Cambridge Audio AZUR 851N (Black) Network Music Player/Streamer

Cambridge Audio AZUR 851N (Black)

Network Music Player/Streamer

In stock
£1,399
”A premium music streamer with the performance to match.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 Product of the Year award winner.

Putting sound quality first

As Cambridge's range-topping network music payer you'd expect the Azur 851N to be pretty special under the lid, and that's exactly what it is! The highest quality sound comes from the use of audiophile quality components and tireless research and testing. As an 8-series design, the 851N uses a substantial toroidal power transformer at its centre. This enables clean, effortless power to be supplied to the other components, allowing them to give their best. High quality Analogue Devices AD1955 DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) are configured in dual-mono mode, ensuring maximum channel separation and precise sound-staging.

Fully equipped for High Resolution Audio
At the heart of the 851N is a brand new Zander processor that facilitates 24-bit/192kHz file high resolution streaming from most methods - even Wi-Fi. On top of this, the 851N is compatible with a huge range of high resolution files, including ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+ and OGG Vorbis. The USB audio input also enables streaming of up to 24-bit/192kHz audio and even supports DSD streams from your computer. Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer the same detailed, transparent sound as other high resolution file formats, giving you even greater choice of listening.

AFT2 Up-Sampling for the ultimate detail and least jitter
The Cambridge 851N improves sound quality still further with an Anagram Technologies AFT2 24 bit/384 kHz up-sampling circuit. ATF (Adaptive Time Filtering) up-sampling 'stretches' the music to give the highest resolution possible. 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 every deep breath, squeaky chair and flutter of sheet music; in short, it's like being there for real! AFT2 even aids native 24-bit/192kHz recordings with a faster sampling rate for even less jitter.


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


Connect to Internet radio and Spotify Connect
In addition to supporting over 20,000, easy to access Internet radio stations, the Azur 851N is also compatible with the most popular music streaming services. Spotify is the world's most popular streaming service and the Azur 851N has Spotify Connect integrated into it (Spotify Premium account required). If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can control the Cambridge with the powerful Spotify Connect app on your phone or tablet. Should you prefer other music services, the 851N also supports Napster, BBC iPlayer for radio, Aupeo! Pandora and Rhapsody.

AirPlay and optional Bluetooth
In addition to comprehensive streaming capabilities over LAN, Wi-Fi and USB, the 851N is also compatible with Apple's AirPlay streaming. Use it with your iPhone, iPad PC or Mac and wireless stream your iTunes library or other compatible music services. Connect up the optional BT100 dongle and you'll be able to stream your music from any smartphone, tablet or other device with Bluetooth built-in.

Built-in digital pre-amp - just add active speakers!
If you're seeking quality hi-fi from a minimal system then the built-in digital pre-amp will appeal. Simply add active speakers via the digital or analogue outputs and you'll be able to control the volume and balance via the Azur 851N.

Fully connected, including XLR balanced sockets and 5 USBs
When it comes to connectivity the 851N lives up to its 8-series 'reference' billing. The highlight is the fitment of XLR balanced sockets. When used with a compatible amplifier, such as the matching Cambridge Audio 851A, these connections give the ultimate link possible, with greatly improved resistance to interference. There are also AES/EBU balanced digital input/output sockets for the ultimate digital connections. Added to this there are no fewer than five USB interfaces! The front-mounted socket is ideal for connecting temporary devices such as USB media sticks. At the back, three interfaces take care of more permanently connected media devices plus the optional Bluetooth dongle port. A Type B asynchronous USB input is provided for the direct connection of your PC or Mac. This makes the ideal connection for hooking up your computer as it will effectively 'control' the PC's output for the best sound quality possible. This greatly reduces jitter and gives the highest quality sound possible from your computer audio. Finally, both optical and coaxial digital sockets are provided for both inputs (x2) and outputs. This lets you connect up other digital components and take advantage of the quality DAC built into the 851N.

Intuitive app interface and colour display
With a free Apple/Android app you have effortless control over the radio stations with the comfort of your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad or Android device. The app also seamlessly manages all your streaming content and is, in effect, a very user friendly way of bringing together and controlling all your digital sources. Boasting a new colour screen, it's now possible to display album art on the player. This makes it a pleasure to browse for albums and artists by whichever control system you use.

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 resonate 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 a network player that not only looks stylish but also offers exceptional resistance to both mechanical and electrical interference.

