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Cambridge Audio AXA35 Stereo integrated amplifier

Item # 779AXA35

This amp can be the centerpiece of a hi-fi stereo system, with five analog inputs, including one for your turntable.

This amp can be the centerpiece of a hi-fi stereo system, with five analog inputs, including one for your turntable.

Item # 779AXA35

In stock

About the Cambridge Audio AXA35

Eric A.

The centerpiece of a high-fidelity sound system

I like an effective, versatile stereo system in my living room, and the Cambridge Audio AXA35 is the type of component I like to build around. It's classy-looking and easy to operate. It matches well with an efficient set of bookshelf speakers like the Cambridge Audio SX50 and provides plenty of power to fill small- to mid-sized room with beautiful music. 

The centerpiece of a high-fidelity sound system

I like an effective, versatile stereo system in my living room, and the Cambridge Audio AXA35 is the type of component I like to build around. It's classy-looking and easy to operate. It matches well with an efficient set of bookshelf speakers like the Cambridge Audio SX50 and provides plenty of power to fill small- to mid-sized room with beautiful music. 

The AXA35 offers plenty of analog inputs for old-school source components, like Cambridge's AXC35 CD player, and there's a built-in phono stage if you're a vinyl junkie like me.  


Product highlights:

  • 35 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz), 0.15% THD at 80% of rated power
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 82 dB
  • 5 stereo RCA audio inputs, including a phono input for connecting a turntable
    • compatible with moving magnet and high-output moving coil cartridges
  • front-panel 3.5mm stereo input for connecting a portable music player
  • stereo RCA record output
  • full-size 1/4" headphone jack
  • one pair of binding-post speaker terminals
  • rear-panel USB port for powering a mobile device or Bluetooth® adapter
  • sleek brushed aluminum exterior
  • remote control
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-5/16"H x 13-1/4"D
  • weight: 12.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years (3 years with registration)
  • MFR # C11083

What's in the box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-AXC/AXA)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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More details on the Cambridge Audio AXA35

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Features & specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 35
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) Not given
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.15%
Minimum Impedance 8 ohms
Amplifier Class AB
Signal to Noise Ratio 82
DAC Bit Depth N/A
DAC Sample Rate N/A
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) No
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi N/A
Built-in Radio Tuner None
Room Correction No
High-res Audio Playback
From Network No
From USB Thumb Drive (USB-A) No
From Computer (USB-B) No
RCA Line-level Inputs 4
XLR Line-level Inputs No
Phono Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs No
Coaxial Digital Inputs No
USB Input No
HDMI Inputs 0
Stereo Preamp Outputs No
Subwoofer Outputs No
Recording Output Yes
HDMI Output 0
Home Theater Bypass No
Pre-out/Main-in Loop No
Headphone Output 1/4"
Removable Power Cord IEC 3-prong
Streaming Compatibility
Apple AirPlay No
Apple AirPlay 2 No
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in No
Roon No
BluOS No
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 17
Height (inches) 3-1/4
Depth (inches) 14-9/16
Weight (pounds) 12.3
Parts Warranty 2 Yr (3 Yr registered)
Labor Warranty 2 Yr (3Yr registered)

Product Research


35 Watts x 2 Channel: The Cambridge Audio AXA35 integrated amplifier delivers 35 watts x 2 channels into 8-ohms @ 20-20kHz with 0.15% THD.

Tone & Balance Control: The Cambridge Audio AXA35 offers Bass & Treble control, along with balance adjustment. You'll be able to adjust Bass (100Hz) & Treble (10kHz) from -10 to +10dB, as well as adjust the balance in sound output between the connected left and right speakers.

Line-Level RCA Inputs: The Cambridge Audio AXA35 integrated amplifier is outfitted with four line-level analog RCA inputs for connection of external audio source devices - such as a CD player, tuner, tape-deck, Bluetooth adapter, or network streaming device (all sold separately).

Phono Input: The Cambridge Audio AXA35 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 AXA35 integrated amp 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.

