While Cambridge Audio may be known for producing mostly sub-$2k components, that hasn’t stopped them from developing a trio of new options that we’re excited about at Northern Audio. With a higher hifi price point firmly in mind (along with the 50th anniversary of the brand), the British-based company unveiled its new Edge line to accompany its three tiered <$500, <$1000 and <$1500 lines of DACs, Amps and CD players. It’s quite a flurry of products, but none have quite the hifi luster as the new Edge A integrated ($5k), Edge NQ pre/network streamer ($4k) and Edge W power amp ($3k). The new components are named after one of Cambridge’s founders, Professor Gordon Edge.
The flagship integrated features a very simple front panel with only a single selector knob as control. The back end however, keeps things interesting Class “XA” amplification which according to the presser “shifts the crossover point out of audible range, offering the sound quality of Class A but with more efficient performance.” Digital translations include DSD and an interesting array of compatibility with Airplay, Spotify Connect, Chromecast and even aptX HD.
The Press Release is also quick to put “Great British Sound” at the forefront of the conversation. The series touts “Extremely Short Signal Paths” with the W Power Amp claiming only 14 components in route from end to end. Both the W and the A Integrated push 100W into 8 ohms (200 into 4) and twin opposing symmetry toroidal transformers to help with the heavy lifting.
All three of the flagships are coming soon to Northern Audio! Keep close to this page and our web site and social channels for further updates. Full details and specs from the PR release available below.
“CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF AUDIO INNOVATION WITH EDGE – A NEW, HIGH-END HI-FI SYSTEM
The Edge series from the UK’s leading hi-fi brand represents the culmination of 50 years of audio engineering expertise and sets a new standard for design and performance.
Edge will be available in June from select authorized retailers in the US.
- Every component has been selected for its sonic merit through blind auditions – not price, specs, nor measurement.
- Cambridge Audio pushed engineering boundaries to keep the signal path short across the series. Only 14 components feature in the signal path of the Edge W power amplifier with capacitors removed altogether.
- Edge is a completely new design that has taken over three years for the dedicated, nine- person, in-house engineering team to complete.
REDISCOVER MUSIC WITH EDGE
The UK’s leading hi-fi company celebrates their 50th anniversary with the introduction of Edge, a pioneering hi-fi system that introduces a new standard for sound and design from the company.
The new series builds on Cambridge Audio’s driving principles of creating products that bring the “Great British Sound” – a pure, unfiltered audio experience – into the home, offering the company’s most accomplished system to date.
Five decades of engineering expertise has inspired the development of Edge, which features some of Cambridge Audio’s most innovative audio engineering to date:
- Short signal paths across the series. Edge W has just 14 components in the signal path.
- Unique Class XA amplification technology shifts the crossover point out of audible range, offering the sound quality of Class A but with more efficient performance.
- An opposing symmetry twin toroidal transformer design cancels out stray electromagnetic interference.
- Cambridge’s proprietary streaming platform, StreamMagic, has been updated to offer improved compatibility, meaning customers will be able to stream audio from a host of sources, including AirPlay, Spotify Connect, and Chromecast built-in, which allows streaming from a wealth of apps, including TIDAL. Additionally, Edge supports Bluetooth aptX HD.These technologies come together to produce the best example of the pure, unfiltered “British Sound” for which Cambridge Audio is renowned.The new series is named after Professor Gordon Edge, one of Cambridge Audio’s founders. He was an entrepreneurial force of the Cambridge technology cluster and inventor of the company’s first product, the P40 integrated amplifier.