Reviews and Problems with Cambridge Audio Azur 351R
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Best buy for your money!
K. Lee "kleetraveler", Amazon
5 November 2014
Summary: Excellent quality for the money. Probably the best buy with this price range. No, rather up to $1000 range or even higher. I always had a certain trust in Cambridge systems. Before I bought this I used to listen to much higher end devices, i.e. Mark-Levinson, Naim, Linn Sondek, Thiel and B&W speakers. There is a difference for sure, but in my much smaller sized new home, this device is making more than enough good quality sound I can enjoy everyday.
Summary: Great sound for those with a 5.1 surround system. The automatic setup did not detect my surround speakers, but it was easy to set up the system manually. This little receiver is very powerful and has a great power reserve for dynamic punch. Dialogue is clear and the sound with my blu-ray player is very engaging.
Pros: High quality components, great sound
Cons: Limited features. Automatic setup didn't work for me.
Summary: I was looking for a home theater receiver with audiophile audio features, and found this unit to fit the bill. However it had a number of implementation details that I couldn't live with, so I ended up sending it back and trading up (a bit) for an NAD T758. Let me state up front that in my opinion the sound quality of the NAD T758 is not quite as good as the CA 351R. However, the Azur 351R had the annoying "feature" of turning itself off after a few minutes of idle time.
Pros: Excellent sound quality
Cons: Poor implementation; the unit would turn itself off after a few minutes of idle time, and there was no way to disable this feature, and music wouldn't start playing right away so that the beginnings of songs were often cut off.
Summary: Five star sound but three star features - Delivers on sound but not on features - great sound. But if you are upgrading from a budget but feature-laden receiver you will need to get used to less features I also gave it one star less because two of the published features were DOA on two units - the single optical didn't work and the record outputs were dead Also support follow up from cambridge was patchy - they promised to investigate and did't get back to me Bottom line...
Pros: Sound quality
Cons: Fewer features than budget models and more poorly executed
Summary: The specs are superb, especially when you bypass the digital circuitry to listen to audio CDs. Some users would probably want some extra features, but it's hard to find those features in a unit with specs like these without increasing the price. The unit seems well-made and is attractive.
Excerpt: Брал в первую очередь для качественной музыки, отслушивал с SA SAXO 50. Сейчас работает на старые Tannoy Mercury Mx, источник MacMini +Audirvana+.
Pros: Великолепный звук!. Во всех нормальных режимах (PCM, DD, DTS) всякие нашлепки-процессоры нашлепки отсутствуют - либо стерео (+саб) либо честный 5.1 Настройка кроссовера с сабом с шагом в 10 Гц, Раздельные варианты режимов саба (переброс низов с колонок на саб, уровень) для стерео и DD с DTS . Очень хороший комплекс компромиссов: компактный, HI End скрещенный с домашним кинотеатром - минимум нашлепок, переход одной кнопкой в режим стерео усилителя, простое меню, нет пр...