use only speakers with a minimum nominal impedance of 8Ω.
- Subwoofer Output: The CXA60 integrated amp features a mono-subwoofer output for adding a powered subwoofer. To ensure there's no unnecessary high frequency noise affecting the subwoofer, the subwoofer output is filtered at 3kHz. This is high enough to prevent any phase shift associated with the low pass filter affecting what happens below 200Hz. The result is a phase linear subwoofer output signal which is clean and musical.
- Pre-Outs: The Cambridge Audio CXA60 is equipped with a pair of RCA pre-outs to connect the integrated amp to an external power amplifier.
- Headphone Jack: The CXA60 integrated amplifier offers a front-panel 3.5mm headphone output to connect a set of headphones for private listening. When headphones are connected, the output to both A/B loudspeakers is muted.
Remote Control: The CXA60 is supplied with an IR remote control that operates this integrated and other Cambridge Audio CX series components. The remote operates off of three "AAA" batteries (supplied). The CXA60 features a Control Bus Input and Output (RCA), which allows un-modulated commands from multi-room systems or other components to be received by the amp and loop out to another unit.
Optional Bluetooth Adapter: Simply plug in the Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth Audio Receiver (sold separately) into the Cambridge Audio CXA60's rear-panel USB (type-A) port for wireless music streaming from many of today's most popular Bluetooth supporting devices; such as Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, and more. The BT100 even supports the high-quality Bluetooth aptX CODEC, so you can stream audiophile quality music from your Bluetooth-enabled Android (OS 4.0+) device to the CXA60 integrated amp.
Auto Power Down: The CXA60 integrated amplifier can be set to automatically go into "Standby mode" if there is no audio signal or operation for approximately 10, 30, or 60 minutes.
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