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Cambridge Audio Azur 651C
8.5 out of 10

Cambridge Audio Azur 651C

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Overall 10
10

MSRP is a little overpriced but at 25% off it was a great deal and probably the best CD player in that ...

Bob ground, Amazon
24 December 2014
  • Summary: Very smooth transport mechanism - and between tracks it is absolutely silent! No perceptible sound. MSRP is a little overpriced but at 25% off it was a great deal and probably the best CD player in that price range. The next model is 3 times the price of a 651C and probably won ill not provide 3 times the sound quality. It does have more features however they are not applicable to my use. The 651C is highly recommended.
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Overall 2
2.0

Defective Product(s) / Atrocious Customer Service

Randy, Amazon
1 July 2014
  • Summary: As I previously owned the Azur 640C CD player and upgraded to the Azur 650C, I thought I'd make fellow consumers and audiophiles aware of some serious problems regarding the Cambridge Audio company. While the actual sound quality of previous CD player models -- bass response, spatial separation, imaging, etc.
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Overall 10
10

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS!

Bob A, Crutchfield
7 January 2014
  • Summary: I have been listening to this outstanding unit for two weeks now and it seems to sound better every day as it gets burned in. I am so impressed that when it's time to upgrade my receiver I am going with Cambridge Audio via Crutchfield. First thing you will notice is the detail and clarity of your music across the entire band.
  • Pros: Twin DACs provide an enveloping wide AND deep sound stage, almost 3D like Accurate, tight, deep bass Natural defined vocals Noise & Distortion undetectable Classy silver audiophile remote
  • Cons: Display is too dim.
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Overall 10
10

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS!

Bob A, Crutchfield
7 January 2014
  • Summary: I have been listening to this outstanding unit for two weeks now and it seems to sound better every day as it gets burned in. I am so impressed that when it's time to upgrade my receiver I am going with Cambridge Audio via Crutchfield. First thing you will notice is the detail and clarity of your music across the entire band.
  • Pros: Twin DACs provide an enveloping wide AND deep sound stage, almost 3D like Accurate, tight, deep bass Natural defined vocals Noise & Distortion undetectable Classy silver audiophile remote
  • Cons: Display is too dim.
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Overall 10
10

Superior Combination

Dennis Abear, Amazon
23 December 2013
  • Summary: I connected this CD with my Pioneer Elite SX-A9MK2K power amplifier with the same toroidal transformers the result is superior sound you'll hear clear hjgh frequencies and thunderous bass but noise free in a small package.
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Overall 10
10

CA 651C

Max, Crutchfield
25 October 2013
  • Summary: I have only owned this player for a few days, but have used it many hours each day. It is paired with B&K pre and Marantz power amps, Klipsch Kg4's and AQ cables. Mine is being replaced due to a random fast fwd of the music (has happened to some older Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Metallica cd's). It is probably a faulty player, but the remote is absolutely useless as it sometimes works and mostly does not.
  • Pros: Detail, Sound-stage, Vocal presentation, Clarity, Warm and musical,
  • Cons: No manual provided to explain operation.
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Overall 10
10

CA 651C

Max, Crutchfield
25 October 2013
  • Summary: I have only owned this player for a few days, but have used it many hours each day. It is paired with B&K pre and Marantz power amps, Klipsch Kg4's and AQ cables. Mine is being replaced due to a random fast fwd of the music (has happened to some older Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Metallica cd's). It is probably a faulty player, but the remote is absolutely useless as it sometimes works and mostly does not.
  • Pros: Detail, Sound-stage, Vocal presentation, Clarity, Warm and musical,
  • Cons: No manual provided to explain operation.
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Overall 10
10

Cambridge Azur 651C

larrybewary, Crutchfield
25 October 2013
  • Summary: I've waited a few weeks before giving this review in order to test a variety of albums on the 651. I'm running it through an Adcom pre&power amp into a set of Klipsch RF-35's (with bi-wired Audio Quest cables). Whether it's Pearl Jam, Pat Metheney, Wes Montgomery, or Stokowski's Transcriptions of J.S. Bach the clarity and detail is much improved over my Yamaha Natural Sound compact disc player. The more I play it the better it sounds.
  • Pros: Immediate recognition of improved sound stage due to greater channel separation. Better clarity and definition of all musical material. You may hear the gentle brush work on cymbals that you never heard before. Everything has better punch, balance, and presence. Subtle yet pronounced. I suspect this has to do with the separate D/A converters for each channel. I am currently using the "steep filter" since Klipsch tend to be a bit on the bright side. Very good, Maynard.
  • Cons: The unit does not come with an owner's manual. Simply go to the Cambridge site and print one out. You'll need this to access the menu and sub-menu.
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Overall 10
10

Cambridge Azur 651C

larrybewary, Crutchfield
25 October 2013
  • Summary: I've waited a few weeks before giving this review in order to test a variety of albums on the 651. I'm running it through an Adcom pre&power amp into a set of Klipsch RF-35's (with bi-wired Audio Quest cables). Whether it's Pearl Jam, Pat Metheney, Wes Montgomery, or Stokowski's Transcriptions of J.S. Bach the clarity and detail is much improved over my Yamaha Natural Sound compact disc player. The more I play it the better it sounds.
  • Pros: Immediate recognition of improved sound stage due to greater channel separation. Better clarity and definition of all musical material. You may hear the gentle brush work on cymbals that you never heard before. Everything has better punch, balance, and presence. Subtle yet pronounced. I suspect this has to do with the separate D/A converters for each channel. I am currently using the "steep filter" since Klipsch tend to be a bit on the bright side. Very good, Maynard.
  • Cons: The unit does not come with an owner's manual. Simply go to the Cambridge site and print one out. You'll need this to access the menu and sub-menu.
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Overall 10
10

Cambridge Azur 651C

J. W, Crutchfield
19 July 2013
  • Summary: I purchased this high end model CD player from Crutchfield a few weeks ago. The same day that I ordered it, Crutchfield had it shipped. What more could you ask for when it comes to service? I had already purchased the Cambridge "Topaz" CD player for my bedroom stereo system a few months ago. My Onkyo CD player finally died after more than twenty years of dependable service; so, moving up to this "Azur" by Cambridge for my main stereo system was a "no-brainer".
  • Pros: Clarity. Unsurpassed.
  • Cons: There is a conflict of information on the Crutchfield web site when it comes to playing burned CDs. Most of the information on the website says that you can. One specific paragraph says that you are limited to a particular form of burned CD. However, I just play the original CD in the player. So, this is a non-issue for me.
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