Cambridge Sonata NP30 in the Test

Cambridge Sonata NP30 is a lively sounding network player. He still has a small weakness, as shown in the test.

That the English have a penchant for miniaturization, has remained at the latest since the introduction of the venerable Austin not hidden us Mini Cooper. Network players, the contraction seems them even easier to fall than on a car: NP30 an adult player’s In Cambridge. The look inside reveals simple understatement. Immediately, the streaming originating from Reciva striking module which Royal sits in its base and waiting for musical fare. Its output signals by nature something jitter loaded pulses Cambridge carefully to and then left the DAC by Wolfson right next door.

The processing of the Cambridge is exemplary – nP30 600 euros which the appliance can be controlled completely without the remote control even the knob, with cambridge, a significant impression. The operation of the NP30 is very simple and also for laymen not rocket science. The connection to their own network infrastructure is done via a network cable or WIRELESS in no time. Commendable also the informative display: you can learn without beating around the Bush not only artists and titles, but also the resolution and sample rate of the recorded material.

He is controlled Cambridge either on the device itself, via supplied remote control or using the very well-made app Uuvol, which can be installed on the iPad or iPhone, and which also allows cross album playlists (“queues”). In addition to streaming from the local server, the NP30 provides of course Internet radio and paid streaming as the very – thanks to high data rate – great-sounding Aupeo.

Hearing test

In the listening test, played only FLAC files from the listening room server – which unfortunately nor gapless reflects Cambridge as its pioneer colleague (page 168). The user must also waive the fast forward and rewind. Sonically, however, the NP30 caused amazement. The piano stops by Agnes Obels “Falling, catching” from the album “Riverside” revealed an unexpected, almost tangible depth. Precise and yet with a pronounced fine subtlety which offered the piece of Cambridge. Used for comparison purposes of Logitech Squeezebox touch pretty quickly had left. She wrapped the piece almost tenderly in a warm soft sounding aura. Unlike of the Cambridge: crystal clear, he played and every detail following, without ever giving a semblance of means. Only the Alliance of the little Squeezebox with an external converter such as the musical fidelity V-DAC II brought the high-flying of Cambridge stalled. The musical fidelity dissolved still slightly finer, bass runs cemented awe inspiring in the listening room. The Cambridge but countered with a musical flow that forget about allowed.

This impression of depth of long-range clarified in Bill’s John “Eid Ma Clack Shaw” from the album “sometimes I wish we were an eagle” once more. Here the tail of the swinging piano stop sounded through more clearly in the NP30 and gave the decisive fraction of emotionality of the music. Cambridge covered the ramifications of the different sound levels with an understated explicitness. The music worked wonderfully homogenous with the NP 30 and carried by a splendid grandeur. Something magical, so it is tempting to claim that surrounds the music when the sonorous voice of Bill Callahan in the room can be heard and one has the feeling, when you close the eyes, to be part of the whole.

The NP 30 is a musical gentleman, he is not a big deal out of the whole, is discreetly… and leaves the listener to enjoy.


An exceptionally lively sounding network player succeeds in Cambridge with the NP 30. Who needs not necessarily gapless and fast forward, won’t miss also this at Cambridge. Everyone else may be its crisp and at the same time gentleman-haft elegant play pampered.


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