Cambridge Audio CXUHD
Cambridge Audio CXUHD
Cambridge Audio CXUHD

Cambridge Audio CXUHD: Reference digital player

Cambridge Audio CXUHD is a universal reference digital transport that supports 4K resolution (UHD), can play virtually any disc (including UHD Blu-ray, DVD-Audio, SACD, etc.) and can act as a network media player. An important feature of this device is the absence of a digital-to-analog converter on board, since, according to the developers, the built-in DAC introduces distortion and interference into the AV signal.

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The Cambridge Audio CXUHD player features a superbly balanced, high-precision disk transport capable of fast loading and effective error detection/correction. The player has a powerful custom 4-core video decoder capable of working with codecs such as HEVC H.265, H.264, VP9 4K and Hi10P. HDR video is supported, as well as Dolby Vision, which is a variant of HDR with 12-bit color depth (up to 68 billion colors) and dynamic metadata. Via HDMI, the device accepts audio codecs such as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as three-dimensional sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The player provides upscaling of any video to UHD resolution.

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The Cambridge Audio CXUHD looks great and has a sleek aluminum front panel. The design of the disk drive tray is interestingly implemented. Its front part is finished with darkened translucent plastic and goes well with the display below. At the rear of the case there are a pair of USB ports version 3.0, which support playing audio, video and viewing photos stored on flash drives and HDD. You can connect to a local network via a gigabit Ethernet port or dual-band Wi-Fi to play media files from computer libraries and servers.

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There are two HDMI outputs, one of which supports the 2.0 specification and is capable of working with 4K UHD TVs, projectors and AV receivers of the latest generation, and the second HDMI 1.4, intended only for audio, is used for connecting to older models of AV receivers. There is an HDMI 2.0 input, which also supports UHD resolution and can work with streamers such as Chromecast, Amazon Firesticks and Apple TV. To connect to an external DAC or AV components with a digital-to-analog converter and decoders on board, you can use the player’s coaxial or optical output.

Cambridge Audio CXUHD Specifications

Disc types supported UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, AVCHD, SACD, CD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD ± R/RW , DVD ± R DL, BD-R/RE
BD profile BD-ROM version 3.1, profile 6 (also compatible with BD-ROM version 2.5, profile 5)
Supported data transfer protocols when connecting to a local network UPnP, DLNA
Built-in decoder Mediatek chipset MTK8591
Supported frame rate 24/50/60 Hz
Supported video formats MPEG2, MPEG 2 HD, MPEG4, MPEG4 HD, AVC, VC-1, XVID, AVI, AVC, MKV (4.1), DAT, VOB, WMV, MOV, MP4 , MPEG-PS, FLV, MTS, M2TS, M2T, M4V, QuickTime
Supports BD-Live function yes
Supports HEVC, H.264, VP9 4K and Hi10P codecs yes
Supported audio formats AAC, WMA, MP3, APE, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC , WAV
Supported photo formats JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG
Supported file system architecture of USB drives FAT, exFAT, FAT32, NTFS
Ethernet port 1000 BASE-T
Wi-Fi 2-band, 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz), 802.11 a/n/ac (5 GHz)
2D to 3D video conversion yes
Video resolution, audio support for HDMI 2.0 output and input (HDMI Out 1 and HDMI In) video: UHD/1080p 24/1080p/1080i/720p /576p/576i/4 80p/480i, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24; Audio: up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Bitstream
Audio support for HDMI 1.4 output (HDMI Out 2) up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Bitstream
HDMI In (2.0) , support 4K, HDR10, Dolby Vision, etc.), 2 x USB ports (USB 3.0), Ethernet (LAN) port
HDMI Outputs 1 (2.0, supports ARC return channel, support 4K, HDR10, Dolby Vision, etc. .), HDMI Out 2 (1.4, ARC, intended for audio only), optical, coaxial
Other switching RS-232C interface, trigger input and output
Universal remote control, with backlit buttons
Switching power supply
Maximum power consumption 35 W
Power consumption in mode standby less than 0.5 W
Dimensions (W H D) 430x82x312 mm
Weight 5 kg