Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player - Dreamedia AV
Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player - Dreamedia AV
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Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player

Integrated amplifier with streaming and DAC
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Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player

Unleash the Power of Music with Cambridge Audio EVO 150

Imagine a single, sleek device that embodies the pinnacle of audio engineering, a centerpiece that not only complements your living space but also transforms it into an auditorium of pure, unadulterated sound. The Cambridge Audio EVO 150 is not just any all-in-one player; it's the heart of your musical universe, where power, precision, and passion converge to create an audio experience that is as seamless as it is immersive.

The Essence of Sound at Its Purest

The EVO 150 is designed for those who crave the highest quality in sound reproduction. With a robust 150W of power output into 8 Ohms, driven by the Class-D Hypex Ncore® amplification, it delivers a sound that’s as powerful as it is pure. Every note, every beat, and every harmony is rendered with an exhilarating clarity that has to be heard to be believed.

A Symphony of Connectivity

The EVO 150 is a maestro of connectivity, harmonizing a wide array of inputs and outputs to cater to your every audio need:

  • Analog Audio Inputs: Whether it's the warmth of vinyl through the Moving Magnet Phonostage or the balanced symphony from a high-end source via the XLR input, the EVO 150 offers a port for every purpose.
  • Digital Audio Inputs: With options including TOSLINK optical, S/PDIF coaxial, and TV ARC, your digital devices will find perfect harmony with the EVO 150.
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: Stream wirelessly with Bluetooth (supporting advanced codecs like aptX HD) or connect to your home network for a stable streaming experience.
  • USB Audio Input: High-resolution audio is effortlessly handled, with support for a multitude of formats up to DSD 256.
  • Outputs: From Speaker A+B outputs to a dedicated subwoofer output and a 3.5mm headphone jack, the EVO 150 caters to both communal and personal listening sessions.

The Heartbeat of Your Home Theater

The EVO 150 is not just an audio player; it's the central nervous system of your home theater setup. With the ability to integrate seamlessly into your existing system or anchor a new one, it offers:

  • A Full-Color Display: The 6.8-inch display provides clear, intuitive information and control, making your interactions with the EVO 150 as enjoyable as the audio it produces.
  • StreamMagic App: Simplify your control with the intuitive app, making it easy to adjust settings, select inputs, and stream your favorite music.

Streaming Services at Your Fingertips

With support for all major streaming services like Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz, and Roon Ready, the EVO 150 brings the world of music to your home. Whether it's the latest hits or rare vinyl-quality tracks, they're all accessible through this one, elegant device.

Vinyl Revival

For the vinyl enthusiasts, the EVO 150's built-in Moving Magnet Phonostage provides an authentic and dynamic vinyl playback experience. Just connect your turntable and let the EVO 150 take care of the rest, ensuring your records are given the stage they deserve.

Customizable Design

The EVO 150 doesn't just adapt to your audio needs; it also caters to your aesthetic preferences. With swappable side panels, you can change the look of your player to match your mood, your room, or the season.

Superior Sound Quality

At the heart of the EVO 150 is the ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DAC, a digital-to-analog converter renowned for its exceptional clarity, dynamic range, and audio fidelity. This means that every track is reproduced with the highest possible quality, staying true to the original recording.

Detailed Specifications for the Audiophile

  • DAC Model: ESS Sabre ES9018K2M
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz +0/-3dB
  • Audio Formats Supported: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, MP3, and more
  • Network Compatibility: Ethernet and Dual Band Wi-Fi for reliable streaming
  • Physical Dimensions: Compact and robust at 317 x 89 x 352mm, weighing in at 5.3 kg

In the Box

Unboxing the EVO 150 is an experience in itself. You'll find:

  • Evo 150 All-in-One Player: The star of the show, ready to redefine your audio experience.
  • Guides: Quick Start and Safety Guide to get you up and running smoothly.
  • Accessories: Including a Mains Lead, Remote Control, Batteries, and Customizable Side Panels.

Your Home Theater, Elevated

At Dreamedia, we understand that setting up the perfect home theater system can be a daunting task. That's why we're here to help design and integrate the Cambridge Audio EVO 150 into your home. Whether you're starting from scratch or upgrading your current setup, we ensure every detail is considered to deliver the best possible audio experience.

Final Thoughts

The Cambridge Audio EVO 150 is more than just an all-in-one player; it's a gateway to audio excellence. From its powerful amplification to its extensive streaming capabilities, it offers a listening experience that is both profound and deeply personal. It's a testament to Cambridge Audio's commitment to high-fidelity sound and a reflection of your own passion for music.

Step into the future of sound with the Cambridge Audio EVO 150. Embrace the power, bask in the clarity, and let the rhythm of life play out in high definition.

Our Review

Cambridge Audio EVO 150 All-in-One Player Review

Introduction

The Cambridge Audio EVO 150 stands as a testament to the evolution of home audio systems, combining the traditional fidelity of high-end amplifiers with the versatility of modern streaming technology. As the boundaries between analog and digital listening experiences blur, the all-in-one player market has burgeoned, setting high expectations for audiophiles and casual listeners alike. The EVO 150 seeks to meet these demands with a robust offering that promises to be the centerpiece of any home audio setup.

Design

The EVO 150's design is a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary aesthetics. Its compact and minimalist exterior is punctuated by the 6.8-inch full-color display, which brings a touch of modernity. The swappable side panels are a nod to personalization, allowing users to tailor the look to their individual tastes.

Build Quality

Cambridge Audio has not compromised on build quality, with the EVO 150 boasting a solid and premium feel. The weight of 11.7 lbs reflects its sturdy construction, while the dimensions ensure it won't overwhelm your living space.

