The Streaming Services available will vary depending on the unit you are using and the country you are based in.
For the Stream Magic 6 v2 and later, we have added the ability to use Spotify Connect. Spotify is currently the most popular streaming music service and is available in many territories across the globe, and by integrating Connect into Stream Magic products it gives a large number of our customers flexibility to access their music library.
TIDAL is now supported natively via our Cambridge Connect app on our Stream Magic 6 v2, CXN, CXN v2, 851N and CXR devices.
We currently support Pandora in the US on all of our units apart from the CXN v2 (Unless AirPlay is used) and the Edge NQ.
There are a few different ways of connecting Qobuz media to our players. Please find an explanation of the different Qobuz subscriptions below as well as how these can currently be played on our units.
- Qobuz Premium
The Qobuz standard is MP3 rated at 320 kbps.
This format produces an equal or lower quality than Spotify Premium and can be played directly from a device to the CXN or 851N via AirPlay or Bluetooth with no negative effects. For this reason, we would not require a Qobuz partnership as both AAC and AAC+ file types are compatible with any Smart device with either of these technologies.
- Qobuz HiFi
As their HiFi standard files are 16Bit/44.1kHz FLAC files, it is possible to play these back through our units via an APTX Bluetooth compatible device as well as USB Audio from a PC or Laptop. It is also possible to play these files via AirPlay however as this is not supported natively by Apple, this would be converted from FLAC to ALAC which is technically the same quality.
To enable playback in the original format, connect a USB A to B cable between your PC or Mac and the Cambridge Audio network player and select “USB Audio” as the desired digital input through the network players’ interface.
The Qobuz Music desktop apps can also be played from your PC or Mac through the USB Audio connection to your Cambridge Audio network player. This will then be upscaled to a superior 24 Bit/384 kHz within the CXN or 851N.
- Qobuz Sublime and Sublime+
As these subscriptions are download based rather than streaming, you are able to store the files on your Smart device, Computer or NAS drive.
The Sublime subscription includes FLAC files rated at 16Bit/44.1kHz and again it is possible to play these back through our units via an APTX Bluetooth (with the BT100) or AirPlay (ALAC) connection.
The Sublime+ subscription includes much higher quality files up to 24 Bit/192kHz however. These files cannot be transferred to a network player wirelessly via AirPlay or Bluetooth however.
Both subscription types can be played to our units from either a USB Audio connection from a computer (as with Tidal and Qobuz HiFi) or via a NAS drive where these will be stored remotely.
If you have any streaming service that can be used via an Apple iPhone or iPad (e.g. Apple Music, SoundCloud, Amazon Prime or Google Play), these can still be used with any of our AirPlay compatible devices such as the CXN or 851N. Simply select the Network player as your playback device and any audio produced by your phone will then play through your HiFi system.
Regrettably Rhapsody, Last FM, MP3Tunes, Sirius XM and Aupeo! have discontinued their streaming services that our network players previously connected to.