A first-rate performer in every respect, the flagship Cambridge Azur 851N network player is the audiophile's choice of streamer.

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Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

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”A premium music streamer with the performance to match.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 Product of the Year award winner.

Putting sound quality first

As Cambridge's range-topping network music payer you'd expect the Azur 851N to be pretty special under the lid, and that's exactly what it is! The highest quality sound comes from the use of audiophile quality components and tireless research and testing. As an 8-series design, the 851N uses a substantial toroidal power transformer at its centre. This enables clean, effortless power to be supplied to the other components, allowing them to give their best. High quality Analogue Devices AD1955 DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) are configured in dual-mono mode, ensuring maximum channel separation and precise sound-staging.

Fully equipped for High Resolution Audio
At the heart of the 851N is a brand new Zander processor that facilitates 24-bit/192kHz file high resolution streaming from most methods - even Wi-Fi. On top of this, the 851N is compatible with a huge range of high resolution files, including ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+ and OGG Vorbis. The USB audio input also enables streaming of up to 24-bit/192kHz audio and even supports DSD streams from your computer. Originally designed for SACD players, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) encoded music files offer the same detailed, transparent sound as other high resolution file formats, giving you even greater choice of listening.

AFT2 Up-Sampling for the ultimate detail and least jitter
The Cambridge 851N improves sound quality still further with an Anagram Technologies AFT2 24 bit/384 kHz up-sampling circuit. ATF (Adaptive Time Filtering) up-sampling 'stretches' the music to give the highest resolution possible. 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 every deep breath, squeaky chair and flutter of sheet music; in short, it's like being there for real! AFT2 even aids native 24-bit/192kHz recordings with a faster sampling rate for even less jitter.


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


Connect to Internet radio and Spotify Connect
In addition to supporting over 20,000, easy to access Internet radio stations, the Azur 851N is also compatible with the most popular music streaming services. Spotify is the world's most popular streaming service and the Azur 851N has Spotify Connect integrated into it (Spotify Premium account required). If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can control the Cambridge with the powerful Spotify Connect app on your phone or tablet. Should you prefer other music services, the 851N also supports Napster, BBC iPlayer for radio, Aupeo! Pandora and Rhapsody.

AirPlay and optional Bluetooth
In addition to comprehensive streaming capabilities over LAN, Wi-Fi and USB, the 851N is also compatible with Apple's AirPlay streaming. Use it with your iPhone, iPad PC or Mac and wireless stream your iTunes library or other compatible music services. Connect up the optional BT100 dongle and you'll be able to stream your music from any smartphone, tablet or other device with Bluetooth built-in.

Built-in digital pre-amp - just add active speakers!
If you're seeking quality hi-fi from a minimal system then the built-in digital pre-amp will appeal. Simply add active speakers via the digital or analogue outputs and you'll be able to control the volume and balance via the Azur 851N.

Fully connected, including XLR balanced sockets and 5 USBs
When it comes to connectivity the 851N lives up to its 8-series 'reference' billing. The highlight is the fitment of XLR balanced sockets. When used with a compatible amplifier, such as the matching Cambridge Audio 851A, these connections give the ultimate link possible, with greatly improved resistance to interference. There are also AES/EBU balanced digital input/output sockets for the ultimate digital connections. Added to this there are no fewer than five USB interfaces! The front-mounted socket is ideal for connecting temporary devices such as USB media sticks. At the back, three interfaces take care of more permanently connected media devices plus the optional Bluetooth dongle port. A Type B asynchronous USB input is provided for the direct connection of your PC or Mac. This makes the ideal connection for hooking up your computer as it will effectively 'control' the PC's output for the best sound quality possible. This greatly reduces jitter and gives the highest quality sound possible from your computer audio. Finally, both optical and coaxial digital sockets are provided for both inputs (x2) and outputs. This lets you connect up other digital components and take advantage of the quality DAC built into the 851N.

Intuitive app interface and colour display
With a free Apple/Android app you have effortless control over the radio stations with the comfort of your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad or Android device. The app also seamlessly manages all your streaming content and is, in effect, a very user friendly way of bringing together and controlling all your digital sources. Boasting a new colour screen, it's now possible to display album art on the player. This makes it a pleasure to browse for albums and artists by whichever control system you use.

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 resonate 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 a network player that not only looks stylish but also offers exceptional resistance to both mechanical and electrical interference.

