The Blu-ray Player You've Been Waiting For
If sound is as important to you as experiencing the ultimate in image definition, the all new Cambridge Audio Azur 651BD is the 3D Blu-ray universal player that you've been waiting for. Offering support for BD-3D plus the latest surround sound formats, the 651BD is a lightning-fast, easy to use player that will reproduce your movies and music with all of the gusto of the original performances.
Marvell QDEO Video Scaler
Cambridge Audio has gone the extra mile to make sure that you get superb video performance from the Azur. In addition to offering stunning quality with Blu-ray discs, the 651BD delivers unbeatable video from DVDs, which it can upscale to 1080p resolution.
With dual HDMI outputs, the 651BD can deliver 3D video to multiple displays (such as a your 3D TV and your projector), and both are fully compatible with the HDMI 1.4 standard for 3DTV and Deep Color support. The primary HDMI output also features a high quality Marvell QDEO video scaler with motion adaptive noise reduction for quiet and natural video, free from noise and artifacts.
Impressive Audio Performance
The perfect picture is only half the story. It's the 651BDís musical performance that really sets it apart from its peers. The Azur can reproduce the dynamics and scale required for the most elaborate movie soundtracks. And it triumphs as an audio source supporting all high-resolution formats including DVD-A, SACD plus of course CD. High-quality audio DACs from Cirrus Logic and incredible attention to the design of its audio circuits ensure that the Azur sounds truly amazing whether playing movies or music.
The 651BD not only plays Blu-ray discs (including those with 3D content) but it also excels with CD, HDCD, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and SACD. It supports decoding of the very latest formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. And for the ultimate in user choice, these formats can be output as bitstreams over HDMI for an AV receiver to decode internally.
USB and e-Sata Ports
The 651BD is equipped with two USB 2.0 ports, one on the front of the unit and the other on the back, and also an e-Sata port on the back. You may use either USB port to plug in a USB drive or use the e-Sata port with an e-Sata drive loaded with digital music, movies and photo files.
The USB ports are rated to provide a maximum of 5V, 1A power to the attached device. This is usually sufficient to bus power (i.e., self-power) USB flash drives and flash memory card readers, but may not be sufficient for USB hard disks. To use the e-Sata port, an external power supply is needed to power up the e-Sata drive.
Please note that the 651BD can play WMA and MP3 files only. It cannot play AAC files.
With all of its features and capabilities, you might expect the 651BD to take some getting used to. But thatís not the case. Genuinely simple to operate, it features control of essential operations via the ergonomic front panel and more comprehensive control via a clear on-screen menu. Itís whisper quiet and lightning fast for delay-free access to your movies and music.
Aesthetics and premium build quality are further strengths, and Cambridge Audioís trademark wrap-around casework houses the 651BDís proprietary engineering within a low resonance, acoustically damped chassis.
The 651BD is ready to connect to the internet via Ethernet and supports BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live and BonusView) and other interactive features.
*Note: The 651BD supports Mass Storage Class Bulk Transport devices only. Most USB thumb drives, portable hard disk drives, and card readers conform to this device class. Other devices such as MP3 players, digital cameras, and mobile phones that include their own memory management may not be compatible. Supported USB drives must be formatted with the FAT (File Allocation Table), FAT32, or NTFS (New Technology File System) file system.
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|Budget reference sound from CambridgeAudio|
I think the Cambridge 651 BD is areal sweet spot for those who want reference sound on a budget .
|- Arthur J, MI|