Cambridge Audio Launching 2014 Line at CES

Cambridge Audio's 2014 product line offers dealers two new amps, a new preamp, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a set of bookshelf speakers and a pair of in-ceiling speakers. The new line will be on display at 2014 International CES inside Venetian Suites 29-329.

Cambridge Audio says its new Azur 851E preamplifier (top) and 851W amplifier will be available in January 2014 for $1,999 and $2,799, respectively, through US distributor Audio Plus Services.
Robert Archer · January 2, 2014

British manufacturer Cambridge Audio has served the audiophile community for decades through its line of reasonably priced and quality sounding products.

At 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Jan. 7-10, Cambridge will roll out its 2014 product line that will be available through its U.S. distributor, Audio Plus Services.

The new line, which can be seen at CES inside Venetian Suites 29-329, features the Azur 851E preamplifier, Azur 851W amplifier, Azur 851D Digital-Analog Converter, Azur 651W Power Amplifier, Minx XL Satellite Speakers and Minx C46 Ceiling Speakers.

The Azur 851E preamplifier and Azur 851W amplifier are designed to provide audio enthusiasts with Cambridge Audio’s latest technologies and industrial designs at price points that are approachable.

Cambridge Audio says the Azur 851E preamplifier is engineered to complement its companion amplification products with options that include an auto standby mode in the 851W amp that detects an incoming signal, and other options that are installer friendly such as configurable IR triggers, IR outputs, and a control bus. The preamp’s rear panel also hosts a choice of inputs that include three pairs of balanced (XLR) inputs to enable electronics professionals to connect high-performance balanced source components that naturally lower the noise floor through those balanced connections.

Cambridge Audio says the 851W amplifier is its “best sounding amp yet.” The amp’s performance is due to its new version of its patent-pending Class XD crossover displacement system, and other internal components such as a pair of toroidal transformers, and Terrapin impedance modules to help the amp produce “serious levels of power with absolute precision.”

Cambridge Audio says the Azur 851E preamplifier and 851W amplifier will be available in January 2014. MSRPs for the Azur 851E preamplifier and 851W amplifier are $1,999 and $2,799, respectively.

The Azur 851D Digital-Analog Converter extends the digital audio handling and upsampling technology of the existing 851C by enhancing key components. A range of digital inputs means the 851D is ready for a variety potential sources, including computers, smartphones, set-up boxes, media streamers and more. The 851D will be available in Jan. for $1,649.

Azur 851D Digital-Analog Converter

The Azur 651W Power Amplifier is a two-channel power amplifier designed to be paired with a digital pre-amplifier. It employs Toroidal transformers, instead of El transformers, and features both fully balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue audio inputs. Cambridge says the 651W will be available in the Spring with an MSRP of $1,099.

Azur 651W Power Amplifier

Cambridge says the new Minx XL Satellite Speakers offer hi-fi performance at an affordable price. The XL speakers were designed from the ground up using a silk dome tweeter to combine a smooth sound with high levels of detail. Cambridge will ship the Minx XL speakers in the Spring with an MSRP of $350 each.

Minx XL Satellite Speakers

The Minx C46 Ceiling Speakers are 80mm in diameter (installed) and can be concealed anywhere. The speakers feature BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) technology, which Cambridge says produces a wider frequency response for deeper bass. The Minx C46 speakers will be available in Jan. for $129 each.

Minx C46 Ceiling Speakers

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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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