Front-Panel Aux Input: The front-panel Aux input consists of a 3.5mm minijack for connection of a portable audio device with an analog line-level or headphone output. When a device is plugged into the front-panel Aux input, the integrated amplifier automatically switches to the Aux input. Because the output level of many portable audio players is low, the AXA35 automatically adds 10dB to the Aux input's current volume setting.

Record Output: The Cambridge Audio AXA35 integrated amplifier 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 integrated amplifier.

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

Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The Cambridge Audio AXA35 is equipped with a set of binding post terminals for connecting a single pair of loudspeakers. The 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. Use only loudspeakers with a nominal impedance rating of 8-ohms.

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 integrated amplifier's speaker outputs.

USB Charging Port: There is a USB-A (5V/500mA) port located on the back of the AXA35 integrated amplifier 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.

Front-Panel Display: The integrated amplifier's front-panel display indicates selected input source and menu selections, as well as volume, tone, and balance levels.

Simple Controls: The Cambridge Audio AXA35 offers front-panel and remote control. Front-panel controls include a rotary volume dial along with power, source, and menu buttons. The included IR remote control provides full wireless operation of the integrated amplifier.

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15 questions already asked

For a turn table using the Cambridge Audio AXA35 which speakers would you guys recommend without breaking the bank?
roberto  Apr 17, 2023
1 answer
Hi Roberto, thank you for your question. I recommend giving one of our Advisors a call at 1.800.324.9695 or by online chat. They'll be able to assist you with some great new budget friendly speakers that will work great with your Cambridge Audio AXA35!
andrea  Apr 17, 2023 (Staff)
The manual warns that connecting the AXA35 to anything other than an 8 ohm speaker (i.e. 6 or 4 ohm) can damage the circuitry. Most of the speakers I am looking at to pair with this amp are 6 ohm. Is there anything that can be done to run these speakers?
donald  Jan 29, 2023
1 answer
Although the AXA35 is an excellent amplifier, it would be ideal in this situation to consider using a different amplifier. There isn't a great way to adjust for the impedance issue without negatively affecting sound quality.
zachary  Jan 29, 2023 (Staff)
Is the Cambridge AXA35 made of plastic?
dennis  Nov 27, 2022
1 answer
Greetings Dennis, and thank you for your question. There is some plastic involved. The front panel is aluminum, Buttons are plastic, with aluminum covered volume knob. Still a very nice build at a more affordable price tag.
hogan  Nov 27, 2022 (Staff)
Can you bi-wire with speaker wire or banana plugs with the AXA35?
joseisawesome21  Oct 26, 2022
1 answer
This is possible. However, we advise reaching out to our advisors via chat or phone to discuss the details of your application. You may reach us via our online chat or phone at 1-800-324-9695.
zachary  Oct 26, 2022 (Staff)
This needs a bluetooth adaptor. What is it and how much?
paul  Oct 19, 2022
1 answer
There is not a specific Bluetooth adapter for this amplifier. Instead, we have the freedom to use any Bluetooth adapter that we'd like. We carry several options. For help with selecting the best Bluetooth adapter for your needs, please reach out to our advisors via chat or phones at 1-800-324-9695.
zachary  Oct 20, 2022 (Staff)
Are the RCA input jacks for external speakers?
betsy  Apr 30, 2022
2 answers
The RCA jacks are for the turntable, and there are also auxiliary jacks as well. You'll need speaker wire to connect the external speakers.
kevin  May 01, 2022
All the input jacks and all the output jacks are RCA jacks. I just looked.
paul  May 01, 2022
How is the AXA35 different from the AXC35?
miketh57  Feb 09, 2022
2 answers
I have an AXA35 and have used it for about 1 year. I am very satisfied with it in all the functions that I have tried, which have only been as amplifier for FM radio reception, and for CD playing. It has a phono amplifier which I have not yet used. I cannot answer your question, but if you have not done so already, visit the Cambridge audio website and search for manuals there, so with a little patience you can view the complete manual for each model, I believe. I know the AXA 35 manual is there. I did not look for the AXC35 manual.
