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Postby Slammy69 » 11 Jan 2017 19:48

Hey all!

Just bought a Cambridge CXA80 (excited..cant Help it :), and am a little confused about which input to connect my phono preamp (amp does not have a preamp built in) to...unbalanced or balanced? The manual isn't very clear on this topic.

Thanks!
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Re: New amplifier question

Postby Guest » 11 Jan 2017 20:29

Unbalanced (RCA) connections were used for decades without issues if the interconnecting cables were quality made.
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Re: New amplifier question

Postby Paraneer » 11 Jan 2017 20:34

Nice amp.

Seeing that your Pro-ject phono stage does not have balanced XLR outputs, you would have to use the unbalanced line level inputs on your new amp. Looking at the back of your amp, you have 4 to choose from. Take your pick.
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Re: New amplifier question

Postby Slammy69 » 11 Jan 2017 20:43

Thanks guys!

Now seeing the "A1" input encompasses both balanced (xlr), and unbalanced (rca), I see how dumb my question was. Ugh.
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Re: New amplifier question

Postby Guesstimator » 13 Jan 2017 17:25

Let us know what you think of the amp.....Been looking at the cxa80 for quite some time and some first hand feedback would be very helpful! What amp is irrelevant replacing?
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Re: New amplifier question

Postby peter-dog » 03 Dec 2017 20:52

Mind you...
I too am considering a CXA80, and upon perusing the manual, I wondered about the unbalanced/balance inputs for location A1.
I contacted the kind folks at Cambridge Audio support to ask whether it would be okay to connect RCA-to-XLR balanced cable from my Cambridge CP2 preamp (phono=RP3+2MBronze) to the CXA80 A1 balanced input.
Cambridge responded "We would in fact recommend this as the preferred connection type for these two units."
Whether there is a distinct advantage to doing this remains to be heard, but at least it is possible and should not have an adverse effect.
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