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CAMBRIDGE AUDIO 851C CD Player

Our finest CD player and DAC, the 851C uses our extensive digital knowledge to become the cornerstone of your digital hub. No matter the source of your digital music, twin DACs in dual differential mode and 2nd generation Adaptive Time Filtering make the music sound as the original artist intended – extraordinary.

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CambridgeCA851C

Our finest CD player and DAC, the 851C uses our extensive digital knowledge to become the cornerstone of your digital hub. No matter the source of your digital music, twin DACs in dual differential mode and 2nd generation Adaptive Time Filtering make the music sound as the original artist intended – extraordinary.



WitchDoctor name the 851A&C as joint Product of the Year winners!
"They seem to be the absolute class leaders at their respective price points. The build quality that just shouldn’t be possible for the money, and the huge feature sets are impressive enough, but with sound quality that is out of all proportion to their price tags, these components are on another level when it comes to value for money."
Witchdoctor
New Zealand, 2013

SOUND PERFECTION

The 851C uses audiophile grade components throughout and incorporates our most advanced technologies to ensure it plays music perfectly. Your discs are spun on our own audio-only transport and coupled with our S3 servo to give error-free data retrieval and jitter minimisation. Our ultra-rigid metal construction also ensures components are isolated and free from vibration.

All data is then put through our 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. Read more on our proprietary ATF upsampling technology here.

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.

DIGITAL PRE-AMPLIFIER

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 our 851W power amplifier or a pair of active speakers for further sonic benefits.

DIGITAL FILTERS

We built the 851C 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; we 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.

  • 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
  • Azur Navigator remote control with Cambridge Audio amplifier and iPod dock control

Digital to analogue converters

  • Dual Analog Devices AD1955 24-bit DACs

Digital filter

  • Analog Devices Black Fin ADSP-BF532 32 bit DSP performing 2nd Generation ATF2 upsampling to 24-bit/384kHz.
  • Linear Phase, Minimum phase or Steep modes.

Analogue filter

  • 2 Pole Fully Differential Linear Phase Bessel filter

Digital input 1

  • S/PDIF 75 Ohms or TosLink optical

Digital input 2

  • S/PDIF 75 Ohms or TosLink optical

AES/EBU input

  • XLR balanced 110 Ohms per phase

USB audio input

  • USB Type B conforming to Audio profile 1.0 or 2.0 (user selectable)

Audio outputs

  • Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue audio outputs

Compatibility

  • USB 1.0 16-24 bit, 32-96kHz
  • USB 2.0 16-24 bit, 32-192kHz
  • TosLink 16-24 bit, 32-96kHz
  • S/PDIF and AES/EBU 16-24 bits 32-192kHz
  • CD playback is intrinsically limited to 16-bits 44.1kHz

THD (unweighted) @ 1kHhz 0dBFs

  • < 0.0004%

THD (unweighted) @ 1kHz -10dBFs

  • < 0.0004%

THD (unweighted) @ 20kHz 0dBFs

  • < 0.0007%

IMD (19/20kHz) 0dBFs

  • < 0.0002%

Linearity @ -90dBFs

  • +/- 0.2dB

Linearity @ -120dBF

  • +/- 0.4dB

Stop-band rejection (>24kHz)

  • > 120dB

Total correlated jitter

  • < 60pS for all digital inputs, CD playback and USB 2.0
  • < 180pS for USB 1.0

Crosstalk @1kHz

  • < -130dB

Crosstalk @20 kHz

  • < -114dB

Output impedance

  • < 50 Ohms

0dB Fs output

  • 2.2Vrms (2.2Vrms each phase for the balanced output)

Max. power consumption

  • 40W

Idle consumption

  • 8W

Standby power consumption

  • <0.5W

Colour

  • Black
  • Silver

Dimensions

  • 430mm Width
  • 115mm Height
  • 360mm Depth

Weight

  • 10kg

Gapless Playback

  • Yes

In the box

  • Azur 851C Upsampling DAC, CD Player, & Preamplifier.
  • Power Cable
  • 3x AAA Batteries
  • Remote Control

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