Reviews and Problems with Cambridge Audio Azur 851C
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Outstanding CD player with superior build quality and a very detailed
Thomas H., Amazon
22 February 2015
Summary: Outstanding CD player with superior build quality and a very detailed, clear sound. On a good system, you will hear a spaciousness and clarity that make good stereo recordings so engaging. Nice that is has both balanced and unbalanced outputs.
Summary: I've been using my Azur for almost a month with a Mac Mini via a USB 2.0 connection, an Airport Express via Toslink, and a Pioneer Kuro TV via Toslink, using the 851C's XLR outputs to connect to a NAD M3 integrated amp driving a pair of Martin Logan Vantages and a pair of Velodyne subwoofers.
Summary: The versatility of inputs on this DAC make it the obvious choice in today's market. Combined with a SONOS system, fed by a NAS makes your Audiophile rig a virtual JukeBox. Playing HiRes Flacs via CA's USB2 makes having a TT and the whole nine yards that goes with one history.
Summary: I replaced my 20 years old Arcam with this player, and i don't regret it. The detailing and precence is incredible. Close your eyes and the artist is there in your room. You can hook up other sources to it, and use the dac to get a better sound.
Summary: A major improvement over the 840C which in itself was a superb CD player. It is the new DAC which does the trick. Three dimension effect is outstanding. The instruments actually sound like the live instrument...not canned.
Pros: Clarity, separation, 3 dimensional, great even-ness up and down the frequency range