Australian Hi-Fi

Streaming for all

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Cambridge Audio has added two music streamers to its ever-increasing arsenal of streaming products — which should catch the attention of those who are looking to modestly modernise their system. The new AXN10 ($1,099) and MXN10 ($899) network audio players sit below the UK hi-fi brand’s establishe­d mid-tier CXN V2 ($1,799), and in the case of the MXN10 allows for more flexible placement.

Perhaps surprising­ly, the AXN10 and MXN10 oŽer the exact same streaming features, file compatibil­ity and functional­ity as one another. The discrepanc­y between them actually lies in their size. The AXN10 is a typical ‘full size’ music streamer designed to match the existing AX range of aŽordable hi-fi separates, while the MX has a much smaller footprint — 52 x 215 x 191mm, which is near-identical to that of the company’s DacMagic 200M desktop DAC/headphone amplifier. Cambridge says its flexible form can be used to add “streaming to any music system and bring vintage hi-fi kit back up to date”.

Both models have the brand’s in-house StreamMagi­c module at their core, the very same that powers the more premium CXN V2 streamer, the Evo streaming amplifiers and the high-end Edge NQ streaming preamplifi­er.

As such, the AXN10 and MXN10 oŽer a Smörgåsbor­d of streaming options, including AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Bluetooth 5.0. UPnP compatibil­ity means you can play any locally stored files on your network through the two streamers, too, and a USB (Type A) input accommodat­es music stored on a USB key/drive. Music streaming services such as Spotify Connect, Tidal and Qobuz are supported, of course, as is internet radio.

As for outputs, there is one RCA line-level (pair), coaxial and optical. Stuart George, Cambridge Audio’s CEO, notes how connectivi­ty options are important: "We believe in oŽering our listeners choice. It’s essential to oŽer diverse routes to the music you love.”

That sentiment clearly extends to file compatibil­ity, with the ESS Sabre ES9033Q DAC in both players able to handle hi-res audio files up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 (though native MQA support for Tidal Masters streams has been left oŽ the menu).

There are no screens on the front panel, which is a shame if you enjoy seeing album artwork in full colour, however both can be controlled by the company’s dedicated StreamMagi­c app, for iOS and Android.

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