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Cambridge Audio 851C
Azur 851C CD Player

Regular Price:$1,999.00 / Each
Your Price:$1,499.00 / Each
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Cambridge Audio Azur 851C CD Player, DAC & Preamplifier

The Cambridge Audio 851C cd player improves on the stellar playback offered by the legendary 840C. This player really ups the ante by including a fully asyncronous USB input capable of 24/192 playback.  For the person seeking the highest possible performance from external digital devices, the 851C also includes AES/EBU XLR digital inputs and outputs. This is an exceedingly rare feature, but one that will be appreciated by the digital congnoscenti.  All of this is the reason Hifi Choice gave the player a recommended badge and went on to say that the 851a and 851c combination "competes with the best in class when it comes to sound, in a league of their own...

Please read the HiFi Choice review of the 851a and 851c.

The 851C as a high-end CD player

Quite simply, the 851C is an outstanding CD player in its own right. It incorporates numerous technologies, including the aforementioned Analog Devices DAC, the ATF2 upsampling process and balanced outputs. But at a more fundamental level, our engineers have created a specific, custom-designed CD-only servo mechanism which has the ability to retrieve the maximum amount of information from 16-bit CD.

A Cambridge Audio-developed transport complements the servo electronics perfectly, adding an additional audiophile touch to this critical part of the reproduction chain.

The 851C as a digital pre-amplifier

851C internal Further adding to the flexibility of this hugely versatile source component, is its role as a digital pre-amp. With consumers increasingly using digital audio sources (computers, streamers and digital iPhone docks, etc.) the 851C can be used to control volume and balance levels when connected directly to a power amp or active speakers. This clever feature, processed completely using digital technology, facilitates the simplest of audio replay systems and offers amazing flexibility. The function is operated using Cambridge Audio's proprietary DSP (Digital Signal Processor) and gives the highest quality of digital volume control, as opposed to analogue attenuation or digital bit reduction.

Azur 851C Upsampling DAC, CD Player and Digital Pre-amplifier Features

  • Digital to Analogue Converter featuring S/PDIF and Toslink digital inputs, AES/EBU balanced digital input and USB audio inputs (all 24 bit compatible)
  • CD playback
  • Optional digital volume and channel balance control
  • Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue audio outputs
  • USB Audio input allowing streaming of up to 24-bit/192kHz audio from computer
  • ATF2 audio up-sampling to 24-bit/384kHz
  • Twin Analog Devices AD1955 24 bit DACs delivering superior sound-staging and stereo imaging
  • Selectable digital filters - linear phase, minimum phase, steep
    Audiophile grade toroidal transformer delivering ultra-low low noise and distortion
  • Full metal casework design with thick brushed aluminium front panel and dual layer damped feet, giving enhanced resonance control
  • RS232 controllable
  • Eco-friendly <0.5W Standby power consumption
  • Azur Navigator remote control with Cambridge Audio amplifier and iPod dock control
  • Available in black and silver finishes

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