Cambridge Audio

AXR85 FM/AM Stereo Receiver

The AXR85 boasts 85 watts of power, a built-in phono stage for connecting record players with Moving Magnet cartridges, a front panel 3.5mm input for iPod/MP3 players, built-in FM/AM radio with RDS and 30 presets and four analog inputs for connecting all your music, AV and audio sources. In addition, the built-in Bluetooth receiver allows you to stream your favorite music from your smartphone, tablet or PC.

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High Notes

Budget Audio Never Sounded So Good

These two new receivers sound like they should cost 3 times their price. The way they portray music makes you forget about the gear and just enjoy the music.

Inputs for All Your Music

With 4 analog audio, a phono preamp, Bluetooth 5.0 the AXR85 will satisfy almost everyone, but if you need digital the AXR100 adds 3 digital inputs.

Beautifully Designed and Built

We love the clean design of Cambridge Audio gear, but the geek side of us really appreciates the circuit board layouts and attention to detail that help make these units sound so good.

Every single piece of Cambridge Audio equipment is designed and engineered at their facility in the UK. Cambridge has a very long-lasting relationship with an Asian manufacturer where all of their gear has been assembled for the past 20+ years, ensuring very consistent results.

Flipping around to the back of the AXR85 or AXR100, you’ll see something we don’t normally find in receivers in this price range, very nice speaker binding posts! Normally you get those cheap push pin connections for this price level, but Cambridge Audio gives you a connector that will make for a tight fit for your speaker cable and there are even two for A or B speakers.

Both models give you three analog inputs and a moving magnet phono stage input. One of our favorite phono preamps for the money is the Cambridge Audio Solo and you can tell a lot of its great sound made it inside the AXR85 and AXR100. If you are going really old school with a reel to reel or cassette tape recorder, you’ll even find a set of tape outputs to feed the signal over to your tape recorder!

The AXR85 and AXR100 both have a subwoofer output. While it's really great to see this on a stereo receiver, we do have a little bit of a gripe about how they implemented it. The crossover point is set to 200 Hz. It does not appear to cut the bass going to your main speakers, and if it did cut at 200 Hz, that is way too high in our opinion. We would have preferred more adjustments like you would find on a home theater receiver.

  • BASS/TREBLE CONTROLS: Shelving, ultimate boost/cut +/- 10dB @ 100Hz and 20kHz
  • SUBWOOFER OUTPUT: 200Hz 2nd order L+R Level follows volume setting
More Information
MPN C11090
UPC 813371029538
Series AX Series
Weight 17.80 lbs
Total Harmonic Distortion (UNWEIGHTED) <0.01% @ 1kHz, 80% of rated power, <0.15% 20Hz - 20kHz, 80% of rated power
Signal To Noise Ratio >82dB (unweighted)
Frequency Response 5Hz - 50kHz
Impedance (Input) 47k ohms
Features Bluetooth Enabled, Built In Phono Stage, Headphone Amp, Includes a DAC, USB DAC
Color Options Graphite Gray
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