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UK-based Cambridge Audio has long made very well-regarded high-end audio equipment, but recently that’s a market that has changed considerably, thanks to the advent of digital audio and online streaming services. The company has changed, too, and one example of that change is the new Minx Xi all-in one streaming device, which adds to Cambridge Audio’s growing family of digital-focused Minx products.

Basics

  • Wi-Fi & Ethernet
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • Toslink Optical audio in
  • Digital S/PIDF input
  • BT100 Bluetooth receiver included
  • 2x RCA inputs
  • 3.5mm audio input
  • Headphone out
  • 2x speaker out
  • Subwoofer out
  • Built-in Dual Wolfson WM8728 DAC
  • MSRP: £600, $899 in the U.S.
  • Product info page

Pros

  • Excellent sound
  • DAC works wonders for Bluetooth or when connected via optical to a Mac

Cons

  • Wi-Fi but no AirPlay support

Design

Cambridge’s Minx Xi is not dramatically different from what you might expect of any home theatre or hi-fi stereo component…

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