British manufacturer Cambridge is upgrading its amplifiers with its new Cambridge Evo range , developed to meet the needs of today and tomorrow. Creating perfect harmony between high-fidelity, streaming and modern technologies, the new amplifiers Cambridge EVO 150 and Cambridge EVO 75 are ultra-versatile and feature the most recent advances in wireless connectivity and listening. Ultra-modern amplifiers with the ambitious goal of bringing hi-fi to new horizons.
Cambridge Evo: an ambitious design
The Cambridge Evo range is synonymous with evolution, transformation and improvement. For Cambridge Audio, a famous English brand since 1968 ( all about the Cambridge Audio brand ), this evolution consists of designing hi-fi devices at the cutting edge of technology, with uncompromising design and performance. From these criteria were born the Cambridge EVO 150 and Cambridge EVO 75, two integrated all-in-one amplifiers. They have a lot in common, including a timeless and ambitious design. These two amplifiers thus adopt a metal frame 89mm high, 352mm deep and with an atypical width of 350mm for the Cambridge Evo 150 and of 317mm for the EVO 75. The chassis rests on an inverted pyramid base which make the amplifiers look like they are floating in the air and are far more elegant than the usual massive feet. The front of the Cambridge Evo 150 and Cambridge EVO 75 amps is covered with a very large 6.8″ diagonal color screen, showing the selected source, as well as the cover art and information of the tracks being played.
To ensure an optimal adaptation in any interior, the sides of these two amplifiers of the Cambridge Evo range are customizable. To do this, the Cambridge EVO 150 and Cambridge EVO 75 are each accompanied by two pairs of panels: a pair in corrugated black metal giving it a contemporary and very discreet appearance and a pair in oak-colored wood for a decidedly more vintage style.
Cambridge Evo: a comprehensive network player
Besides the customizable design, these two amplifiers of the Cambridge Evo range also share the same network drive. It is ultra complete and is capable of playing all your dematerialized music. To do this, it relies on the Cambridge StreamMagic mobile application, which offers access to music shared on the local network in DLNA / UPnP and is Roon Ready. It also offers access to countless web radios, as well as the online music services Qobuz (24 bits / 192 kHz), Tidal (MQA) and Spotify Connect.
Music streaming on Cambridge Evo 150 and EVO 75 amplifiers can also be done using AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. These two protocols also allow the insertion of these amplifiers in a group of speakers or devices compatible with one of these technologies. Finally, streaming from a smartphone, tablet or computer can also be done in Bluetooth aptX HD.
Cambridge Evo: similarities, but not only
The differences between the Cambridge Evo 150 and Cambridge Evo 75 start showing as soon as the amplifiers are activated. The range of connectors at the back are more or less comprehensive, but remains very well supplied on both models. Among the common inputs, the HDMI ARC input confirms the contemporary character of these amplifiers by allowing them to be associated with a compatible television or video projector in order to retrieve the sound track of the program viewed. There are also optical inputs (two for the Cambridge Evo 150 and one for the Cambridge Evo 75), a coaxial input and an RCA input. The Cambridge Evo 150 goes even further, with the addition of a balanced XLR input and a phono input with ground connector to connect a turntable.
The two Cambridge Evo 150 and Cambridge Evo 75 amplifiers also have a USB-A port for connecting a USB stick or external hard drive. They both then support PCM files up to 32-bit / 384kHz from many formats: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC AAC +, OGG Vorbis and MQA. Native decoding of DSD files is also supported up to DSD 256. The conversion of these files is however entrusted to two different DACs: an ESS Saber ES9016K2M model for the Cambridge Evo 75 and a slightly more powerful ESS Saber ES9018K2M for the Evo 150. The Cambridge Evo 150 also stands out with the addition of a USB-B input allowing it to be used as a USB DAC with a Windows or Mac computer. It then supports the same files as from its USB-A port.
Cambridge Evo: a different power rating, but the same musicality
The amplification section of the Cambridge Evo 150 confirms the more assertive character of this model, with a capacity of 2 x 150 W RMS into 8 ohms, against 2 x 75 W RMS into 8 ohms for the Cambridge Evo 75. The Evo 150 is therefore more comfortable with demanding speakers and can even simultaneously power two pairs of speakers thanks to its A + B terminals, compared to a single pair on the Cambridge Evo 75. The amplification technology is however identical, with the adoption of Hypex Ncore modules developed by Hypex Electronics. These operate in class D to guarantee dynamic, precise listening and a great impulse response. They are also associated with an very large power supply to provide quality current and guarantee a high power reserve.
With the Cambridge Evo 75 and Cambridge Evo 150, the British manufacturer signs two high-performance and versatile amplifiers that can be associated with any analog and digital source, but also allow listening to dematerialized music from a computer, a NAS or online music services. The ambitious and modular design ensures perfect integration into every interior, while the more or less abundant amount of power power facilitates the choice according to your needs. The Cambridge Evo 75 is thus intended to be paired with compact speakers or small columns, while the Cambridge Evo 150 stands out as a top choice for demanding speakers.
Later this year, the British manufacturer will complete the Cambridge Evo range with the Cambridge Evo CD, a player capable of playing all discs and whose aesthetics blend harmoniously with the Cambridge Evo 75 and Cambridge Evo 150 amps. Cambridge therefore promises us a range designed to be future-proof which will frequently be enriched with new, ever more efficient electronics.