Reviews and Problems with Cambridge Audio Azur 540C
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Value for money 2
SDB a Audio Enthusiast, Audio Review
13 November 2013
Summary: Bad machine! Don't buy! I bought two 540C. They both started rotating between all sorts of problems from Tray getting stuck, Tray not closing, Not being able to read a perfectly healthy disc etc. In fact a third one was tested and showed the same symptoms. This is a machine that is in reality no where near where its supposed to be. These things should be more reliable than cheap mainstream stuff, Not the other way around.
Summary: The Cambridge Audio 540C might be dissapointing if you dont do the following things- -Let it play for about 200 hours before making assessment -Use really good interconnects.I bought some $200 osborne cables and the sound improved %200.IN particular bass became much more defined and powerful.
Summary: I bought a used 540C on Ebay for $102.00, shipped, back in early '09. It was mated to an old Arcam AVR100 and Monitor Audio RS-6 speakers, Straightwire MusicCable IC's and AQ Jade Hyperlitz speaker cables. I wasn't happy with the CD performance of my BluRay player, a Pany BD35, so I figured I'd try a dedicated CD player aimed a little higher than the Best Buy crowd. The CA 540C was the first candidate that popped up on 'the bay' at the right price for experimenting.
Summary: Paired with NAD T741 Amplifier and Q-Acoustic 1050 3 way floorstanders. This player does not do low frequencies. After 1.5 years of trying to like it, and only recently enjoying it by turning the bass on my Nad t741 amp up to 8, I've decided I've had enough. It sold on ebay last night, and I'm getting a Nad T542 today. I muddled through, pretending to like it for a year, convinced that I was just being nooby, and that I had to re-adjust to this more refined player.
Summary: I purchase this CD player to replace an aging 18 year old carver TL-3300. My system is made of a pair of Vandersteen 2CE, an Audio Refinement Pre-5 and a Bryston 3B amp. I wanted to replace this carver CD player which was the weak link of my system. I did a research on the web and this CD player appears to be the best performance/price performer. I bought it and gess what, my CD player is still the week link of my system!
Excerpt: The disadvantages of the 540c are probably the lack of MP3 playback, meaning that CD with MP3s burned onto them won’t be recognised, and the remote control, which is made out of metal and is quite heavy. The 540c is good value for money, and, like a lot of hi-fis, will last you a long time. It is really great for everyday use, and I’d go as far as to say that if you do get one, you will be using it everyday. It is definitely a recommended purchase.
Summary: This CD player just quit working, completely, mid-CD, after four months of light use. I have to say that this is a dealbreaker for me. I hope others are not having similar problems. I am quite incredulous about this occurance, given that it is supposed to be a fancy audiophile CD player. I could have gone out and bought a Sony for half the price (if it weren't so difficult to find a single disc player these days).
Summary: Excellent product @ a great price, dynamics & imaging that I have never heard from my CD collection prior to this. For a person that is in the market for a great CD/DVD player also look @ the 540D @ $259 a real steal as well.
Summary: Let me first start by saying that this is an excellent cd player when mated with the correct gear. I got this cd player about a week ago and I let it burn for about 100 hours before I did any critical listening. This cd player beforms best with warm sounding laid back speakers. There are a lot of speakers out there which are known for their warm mild mannered temperament such as B&W, Energy & Boston Acoustics.