Evo by Cambridge Audio, a British manufacturer of hi-fi audio products for over 50 years, is an all-in-one music player that gives you instant access to all the music in the world.The concept behind evo is to create 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.
Designed in Cambridge Audio’s London studio, Evo’s minimal aesthetic will fit into any interior and lifestyle. Lead designer Ged Martin chose premium materials and used industrial design principles to create a product that champions simplicity and will endure for many years.
Taking inspiration from the wood trims of the iconic P40, Cambridge Audio’s first ever product from 1968, Evo has walnut wood side panels that complement the sleek, black anodized aluminum cabinet. Evo also comes with a choice of formed black side panels made from Richlite, an innovative new material made primarily from recycled paper. The side panels can be switched out according to each customer’s style.
Completing Evo’s elegant design is a dual-concentric rotary dial and large 6.8in LCD display panel that shows off album artwork in full color.
In the company’s London headquarters, a team of engineers spent hundreds of hours listening to Evo and tuning it to perfection. All to ensure Evo delivers an extraordinarily enjoyable sound performance – no matter what you’re listening to.
Evo uses high quality components and is powered by energy efficient Class D amplification,. Evo comprises two models: Evo 150is rated at 150 watts per channel, and Evo 75has 75 watts per channel.
At the heart of Evo lies Cambridge Audio’s well-branded StreamMagic platform and supports the latest digital music formats and services. Both Evo models use ESS Sabre DACs to ensure all digital music is converted to analogue sound with every ounce of detail, precision and dynamics intact.
Evo is compatible with both Roon to organize your digital library and TIDAL Connect to stream high-resolution MQA tracks. Evo supports streaming using a variety of methods, including AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Chromecast built-in, Qobuz, Roon Ready, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and internet radio.
The StreamMagic app offers comprehensive control over Evo. With the app, you have access to all your favorite streaming services at the tap of a button. You can use the app or the included remote to easily switch between inputs and play all your music from every connected source. Software updates and new features can also be added remotely using the StreamMagic app.
Stuart George, Managing Director, Cambridge Audio, said: “At Cambridge Audio, we think evolution is about even more than improving the quality of the sound you hear and enhancing your enjoyment of music. Evolution is also about transforming the convenience and usability of hi-fi without compromising its performance. Evolution is about bringing hi-fi into the future, making it fit your lifestyle, and ensuring it looks just as good as it sounds. Evo is the product we’ve been leading up to for over 50 years.”
Evo includes a wide array of digital and analogue connections, so you can add any source: from your existing turntable or CD player, to using Evo as your TV’s sound system. Along with optical, coaxial and RCA inputs, there is a TV ARC input for connecting your TV using an HDMI cable.
A 3.5mm headphone jack lets you plug in your favorite pair of headphones and listen to music at all hours. You can also connect your wireless turntable and wireless headphones using Evo’s built-in aptX HD Bluetooth, allowing you to enjoy high- definition streamed music without the need for wires.
Evo 150 features additional connectivity: a built-in moving magnet (MM) phono stage for compatible turntables, an asynchronous USB audio input, balanced XLR inputs and two sets of speaker terminals for running two pairs of speakers.
Cambridge Audio has also specifically developed a pair of Evo S speakers to create a complete Evo System. There’s also the option of adding on a dedicated Evo CD transport. Both are scheduled for release later in 2021.
Cambridge Audio Evo 150 and Evo 75 will be available from April 2021 at CambridgeAudio.com and authorized retailers.
Evo 150 –$3,000