Cambridge Audio launches two affordable hi-res music streamers with major streaming features

Cambridge Audio MXN10
(Image credit: Cambridge Audio)

Cambridge Audio has revealed two new music streamers. The AXN10 and MXN10 network audio players sit below the UK hi-fi brand's Award-winning CXN V2 music streamer, offering cheaper prices and, in the MXN10's case, more flexible placement.

Both streamers feature a more minimalist design but unusually, they feature the exact same streaming features, file compatibility and functionality.

Read our hands-on review and first impressions of the new streamers.

The AXN10 is a typical 'full size' music streamer designed to match the existing AX range of affordable hi-fi separates. The MX, meanwhile, has a much smaller footprint. Its dimensions (52 x 215 x 191mm) are actually near-identical to that of the five-star DacMagic 200M desktop DAC/headphone amplifier. Neat. Cambridge says its flexible form can be used to add "streaming to any music system and bring vintage hi-fi kit back up to date".

Both models have the brand's in-house StreamMagic module at its centre, which has powered the premium CXN V2, Evo all-in-one systems and high-end Edge NQ streaming preamp (all received five stars from What Hi-Fi?, it should be noted).

As such, the AXN10 and MXN10 have a wide range of streaming options for you to play your music. There's AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast and Bluetooth 5.0. They have wi-fi and wired ethernet on board; UPnP compatibility means you can play any locally stored files on your network through the two streamers. You can also play stored files using the USB Type A input. Music streaming services are supported – Spotify Connect, Tidal, Qobuz – as is internet radio. There's no native MQA support for Tidal Masters streams, but the players are Roon Ready.

Cambridge Audio MXN10

Cambridge Audio MXN10 - back panel (Image credit: Cambridge Audio)

File compatibility is extensive: the internal ESS Sabre ES9033Q DAC in both players will handle hi-res audio files up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 files.

”At Cambridge Audio we believe in offering our listeners choice; it’s essential to offer diverse routes to the music you love. We’re delighted to expand the StreamMagic family to even more listeners worldwide,” says Stuart George, Cambridge Audio's CEO.

For outputs, there is one pair of RCA line level, one coaxial and one optical.

There's no screen on the front panel, which is a shame if you enjoy seeing album artwork in full colour. However, both can be controlled using the dedicated StreamMagic app available for iOS and Android.

Cambridge Audio AXN10

Cambridge Audio AXN10 music streamer (Image credit: Cambridge Audio)

Pricing? The AXN10 will cost £549 / $599 / €599 at launch. Curiously, the press release says this model will be "limited edition" and Cambridge Audio has further stated to us that the ANX10 will be "initially available in limited quantities".

The smaller MXN10 will set you back £449 / $499 / €499 – only £100 cheaper than the full size model. At these prices, both models will go up against Award-winning rival, the Bluesound Node 2021. Both are available from March.

What about sound quality? How different will the audio performance be between the two products? We're intrigued to find out, and we'll report back once we get samples in our dedicated listening rooms for the full review. 


Hands on: Cambridge Audio MXN10 review

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Kashfia Kabir
Hi-Fi and Audio Editor

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products (including speakers, amplifiers and headphones), been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and hanging out with her cat Jolene.

  • MarcMontreal
    Thanks for article.
    It's good to have new streaming options from a reputable company such as Cambridge.
    However, you're comparing it to a version of a product which is no longer relevant.
    The BlueSound Node 2i was replaced by the BlueSound Node.
    Whether WHF reviewed the new version is irrelevant. You wouldn't be comparing a product to the CHORD Mojo when everyone knows the Mojo2 is out.
  • AndrewF
    I will be curious how they compare to the CXN V2. I just ordered one of those- figured the newer ones were unlikely to be “better” at a lower price. But who knows?