Designed to be the hub of your entertainment system, the CXR120 is an audiophile-grade 120 Watts per channel AV amplifier that brings together all of our hi-fi know-how for a powerful, immersive home cinema experience.
We designed the CXR120 to be the heart of your digital set-up, so it contains the same state-of-the-art Cambridge Audio StreamMagic music streaming module found in our CXN network music player. From basic compressed MP3 formats to 24-bit/192kHz studio master quality FLAC and WAV files, either wired, from USB hard drives, or via Wi-Fi, the CXR120 plays them all. Add a BT100 Bluetooth receiver and it will pair with any compatible device, allowing playback in superb quality thanks to aptX technology.
Complementing the audio output, its visual performance is second to none. The seven HDMI input sockets cater for all your visual feeds, one of which is a front facing MHL port, making it simple to watch phone content on your big screen. With HDMI 2.0 the CXR120 upscales all 1080p signals to 4K ultra high definition, while deep colour support guarantees crisp, detailed images.
The heart of the CXR120 is its low flux audiophile-grade toroidal transformer. It ensures the amplifier delivers extremely low noise and distortion, while the output of 120 Watts in stereo mode or 60 Watts with all seven channels driven, provides more than enough power for even the most demanding speakers. Add the free iOS/Android app for control of network music playback and you have an exceptional hi-fi amplifier that will reveal previously undiscovered layers to your music.
The CXR120 combines a resonance-free, acoustically damped metal chassis with a substantial extruded heat sink. An oversize toroidal transformer delivers 120 Watts per channel. The front panel is designed for a less cluttered look. The status window is a starburst display, clear enough to be read from across the room, but softened by a colour tint on the glass window.
An AV receiver brings its own challenges when it comes to maintaining signal integrity, particularly when you factor in the use of high-speed HDMI boards and a network module. To eliminate interference Cambridge uses a multi-layered PCB design with screening built into the boards. This approach allows them to keep grounding and screening very close to the chips themselves, preventing interference from getting into the audio path. The CXR120 follows the same design philosophy as our CXA60 and CXA80 stereo amplifiers, with a reduced component count in the signal path.
The Cambridge-designed streaming module used in the CXR120 is the same as what is used in the CXN network player and the 851N flagship network player. This module is not controlling the AVR in any way, but acts as an integrated streamer within the AV receiver. Consequently, it doesn’t have to contend with decode modes and assorted DSP.
All HDMI sockets may look the same, but they’re not. For the CXR120 we employ the Panasonic HDMI chipset, which offers a significant boost in picture performance over previous generations. All six rear-facing HDMIs are version 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is also a combined HDMI/MHL socket on the front panel which is HDMI 1.4, simply because the MHL standard can’t yet handle 4K. The output from the two HDMI outs is mirrored, enabling you to run both a screen and a projector without needing to unplug and re-plug cables.
When enabled in the menu, our new HDMI by-pass mode keeps the HDMI board live, so you no longer need the AV receiver powered just to watch TV. It’s active on the last input used, or can be assigned so that it’s always the same. Ideal if the receiver needs to be used in a family environment.
Beneath the lid, the CXR120 utilises a Cirrus Logic DSP processor and high resolution DACs. Cambridge believes Cirrus Logic are setting the standard when it comes to AV Receiver DSP processing. Naturally the DACs support 24-bit 192 kHz playback. Compatibility is broad, covering WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+ and Ogg Vorbis. DSD support is via HDMI from SACD.
When it comes to processing, the CX receivers will auto-configure their output for the best results, based on your chosen speaker setup. For example, the Cirrus Logic DSP will automatically remap a 5.1 sound mix into a 7.1 speaker layout. If you prefer, you can manually choose what post processing you want to use, for example running stereo from all speakers if you’re holding a house party.
As part of the mission to simplify the AV receiver experience, big changes have been made to the user interface on the CXR120. Clear menus and self-explanatory graphics make navigation and installation a snip. Setup and usability have never been easier. When it comes to system building, the receiver just works. Plug in an HDMI source, select the input, and sound and vision happen immediately. There’s no complicated input assign routines to unravel.
The CXR120 comes with an auto-calibration microphone which measures speaker distances and optimises volume. Unlike some rival auto calibration systems, Cambridge does not alter the tonal character of your speakers at all. If you want to manually set up your system, then that’s easy to do too.
If you want to use your CXR120 with a Bluetooth source, you may use the optional BT100 audio receiver. This audiophile Bluetooth device is isolated internally within the receiver’s chassis and has been designed to give the optimum performance from BT sources such as a smartphone or tablet. All the coding for the BT100 has been done in-house.
Power output: 120 watts RMS per channel, 6 ohms (two channels driven), 155 watts RMS per channel, 4 ohms (two channels driven), 100 watts RMS per channel, 8 ohms (two channels driven), 60 watts RMS per channel, 8 ohms (all 7 channels driven)
HDMI: HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, ARC supported on HDMI 1 output
Audio Inputs: 3 x Analog, Tuner (FM/AM), 7.1 multi-channel analog direct, 2 x digital coaxial, 2 x optical
Video Inputs: 6 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x MHL compatible (HDMI 1.4 - max 1080p)
Main Audio Outputs: 7 Amplified Speaker Outputs, 2 x subwoofer outputs
Video Output: 2 x HDMI 2.0, ARC through HDMI 1
Other connections: 1 x 1/4” / 6.35mm Headphone Output (32 To 600 ohms recommended), IR emitter input, IR receiver input, 2x IR outputs, 2 x 12V trigger outputs, 1 RS232C, 1 IEC type mains inlet, Wi-Fi module, RJ45 Ethernet, BT100 Bluetooth (BT100 not supplied), Spotify Connect
Audio formats (network streaming and USB HDD):ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis (16-24 bit, 11.025-192kHz), DSD (via HDMI)
Max power consumption: 1000W
Standby power consumption: <0.5W
Dimensions (H x W x D): 6.5 x 16.9 x 16.5"