CAMBRIDGE AUDIO: The Evo all-in-one music player

Cambridge Audio has launched Evo, its all-in-one music player which the company says: “gives you instant access to all the music in the world,” and “represents an evolution in hi-fi: an all-in-one music player that combines timeless design, cutting-edge technology, streaming smarts and incredible audio performance into one streamlined and compact box. You simply need to add speakers to start enjoying music.”

Designed in London, the Evo sports walnut wood side panels to complement the black anodised aluminium cabinet and comes with a choice of formed black side panels made from Richlite, a new material that’s produced primarily from recycled paper. The side panels can be switched out according to each customer’s preference.

Completing Evo’s design is a dual-concentric rotary dial and large 6.8in LCD display panel that shows off album artwork in full colour.

Evo is powered by Hypex NCore Class D amplification and there are two models: the Evo 150, rated at 150W per channel, and Evo 75, rated at – you guessed it – 75W.

At the system’s heart is Cambridge’s StreamMagic platform and both models use ESS Sabre DACs to ensure all music is converted to analogue with, the company claims: “every ounce of detail, precision and dynamics intact.”

Cambridge continues: “Whether you use Roon to organise your digital library or stream high-resolution MQA tracks using Tidal Connect, Evo can play it all. And StreamMagic will ensure you hear your music in the best possible sound quality, no matter where you’re playing it from and in whatever source quality.”

Evo supports music streaming using a variety of different methods, including AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Chromecast built-in, Qobuz, Roon Ready, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and internet radio.

Evo also boasts a wide array of digital and analogue connections, so you can add any source from your existing turntable to your CD player, and it comes with a 3.5mm headphone output. You can also connect your wireless turntable and wireless headphones using Evo’s built-in aptX HD Bluetooth.

The Evo 150 additionally boasts a built-in moving-magnet phono stage, asynchronous USB audio input, balanced XLR inputs and two sets of speaker terminals for running two pairs of different loudspeakers.

For those that want ‘plug-and-play’, Cambridge Audio has developed a pair of Evo S speakers to create a complete system. There’s also the option of adding on a dedicated Evo CD transport. Both are scheduled for release later in the year.

Both additional units are aesthetically and sonically designed to match perfectly with the all-in-one player. The Evo S speakers will be available exclusively at from Cambridge Audio's website.

The Evo 150 is priced at £2,250, the Evo 75 will cost you £1,800, the Evo CD is £800 and the Evo S speaker £650

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