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Cambridge Azur 651a
Cambridge Audio is highly recommended by ABSOLUTE SOUND & STEREOPHILE for excellent sound, innovative, cutting edge designs & superior value. "Killed DACs selling for 2-3 times the money." STEREOPHILE
"Cambridge is a worldwide success, shipping to 50 nations. I was impressed by the considerable expansion; they now employ 27 engineers & 3 software specialists in England [where they began 25+ years ago]. Cambridge has the resources & will to keep ahead of the digital game." STEREOPHILE 3/12
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Stereo Integrated amplifiers:
MINX Xi, new for 2014
Stream Magic 6, list $1100, now $679
Minx Xi [includes built-in integrated amp]
Digital to Analog Converters:
DAC Magic, demo $249
DAC Magic 100, list $400, now $299
DAC Magic+, list $650, now $499
551P, moving magnet
651P, " " & moving coil
Bookshelf Speakers: 10 & 30
Tower Spk: S70, list $600, demo $399/pr
RCA, optical, XLR & HDMI Cables
All have 2 year parts/labor warranty & metal cases
DAC MAGIC 100, list $400, now $299
"Astonishing performance for the price." HI-FI NEWS
Both of these DACs are very versatile, with three digital inputs: USB, RCA digital & optical [toslink]. They will improve the sound of CDs, computers & other digital sources. This uses a high quality Wolfson WM8742 DAC.
DAC MAGIC PLUS, list $650, now $499
"New benchmark for DAC performance." HI-FI+ The DAC MAGIC PLUS has the added benefits of a volume control & headphone jack, so it can be used as a headphone amp or preamp for digital sources. It has two high quality Wolfson WM8740 DAC with upsampling to 24 bits/384khz., plus three types of outputs: RCA, XLR balanced & digital. You can use this DAC either vertically or horizontally.
STREAM MAGIC, list $1100, now $799
PRODUCT of the YEAR - WHAT HI-FI
COMBINED DAC, STREAMER & DIGITAL PREAMP.
1] Upsampling wi-fi network music sampler, 384k, 24 bit.
2] Internet radio - 50,000 stations from all over the world.
3] DAC with two high quality Wolfson WM8740 DAC,
upsampling to 24 bits/384khz., 4 inputs: RCA, Optical,
USB A & USB B. Outputs: RCA, XLR balanced & digital.
4] Digital preamp, volume control & headphone jack
The 851A is the best sounding & most powerful Cambridge integrated amp. The $1850 851A has 120W/ch/8 ohm & 200W/ch/4 ohm; 8 RCA line level inputs, two pairs of balanced XLR inputs, plus a remote control. The amp's large heat sinks & hefty toroidal power transformer enhance its sound. The 851A list price is $2000; it's on sale for $1850.
The Cambridge 651A integrated amp has 75W/ch/8 ohm & 100W/ch/4 ohm, plus a USB input & built-in DAC for a direct connection to a computer. It includes a remote control, preamp outputs, a subwoofer output & an oversize torroidal transformer with windings & regulators for dual mono operation of the left & right channels. Customers have brought in competing amps with less power, no USB & fewer connections that cost twice as much as the 651A. The 651A list price is $880; it's on sale for $799.
The Cambridge 351 integrated amp has 45W/ch/8 ohm, plus a USB input & built-in DAC, allowing a direct connection to a computer. It includes a remote control, preamp outputs, a subwoofer output & an oversize torroidal transformer. The 651A list is $600; it's on sale for $549.
The power transformer is an amplifier's most expensive & most important electronic part. The transformer determines the power output & bass of any amp. The fact that Cambridge amps have oversize torroidal transformers makes them unique. The finest amps, for many thousands of dollars, use torroidal transfomers, since they sound best & are quieter. Most amps & receivers for thousands of dollars have noisier standard transformers that can be heard humming across a room, even without the speakers being connected. Standard transformers have metal plates that vibrate 60 times a second. Torroidal transformers are inherently shielded, more efficient & don't have the many buzzing metal plates that are in most transformers.
