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Cambridge Audio AZUR 851C

 

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

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"The newcomer is a rich and sophisticated sounding machine that delivers remarkable tonal depth from a good recording." Hi-Fi Choice Magazine.

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!

What is ATF Upsampling Technology? Click here to learn more.


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.

  

PRINT FEATURES

CD MemoryDoes it have a programable track memory?Yes
Remote ControlIs Infra-red remote control included?Yes
CD TextIs CD text included? Will show text on display with suitable discsNo
CD Number of DiscsNumber of discs the player holds1
CDRW Playback CompatibleWill it playback re-writable copied CDs?Yes
Optical OutputsDoes it have an optical output? Optical digital output for digital recording onto MP3, MiniDisc, CDR or hard drive.Yes
Coaxial OutputsDoes it have a coaxial digital output? Coaxial digital output for digital recording onto MP3, MiniDisc, CDR or hard drive.Yes
MP3 PlaybackWill it playback MP3 music files?No
DimensionsSize of unit (W x D x H) mm430 x 360 x 115
WeightWeight of unit,unboxed, in Kg10
SACD PlaybackDoes 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
Eco FriendlyDoes this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.No
DELIVERY CHARGES
  1. Interconnects/speaker cable/Blank Media
    FREE*

  2. Single units and speakers
    FREE per item : Mon - Fri 8.30 - 18.00 (3-5 working days*)
    £6.99 per item : Mon - Fri 8.30 - 18.00 (Next working day**)
    £15.99 per item : Saturday by 12pm (order before 11.30am Friday)

  3. Headphones and other accessories
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    £6.99 per item : Mon - Fri 8.30 - 18.00 (Next working day**)
    £15.99 per item : Saturday by 12pm (order before 11.30am Friday)

  4. Speaker stands and remote controls
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    £6.99 per item : Mon - Fri 8.30 - 18.00 (Next working day**)
    £15.99 per item : Saturday by 12pm (order before 11.30am Friday)

  5. Racks
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  6. LCD/Plasma Screens up to 42"
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  7. LCD/Plasma Screens 43" and above ***
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    £19.99 per item : Mon - Fri 8.30 - 18.00 (1-3 working days)
    £29.99 per item : Mon - Fri 8.30 - 18:00 (Next day delivery - order before 2pm)


    * Free delivery to UK mainland only
    ** If ordered before 1pm
    *** Sent by specialist courier
     

 

DELIVERY INFORMATION


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If this is your first order with us, please ensure that the only address you enter is the credit/debit card billing address, as this is the only address to which we can deliver. If you have previously placed an order on our website, you will be offered an alternative delivery address.

You will receive an on screen confirmation once your payment has been authorised. Along with an email acknowledging your order, the address the goods are to be delivered to. In both bases you will be provided with an order reference number. Please quote this number with any enquiries.

Once your order has been despatched, we will email you an order receipt and warranty information followed by a second email with your order delivery information.

Delivery occurs within 7 working days (unless ordered on a 1-3 working day service). If after this time you have still to take receipt of your order please email richersounds@aramex.com or call 0333 900 0092 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm) providing your order number, name, address, brief details of what you ordered and any shipment number you may have. We strive to answer all queries within a working day, although at busy times we do ask that you bear with us. Please submit your query only once, as repeated emails/telephone calls only serves to slow down our response time and can result in further delays to your order.
All deliveries must be signed for. They will NOT be left in garages, sheds, outside loos, porches etc. You must examine the goods before signing for them to ensure they are in good condition - if packaging is damaged please do not accept goods. Instead notify us as soon as possible. If there is no-one in to sign for the goods, they will be taken back to the courier depot and a card left.

If we are out of stock of an item or there is a problem, we will contact you as soon as is possible.

 

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