Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Vancouver
Thanks for all the input.
I bought the Cambridge CXR-120. It has the connectivity I need, has great sound quality, and plays lossless formats from Tidal, Spotify, Apple, etc. sounding very good.
I A/B'd the lossless formats from Tidal, Spotify and Apple (playing the music wirelessly over Plex from my computer to the receiver) and found the Apple format music on my phone streamed wirelessly (not bluetooth) sounds slightly better than the other 2. Careful A/B listening to Apple vs CD shows a small amount of variation. I have ripped many CDs to Apple format, and the ripped AACs sound different, but hard to say "worse" than the CDs. There seems to be a fall off in the higher frequencies, but at my age that's probably not audible. I detect a little more fullness in vocals, with a small loss of sibilance. Overall, I'm pretty impressed.
The Cambridge sounded better to me than the Yamaha RX-A880 I used as a comparison, and cost about the same. Of course, the Yamaha has a lot more home theatre specific gear and capabilities, and I'd have gone with it if home theatre was a higher priority for me. But since I didn't need them, I'm happy with the Cambridge. I found that sound quality isn't quite as noticeable while watching a movie than when listening only.
It's really apparent that how one uses the equipment, and what one's priorities are, is very important in making A/V equipment choices.