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Cambridge CXA80

Cambridge CXA80
alaScore 92

39 reviews

Sep, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of Cambridge CXA80. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Cambridge CXA80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Cambridge CXA80 review


Impressive muscle, but the CXA80 doesn't quite woo us quite the way we wanted...

Excellent clarity and rich detail ; Powerful sound ; Weighty, muscular and solid presentation ; Sleek design and superb build

Could be more agile and subtle with dynamics ; Not as expressive as rivals

It’s not the resounding success we’d expected it to be, but the Cambridge CXA80 is still a powerful, muscular beast of an amplifier

Mar, 2016

Consumer review by: Mick5678 (

Good solid sound, lots of connect options


Easy to set up and easy to use. Plenty of depth and draws out that bit extra detail from my old vinyl.Some function buttons are dual purpose so worthwhile reading instructions. Remote user friendly. Need dongle for bluetooth! Overall very good value...

plenty of power

no bluetooth

Aug, 2017

Consumer review by: Damo12 (

Superb Sound and Features


If like me you are looking to upgrade from the budget integrated that sits in the 150-250 pounds class then I can recommend this amplifier. The amp is designed as a dual mono amp - left and right channels are kept totally separate and you can hear it...

dual mono build , high quality dac , balanced xlr input

nothing at the price

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: GThomas (

Excellent amp to put at the centre of everything


The CXA80 was not as heavily praised by What HiFi magazine as the cheaper CXA60. Presumably this was on the basis of the price differential and the additional features the CXA80 offered over the CXA60 not being worthy of the step up in price. The...

quality build , multiple connections , dac , independent transformer taps per channel , xlr connectivity

form factor is quite large

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

Great sound in vinyl, MP3 and radio


I initially wanted to go for the Cambridge amplifier in the top range (I can't remember the code), but it was too expensive (like £1,400). So I went one down a price in the same category. Anyway, am very pleased with the CXA80. The sound is great, you...

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: SiF123 (

Dont see what the fuss is about


So, these get good WHF reviews, but on listening with some Dalis I wasnt blown away. They dont provide a realistic sound, and are too bright. The Arcam was soo much better. On the Arcam you heard the instruments, the notes played, the compositon of the...

nothing at this price

build quality , overly bright no mid

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: Grandadtwice (

A great amplifier for streaming from an iPhone/ iPad


I purchased this amp after several weeks of research to establish which manufacturer sold the most appropriate model to drive my " old " Celestion A2 speakers, and I wanted to stream music on my iPad or iPhone through an AppleTV unit. I settled on the...

excellent musical rendition , easy to set up with older speakers , looks the part

info book should be in the box and on line , a small led on the volumeknob would help , expensive

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: dave1947 (

excellent detail,good styling & features,transformed my listening


I selected this amp because it seemed to offer so much in the way of connections. My old amp (at least 15 yrs old) appeared to be veiling the sound and was all analogue and I wanted to be able to stream from computer and the Cambridge offered that....

everything superb product , good response from cambridge after query e-mail

lousy instructions , online instructions not much better

Feb, 2017

Consumer review by: kukulec (

Great sound through USB


A great amplifier with energetic sound. I use it with Elac FS 147, and the sound quality is increased; full-bodied and clear. Previously, I had issues with bass. Now it's there; turn it to 11 and you will not only hear but feel it too. The mid has nice...

Feb, 2017

Consumer review by: 2E0VTTHam (



I went to RS Bristol to replace my aging Cambridge A1 and Gale Gold Monitors (BOTH from RS) I went in with an open mind and after discussing options to suit my requirements chose the CXC-80. Like others I was pointed at the CXA-60 but decided to up my...

sounds amazing , looks great , uses same remote as cxc & cxn , build quality

nothing so far and don't forsee anything

Jan, 2017