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Hooray for these high-end hi-fi hon­eys

from £2500 / cam­brid eau­dio.com

Cam­bridge Au­dio marks its half-cen­tury by un­wrap­ping some tasty high-end hi-fi ● Many happy re­turns Most peo­ple cel­e­brate their 50th birth­day with a nice meal or a new set of golf clubs, but Cam­bridge Au­dio isn’t a per­son, it’s a hi-fi com­pany. So in­stead, half a cen­tury of au­ral ex­is­tence is be­ing com­mem­o­rated with three slices of sonic ex­cel­lence. Named af­ter Pro­fes­sor Gor­don Edge – the man be­hind Cam­bridge’s first ever prod­uct, the P40 amp – the new Edge range of prod­ucts has been three years in the mak­ing. ● Money no ob­ject So what took them so long? Well, rather than start­ing out with bor­ing things like bud­gets, blue­prints and prod­uct road-maps, Cam­bridge set out to make the ab­so­lute best kit it pos­si­bly could. The re­sult is two dif­fer­ent amps and a streamer, each cost­ing more than some of us would spend on a car.

● The shin­ing path Yeah, we know, it all sounds very chin-strokey. And that’s be­cause it is. The sig­nal path of each prod­uct is as short as pos­si­ble to re­duce in­ter­fer­ence: the Edge W power amp sends your mu­sic through just 14 com­po­nents com­pared to the usual 30+. The engi­neers have also used clever tech­niques such as twin toroidal trans­form­ers with op­pos­ing sym­me­try to en­sure min­i­mum noise. Essen­tially, if you lis­ten to mu­sic via your lap­top speak­ers, you should have stopped read­ing a while ago.

● Be­yond your wildest streams But just be­cause these prod­ucts are for purists, doesn’t mean the Edge range is stuck in the past. The Edge NQ has Cam­bridge’s up­dated Stream­magic plat­form on board, which means sup­port for all the ma­jor stream­ing stan­dards, while aptx HD Blue­tooth opens the door to 24-bit hi-res au­dio.

SIG­NAL PATHS ARE AS SHORT AS POS­SI­BLE: THE EDGE W POWER AMP’S HAS JUST 14 COM­PO­NENTS

With Google Chrome­cast built in, it’s a dod­dle to stream your mu­sic to the Edge NQ.

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