You can debate the merits of competing music streaming services, file formats and bitrates until the cows come home but it’s hard to argue that streaming has taken over the world. With many music lovers choosing streamers to replace CD players and turntables, it’s no surprise that the music streamers category has quickly become one of our most popular. The good news is the convenience and quality that the best machines offer can now be found at every price point.
The Cambridge Audio MXN10 is as good an example as any, offering superb value for money in terms of features and sound quality, in an easy-to-use and compact package. We chose it as our 'best music streamer £300-£750' in the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2023, and our readers also voted for it in their droves as their favourite product of the year, making the MXN10 our 2023 Readers’ Award winner too.
The MXN10, impressively, comes equipped with the ESS Sabre ES9033Q DAC, allowing it to stream high-resolution files of up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 resolution. Regarding physical connections, the MXN10 is fitted with an RCA line-level analogue output, one coaxial and one optical on the digital side, as well as an ethernet port.