Cambridge Audio CXA-81 Integrated Amplifier


The CXA81 is poised, effortless and sophisticated.
Its 80 watts per channel give it complete authority over music, and it wrings every emotional and musical nuance from your whole collection.

Designed to bring your music to life, no matter how it’s stored. It features an entirely new digital board, including the cutting-edge ESS Sabre ES9016 digital-to-analogue convertor.

The CXA81 covers all connectivity bases, giving you complete freedom of choice. As well as digital optical and digital coaxial inputs, it features unbalanced stereo RCA inputs alongside balanced XLR sockets – and wireless connectivity via Bluetooth’s cutting-edge aptX HD standard is on board too.
So there’s no need to compromise on performance in the name of convenience.

WhatHi-Fi review said “Sets a new baseline for integrated amps… a rare product that has the ability to make us switch off our reviewing brain and simply let us be wowed by the music.

More refined, more precise, more engrossing… more musical. The CXA81: it’s everything you loved about the CXA80, but more so.

  • 80-watts per channel with Class AB amplification for detailed and powerful audio performance
  • Separate, symmetrical left and right channels are carefully engineered to deliver incredible sound-staging
  • Balanced XLR inputs for low noise interference
  • High Quality DAC – Connect digital sources directly via TOSLINK and Coaxial
  • USB Audio Input accepting up to 32bit/384kHz & DSD 256 digital files from Mac or PC
  • Power Output:  80W RMS into 8 Ohms, 120W RMS into 4 Ohms
  • DAC:  ESS Sabre ES9016K2M
  • Frequency Response:  <5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB
  • Analogue Audio Inputs:  1x balanced XLR, 4 x RCA
  • Digital Audio Inputs:  1 x S/PDIF coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK optical, 1 x USB audio, Bluetooth (integrated)
  • Compatibility:  TOSLINK optical: 16/24bit 32-96kHz PCM only, S/PDIF coaxial: 16/24bit 32-192kHz PCM only, USB: audio profile 1.0/2.0 (default 2.0), up to 32bit 384kHz PCM, up to DSD256 or DoP256, Bluetooth: 4.2 A2DP/AVRCP supporting up to aptX HD (24bit 48kHz)
  • Bluetooth APTX HD Receiver Biult-in:  Yes
  • Roon Tested:  Yes
  • Outputs:  Speakers A+B, 3.5mm headphone, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output
  • Finish:  Luna Grey
  • Remote Control:  Yes
  • Max. Power Consumption:  750W
  • Standby Power Consumption:  <0.5W
  • Box Contents:  CXA81 Integrated Amplifier, Power Cable, 3 x AAA Batteries, Remote Control, Control Bus Cable, Bluetooth antenna, Quick Start Guide, Safety Guide
Additional Information
Weight 8.7 kg
Dimensions (DxWxH) 341 × 430 × 115 mm