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"An Incredibly Versatile Machine"
Cambridge Audio's Azur 752BD is the company's best ever Blu-ray universal player. It gets the very most from video and audio discs, digital files, and streaming, too. One box does it all! No matter what format you have your video and audio in, the Azur 752BD universal player will bring it to life.
"This is an incredibly versatile machine," notes England's What Hi-fi? magazine. "Rivals are thin on the ground, and almost non-existent if you want all these features and functions. Its performance is strong across the board, too…"
"We've Fallen in Love in a Big Way"
"Sorry if we’re gushing, but we’ve fallen in love with the Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD in a big way," raves Danny Phillips in his Trusted Reviews.com, May 1, 2013. "Its picture and sound quality are superb, making it the perfect player for cinephiles and audiophiles alike."
"From the exceptional build quality to its flawless Blu-ray performance, it really doesn’t leave much on the table," reports Kris Deering in his April 26, 2013 review for HomeTheater.com. "The list of great universal Blu-ray players is pretty small, but if you’re in the market for one, this is definitely one to look at."
Truly a universal disc player, the 752BD spins just about every disc format from Blu-ray (including BD-3D) to DVD, CD, SACD, and many more. But that's not all. The 752BD also plays just about every digital file you can throw at it and accesses network streaming services, too. And whether they're stored or streamed, the 752BD will bring digital files into sparkling high-definition detail too.
From memory sticks and portable hard drives, smart phones and tablets, or via set-top boxes and games consoles, the 752BD will play it brilliantly. And it can access drives, laptops, and desktop machines via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Access music, photo and video over network from uPnP NAS drives, laptops and desktop hard drives - all with video upscaling and audio upsampling. Plus there's built-in support for Internet streaming services such as YouTube and Picasa.
Digital audio formats include MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC and WAV. Surround sound audio codecs include Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS and DTS-HD Master Audio.
High End Audio and Video Processing
Every source – digital, networked, or analog – and every format, whether audio or video, stereo or surround sound, benefits from the 752BD's high-end video and audio processing powers. Its Marvell Qdeo video processor upscales any video source to full HD and can perform real-time 2D-to-3D conversion. It can even upscale to 4K resolution, if your TV or projector supports this new ultra-high-definition format.
The 752BD handles just about every disc out there. Not just Blu-ray (including BD-3D), SACD, DVD and CD, but also DVD-A, AVCHD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD ±R/RW, DVD ±R DL, and BD-R/RE.
Meanwhile, audio is boosted by five Wolfson audio DACs (digital-to-analog convertors) to 24-bit/192 kHz highest-quality format to satisfy audiophiles. The result is all video and audio that passes through the 752BD is delivered in stunning detail. On top of that, proprietary ATF Adaptive Time Filtering algorithms, co-developed with Anagram Technologies of Switzerland, ensure jitter-free results.
All incoming audio data, such as CD at 16-bit 44.1kHz CD, is upsampled to 24-bit/192 kHz using a high-end 32-bit Analog Devices DSP (Digital Signal Processor). "Polymomial Curve Fitting Interpolation" provides a much more accurate upsampled audio soundwave than traditional upsampling processes. And a unique timing system buffers audio data to almost eradicate digital jitter. This is vital, because jitter loses important detail, often leaving digital audio sounding flat and lifeless.
Selectable Digital Filter
Cambridge Audio's latest ATF2 DSP also features a selectable digital filter with three settings to suit listener preferences and their particular system set-up. The Steep roll-off filter exhibits strong attenuation of aliasing images outside the pass band (i.e. above 22.05kHz) at the expense of a little pre and post-ringing in the time domain.
The Linear phase filter uniquely features ‘constant group delay’ which delays all audio signals at all frequencies by the same amount meaning all audio is fully time-coherent at the output. Minimum phase meanwhile does not feature constant group delay, but the co-efficients have been optimized without feed-forward so that the impulse response exhibits no pre-ringing in the time domain.
Lots of Inputs and Outputs
The 752BD is loaded with inputs and outputs. It has two 3D-ready HDMI 1.4 inputs, two 3D-ready HDMI 1.4 outputs, three USB ports, Wi-Fi and Ethernet, digital optical and coaxial inputs and outputs, MHL smartphone/tablet link, dedicated stereo and 7.1 surround sound analog audio outputs, and more.
Chosen not just for its good looks (although the solid, brushed aluminum front makes a great addition to any home), Cambridge uses an all-metal case in the 752BD because aluminum is very stable and introduces less resonance to any signal.
"Features and functions combine in fine style here…"
"This is an incredibly versatile machine. Rivals are thin on the ground, and almost non-existent if you want all these features and functions. Its performance is strong across the board, too…"
- What Hi-fi? magazine, Winter 2013
"Sorry if we’re gushing, but we’ve fallen in love with the Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD in a big way. Yes it’s super expensive for a Blu-ray deck, but we guarantee that anyone parting with £800 for this bad boy will not be disappointed."
"The reasons are numerous – its build quality is nigh-on faultless, it plays every format under the sun and there are more sockets than we’ve ever seen on a Blu-ray deck. There’s also some serious circuitry under the bonnet alongside some tasty features like network file streaming and YouTube. Its Smart content won’t give Samsung any sleepless nights but that’s not a top priority for this deck’s target audience."
"More importantly, its picture and sound quality are superb, making it the perfect player for cinephiles and audiophiles alike, provided your pockets are deep enough."
- Danny Phillips, Trusted Reviews.com, May 1, 2013
"The Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD has definitely found a place in my recommended source component list. From the exceptional build quality to its flawless Blu-ray performance, it really doesn’t leave much on the table. The list of great universal Blu-ray players is pretty small, but if you’re in the market for one, this is definitely one to look at."
- Kris Deering, HomeTheater.com, April 26, 2013
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