The Cambridge Azur 651 BD (1000 Euro) is missing compared to the bigger brother 751 only the complex analog Board. Is the lesser of the quality hit for Digitalos?
- Blu-ray player Cambridge Azur 651 BD
- Data sheet
In the August issue, we tested the Blu-ray player Azur 751 BD developed by Cambridge – and were quite impressed by his qualities. Features such as the excellent streaming client or image and sound on analog and digital level far exceeded the class cut. Now follows the smaller model Azur 651 BD and the real successor to the Azur 650 vol. Those very long served as a much appreciated work horse for Multichannel in the listening room.
If you greatly shortened it, BD minus the complex analog Board consists of 651er of a 751. Instead, he takes over the good placement from the OEM basis. Exactly it but already provided Azur 650 BD for pleasant musicality. Either way – the Azur 651 BD is aimed at Cambridge customers who intend to join the player digital.
The two current players only by eliminating the push-button for the reversible digital filter with the smaller model differ from the front. The housing, rapid handling and navigation – a Blu-ray launches in 14 seconds! – and both offer the noble-looking remote control. Also the back reveals the 651 vol. only through the analog outputs, advanced down, without separate stereo output
Otherwise a tie between the brothers and sisters, with the Dual HDMI output again. Data may dock via LAN, USB and even eSATA. Both devices process everything that makes fun of vile MP3 to FLAC disc, hard disk and network in high definition and 5.1 channel, SACD to 3D Blu-ray.
The video section the almost incredible oppodecoder with the MediaTek chipset delivers to the HDMI output with the equally high Qdeoscaler end extremely crisp and quiet images from any source. Even DVDs on screen look so crisp that they can be distinguished without direct comparison only with the trained eye of a Blu-ray high definition footage.
Sonically the convinced Azur 651 BD with HDMI as well as his brother. No matter on which medium, drew the testers, it is streamed or in the drive rotating, two or more channel – the character of the Cambridge begat by enthusiasm and attention to detail, and the player lost in the whole story out of the eye. Always built a differentiated stage with continuous figure before the listener.
The testers in the hearing room were analog compete against the two Cambridge models, made it clear the 751er, that he is worth his fee. He played the finer and more accurate as the little brother. That could keep up with enthusiasm and timing well and deserved a point more than its predecessor with a touch more resolution.
The Cambridge Azur 651 BD in all honour the virtues of his predecessor continues – excellent facilities, finest image and balanced sound quality by all media, quick navigation and logical handling. Just a super package.
Cambridge 651 BD
Technical data and test results
|Video digital HDMI (version)|
|Max resolution of HDMI|
|Decoder Dolby True HD / DTS HD Master||/|
|Decoder DD / DTS||/|
|Remote control for TV / Adaptive||/|
|Predefined picture settings / adjustable|
|Memory card reader|
|Ethernet for update / interactive content||/|
|Headphone output / adjustable||/|
|BD – time DVD / Blu-ray (in seconds)||14.0 s|
|JPEG / JPEG HD||/|
|Analog output stereo / 5.1 / 7.1||/|
|DVD + R / RW||/|
|CD-R / RW||/|
|BD-R / RE||/|
|optical / HDMI||/|
|Hosiden / 3-comp.||/|
|Signal to noise ratio (A weighted)||111 dB|
|Output resistance||423 ohm|
|Error correction ability info layer CD / DVD||4.5 / 3.1 mm|
|Error correction surface CD / DVD||4.5|
|Power consumption standby / operating||0.4 / 16.2 W|
|Short conclusion||Richly featured universal player. Super processed, fast. Play also DVD-audio and SACD. AV – streaming-client, dual HDMI-output. Musical sound.|
|Sound||Absolute top class|
(maximum 70 points)
(maximum 70 points)
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
|Picture Blu ray / DVD||16 / 9|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||outstanding 107|
|tested in issue:||12 / 11|