Premium Single-speed CD Transport Brings New Excitement to Compact Discs
Sure, digital music files are great, but there are a lot of titles and artists that you may only be able to find on CD. And the fact is that the CD format not only sounds superb, but with new technology available, it will easily surpass your expectations.
You have Cambridge Audio to thank for that. A high-quality single-speed transport that is optimized for music CDs, the Cambridge Audio CXC CD transport has been designed for efficient recovery of CD digital data with state-of-the-art error correction. It’s been engineered to delight you by playing audio CDs brilliantly.
Designed specifically for the new CX Series, the CXC delivers stunning CD playback and works in perfect harmony with the Cambridge CXA60 and CXA80 integrated amplifiers as well as with high-end outboard DACs.
Legendary Cambridge Audio S3 Servo
At the heart of the CXC is Cambridge Audio's legendary ‘S3’ servo design. Designed for efficient recovery of CD digital data with state of the art error correction, it’s been engineered to delight you by playing audio CDs brilliantly. Multi-purpose universal Blu-ray players simply can’t compete with the precision, dedicated CD music player that is the Cambridge Audio CXC.
No Digital-to-Analog Conversion Onboard
The CXC requires an outboard DAC or connection to a component with an external DAC, because it lacks its own internal DAC and has digital outputs only (S/PDIF coaxial and TOSLINK optical). This pristine approach takes maximum advantage of the reference quality transport mechanism, servo, and other premium internal components used in the CXC.
The Perfect Partner for CXC-Series Amplifiers
With no digital-to-analog conversion in the CXC, when it is used in conjunction with CX Series amplifiers, the CXC outputs the CD signal in digital form from the player to your Cambridge Audio amplifier, using the high quality Wolfson DAC in a CXA amplifier for the crucial digital to analog conversion stages.
Note: Requires outboard DAC or connection to component with internal DAC
|Write Your Own Review|
Very pleased with this CD transport which replaced a twelve-year old Rotel player and is a significant improvement. Very analog sounding with my Audiolab DAC with loads of frequency extension. It brings out details on recordings I've never noticed before on recordings I have listened to dozens of times.
|- Charles R, OH|
The CXC appears to be well built and I appreciate the large display. The transport mechanism is quiet which is important to me. I orginally paired the CXC with my Parasound P5 Pre-amp with a built-in DAC, Parasound Halo A23 power amp, and PSB Imagine T speakers. Right out the box I experienced warmer and more detailed sound. A week ago I upgraded to the Bryston BDA2 dac and now the sound of the CXC is MIND BLOWING! My sound went from very good to AMAZING! Highly recommended!
|- Raymond G, TX|
|CDs Never Sounded This Good|
My CD's never sounded this good before! This is a very nice transport, I matched it with the Cambridge Topaz SR20 and ELAC UF5 speakers and was awestruck! Keep switching between my vinyl and cd's and not feeling like I am loosing much besides normal compression of the recording.
|- Jason T, CA|
|OK, but with limitations|
It appears to be well built, but it has a few shortcomings. First, if you are like me and have made a lot of CDR discs transferring LPs or tapes, etc, this transport has a problem playing some, and outright won't play some color discs. It won't recognize, for example, black discs. The sound of the transport cannot be separated from the sound of the D/A converter used. Nonetheless, I find it a bit lacking in detail and dimension when compared to other players using the same D/A. Not bad, really; just not the best. The good part is that the transport mechanism is quiet - something that cannot be said of every CD player that I've tried in the post-DVD transport era. This can be very important if you listen to classical music. Not so important with rock or pop as these musical forms have little in the way of dynamics. So, pluses and minuses - as one would expect from a relatively inexpensive product.
|- Gerald P, IL|
|Happy with the purchase|
Well-made and sturdy. Sound is a definite improvement over the Denon Blu-ray I was using as a transport. Remote is generic and looks intended for use with other Cambridge Audio gear. Happy with the purchase.
|- Anglo-file, MA|
Excellent sound. Replaced a JVC transport. This one reads all my discs - even some damaged ones and sounds better than the JVC ever did. Recommended.
|- Kim J, CA|
|Yes, I'd Buy It Again|
Using the CXC with the Cambridge CXA 80 amp and Monitor Audio Silver 8s connected with Kimber 8TC speaker wires. It's a budget-conscious audiophile dream system and, to be honest, its the wires that made a huge difference in the sound. My sound is rich, full, exceptionally clean and clear with a well-presented soundstage. CXC is well made. I have no worries about it lasting twelve years like my last player did. Good kit.
|- Kitt G, NJ|
|More Musically Satisfying|
Pair it with a good DAC - Cambridge offers two of them - and you will hear the beauty of this player and it won't cost you more than an all-in-one CD player. I predict this combo will be more musically satisfying!
I was looking for a CD transport to make my music shine when paired with an Oppo HA1 headphone amplifier and Audeze EL8 headphones. I currently own an NAD C546bee for my 2 channel set up and thought it was a very good sound player that is until I put the CXC in my system. Wow! Now my sound is pretty spectacular. The audio is pure, balanced, and energetic without being overly bright. Separation is significantly better than any other source I have tried. Bass is full and not muddy in any way. Detail is remarkable. I'm hearing things I had no idea were on discs I've owned for years. I can hear Mitsuko Uchida's breathing in between Beethoven piano sonatas and mumblings between band members on several Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers tracks. I'm listening to a wide variety of music including Beethoven, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Supertramp, Pink Floyd, and Miles Davis, and they all sound great. I am very happy with the CXC.
|Great value and sound|
Recently purchased this item to replace my aging Linn Majik CD player. The Linn is a very musical player and sounds fantastic, however it has always been very tempormental . Service and shipping from Audio Advisor were supperb and the CXC arrived promptly and safely. So far, the transport sounds exceptional and pairs nicely with my Mcintosh integrated and DAC. An exceptional value and nice build quality, highly recommended. Only regret, is I wish it had HDCD capability.