Reviews and Problems with Cambridge Audio Azur 840A
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Value for money 10
chris a AudioPhile, Audio Review
20 April 2014
Summary: Best bang-for-buck integrated amplifier My ears tend to be very sensitive to harsh sounds, so smooth, clear, and warm is .... Without getting into too much detail,. I love the sound. dynamic sound ., tight.
Summary: It was with great expectancy that I could unpack this Cambridge 840C - luckily I could borrow it from the shop and hand it in when it didn't meet my expectancies. I was looking for a good match for my Focal JMLab 918 Profile loudspeakers - the sound of my old Aura Evolution was too thin so I needed more juice to the sound. All in all my listening experience was not so positive.
Summary: I'll start off with the main reason for this review: problem with the volume control. I am writing this because I have read on several forums that people have had varying issues with the volume on version 1, from losing one channel to not being able to turn it down to having it ramp up on it's own. This pertains to the dial only, and the remote operates as intended. Well I purchased the version 2 being of the belief that the problem was addressed in the second version.
Summary: It is a high end sound with a budget price. I was not expecting nothing more than my Mark Levinson pre 22 and power 33H, but for me, Cambridge Audio 840A is at same level. Beautiful, clean, well defined and warm highs, open middles, and controlled bass. Balanced and transparent sound. You don't hear any electronic device behind music. Congratulations to Cambridge Audio. The innovation of the Class XD works perfectly. I am in love with Azur 840A.
Summary: Cambridge Audio's 840a is a terrific value, offering near-high-end sound at a very competitive price. The amp delivers a transparent, open sound with ample power to manage difficult loads. The 840 "disappears," conveying the sound of the source without adding any coloration. Stereo image is impressive, with details in complex orchestral works resolved cleanly with instruments in their proper place. The low end is solid with no bloating.