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Cambridge Audio CXA81

Cambridge Audio CXA81
alaScore 96

153 reviews

Jul, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 153 reviews of Cambridge Audio CXA81. The average rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Cambridge Audio CXA81 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Simon Lucas (

Cambridge Audio CXA81 Review


Flexible and fearsomely musical, the Cambridge CXA81 integrated amplifier is a significant step on from the amp it replaces

Extensive spec ; Understated looks ; Thoroughly enjoyable and convincing sound

Ordinary remote ; No phono stage

Cambridge’s CXA81 integrated amplifier improves upon the enjoyable if flawed CXA80 with new features, putting in an authoritative performance. It’s currently the best integrated amplifier you can buy for around £1000.

Apr, 2024

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Cambridge Audio CXA81 review


What Hi-Fi? Awards 2022 winner. Sets a new baseline for integrated amps at this price

Oct, 2022

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Great Digital Amp


Great amp. Bought this primarily for streaming my digital music collection alongside streaming via Bluetooth from my TV. Works brilliantly with great sound and very little latency. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a digital HiFi amp. So...

Oct, 2021

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Amazing amplifier


An amazing amplifier with great sound! The built-in Bluetooth also works like a charm.

Sep, 2021

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Great amplifier, highly recommended!!!


I bought Cambridge audio CXA81 a month ago and I'm so happy with purchase. It's a most beautiful sound I ever heard!

Jul, 2021

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Good Sound Good Features


Good Sound Good Features, Simple to use. I bought this to replace a Azur 651A that had failed. I use it along side a CXNV2 network player. They have added a DAC so I can feed the sound from my Sony Bravia TV directly into the amp. Sadly the DAC is...

Jul, 2021

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Upgrade from cxa80


The CXA81 is a huge leap forward in sound quality. The tracks come alive and the music "sparkles" I am very pleased with this purchase

Jul, 2021

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Superb amplifier for the money.


I bought this last week and it's very enjoyable to listen to. I had an expensive vlave amplifier before which was nice but having to change the valves every so often was becoming a pain so i decided to go to my local Richer Sounds store and demo this...

Jul, 2021

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Fantastic Soundstage and exceptional all round


Live in Johannesburg and bought the CXA81, together with the CA CXNv2 streamer, based purely on Reviews and Buyer Feedback. Have it connected to Martin Logan Motion 40i's and a CA Azur 651C. The soundstage and clarity are really exceptional, and the...

Jun, 2021

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Loft extension purchase


I purchased 4 Monitor Audio ceiling speakers and a Cambridge amplifier, after detailed review loft design and layout. Service excellent from start of investigation to delivery of product.

Jun, 2021

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