Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player - Dreamedia AV
Vendor: Cambridge Audio

Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player

High-fidelity audio streaming with premium DAC
$499.00
$499.00

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Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player

Experience High-Fidelity Audio Like Never Before

In the world of home audio, the quest for the perfect sound experience can often lead you through a maze of gadgets and gizmos, each promising the ultimate auditory nirvana. Enter the Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player, a beacon of high-definition sound that stands out as a paragon of audio excellence. Designed for the discerning audiophile, the AXN10 is your all-in-one solution for streaming, high-resolution audio playback, and seamless connectivity.

Unparalleled Sound Quality

At the heart of the Cambridge Audio AXN10 lies the ESS Sabre ES9033Q DAC, a digital-to-analog converter renowned for its precision and clarity. This means every note is rendered with a lifelike authenticity that transports you to the studio with the musicians. The AXN10 supports Hi-Res Audio up to a staggering 768KHz 32bit PCM and DSD512, ensuring you hear every detail as the artist intended.

  • Hi-Res Audio Support: Up to 768KHz 32bit PCM and DSD512
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 70kHz +0/-1dB
  • DAC: ESS Sabre ES9033Q

Endless Streaming Possibilities

Music lovers rejoice! The Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player offers a plethora of streaming services at your fingertips. Whether you're in the mood for the curated playlists of Spotify Connect or the audiophile-grade offerings of Tidal and Qobuz, the AXN10 has got you covered. Not to mention, with Apple Music and BBC Sounds, you can enjoy a wide range of music and podcasts.

  • Streaming Services: Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, Apple Music, BBC Sounds, and more
  • Roon Ready: Elevate your music browsing experience
  • Internet Radio: Access a world of radio stations

Seamless Integration and Connectivity

The AXN10 is designed to blend into your existing home audio ecosystem effortlessly. With Apple Airplay2 and Chromecast built-in, streaming from your favorite devices is a breeze. Bluetooth 5.0 ensures stable and high-quality wireless audio transmission, while dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity keeps your music flowing without interruption.

  • Connectivity: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple Airplay2, Chromecast
  • Bluetooth Codecs: SBC and AAC for pristine sound quality

Intuitive Control

Managing your audio has never been easier, thanks to the Stream Magic app. This responsive and user-friendly app allows you to control your AXN10 from anywhere in your home. Adjust settings, select sources, and browse music with a simple tap or swipe.

Design and Build

The compact and solid build of the Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player ensures it fits seamlessly into any space without compromising on performance. With its sleek dimensions and modest weight, it is a testament to the notion that great things come in small packages.

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 430 x 75 x 305mm
  • Weight: 3.3kg

Smart Power Management

Energy efficiency is at the forefront of the AXN10's design. With a standby power consumption of less than 0.5W and a standby mode activated by incoming signals, it's not just smart for your music—it's smart for the planet.

  • Max Power Consumption: 20W
  • Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W

Versatile Input and Output Options

Flexibility is key in a modern audio setup, and the AXN10 doesn't disappoint. It offers a variety of inputs and outputs to ensure it can connect to virtually any audio system.

  • Inputs: Ethernet, USB Socket, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Outputs: Line Out (Unbalanced), Digital Out (Coax and Optical)

Additional Features

The AXN10 Network Player comes with thoughtful features to enhance your listening experience. Chromecast support allows for easy integration with your smart home system, the USB input supports FLAC playback for uncompromised audio quality, and the standby mode ensures the device is always ready when you are.

The Dreamedia Home Theater Touch

When you choose the Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player, you're not just purchasing a device; you're investing in a world-class auditory experience. And at Dreamedia, we take that experience a step further. Our experts are available to design and integrate the AXN10 into your home theater system, ensuring you get the most out of this exceptional piece of technology.

The Verdict

The Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player is a testament to what is possible when precision engineering meets passionate audio design. With an array of features that cater to both the audiophile and the casual listener, it stands as an impeccable choice for anyone looking to elevate their home audio experience.

Take the Next Step in Audio Excellence

Embrace the Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player and discover a richer, more detailed world of sound. With its unmatched audio quality, endless streaming options, and effortless connectivity, the AXN10 is the perfect centerpiece for your home audio system. Experience it today and hear your music like never before.

Our Review

Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player Review

Introduction

Cambridge Audio has long been synonymous with high-quality audio equipment, carving out a niche for itself among audiophiles and casual listeners alike. The AXN10 Network Player is the latest addition to their roster, designed to cater to the ever-growing demand for streaming-centric home audio solutions. Priced at €599, it aims to bridge the gap between affordability and high-end performance. The AXN10 is positioned to appeal to those who prioritize audio quality without breaking the bank, and in this review, we'll delve into whether it delivers on that promise.

