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Cambridge Audio Launches the New CXN100 Network Player

Cambridge Audio Launches the New CXN100 Network Player

By CE Critic - Buy Better Tech

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Features and Improvements
  • Technical Specifications
  • Connectivity
  • Comparison to CXN V2 (91% CE Critic Score)
  • Design and Usability
  • Price and Availability
  • Conclusion


Cambridge Audio has recently launched the CXN100 Network Player, the successor to their popular CXN V2. This redesigned player boasts a completely new DAC, improved processing, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and claims to deliver superior audio quality. This review takes a closer look at the CXN100's features, specifications, and performance to see if it lives up to its predecessor's legacy.

Features and Improvements:

  • New DAC: The CXN100 ditches the Wolfson WM8740 DACs of the CXN V2 in favor of the ESS ES9028Q2M SABRE32 Reference DAC. This new chip supports higher resolutions (up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD 512) and boasts improved timing and signal clarity.
  • Upgraded Analog Stage: The post-DAC analog stage has been redesigned with lower distortion and a higher signal-to-noise ratio for cleaner audio output.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth: The CXN100 eliminates the need for the separate BT100 dongle by offering built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. However, it only supports SBC and AAC codecs, not aptX.
  • MQA Compatibility: The CXN100 now supports MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) for playback of high-fidelity audio encoded with this format.
  • Larger Display: The high-resolution color screen on the front panel has been increased to 4.8 inches for better visibility of album art and track information.
  • StreamMagic Gen4 Platform: The CXN100 utilizes the latest generation of Cambridge Audio's StreamMagic platform for control via the app or remote control.

Technical Specifications:

  • Supported File Formats: PCM up to 32-bit/768kHz, DSD up to DSD512, MQA
  • Digital Inputs: Coaxial, TOSLINK, USB Type A, USB Type B
  • Analog Outputs: Balanced XLR, Unbalanced RCA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
  • Streaming Services: Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Qobuz, Deezer, Internet Radio
  • Dimensions: 16.9" x 3.4" x 12.2"


The CXN100 offers a wide range of connectivity options, including:

  • Digital Inputs: Coaxial, TOSLINK, USB Type A, USB Type B
  • Analog Outputs: Balanced XLR, Unbalanced RCA
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Network: Ethernet

This allows for connection to various digital sources, streaming services, and hi-fi systems.

cambridge Audio CXN100 rear panel

Comparison to CXN V2 (91% CE Critic Score):

The CXN100 builds upon the CXN V2 with several key improvements:

  • Higher resolution DAC with improved performance
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • MQA compatibility
  • Larger display
  • Improved analog stage

However, it lacks aptX Bluetooth support and comes at a slightly higher price point.

Design and Usability:

The CXN100 retains the sleek, aluminum-clad chassis design of the CXN V2 but features a larger display and fewer buttons for a cleaner look. The StreamMagic app provides comprehensive control over playback, sources, and settings.

Price and Availability:

The CXN100 is available now for $1,099 (£899, €999).


The Cambridge Audio CXN100 is a significant upgrade over the CXN V2, offering improved audio performance, wider format support, and built-in wireless connectivity. While it lacks aptX Bluetooth and comes at a premium price, the CXN100 remains a compelling option for audiophiles looking for a versatile and high-quality network player. We look forward to the reviews and the CE Critic Score.