Reviews and Problems with Cambridge Audio Azur 651BD
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the best ever
8 August 2013
Summary: Up-graded from a Sony. There is absolutely no comparison. The CAMBRIDGE is soooooo much better. I have the AZUR 651 paired with a CAMBRIDGE 351R receiver. (also from Crutchfield) They work flawlessly together. Speakers: KLIPSH W-ICON 5.1 with an 8 inch HTD sub that is independently powered by a 100w B$O amp. Everything is perfect and I would recommend this entire system.
Summary: I wanted a blu-ray player that also played SACD. My previous DVD player was a typical $100 machine that did not fit with my higher end components. I was wondering what more could a more expensive player give me and I was a little bit skeptical. When the 651BD arrived I knew it was something special. The care taken to package the player was a nice touch. When I removed it from the box, I was instantly impressed. This is a beautiful well built machine.
Pros: Build quality, Blu-ray speed, top rate SACD audio, 7.1 RCA outputs, and two HDMI outputs.
Cons: Makes me want to spend even more for the 651 receiver.
Summary: I bought this about three weeks ago to replace my Oppo BDP83 that died. Set up was very similar to the Oppo, pretty straightforward; the manual does a good job of telling you what to do. One big advantage this player has is that there are analog outputs for both the audio and video along with the usual HDMI outputs. This is one of the reasons I chose this player (I have an analog only Parasound Halo P7 processor). The audio and video quality are excellent.
Pros: Excellent audio and video.
Cons: No back-lighting on the remote control, which makes it difficult to use in the dark. Hard to believe such a nice player would lack this feature on its remote.
Summary: I have had my 651BD for a week now and I must say that I love its picture and sound. I have paired it with my Cambridge Audio 650R receiver and hooked to my 73" Mitsubishi DLP WD737340 using Audio Quest Cinnamon HDMI cables along with my Cerwin Vega E 715, XLS 6C, and Bose 301 speakers and I used Audio Quest G2 speaker cable to connect them for the most wonderful sound and picture quality.
Pros: Great quality in a well designed unit. A wonderful addition to any system.
Summary: So, why would you spend $800 on a Blu-Ray player when you can find "Black Friday" sales with numerous models low as $35 bucks? The answer..would you prefer Grandma's 19 inch Black & White TV over a 50 inch LCD? Yeah the Cambridge Azur 651 is that good. I LOVE music, maybe more than movies. Listening to an SACD of Herbie Hancock's "Head Hunters" brought out details I'd never heard before. Highs, lows, cymbals, synthesizers...
Pros: Fast load and play, Audio only mode that cuts video and puts everything into audio processing. Great picture. Heavy, solid build quality. SACD compatible.
Summary: First let me say the audio quality that comes out of this unit is fabulous. I watched Lord of the Rings, Return of the King again on the 651 and heard sounds I have never heard before, as well as music with much greater depth and fidelity. The PQ is also excellent. I also have an Oppo 93 and the PQ is equal to that, not surprising since they share a great deal of DNA. They are quite similar in chip sets. Extremely well build, not like the toy players coming out now.
Pros: Audio, picture qualities and very well built.
Summary: i've owned a lot of stereo quipment in my time....from the economical to the middle end. this is the first piece of Hi-end device i've ever owned. i'm really impresssed. just taking it out of the box made me smile, it weighed twice amuch other machines i have purchased. there are controls on the front and the remote is a pleasure to use, so far this machine hase worked flawless and has played all dvds as well as blu-ray...
Pros: easy simple controls. easy set up. excellent play back of all dvd and blu-ray