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Cambridge Audio Evo lifestyle music system combines Sixties cool with Hi-Res streaming

There’s a new lifestyle Hi-Fi system in town, and it’s turning heads. Evo by Cambridge Audio is an all-in-one that combines designer looks with the latest high-resolution streaming technologies.

Stuart George, Managing Director, Cambridge Audio, said: “Evo is the product we’ve been leading up to for over 50 years.” 

Designed in Cambridge Audio’s London studio, the Evo is compact and interiors friendly. It’s clearly hoping to sway customers away from the Naim Audio Mu-So and rival lifestyle music systems.

Lead designer Ged Martin has taken inspiration from the wood trims of Cambridge’s first ever product, the P40, launched in 1968. The aesthetic is Sixties cool.

Evo sports walnut wood side panels and black anodised aluminium cabinet. If that’s not your groove, there’s the option of side panels made from Richlite, a new material made primarily from recycled paper. Side panels can be switched out according to taste.

The unit also has a dual-concentric rotary dial and large 6.8-inch LCD display panel, ideal for showing off streamed album artwork in full colour.

Lead designer Ged martin has taken inspiration from the wood trims of Cambridge’s first product, launched in 1968…

The Cambridge Evo is vinyl friendly

Sonic credibility of the Cambridge Audio Evo is high. At its heart is Hypex NCore Class D amplification. There are two iterations of the Evo, distinguished by power output: the Evo 150 is rated at 150 watts per channel, while the Evo 75 offers 75W per channel.

The system is built around the brand’s familiar StreamMagic platform, which supports the latest digital music formats and services. The system is Roon Ready and compatible with high-resolution MQA tracks available on TIDAL Connect.

Wireless options include Bluetooth, Chromecast  built-in, AirPlay 2, Qobuz, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and internet radio.

Evo offers inputs for a range of digital and analogue sources, including vinyl, courtesy of a built-in moving magnet (MM) phono stage, and CD player. There’s also an HDMI connection with ARC, so that it can play TV.  A 3.5mm headphone socket lets you plug in your favourite pair of headphones. You can also connect your wireless turntable and wireless headphones using Evo’s built-in aptX HD Bluetooth.

There’s also an asynchronous USB audio input, balanced XLR inputs and two sets of speaker terminals for running two pairs of speakers.

For plug-and-play convenience, the company has specifically developed a pair of Evo S speakers to create a complete Evo System. Cambridge will also launch a matching Evo CD transport, later in 2021. 

Both additional units are aesthetically and sonically designed to match with the Evo all-in-one.

Available this month from Cambridge Audio,  the Evo 150 is priced at £2,249, while the Evo 75 comes in at £1,799. The EVO CD player and S speakers will be priced at  £799 and £649 respectively.

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