paul  Feb 10, 2022
One is an integrated amp, the other a CD player. I purchased both and found them to be a great combination.
thomas  Feb 10, 2022
Having problem with hum when connecting to the analog output from a Vizio TV or the cable box. Is this a grounding problem? If I use the Toslink output with an outboard DAC will this eliminate the hum?
robin  Dec 12, 2021
1 answer
Interesting. I have only used the analog inputs to connect to a CD player and turntable. I am probably not much help, but have owned my axa35 for about two years and never had a issue until I connected the amp to a pair of klipsch tower speakers recently. I had a hum in the left channel. I am currently using a NAD 316 bee v2 and no issues with the NAD. Since mine is a hum noise in one channel, I am not thinking it???s a ground issue at my home. If yours is a hum in both, try a power protector. Maybe something from your house or building or defect in the amp. Looks like I???m in the same boat. Sorry.
william  Dec 12, 2021
Will this work well with speakers with a 150 rms rating?
paul  Sep 22, 2021
1 answer
I would look more to the sensitivity rating (db) of your speaker and impedance (ohms) vs the average power handling to determine if the Cambridge amp can do a good job driving your speaker. 150 watts RMS is your speaker average power handling and it can handle peaks up to 300 watts. This Cambridge amp is 35 watts per channel so unlikely to reach the 150 watts even at 2 ohms so you should be fine.
steven michael  Sep 23, 2021
What's the best way to connect optical audio from TV?
nick  Jan 08, 2021
3 answers
Nick, you will need to buy a digital to analog audio converter to do this - search for that on google and you will get options. They are fairly inexpensive.
steven michael  Jan 09, 2021
For this amp, you will need a DAC. I am using a Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100. The TV optical goes into the DAC and L/R audio comes out and into the amp.
jeff  Jan 08, 2021
i have been using the Schiit Modi 3 DAC for connecting optical from TV. Any DAC with optical input should work.
anshuman  Jan 08, 2021
can it be used with elac unifi ub5 4 ohm speaker?
bakshi  Sep 01, 2020
1 answer
No. I downloaded the manual for tis receiver. It says to use 8 ohm speakers.
terry  Sep 04, 2020
Should I be concerned with the 35 watts per channel?
timothy  Nov 27, 2019
2 answers
Hi Tim, thank you for your question. The power rating on the Cambridge Audio AXA35 is on the lower side, but the power output and capability of this amp is extremely clean, and efficient. This would be best paired with a set of efficient bookshelf speakers. I would suggest speakers with a sensitivity of 90dB and up for optimal performance. Chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695, if you would like to discuss a speaker recommendation.
jessica  Dec 06, 2019 (Staff)
It's as pure a 35W as you'll find, probably a little conservative on the power rating. Just make sure you're using effecient speakers to get the most out of the 35W. Anything less than 88db sensitivity rated speakers and you might want more power. I was running 90db speakers and it fine.
jon m  Dec 05, 2019
Was wondering how the product is holding up and if it lives up to the sound expectations?. I noticed cruthfield has only sold one. Ive read reviews online that are positive but the dependability was not so great from other reviewers online. Please advise. Thankyou
robert  Nov 01, 2019
2 answers
I did not like the sound And it did not have the power I wanted so I send it back and get something else
william a  Nov 08, 2019
It's still a relatively new product so reliability as a whole won't be known for years. Given the track record or Cambridge gear it should provide many years of enjoyment. It's an excellent amp for efficient speakers... say 87db+. I have it paired with speakers 90db and it's a full and warm sounding amp and gets as loud as you'll ever want to play music.
jon m  Nov 03, 2019
i bought the AXC35 cd player from you, thinking to match this amp with the player, but can i connect my sub woofer to the amp?
john  Jul 29, 2019
1 answer
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
kristina  Aug 07, 2019 (Staff)
can I connect my Sub woofer to this amp?
john  Jul 29, 2019
1 answer
Not unless your subwoofer has speaker level inputs. The Cambridge integrated amp does not have a subwoofer or preamp outputs.
casey  Aug 09, 2019 (Staff)

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