British Hi-Fi company Cambridge Audio has unveiled its Evo series of all-in-one systems, with the aim of combining stylish aesthetics, streaming smarts and “incredible” audio in a compact package.
In some ways, Cambridge Audio’s Evo has been 50 years in the making. Distilling expertise gained over half a century of being in the Hi-Fi business, the Evo 150 (£ 2,249 / € 2,499 / $ 3,000) and Evo 75 (£ 1,799 / € 1,999 / $ 2,250) are all-in-one systems just to speak. A pair of speakers is needed.
Evo 150 and Evo 75 All-in-One System
The Evo series draws design inspiration from the P40, Cambridge’s first product launch since 1968. Its walnut wood arms contrast with a black anodized cabinet, the Evo all-in-one system is definitely a must-see.
There is also an environmentally conscious aspect to the design, with materials made primarily from recycled paper, with side panels utilizing richlight. The front features a dual-focus rotary dial and large 6.8in LCD display that displays artwork in full color.
Entering the kitty gritti of Evo’s interiors, both systems are referred to by Cambridge Audio as the “revolutionary” Hypex NCOR Class D amplification, which looks to flesh music with a musical tone with clarity, resolution and energy. . The rationale behind the naming conventions is Evo 150 rated at 150W per channel and Evo 75 at 75W per channel. Both use the ESS Saber DAC to convert digital music to analog music “with detail, precision, and dynamics”.
Given that it is a modern system, the Evo series greatly complements the streaming world with support for digital music formats and services. There is Roon Ready for organizing your digital music collection, while it will happily eat MQA files using tidal linkage. Chromecast is built-in, as is AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth (aptX-HD), and has compatibility with Qobuz, Spotify Connect, and Internet radio services.
The StreamMagic app provides control over the Evo system, which is a feature of the music streaming services listed above, as well as being able to modify the volume, switching the input of playing music from every connected source.
Of course Evo claims physical digital and analog connections to go along with its wireless connectivity. Inputs include optical, coaxial and RCA, with HDMI ARC to connect to a TV. The 3.5 mm socket allows for listening sessions with a pair of wired headphones. The Evo 150 has a more robust connection count, with a built-in moving magnet (MM) for turntables, asynchronous USB audio input, balanced XLR input, and two sets of speaker terminals, so two pair of speakers can be run .
Evo S Speaker and Evo CD Transport
When you can connect any pair of your choice, Cambridge has produced an Evo S speaker (£ 649 / € 749 / $ 750) which helps to complete the system. There is also an option to add a dedicated Evo CD transport (£ 799 / € 899 / $ 950) to play CDs through the system.
Both are designed to complement the aesthetic of the Evo all-in-one system, as well as match their sound character. They are scheduled to be released later in 2021, with the Evo S speakers available exclusively Cambridge Audio Website.
Evo 150 and Evo 75 pricing and availability
The Cambridge Audio Evo 150 is priced at £ 2,249 / € 2,499 / $ 3,000, with the Evo 75 at £ 1,799 / € 1,999 / $ 2,250. They go on sale in April from the Cambridge Audio website and Richer Sounds.