The heart of the CXR120 is its low flux audiophile-grade toroidal transformer. It ensures the amplifier delivers extremely low noise and distortion, while the output of 120 Watts in stereo mode or 60 Watts with all seven channels driven, provides more than enough power for even the most demanding speakers. Add the free iOS/Android app for control of network music playback and you have an exceptional hi-fi amplifier that will reveal previously undiscovered layers to your music.
Power and Control
Through a class AB amplifier design, the CXR120 is rated at 120 Watts, so can easily run the most demanding speakers. The power supply is via a low flux toroidal transformer, with the result that the CRX120 delivers smooth seamless sound with incredible precision.
The CXR120 supports playback of virtually any audio file – from compressed MP3s to 24-bit/192kHz studio master quality FLAC and WAV files, while Spotify Connect and internet radio access offer 1,000s of listening options.
Whatever format your entertainment takes, the CXR120 can connect with it beautifully. Front ports of the CXR offer USB, MP3 and HDMI with MHL support, so if it’s on a portable device you can hear it through your hi-fi. The rear of the machine offers similar levels of compatibility, with a further six HDMI input ports, and two output HDMIs to give twin displays.
BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN
The CXR120 combines a resonance-free, acoustically damped metal chassis with a substantial extruded heat sink. An oversize toroidal transformer delivers 120 Watts per channel. Cosmetically, we’ve stripped back the design for a less cluttered look. The status window is a starburst display, clear enough to be read from across the room, but softened by a colour tint on the glass window.
An AV receiver brings its own challenges when it comes to maintaining signal integrity, particularly when you factor in the use of high-speed HDMI boards and a network module. To eliminate interference we use a multi-layered PCB design with screening built into the boards. This approach allows us to keep grounding and screening very close to the chips themselves, preventing interference from getting into the audio path. The CXR120 follows the same design philosophy as our CXA60 and CXA80 stereo amplifiers, with a reduced component count in the signal path.
The Cambridge-designed streaming module used in the CXR120 is the same we use in the CXN network player and our 851N flagship network player. This module is not controlling the AVR in any way, but acts as an integrated streamer within the AV receiver. Consequently, it doesn’t have to contend with decode modes and assorted DSP. There’s another good reason for black-boxing the module this way: it allows us to control and refine the user experience.
All HDMI sockets may look the same, but they’re not. For the CXR120 we employ the Panasonic HDMI chipset, which offers a significant boost in picture performance over previous generations. All six rear-facing HDMIs are version 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is also a combined HDMI/MHL socket on the front panel which is HDMI 1.4, simply because the MHL standard can’t yet handle 4K. The output from the two HDMI outs is mirrored, enabling you to run both a screen and a projector without needing to unplug and re-plug cables.
ULTIMATE HDMI CONVENIENCE
When enabled in the menu, our new HDMI by-pass mode keeps the HDMI board live, so you no longer need the AV receiver powered just to watch TV. It’s active on the last input used, or can be assigned so that it’s always the same. Ideal if the receiver needs to be used in a family environment.
DSP AND DAC
Beneath the lid, the CXR120 utilises a Cirrus Logic DSP processor and high resolution DACs. We’ve chosen this route because we believe Cirrus Logic are setting the standard when it comes to AV Receiver DSP processing. Naturally the DACs support 24-bit 192 kHz playback. Compatibility is broad, covering WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+ and Ogg Vorbis. DSD support is via HDMI from SACD.
INTELLIGENT MULTICHANNEL PROCESSING
When it comes to processing, our CX receivers will auto-configure their output for the best results, based on your chosen speaker setup. For example, the Cirrus Logic DSP will automatically remap a 5.1 sound mix into a 7.1 speaker layout. If you prefer, you can manually choose what post processing you want to use, for example running stereo from all speakers if you’re holding a house party.
As part of our mission to simplify the AV receiver experience, we’ve made some big changes to the user interface on the CXR120. Clear menus and self-explanatory graphics make navigation and installation a snip. Setup and usability have never been easier. When it comes to system building, the receiver just works. Plug in an HDMI source, select the input, and sound and vision happen immediately. There’s no complicated input assign routines to unravel.
UNCOLOURED AUTO CALIBRATION
The CXR120 comes with an auto-calibration microphone which measures speaker distances and optimises volume. Unlike some rival auto calibration systems, we don’t alter the tonal character of your speakers at all. If you want to manually set up your system, then that’s easy to do too.
If you want to use your CXR120 with a Bluetooth source, we provide the optional BT100 audio receiver. This audiophile Bluetooth device is isolated internally within the receiver’s chassis and has been designed to give the optimum performance from BT sources such as a smartphone or tablet. All the coding for the BT100 has been done in-house. We even include an extension cable which enables you get the best Bluetooth range.
- Power output:120 watts RMS per channel, 6 ohms (two channels driven), 155 watts RMS per channel, 4 ohms (two channels driven), 100 watts RMS per channel, 8 ohms (two channels driven), 60 watts RMS per channel, 8 ohms (all 7 channels driven)
- HDMI:HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, ARC supported on HDMI 1 output
- Audio Inputs:3 x Analogue, Tuner (FM/AM), 7.1 multi-channel analogue direct, 2 x digital coaxial, 2 x optical
- Video Inputs:6 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x MHL compatible (HDMI 1.4 - max 1080p)
- Main Audio Outputs:7 Amplified Speaker Outputs, 2 x subwoofer outputs
- Video Output:2 x HDMI 2.0, ARC through HDMI 1
- Other connections:1 x 1/4” / 6.35mm Headphone Output (32 To 600 ohms recommended), IR emitter input, IR receiver input, 2x IR outputs
- 2 x 12V trigger outputs, 1 RS232C, 1 IEC type mains inlet, Wi-Fi module, RJ45 Ethernet, BT100 Bluetooth (BT100 not supplied), Spotify Connect
- Audio formats (network streaming and USB HDD):ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis (16-24 bit, 11.025-192kHz), DSD (via HDMI)
- Max power consumption:1000W
- Standby power consumption:<0.5W
- Dimensions (H x W x D)*:165 x 430 x 420mm (6.5 x 16.9 x 16.5’’)
- Weight:13.2kg (29lbs)