The CXA81 is an Integrated Amplifier with built-in DAC by Cambridge that delivers 80 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms and 120 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms. Minimum impedance of 4 ohms makes the CXA81 compatible with a wide range of loudspeakers. Thanks to its built-in ESS Sabre ES9016 K2M DAC, you can play digital sources directly without the need for an external DAC unit. Cambridge Audio CXA81 has an MSRP of 1299$.
There are 7 Cambridge amplifiers in our database. Below you can see the main specs of these amps.
Cambridge Integrated Amplifier Series
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One of the most important factors when deciding on an integrated amplifier is its power ratings and compatibility with your speaker's impedance requirements.The Cambridge Audio CXA81 is rated at 80 watts RMS into 8-ohms. Cambridge provides this wattage at a THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) of 0.02% which is an important indicator of distortion at the given values (lower THD is better).
Here are the main highlights of its performance specs:
- 80 watts into 8-ohms (20-20k) at 0.02%
- 120 watts into 4-ohms
- 4-ohms Min Impedance (allows compatibility with a wide range of loudspeakers)
- 105dB Signal to Noise Ratio
When pairing the Cambridge Audio CXA81 with a passive Bookshelf (Stand mount) or Passive Floor Standing (Tower) speaker, you have to check if their Max Power Range is below the max wattage of the amp for the given impedance levels.
Operating your amp outside of this max range may damage the speakers.
What size of room is the Cambridge Audio CXA81 Amplifier good for?
An essential deciding factor is the size of the room in which you intend to employ the Cambridge Audio CXA81 amplifier. Here, taking into account its maximum power parameters, we analyzed its applicability to various size environments:
|Very Large Room||Poor|
Inputs and Outputs
Besides the performance specs of the Cambridge Audio CXA81, the next important feature set that you have to evaluate is the input and output selections that it offers.
Cambridge Audio CXA81 has total of 5 Analog inputs .
- Total Number of Analog Inputs: 5
- 2 Optical Digital Input
- 1 Coaxial Digital Input
- USB Input:
- USB-B(Connect to your PC for playback of stored files)
- Stereo RCA, Sub Preamp Outputs
- 3.5mm Headphone Output
- Subwoofer Output
Cambridge Audio CXA81 features built-in Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless music streaming from your Bluetooth-enabled devices such as Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, Mac computers/laptops.
Among the amps in the same price range, these are the 5 amps that have Bluetooth Connectivity:
Cambridge Audio CXA81 supports the following Bluetooth Codecs when used with supported devices:
Cambridge Audio CXA81 doesn't have a phono input so in order to play your vinyl albums, Cambridge Audio CXA81 has to be paired with a Phono Preamp that is MM (Moving Magnet) or/and MC (Moving COil) depending on your cartridge type.
Cambridge Audio CXA81 has a dedicated subwoofer output which can be used to connect it directly to a powered subwoofer via an LFE(Low Frequency Effects) cable.
Check our Powered Subwoofers
page to find a subwoofer that will work with Cambridge Audio CXA81 amp and your speakers.
DAC and Digital Music
The Cambridge Audio CXA81's built-in DAC allows the connection of digital sources directly, eliminating the need for an external DAC. The DAC chip that is used in the CXA81 is the ESS Sabre ES9016 K2M
, and supports resolutions up to 32-bit, 384KHZ
Cambridge Audio CXA81 External Dimensions and Weight
Cambridge Audio CXA81 has external dimensions of (H x W x D) 4-1/2inch x 16-15/16inch x 14-9/16inch (115.0mm x 431.0mm x 370.0mm ). The unit weighs 8.68kg / 19.1lbs
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of an integrated amplifier may become an important decision factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of the Cambridge Audio CXA81 is approximately 1594.7cm2 / 247.2inch2.
- Width: 431.0mm (16-15/16")
- Height: 115.0mm (4-1/2")
- Depth: 370.0mm (14-9/16")
- Weight: 8.68 kg (19.10lbs)
- Base Surface Area: ~1594.7cm2 / 247.2inch2
- Volume: ~18.3 liter / 4.8 gallon
Cambridge Audio CXA81 is available in Lunar Grey and Black color options.
What's in the Box of Cambridge Audio CXA81?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of CXA81:
Integrated amplifier6-feet AC power cordRemote control3 AAA batteriesBluetooth antenna39-inch mono-RCA control cableQuick Start GuideImportant Safety Instructions
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Cambridge Audio CXA81, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Cambridge Audio CXA81
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Cambridge Audio CXA81 Integrated Amplifier can be found below:
Official Product Page for Cambridge Audio CXA81
3 Years of parts warranty and 3 Years of labor warranty is generally provided for the Cambridge Audio CXA81 by the manufacturer.
|Full Model Name
||Cambridge Audio CXA81
|Watts RMS per Channel into 8-ohms
|Watts RMS per Channel into 6-ohms
|Watts RMS per Channel into 4-ohms
|Signal to Noise Ratio
||ESS Sabre ES9016 K2M
|Total Analog Inputs
|Optical Digital Inputs
|Coaxial Digital Inputs
||USB-B(Connect to your PC for playback of stored files)
||Stereo RCA, Sub
|Pre-out / Main-in Loop
|Removable Power Cord
||8.68 kg (19.10lbs)