User Interface

The front-facing display screen is both striking and functional, offering intuitive navigation through the player's features. However, the 'strip' playback buttons, while sleek, may divide opinion in terms of tactile satisfaction and accessibility.

Features

The EVO 150 is a powerhouse, integrating streaming capabilities with robust amplification. It supports a plethora of services, including AirPlay 2, Chromecast, and various high-fidelity streaming platforms, making it a veritable Swiss army knife for audio enthusiasts.

Amplification and Audio Technology

With 150W per channel into 8 ohms, the EVO 150's Class-D Hypex Ncore amplification is both efficient and powerful. The ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DAC is a superior choice, expected to deliver clarity and depth across a wide frequency response.

Connectivity

The EVO 150 is a veritable hub of connectivity, with a myriad of analog and digital inputs that cater to virtually any audio source. The wireless options are comprehensive, though the absence of aptX HD over Bluetooth is a noteworthy omission for those seeking the highest wireless audio quality.

Software Integration

The StreamMagic app is central to the EVO 150 experience, facilitating easy setup and control. The Roon Ready certification will appeal to enthusiasts looking for seamless integration with their existing Roon systems.

Performance

Sound quality is where the EVO 150 shines. It delivers a dynamic and detailed soundstage that belies its all-in-one nature. The power output is more than sufficient to drive a diverse range of speakers, from delicate bookshelves to commanding floor-standers.

Streaming and Digital Playback

The EVO 150 handles streaming services with aplomb, providing a user experience that rivals dedicated streaming components. The DAC excels with high-resolution audio, although the discerning ear may notice a slight compression when comparing digital audio sources to line-level inputs.

Phono Stage

Vinyl enthusiasts will appreciate the built-in moving-magnet phono stage, although it may not satisfy those with more exotic cartridges requiring a moving-coil input. The phono stage, while competent, is not the standout feature of this unit.

Headphone Output

The front-panel headphone output is a convenient addition, but it may not satisfy audiophiles accustomed to dedicated headphone amplifiers. It's a functional inclusion, but not the star of the show.

Practicality and Everyday Use

There's a learning curve, particularly with the streaming functions, but the intuitive design of the user interface and the StreamMagic app eases this process. Once familiar, the EVO 150 is a joy to use daily.

Versatility

The EVO 150 is a chameleon, capable of fitting into a variety of audio setups, from the streamlined and modern to the complex and traditional. It's an ideal choice for those looking to reduce clutter without sacrificing quality.

Final Thoughts

The Cambridge Audio EVO 150 is a formidable contender in the all-in-one player market. Its strengths lie in its amplification power, extensive connectivity, and comprehensive streaming capabilities. Its weaknesses, such as the limited phono input and reliance on the StreamMagic app, are far outweighed by its performance and versatility. In the grand scheme, the EVO 150 offers an excellent value proposition, marrying the convenience of modern streaming with the fidelity of high-end audio components. It is well-suited to both the audiophile looking to simplify their setup and the everyday user seeking a single, elegant solution for their home audio needs.

Specifications

Amplification

  • Power Output: 150W into 8 Ohms
  • Amplification Type: Class-D Hypex Ncore®

DAC

  • DAC Model: ESS Sabre ES9018K2M

Frequency Response

  • Frequency Range: 20Hz – 20kHz +0/-3dB

Analog Audio Inputs

  • RCA: 1 x RCA
  • Balanced XLR: 1 x balanced XLR
  • Phonostage: 1 x Moving Magnet Phonostage

Digital Audio Inputs

  • TOSLINK Optical: 2 x TOSLINK optical
  • S/PDIF Coaxial: 1 x S/PDIF coaxial
  • TV ARC: 1 x TV ARC
  • Bluetooth: Yes (integrated)
  • USB Audio: Yes

USB Audio Input

  • USB Type: USB Type B
  • USB Audio Class 1: Up to 24-bit 96kHz (asynchronous)
  • USB Audio Class 2: Up to 24-bit 384kHz (asynchronous), up to DSD 256

Bluetooth

  • Version: 4.2 A2DP/AVRCP
  • Codecs: SBC, aptX, aptX HD

Compatibility

  • TOSLINK Optical: 16/24bit 32-96kHz PCM only
  • S/PDIF Coaxial: 16/24bit 32-192kHz PCM only
  • Bluetooth: 4.2 A2DP/AVRCP supporting up to aptX HD (24bit 48kHz)
  • Streaming Services: UPnP, Local USB media, Airplay 2, Chromecast built-in, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, MQA, Qobuz, Roon Ready, ARC, Deezer

Audio Formats

  • Supported Formats: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD (x256), WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC AAC+, OGG Vorbis

Outputs

  • Speakers: A+B
  • Headphone Jack: 3.5mm headphone
  • Preamp Output: Yes
  • Subwoofer Output: Yes
  • Bluetooth Output: 4.2 A2DP/AVRCP supporting up to aptX HD

Network

  • Ethernet: IEEE 802.3, 10 Base-T or 100 Base-T
  • Wi-Fi: Dual Band 2.4/5gHz

Power Consumption

  • Max Power Consumption: 700w
  • Standby Power Consumption: <0.5w

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 317 x 89 x 352mm
  • Weight: 5.3 kg

In the Box

  • Main Unit: Evo 150 All-in-One player
  • Guides: Quick Start Guide, Safety Guide
  • Accessories: Mains Lead, Remote Control, 2 x AAA Batteries, Customisable Side Panels x 2

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