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New DeLoreans will get sound systems by Cambridge Audio

And no, it probably won’t pump out 1.21 gigawatts

Published: 11 Aug 2022
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Here’s a question for you – in the Venn diagram of ‘Reads Top Gear’ and ‘Reads What Hi-Fi?’, how much overlap do you think there is? Because we’re wondering how much we have to explain Cambridge Audio and just how big of a deal they are.

So, if you have your solid standards like Sony, Pioneer and Yamaha, then your ‘Jesus wept, how much?’ brands like Naim, Rega and McIntosh, Cambridge Audio is that sweet spot where the ooft of the price is well-matched by the ooft of the sound. And yes, that’s the technical term.

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But why do we care about an audio company? Well, because music is the single greatest thing that man has created – and that’s taking into account the wheel, written language and Tom Hanks. So having that music faithfully and forcefully reproduced in our homes is both an incredible privilege and something worth pursuing.

And the recent trend of proper high-end audio brands lending their skills, expertise and attractive brand name to the automotive industry is the kind of thing we’re weirdly into, like Patrick Bateman and his business cards. But let’s move on.

If you find yourself in the UK, Cambridge Audio – being a local boy done good – is something you can test out in most high-end audio stores. But if you’re American, you can get the British Hi-Fi (Bri-Fi?) experience at the DeLorean stand at Monterey Car Week. Or rather you could; after a quick scan of DeLorean’s booked-out schedule, it looks like it’s not just us who’s more than a little curious about DeLorean coming back... in the future.

So, an affinity for EVs, DeLoreans, Back to the Future references, high-end audio and Monterey Car Week. Now that’s a Venn diagram overlap for the ages.

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