Azur 851C DAC/CD Player/Digital Preamp
The 851C uses audiophile grade components throughout and incorporates Cambridge Audio's most advanced technologies to ensure it plays music perfectly. Your discs are spun on their own audio-only transport and coupled with their S3 servo to give error-free data retrieval and jitter minimisation. The ultra-rigid metal construction also ensures components are isolated and free from vibration.
All data is then put through their 2nd generation Adaptive Time Filtering that upsamples everything to 24bit/384kHz hi-res quality, no matter the original source. As a result, jitter is almost completely absent, and the music sounds amazing.
The upsampled music then passes through Twin Analog Devices DACs (very high-end digital to analogue converters) which are implemented in a dual differential configuration meaning each channel has its own DAC to process data. The result is lifelike stereo imaging where instruments can be heard in specific parts of your room with uncanny accuracy.
All of these audiophile internals are powered by a large toroidal transformer for the best delivery of a high quality and consistent signal with low noise and buzz levels.
With premium XLR and RCA outputs you can then connect the 851C to the perfectly compatible 851A integrated amplifier with other sources. The 851C also has a digital volume stage built in so it can be used as a pure pre-amplifier – just connect it straight into the 851W power amplifier or a pair of active speakers for further sonic benefits.
The 851C is built with three selectable filters - linear, minimum and steep. This allows you to choose the type of sound that suits your ideal listening preferences.
Connections and Flexibility
The 851C isn’t just built for playback of CDs; Cambridge wanted to make the most of its ATF upsampling and superb DACs, so it’s a complete digital hub which can connect to almost anything digital. It’s got optical and co-axial digital in and outputs plus an asynchronous USB audio input. So you can connect up TVs, streamers, PCs, MACs and more, and everything will be upsampled to amazing hi-res quality.
|Total Harmonic Distortion||< 0.0004%|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||< -130 dB @1kHz; < -114 dB @20kHz|
|Inputs||S/PDIF 75 Ohms or TosLink optical, S/PDIF 75 Ohms or TosLink optical, XLR balanced 110 Ohms per phase, USB Type B conforming to Audio profile 1.0 or 2.0 (user selectable)|
|Outputs||Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue audio outputs|
|Max Power Consumption||40W|