T3: Cambridge Audio has stamped its size 14 audiophilic feet in the compact hifi market with two cracking systems. Showing off a new direction for its kit and brand at the Milan Top Audio show, the Fusion and Sonata are fully integrated hifis, each with their own bespoke iPod dock.
The Sonata, aimed at audio buffs, comes as a two-part separates system. The 2.1 DAB receiver, which also brags an FM radio configuration, boasts 40 watts per channel and is generously lavished with brushed aluminium. Complementing the AV receiver is your choice of an upscaling 1080p HDMI DVD player or Wolfson-DAC-loaded CD unit.
Both are equipped to take the full force of Cambridge Audio’s specially built iPod dock that uses a technology to eliminate unwanted signal noise.
At the all-in-one end of the market, the Cambridge Audio Fusion sets pulses racing with a heavy hitting hifi combo. Churning out 30w per channel, the amp has an integrated CD player, DAB/FM tuner, USB port and SD card sockets and MP3/WMA playback compatibility from CD.