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Getting connected

Basic Analogue Connections

Important Note: Switch the power off before making any connections.

There are two analogue connection options for the CXN100.

1. Line Output Connection (RCA)

Line output


2. Balanced Audio Connection (XLR)

The balanced connection is the higher quality option and can reject noise and interference in the cable when used with other equipment that supports this function.

Note: XLR connectors should be wired as follows: Pin 1: Ground, Pin 2: Hot (in-phase) and Pin 3: Cold (phase-inverted).


Basic Digital Connections

There are two digital connection options for the CXN100.

Note: If using either of the digital outputs of the CXN100, the digital signal will bypass the DAC in CXN100 and will instead be processed by the unit connected to the digital output, E.g., CXA81

1. Digital Coaxial Output

Digital Coaxial connections are commonly used with CD players and amplifiers and is recommended for use as it has higher bandwidth.


2. TOSLINK Optical Output

Whilst having lower bandwidth, TOSLINK Optical connections are commonly found on televisions, DVD players and A/V units.


Control Bus

The Control Bus lets you control your other CX series units. See the following diagrams when connecting the CXN100 using the provided Control Bus cable.  

Another added feature with this Control Bus is the use of the StreamMagic app. You can use the StreamMagic app to control other CX series units via the CXN100.

CXN100 with CXA (via StreamMagic app)

When using the app to turn the CXN100 on/off, this will also turn the CXA on/off. The app can also be used to control the volume of the CXA. Connect the CXN100 Control Bus Out to CXA Control Bus In.

Control Bus

CXA with CXN100

Note: Without using the StreamMagic app to control the CXA.

When turning the CXA on/off, this will also turn the CXN100 on/off. Connect the CXA Control Bus Out to CXN100 Control Bus In.

Control Bus


CXA with CXN100 and CXC

When turning the CXN on/off, this will turn the CXA and CXC on/off.

With all three CX devices, connect the CXN100 Control Bus out to CXA Control Bus in. Then connect the CXA Control Bus out to CXC Control Bus in.

Note: Do NOT loop back from the CXC Control Bus out to the CXN100 Control Bus in.

Control Bus will also need to be enabled and set to Amplifier within the device settings in the StreamMagic app once the app has been connected to the CXN100.

Control Bus


Note: If a device with APD enabled automatically switches off after the selected period of inactivity, this will also switch off the other connected devices.