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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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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.