In addition to fine electronics, Cambridge makes many affordable, high value speakers, starting with the Minx 10, which lists for $160 & we sell for only $129 / pair. This amazing speaker is only three by three by three inches, yet sounds far larger. The Minx 10 is available in either a gloss black or white. Options include wall mounts, table stands or floor stands.
Cambridge also has a line of well-made, affordable interconnects. Their models include RCA to RCA, [stereo & a mono 24 foot long cable for subwoofers], plus two XLR balanced cables, an optical cable & a RCA to mini plug. All have gold ends, quality wire & lifetime warranties.
Digital - Analog Converters
DACMAGIC Xs, now $199, portable USB-DAC headphone amp. In same class as $1300 DACs.
"Uses a high-quality, asynchronous-mode ESS Sabre ES9023 - the same chip in Peachtree's $1000 amp. Unlike competitors, it has its own 53-step volume control. The sound? Glorious. Greater top-end clarity & extension with a richer, more relaxed overall sound; more revealing & low level detail than others." STEREOPHILE 4/14
DACMAGIC, now $249, "Well-defined bass, extended highs, natural midrange & wide soundstage. In a word, it sounded glorious." STEREOPHILE
DACMAGIC 100, list $400, now $299, BETTER SOUND QUALITY THAN $1000 DACs
"Proving that great things can indeed come in small packages, BARGAIN PRICE, OUT-STANDING PRODUCT. Rated above Musical Fidelity, Rega & Shanling DACs. Astonishing performance for price; expansive soundstage, well-balanced & clean." HI-FI NEWS 6/12
DACMAGIC Plus, list $650, now $499,
"With twin Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DAC chips at its heart, 384/24 upsampling & up to 192/24 via USB 2.0. asynchronous USB transfer, balanced & unbalanced analog outputs [XLR & RCA] & provisions for an optional Bluetooth input that can use Apt-X Bluetooth digital codec, this modestly priced DAC delivers big-time." ABSOLUTE SOUND 4/12
More features: a headphone output & a volume control, so it can be a headphone amp & / or preamp for digital sources.
CD & DVD
550C CD, list $600, now $549, "Dynamic, extended & just flat-out musical," ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/11
650C CD, list $780, now $699, rated in same class as $4700 CDs, "Beautifully built, created a sound that was open, airy, sweet & civilized," STEREOPHILE 11/11
650BD Blue ray DVD, list $780, now $699, rated in same class as $4700 models, "Compact & attractive, sounded superb" STEREOPHILE 11/11
851C, now $1999, "TOP-RATED 5 STARS in all 4 Aspects - Sound Quality, Value for Money, Build Quality & Features; Extraordinary array of features; refined & revealing sound that puts musicians in the room. Vast feature set. DAC functionality; ultra-revealing yet highly refined sound. A major advance on its already capable predecessor. Superb sounding. Includes a large toroid transformer. Compete with the very best in class in sound & is in a league of its own in features, which don't get in the way of the music; delivers a dynamic, clean & engaging result with pretty much anything you care to play. The fact the 851C can do so with a hi-res signal from your PC is the icing on the cake." HI-FI CHOICE 6/12
"Offers an asynchronous USB input among several digital inputs, along with source switching to allow it to act as a digital hub, obviating the need for a preamp. The 851C is more incisive, dynamic & robust sounding [than its predecessor]." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12
851A, list $2000, now $1849, 120W/ch/8 ohm, 200W/ch/4 ohm "TOP-RATED 5 STARS in all 4 Aspects - Sound Quality, Value for Money, Build Quality & Extraordinary array of features” On magazine cover – they “teach their rivals a lesson!” “Refined & revealing sound that puts musicians in the room; Smooth, svelte sounding amp with power. Bests its rating with 2x155W/8 ohm & 2x260W/4 ohm continuous & 185W/8 ohm, 305W/4 ohm & 310W/2 ohm, dynamic. Includes extensive heat sinking, a large power amp toroid transformer & a smaller separate preamp toroid transformer. Competes with the very best in class in sound & are in its own league in features: the ability to trim gain & balance for each input, the option of naming them & adding tone changes is the stuff of high-end processors. These features don't get in the music's way; delivers a dynamic, clean & engaging result with pretty much anything you care to play." HI-FI CHOICE 6/12
CAMBRIDGE AV RECEIVERS
551R, $1299, TOP PICK, HOME THEATER 6/11
751R, $2999, TOP PICK, HOME THEATER 6/13
"What the Azur 751R lacks in whiz-bang features, it makes up for with natural, effortless sound that reviewer Mark Fleischmann deemed “worth every penny of its price.”
