Cambridge CXN (V2) next acquisition

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  • afterburnt
    afterburnt Posts: 7,915
    Dam gamit, I spent all my time listening to gear and I got a bunch of new 5.1 stuff to listen to. Be advised, shut the **** up and listen.
  • afterburnt
    afterburnt Posts: 7,915
    Oh, hamburgers you can't say ****?
  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 5,533
    So what's the verdict? CXN or mini? Also are you using the Mini's internal dac or external?
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse RCA, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R,Wireworld Silver Eclipse SC, Tyler Highland H2, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Innuos Zen MK3 , W4S recovery, LKS MH-da004,

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac11,Aries Mini
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,950
    AHEM - I will answer for him - its the CXN...
  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 5,533
    joecoulson wrote: »
    AHEM - I will answer for him - its the CXN...

    Is the mini running a stock power supply? There is a big jump up from the stock. I have a TeraDak. I can say I hear a difference between the stock and the TeraDak. I am also going to a tube dac with the mini.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse RCA, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R,Wireworld Silver Eclipse SC, Tyler Highland H2, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Innuos Zen MK3 , W4S recovery, LKS MH-da004,

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac11,Aries Mini
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,950
    Ernie, I actually only have the CXN and was TIC about saying it was best.
    I assume if you have a really good DAC, IMO the results would most likely be close, if relying on the unit, IMO the CXN should win.
    all IMO
  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 5,533
    That makes sense. I can totally see internal dac on the CXN would sound better.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse RCA, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R,Wireworld Silver Eclipse SC, Tyler Highland H2, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Innuos Zen MK3 , W4S recovery, LKS MH-da004,

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac11,Aries Mini
  • displayname
    displayname Posts: 937
    But the internal DAC on the CXN can certainly be beat. I'm still very much enjoying the internal DAC of the CXN, but that wouldn't stop me from looking for/jumping on a great deal for a good DAC if it came up at the right time.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • afterburnt
    afterburnt Posts: 7,915
    erniejade wrote: »
    So what's the verdict? CXN or mini? Also are you using the Mini's internal dac or external?

    @erniejade I only tried the mini with the pre box s2 and then I gave up. Like I said the cxn v2 was the clear winner. I do have the mini on an ifi ps not the linear
  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 5,533
    Thanks. So far i have a lumin d1 on one rig and an aries mini in a tube dac11 with a 60's mullard tube on the livingroom rig. The cambridge stuff has my interest peaked.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse RCA, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R,Wireworld Silver Eclipse SC, Tyler Highland H2, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Innuos Zen MK3 , W4S recovery, LKS MH-da004,

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac11,Aries Mini
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,950
    Let’s hit that room too. That have some cool new gear.
  • Mr_Hz
    Mr_Hz Posts: 176
    Maybe I've missed it somewhere, so please inform me. Does the Cambridge CNX (V2) do multi-room streaming/audio? I currently have the gen1 Blue Sound Node2 and was debating whether to sell my 3 units at a loss to upgrade to the nominally better 2i, or just save for the next level multi room streamer (like AURALIC).

    Any inputs/additional info appreciated.
    2.3TL's - Living Room
    CRS+'s (4.1 TL's) - Office
    SDA1C's - Famdamly Rm
    SDA1C's - Master Bedroom
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,950
    If you are stepping up and have the coin, my vote would be for a next level streamer like the Vega G1. I heard the G2 at Axpona, but to be fair they were on YG Acoustic towers and I’m not sure anything would sound bad on those. It is the streamer I am looking to upgrade from and I have the CXN V2
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,950
    And I do not think the Cambridge does multiroon by itself.
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,458
    Clipdat wrote: »
    It would be interesting if they released an update to integrate Qobuz into the CXN the way Tidal is integrated. But until that happens I see no reason to use anything but Tidal with the CXN.

    The way that it's natively integrated/supported is absolutely sublime.

    @Clipdat how is Qobuz used with the CXN?
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,462
    edited August 2019
    Nightfall wrote: »
    @Clipdat how is Qobuz used with the CXN?

    Unfortunately, it hasn't yet been implemented "natively" into the Cambridge Connect app. Not sure what the delay is!

    Therefore the only way to do it right now is to use the Qobuz app on your phone and use Chromecast to stream it to the CXN.
    Post edited by Clipdat on
  • I get the feeling the Chromecast integration is a big reason they haven’t jumped on a native solution yet. It’s a good work around for now so they can continue working on integrating for new products. If they can easily make it backwards compatible then I’m sure they will, but I’d imagine they want to keep the focus on new products first.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,462
    I will email them about it and post the response here.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,462
    I asked them about this on August 6th, they followed up today August 13th with an answer:

    "It might be something we include in the future, but there is no release date or time frame."
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,458
    That means "You've got casting, leave us alone."
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,462
    Hah, yeah, pretty much.
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,458
    edited August 2019
    96kbps AAC on Tidal HiFi subscription? What's up? Do I have a setting wrong?

    Edit: Maybe something is wrong with my ears because this doesn't sound like 96kbps. Nevermind, it's definitely 96kbps.

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    Post edited by Nightfall on
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,458
    edited August 2019
    Also, can you not search Tidal from the Cambridge Connect app or only listen to artists you have put in your "collection"?
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 7,088
    Nightfall wrote: »
    96kbps AAC on Tidal HiFi subscription? What's up? Do I have a setting wrong?

    Edit: Maybe something is wrong with my ears because this doesn't sound like 96kbps. Nevermind, it's definitely 96kbps.

    TiDAL offers MQA hi-rez recordings for a good number of algums. I'm listening to Beck's Sea Change through Roon on the Bryston right now.

    LOTS of controversy as to whether it actually sounds better or worse lol, but it does get decoded as 96kbps...and its a nice option to have.
    Living Room 2.1: Usher BE-718 "tiny dancers"; Dual DIY Dayton audio RSS210HF-4 Subs with Crown XLS 1002 amp; Musical Fidelity A308; NAD M51 DAC; Sony UBP-x1000es
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology SM450; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology StudioMonitor350; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology promonitor 800; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,950
    Weird that it’s AAC though right? Typically it shows as MQA or FLAC. AAC is Apple’s lossless format.
  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 7,088
    edited August 2019
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Weird that it’s AAC though right? Typically it shows as MQA or FLAC. AAC is Apple’s lossless format.

    Ah yes it’s almost a flac file unfolded as MQA. Didn’t catch that part lol...
    Living Room 2.1: Usher BE-718 "tiny dancers"; Dual DIY Dayton audio RSS210HF-4 Subs with Crown XLS 1002 amp; Musical Fidelity A308; NAD M51 DAC; Sony UBP-x1000es
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology SM450; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology StudioMonitor350; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology promonitor 800; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,458
    Can you force it to just stream the normal FLAC? Some albums sounded good others not so much, it was very confusing.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,462
    Usually if it's trying to play the AAC it means Tidal doesn't have the FLAC version of that file/album in it's library.
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,458
    Everything was playing as 96kbps AAC. Electric Wizard, Clutch, Tool, everything I tried last night.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,462
    Then it's an account setting issue. I would try to log into tidal.com and check the account.
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