Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD Review - Features Review


The 751BD is absolutely bursting with features. We’ve mentioned the 751BD’s 3D compatibility, but of greater interest to enthusiasts is the list of high-quality internal components, including a Marvel DE2750 QDEO video scaler for the primary HDMI output; a Mediatek MTK8530 chip for the second HDMI port; five dedicated Wolfson WM8740 audio DACs (the sort you find in dedicated CD players); and Analog Devices ADSP-21261 DSP chip running Anagram Technologies Q5 audio upsampling tech, which Cambridge Audio claims can boost detail from CDs up to SACD or DVD-A levels (192kHz/24-bit).
Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD
ABOVE: Inside the 751BD. 1) Universal transport. 2) Wolfson DACs. 3) Marvel QDEO video scaler. 4) Anagram Q5 DSP. 5) Mediatek chipset. 6) Switch mode power supply. 7) Analogue audio PSUs

It’s also able to play a wide range of formats. On the disc side, it spins Blu-ray, DVD (with 1080p upscaling), CD/HDCD, DVD-Audio and SACD, making this a perfect deck for those with large, varied collections. And on the digital side, it decodes XviD, AVI, VOB, WMV, MKV, JPEG and AVCHD. Weirdly it won’t play DivX files though, which we guess must have something to do with licensing costs.

Additional BD Live content can be downloaded or streamed from the web over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and with 1GB of built-in memory you don’t need to attach your own storage.

And despite not being mentioned in the manual or on the company’s website, the deck can also stream content over your home network. We were able to stream the above file formats wirelessly from our laptop with absolutely no fuss, thanks to the fast and reliable connection, plus it skips from one menu to the next with rare alacrity.

Similarly, Cambridge Audio has kept quiet about the deck’s ability to access the online Picasa service. Die-hard photo fans will be in seventh heaven, but we think it’s a fairly lame online offering – let’s hope Cambridge Audio adds to it in future.

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