S215, $800/pair, TOP PICK, HOME THEATER
STREAM MAGIC 6, list $1150, now $799
The Stream Magic 6 unifies digital music from a wide range of sources & outputs in incredible quality. Here are 13 reasons to choose Stream Magic 6:
Two high performance Wolfson DACs
The Stream Magic 6 employs twin Wolfson WM8740 DACs (Digital to Analogue Converters) used in ‘dual differential’ mode allowing the audio data for each channel to be converted completely separately for greater accuracy & ultimately a superb sound performance.
ATF2 Adaptive Time Filtering
All music is significantly enhanced thanks to our 2nd generation Adaptive Time Filtering, an upsampling process developed with Anagram Technologies of Switzerland. This intelligently adapts incoming audio data to 24-bit/384kHz. The ATF2 system reduces jitter (timing errors), an audible form of interference which affects all digital music, particularly when stored on computer hard drives & is the audio equivalent to a blurred image.
Networked music & USB connectivity
The Stream Magic 6’s flexibility means music files can be accessed from a variety of sources, including a PC/laptop (Windows 7, Vista, XP), almost any MAC or a NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive with UPnP (Universal Plug ‘n’ Play) file sharing enabled. The high quality asynchronous USB audio input allows playback of up to 24-bit/192kHz high resolution files from a connected computer for bit-perfect transfer to the Stream Magic 6, ensuring all data is delivered in perfect timing for the highest possible sound quality. There are two USB inputs for local media stored on USB HDD (memory sticks or external USB drives).
The Stream Magic 6 supports many CODECs including, ‘better than CD’ quality 24-bit/96kHz FLAC/WAV files, plus AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+ & Ogg Vorbis.
Stream Magic 6 at a glance:
Upsampling digital hub: The Stream Magic 6 unifies a host of different digital audio sources, locally & from around the world, using upsampling technology to make all music sound fantastic.
Free dedicated Stream Magic Apps: Apps for iPhone/ iPad/iPod touch & Android devices allow the freedom & convenience of effortless & intuitive control of a Stream Magic 6’s connected sources & services. Easy to set up & configure: Once connected to a home network (the same way a computer would connect to the internet) you can enjoy their music & all the Stream Magic 6’s connected services.
High-end components and technologies: High quality twin Wolfson DACs ensure great sound, plus our latest ATF2 upsampling technology works to improve significantly all audio from the Stream Magic 6 to 24-bit/384kHz.
Lossless studio quality audio: Asynchronous USB audio input supporting 24-bit/192khz studio quality files for the best sound from a PC/Mac.
Access music anywhere in the home: With a wired & wireless (using the latest Wi-Fi standards) network connection, the Stream Magic 6 can access music stored anywhere in the home. High-end connections: Balanced analog XLR outputs allow the best possible connection to a high-end amp, such as Cambridge 851A. Standard phono/RCA outputs are included.
Digital connections: Connect a host of devices such as a digital iPod dock, TV or games console.
Bluetooth connectivity: With the optional BT100 Bluetooth receiver, users can wirelessly stream music direct from any Bluetooth enabled device (iPhone, iPad, smart phone laptop, Macbook) to the Stream Magic 6. This added functionality allows users to browse & control endless content from the comfort of a chair.
Solid, all metal constructionDigital filters: You can tweak the sound to suit you preferences with 3 selectable digital filters - linear, minimum & steep.
Pre-amp mode: The Stream Magic 6 can be used as a pre-amp for direct connection to active speakers or a power amp.
Around the home: There's no limit to the number of Stream Magic 6 devices which can be used. With more than one unit, users can access their favorite music from computers, laptops & NAS drives in different rooms.
Cambridge Azur 651a with USB
for connection to any computer
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