Design and Build Quality

Aesthetic Appeal

The Cambridge Audio AXN10 sports a minimalist and sleek design that is both modern and unobtrusive, allowing it to seamlessly integrate into a variety of home theater setups. The limited color options may be a sticking point for some, as the absence of a black variant could clash with other components in a user's audio system. However, the available finishes do exude a sense of sophistication that many will appreciate.

Build Sturdiness

Constructed with a keen eye on durability, the AXN10's chassis feels solid to the touch, suggesting a device built to last. The compact size is a definite plus, making it easy to place in tight spaces or crowded media cabinets. The tactile feedback from the unit's controls indicates thoughtful design and a commitment to quality.

User Interface and Control

The front panel of the AXN10 is intuitively laid out, with controls that are accessible and responsive. For those who prefer a more hands-off approach, the accompanying remote is well-designed and complements the overall user experience. The Stream Magic app is a standout feature, offering a responsive and user-friendly interface that enhances the overall functionality of the network player.

Features

Connectivity Options

The AXN10's array of connectivity options, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, ensures it can cater to a wide range of user preferences and setups. The inclusion of both wired and wireless connections provides flexibility and convenience for streaming audio content from various sources.

Streaming and Format Support

With native support for popular services like Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz, and Roon Ready, the AXN10 positions itself as a versatile streaming hub. The device's compatibility with a wide array of audio formats, including high-resolution files such as ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and DSD up to x512, is commendable. This extensive format support underscores Cambridge Audio's commitment to delivering uncompromising sound quality.

Additional Functionalities

Chromecast support and a USB input for FLAC playback are thoughtful inclusions that enhance the AXN10's value proposition. The standby mode activated by an incoming signal is a practical energy-saving feature that many users will find beneficial.

Performance

Audio Quality

The heart of the AXN10's audio performance lies in its ESS SABRE ES9033Q DAC, which provides exceptional clarity and detail. The support for up to 768KHz 32bit PCM and DSD512 ensures that audio is reproduced with the highest fidelity. However, it's worth noting that the player's bass response may not satisfy all users without the addition of a preamp. This is not uncommon in network players, but it's something potential buyers should be aware of.

Streaming and Network Integration

In practical use, the AXN10's integration with streaming services is seamless, providing an uninterrupted listening experience. However, there have been some reports of issues with DSD file playback through an optical connection. While this may not affect all users, it is a point of consideration for those who rely heavily on this type of connection for their high-resolution audio files.

Software Experience

The Stream Magic app is a highlight, offering a stable and intuitive platform for controlling the AXN10. Firmware updates are released with an eye on continuous improvement, ensuring the network player remains at the forefront of functionality and performance.

Comparison with Competitors

When stacked against competitors, such as the CXN v2, the AXN10 holds its own, particularly in terms of value for money. While some users may favor the CXN v2 for its additional features, the AXN10 offers a compelling alternative for those who seek high-resolution audio support and versatile streaming options at a more accessible price point.

Value Proposition

Considering its feature set and performance capabilities, the AXN10 presents a strong value proposition. It strikes a fine balance between price and high-end features, catering to a segment of the market that demands quality without excess.

Final Thoughts

The Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player is a well-rounded device that offers robust support for high-resolution audio and a variety of streaming services. Its compact and solid build, coupled with a responsive app, make it a strong contender in its price bracket. While there are some limitations, such as the bass performance without a preamp and the issue with DSD playback via optical connections, these do not overshadow the player's overall capabilities. The AXN10 is best suited for users seeking a network player that delivers high-quality audio, a wide range of streaming options, and a user-friendly experience, all at a reasonable price point. With the AXN10, Cambridge Audio continues to reinforce its reputation for producing equipment that resonates with both audiophiles and the general consumer.

Specifications

General

  • Model: Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Player
  • Product Type: All-in-One Network Player

Audio Specifications

  • Hi-Res Audio Support: Up to 768KHz 32bit PCM and DSD512
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 70kHz +0/-1dB
  • DAC: ESS Sabre ES9033Q
  • Audio Formats: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD (up to x512), WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis

Streaming Services

  • Internet Radio: Yes
  • Spotify Connect: Yes
  • Tidal: Yes
  • Qobuz: Yes
  • Deezer: Yes
  • Apple Music: Yes
  • BBC Sounds: Yes
  • Roon Ready: Yes

Connectivity

  • Apple Airplay2: Yes
  • Chromecast Built-in: Yes
  • Bluetooth Version: 5.0 A2DP/AVRCP
  • Bluetooth Codecs: SBC and AAC
  • Ethernet: IEEE 802.3 10 Base-T or 100 Base-T
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 dual band 2.4/5gHz

Inputs

  • Ethernet: Yes
  • USB Socket: Mass storage
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes

Outputs

  • Line Out: Unbalanced
  • Digital Out: Coax and Optical

Power

  • Max Power Consumption: 20W
  • Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W