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AZUR 851C

CAMBRIDGE AUDIOAZUR 851CBlack Upsampling CD Player/DAC/Pre-Amp

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  • This high-end output connects compatible devices using an XLR cable. The main advantage of this is to reduce unwanted noise by introducing a 3rd pin with
Hi-Fi Choice magazine has been at the forefront of audiophile journalism for over 35 years. Its tagline, "passion for sound", reflects a desire to find the latest and greatest products.
This high-end output connects compatible devices using an XLR cable. The main advantage of this is to reduce unwanted noise by introducing a 3rd pin with "grounded" shielding.

(For more features refer to the specification table below.)

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THE HIGHEST QUALITY CD PERFORMANCE

If you already have a treasured collection of CDs and are keen to keep increasing your collection, the Cambridge Audio 851C will get the very best out of the format - so much so that you might be surprised by just how good CD can still sound.

At the heart of the 851C is a 32-bit Analog Devices Black Fin DSP (Digital Signal Processor). This in turn feeds two AD1955 24-bit DACs from the same company in dual differential formation. Each DAC handles just one channel for excellent stereo imaging, operating fully in differential mode for exceptionally low distortion and noise. What this equates to for the listener is an exceptionally unforced, natural sound quality. Instruments and vocals "breath" with emotion and depth. Rather than sounding grey and mechanical, the Azur 851C uses colour, texture and fluidity of sound to create a sense of realism usually lost on players of this price.

AFT2 AUDIO UPSAMPLING FOR A SMOOTHER SOUND

The high quality DACs are complemented by a new Anagram Technologies AFT2 24 bit/384 kHz up-sampling circuit. Up-sampling conventional CD "stretches" the format to give the highest resolution possible. It also aids standard 24-bit/192kHz recordings with a faster sampling rate for less jitter. Up-sampling sound gives a smoother, more relaxed sound quality with added detail. You'll also notice enhanced depth of sound and a more natural quality without the "edge" that can afflict digital music. You'll hear every detail, including the odd cough, squeaky chair and flutter of sheet music; in short, it's like being there for real!

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TAILORED SOUND

As we all prefer slightly different nuances of sound quality, the 851C comes with Cambridge Audio's triple filter system. Select from Linear Phase, Minimal Phase or Steep modes and you can subtly alter the sound quality. You might even find certain types of music sound better with a particular filter engaged.

HIGH-END DAC IN ITS OWN RIGHT

If you've been considering buying a separate DAC or would like the opportunity to upgrade the sound of all your digital sources then consider this. The Cambridge Audio 851C not only has digital outputs but also comes with four digital inputs. What this means is that you can connect up sources via a choice of optical/coaxial for inputs 1 and 2 and XLR or USB. In essence this means that pretty much any digital source with a digital output can have its sound improved by being connected into the 851C. So, it's not just a class-leading CD player, but also unbeatable DAC for the rest of your system.

DIGITAL PRE-AMP FOR CLASS-LEADING FLEXIBILITY

The Cambridge Audio 851C is not just a top quality CD player and DAC; it's also an impressive digital pre-amplifier too! Use digital inputs 1 and 2 to connect up your Blu-ray player, games console or any other source with a digital output and use the pre-amp to select the source and alter the volume/balance. You can even connect your PC or media device by USB, as well. Once processed, the signal is ready to go straight into a power amp or active speakers - making for a, very, high quality minimalist system.

FULL METAL CASING WITH EXTENSIVE DAMPING

Using a full metal casing, with rounded edges, doesn't just look and feel good, it helps the sound, too. The case is rigid and well damped, meaning that it won't resonant unhelpfully. The thick aluminium front panel looks the part and also acts as a shield against electrical interference from sources such as dimmers and RF devices. All these details combine to create an amplifier that not only looks stylish but also offers exceptional resistance to both mechanical and electrical interference.

Reinvigorate not just your entire CD collection but also all your digital sources - the Cambridge Audio 851C is a powerful tonic for a tired system.

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Connections
Connection Features
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Optical Digital Output
Does it have an optical digital output? Optical digital output for digital recording or using with an upgraded DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor)
Yes
Coaxial Digital Output
Does it have coaxial digital output? Coaxial digital output for digital recording or using with an upgraded DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor)
Yes
USB
Number of USB sockets fitted. These can be used for connection of media players, wi-fi dongles and other accessories
1
XLR Balanced Outputs
Balanced XLR outputs offer a professional grade connection with minimal interference
Yes
Coaxial Digital Input
Does it have a coaxial digital input? This allows the unit to also be used as DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) for other components
Yes
Optical Digital Input
Does it have an optical digital input? This allows the unit to also be used as a DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) for other components
Yes
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
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Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
0.5
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted
40
General
General Features
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CD Memory
Does it have a programable track memory?
Yes
Remote Control
Is Infra-red remote control included?
Yes
CD Text
Is CD text included? Will show text on display with suitable discs
No
Dimensions
Size of unit (W x D x H) mm
430 x 360 x 115
Weight
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
10
Disc
Disc/format Type Playable By This Product
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CD Number of Discs
Number of discs the player holds
1
CDRW Playback Compatible
Will it playback re-writable copied CDs?
Yes
MP3 Playback
Will it playback MP3 music files?
No
SACD Playback
Does it play SACDs? SACD stands for Super Audio Compact Disc. SACD improves upon the 16 bit/44.1kHz resolution of CD by using Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology. This 1 bit technology has a sampling frequency of 2822.4 (64 times higher than CD), giving similarly high resolution to 24 bit formats such as DVD-Audio. Special SACD discs are required.
No
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