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Cambridge Audio Azur 551R 7.1 A/V receiver

Cambridge's latest A/V receiver incorporates a variety of technologies, including the latest DTS and Dolby Laboratories processing; room equalization, 3D video compatibility and the company's proprietary X-Tract cooling system, which enables the receiver to employ stable and proven amplification topologies in a compact chassis without the fear of heating breakdowns.

Cambridge Audio will begin shipping its Azure 551R A/V receiver this November at a cost of $1,299.

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Robert Archer · September 14, 2011

For years the British audio/video company Cambridge Audio has been a popular choice for budget-minded A/V enthusiasts that wanted performance from their gear, but didn’t have the means or desire to pay for luxury-priced equipment.

The company’s upcoming Azur 551R A/V 7.1 receiver will be available shortly through its U.S. distributor Audio Plus Services and it provides custom installers with a compact, powerful and competitively priced product that’s designed to please never-satisfied A/V enthusiast crowd. 

Highlighting some of the technologies built into the Azur 551R are the inclusion of Cambridge’s low-flux torodal transformer and X-Tract cooling system which help the receiver to produce 110 watts per channel when used for stereo applications and 60 watts per channel in 7.1 applications. The receiver also includes processing options for DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD, and video processing options that includes 1080p upconversion technologies that are driven by Faroudja’s FLI2310 chipset. Additionally, the receiver offers automatic room correction and setup provisions, and four HDMI 1.4 inputs that are compatible with 3D content.

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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