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    Any one used the Cambridge Audio CXU universal player for streaming and playing of local flac/mp3 files? Perhaps using a Raspberry pi as a player using the Cambridge as a DAC?

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    I've got a BD752 which was the previous model , I have it connected to my router via ethernet cable and stream FLAC files to it wirelessly from my laptop using MusicBee which has a UPnP plugin. I also have an external HD plugged into the 752 via USB and the FLAC files are displayed on my TV.

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    I have a CXU which I use as a bluray/dvd/cd spinner and also as a DAC for my Squeezebox touch which plays flac files from my network connected pc. Sounds good to my ears!

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    I'm extremely happy with my CXU, which I use now for Blu Ray, DVD duties and DAC for TV. I used to use it as a DAC with my Aries Mini (playing FLAC, ALAC and MP3). Much preferred the sound to over that of the Aries direct. I now use my Yamaha CD-S2100 as a DAC and this is definitely a notch or two up from the CXU, as you might expect (but not always find!) given its higher price.

    The CXU is a nicely made player, that looks much more costly than it is. Loads of inputs and flexibility. Transport is almost silent in operation.
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    Thanks for info Guys.

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    I have a CXN which is possibly the worst single thing I have ever bought and i have bought many things in my life......just thought I'd share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zygote23 View Post
    I have a CXN which is possibly the worst single thing I have ever bought and i have bought many things in my life......just thought I'd share.
    Cambridge have never been much good with streamers, IMO. But this thread is about a CXU; quite a different kettle of fish! But if we're talking streamers, the Aries Mini takes a great deal of beating (I've had a fair few). App is good, outputs analogue via its own decent DAC, or digitally via SPDIF and USB; can act as own server with internal storage or an external drive plugged in. AirPlay. Bluetooth. Good integration with Tidal. Easy to set up. Excellent wireless performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simon g View Post
    Cambridge have never been much good with streamers, IMO. But this thread is about a CXU; quite a different kettle of fish!
    Yes I realised that but just thought I would have a whinge lol. I hate the CXN with a passion uncontested...how it ever got the reviews it did beggars belief. Now I might look to some suggestions here for a change of device.
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    Had a cambridge cd/hard drive once. it cost a bomb and went poof too never worked properly tbh. they seem to have got their act together now according to the reviews. thats good as they were a decent company.
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    Well, I have decided to stick with the Raspberry Pi/dac for streaming and local files, and wired up my Oppo BDP-83 for stereo/audio use.

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