A first-rate performer in every respect, the flagship Cambridge Azur 851N network player is the audiophile's choice of streamer.
Brand Cambridge Audio
Colour Black
Apple AirPlay Yes
DLNA Compliant No
High Resolution Audio Yes
Power Consumption - Standby 1
App Control Yes
USB 4
Weight (KG) 8
Wireless Connection Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs Yes
Audio Inputs 6 (AES/EBU, coaxial x 2, optical x 2, USB)
Audio Outputs 4 (coaxial, optical, balanced XLR, unbalanced RCA)
Bluetooth Optional
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 430 x 360 x 115
HDMI No
Headphone Output No
Pre Output Digital pre amp
Remote Control yes
Smart Remote Control No
Smartphone control Yes
Tone Controls No
Tuner Radio Internet
XLR Inputs AES/EBU Balanced
Wi-Fi Built In yes
Text Display yes
USB Input 1
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous Sound. Easy to set up I bought the Azur 851N to replace a Logitech Transporter which had given great service for 10 years. I assumed (correctly) that the DAC technology would result in much improved sound. The reviews for the Azur were consistently good and I liked the idea of buying British. Sure enough, the sound quality is superb, and the set up via my iPad could not have been easier. I would give the unit 5 stars, but the is not yet direct access to Amazon Music HD via the Azur, and so I have to use Apple Play if I want to stream from Amazon. Cambridge Audio have told me that they have plans to include Amazon HD into the Stream Magic app in 2020, so then it would be a 5-star item. Great bit of kit! NB. I bought the unit through Richer Sounds in Brighton. Very good service.
Date published: 2020-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Complicated but worth the money I purchased this in the Richer Sounds sale just over a week ago. I have a Naim CDX2 cd player and the Cambridge sound is equal to that at a third of the price. A little disappointed that not having an Apple I phone that music streaming is limited to Spotify as anything else is supported by Airplay only.
Date published: 2020-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece of equipment! I’ve only just bought this and have found it easy to use. I keep adding to my playlist it’s so easy and I’m a complete novice! The sound is great and I can now listen to hours of all my favourite tracks.
Date published: 2019-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound - scope to improve on CA's manuals Bought the 851N after useful demo comparing it with CA's CXN streamer. As you would hope, the more expensive 851 provides a more transparent abd detailed sound with sources such as Spotify and internet radio. Now we have the unit installed we continue to be very pleased with this performance. Setting the unit up for other sources has been problematic because the support literature appears in some cases out of date or misleading - in the first instance, regrding setting up an alternative streaming service, such as BBC Sounds. I think we now have this working with help from the Southampton team rather than the online documentation and the purchase of a bluetooth dongle, so this is more a comment about the CA material than the unit itself. Overall though we are pleased with the purchase and look forward to getting to know it better.
Date published: 2019-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic sound and easy to use Have had this unit for a few weeks now, and Have found the streaming quality on music and radio clear and solid, I also use the built in DAC to play my tv sound through, what a huge difference in sound quality. It’s so impressive my sister has one on order from Richer Sounds.
Date published: 2019-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb piece of kit. Had this only going on for two weeks at the time of writing this and I'm shocked at how good the sound quality is. First I used it as a dac from a cd transport and to my amazement it betters my 4.5k all valve dac with more detail more drive, better seperation with more weight to the sound. As a streamer sound quality is top notch. Haven't tried it as a pre amp yet. In my humble opinion the 851 is worth the asking price just for the dac, superb.
Date published: 2019-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Features I didn’t know I was getting! I bought this from the Guildford branch and it’s proved to be a great purchase. Easy to connect to my B&O speakers and to my LAN, I was streaming from all my devices within minutes. Sound quality is excellent - I’m hearing aspects to my music which I hadn’t noticed previously. And features I didn’t realise I was getting - volume levelling for one. Thanks to the team at Guildford for recommending it and for their support.
Date published: 2019-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality product. Great value. Can really tell the difference between this and lesser music streamers. I took some convincing that streaming at higher rate would make such a difference but as soon as I heard the 851n I was convinced.
Date published: 2019-10-12
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Cambridge Audio AZUR 851N (Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 62.
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Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
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For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

All products that are available to purchase on the Richer Sounds website can be delivered free to blind, partially sighted or those with a disability.

Please contact web after sales for more info.
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