One common thing for most high-end hi-res music streamers is that they are not wallet-friendly. Although there are some great budget options out there, most lack some of the most crucial hi-res features.
Well, Cambridge Audio decided to change that. It debuted two new network audio players that are cheaper than most models.
So, the two affordable models from the HiFi audio brand are the AXN10 and the MXN10. Both of them come with a minimalist design that will amaze you when you consider the price point.
However, they do not skimp on any crucial features. You will find the same exact streaming features, functionality, and file compatibility as the other pricey alternatives.
Now, when it comes to the Cambridge Audio AXN10, it has more of a typical “full-size” body. That makes it sit comfortably in the AX range of affordable HiFi separates in the brand’s catalog.
The MXN10, on the other hand, has a much smaller form factor. Its dimensions are similar to the DacMagic 200M, a DAC/Headphone amplifier everyone loves for its small size.
Nonetheless, Cambridge Audio says that the flexible form factor of the MXN10 will allow it to fit pretty much everywhere. In fact, it will be able to add “streaming to any music system and bring vintage HiFi kit back up to date.”
Both the new models come with the in-house StreamMagic module. And in case you don’t know, it is the same module that powers the premium Evo all-in-one systems, CXN V2, and the high-end Edge NQ streaming preamp.
So, there is no doubt that the performance of the models will be stellar. You will even have multiple streaming options with the Cambridge Audio MXN10 and AXN10.
For example, there is Google Chromecast, AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth 5.0. You will even find wired ethernet and WiFi on board.
And thanks to the UPnP compatibility, you will have the full flexibility to play locally stored files that are on your network. Furthermore, you can even play stored audio files through the USB Type A input. Wondering what music streaming services are supported?
There is Tidal, Qobuz, and Spotify Connect. However, there is no native MQA support for Tidal Masters streams. But both the models are Roon Ready.
File compatibility of the new Cambridge Audio players is pretty vast. Both devices’ internal ESS Sabre ES9033Q DAC can handle audio files up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM.
They can even handle DSD512 files. On the output end, you have pair of RCA line levels, one optical and one coaxial port. However, there is no screen on the front.
So, you will not be able to see the artwork of the album while playing the songs on the devices. But you control both of them through the StreamMagic app available for Android and iOS devices.
Slava is a man of mystery and no-one seems to know exactly where he is at any point in time. When he isn't enjoying writing about all things audio and technical he can be found researching his next project of interest. The man never rests.