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Cambridge Audio Azur 851N

The Cambridge Audio Azur 851N is a Flagship network player. One of the most natural sounding, versatile and well-equipped streamer/ DAC/ pre-amps available.

Flagship network player
The pinnacle of digital and streaming performance - the 851N is the ultimate network player. It's features include; 24-bit/192kHz upsampling from all sources, native 24-bit/192kHz playback, USB, digital audio inputs and streaming over wi-fi including Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, and DSD.

Network powerhouse
The 851N is a network player designed to draw every last drop of detail from every digital audio source. It will make streaming and digital audio from phones, laptops and set-top boxes sound better than you thought possible. Designed from the ground up for serious performance, it's not only bristling with inputs and outputs, but also internally configured with high-end components. The result is the most versatile, powerful digital network player we have ever made.

High-resolution performance
The 851N features our renowned ATF2 24-bit/384kHz upsampling. Our unique ATF2 (Adaptive Time Filtering) doesn't just draw extra detail from every source (even CD, Blu-ray and "lossless" digital files), but also virtually eliminates "jitter" common in playing digital audio files - which can lead to a flatter, lifeless sound with tinnier bass response.

The feature-packed 851N also offers 24-bit/192kHz native input from all sources - USB, digital inputs, ethernet and wi-fi. So however you store your high-resolution files, the 851N will ensure they sound as the creators intended.

All bases covered
However you like your digital music, the 851N can handle it. With 5 USB sockets, 2 optical digital, 2 coaxial digital and XLR digital inputs, plus ethernet and wi-fi, the 851N is designed to cope with every source you need: Blu-ray, smartphones, tablets, laptops, games consoles, CD, set-top boxes and more.

As you'd expect, outputs are similarly high-end and wide-ranging, including XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced analogue, digital optical and coax, and IR control repeater so you can hide 851N in a cupboard - although there's no need to hide the stunning colour screen.

High-quality design
The 851N is designed inside and out not just to deliver stunning audio quality, but to look beautiful as well. A new 4.3-inch TFT colour display shows current album artwork and more, while control is via remote or smartphone app. And the discreet all-metal chassis includes rigid aluminium front, top and sides not just to look good, but to also minimise vibration and maximise audio quality.

Versatile performance
The playback options are extensive - Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, Internet Radio, USB with DSD, MP3, AAC, WMA, as well as lossless formats including FLAC, Apple and Ogg Vorbis. Digital audio connections in and out are covered, so are all major digital streaming services and so are all common digital audio formats - including the highest-resolution ones used to store or stream audio. And all in 24-bit/192kHz stunning high-definition clarity.

The 851N is also compatible with an optional BT100 to allow for Bluetooth streaming, and with internal processors that are upgradable via internet connection, the 851N is a very future-proof and functional network machine.

Raw power
Twin AD1955 digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) configured in mono mode ensure maximum fidelity to both left and right signals, a fully linear power supply makes maximum use of the audiophile grade toroidal transformers inside and a brand new Zander processor enables not just 24-bit/192kHz streaming over wi-fi, but also a much quicker and more intuitive user interface.
Features
High performance USB
The 851N features a high quality asynchronous USB Audio input for playing up to 24-bit/192kHz high resolution files
from a connected computer or laptop. An asynchronous USB Audio input means that the 851N acts as a high quality
external soundcard, allowing bit-perfect transfer from the connected computer to the 851N, ensuring all data is delivered in perfect timing for the highest possible sound quality.

Purest possible sound
By using a digital pre-amplifier, the audio signal remains in the digital domain for much longer, compared to a traditional analogue integrated or pre-amplifier. Because the audio signal remains digital, and is only converted to analogue at the very last minute, it is far less susceptible to analogue signal deterioration. This means that the sound you hear is as close as possible to the original recording.

High quality outputs
The 851N upsamples every input to 24-bit/384kHz output for the best quality possible. The 851N features both RCA and balanced XLR audio outputs, as found in many modern high-end hi-fi separates (including our 851E and 851W
pre and power amplifiers).

Superior connectivity
The 851N has a host of wired and wireless connections so that wherever your music comes from, you can play it back in stunning quality through the 851N:
Wireless:Wi-Fi, UPnP, internet radio, Spotify, Airplay and Bluetooth
Wired: Ethernet, UPnP, internet radio, 3 x USB HDD inputs, asynchronous USB Audio, 5 x digital inputs including S/PDIF coaxial, TOSLINK optical and AES/EBU.

Purest possible sound
By using a digital pre-amplifier, the audio signal remains in the digital domain for much longer, compared to a traditional analogue integrated or pre-amplifier. Because the audio signal remains digital, and is only converted to analogue at the very last minute, it is far less susceptible to analogue signal deterioration. This means that the sound you hear is as close as possible to the original recording.

All the power of Spotify, built in
Spotify is the world's most popular streaming service. Spotify Connect is integrated with the 851N. If you subscribe
to Spotify Premium, you can play all of your Spotify music and playlists and control the 851N with the powerful Spotify
Connect app on your phone or tablet. And because Spotify is built-in, you can still take calls or use other apps on your
phone - the music never stops.

Airplay and Bluetooth enhance your Apps
Bring the 851N's stunning audio quality to all your apps and streaming services via your smartphone, tablet or computer. Connect wirelessly to the 851N and listen to popular apps and services such as YouTube, played back in stunning quality through the 851N's Bluetooth or Airplay connections. Anything you play on your tablet or smartphone will sound far superior when played back wirelessly through the 851N.
Specifications
  • D/A converters: Twin Analog Devices AD1955 24-bit DACs
  • Digital filter: 2nd Generation ATF2 up-sampling to 24-bit/384kHz. Linear Phase, Minimum phase or Steep modes.
  • Analogue filter: 2-pole differential Bessel with DC servo (for both XLR and RCA outputs)
  • Digital audio inputs: 1 x AES/EBU, 2 x S/PDIF coaxial and 2 x TOSLINK optical
  • USB Audio input: USB Type B conforms to USB Audio profile 1.0 or 2.0 (user selectable)
  • Analogue audio outputs: Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue audio outputs
  • Compatibility: UPnP: Linear PCM 16-24 bit, 11.025-192kHz
  • Local USB media:Linear PCM 16-24 bit, 11.025-192kHz
  • USB Audio1.0: Linear PCM 16-24 bit, 44.1-96kHz
  • USB Audio 2.0: Linear PCM 16-24 bit, 44.1-192kHz or DSD (x64)
  • TOSLINK: 16-24 bit, 32-192kHz (using high quality TOSLINK optical cable)
  • S/PDIF: Linear PCM 16-24 bit, 32-192kHz
  • AES3/EBU: Linear PCM 16-24 bit, 32-192kHz
  • BT100 Bluetooth receiver: A2DP plus aptX
  • Internet radio: 16-24 bit, 11.025-192kHz
  • Audio formats: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis
  • Standby power consumption: <0.5W
  • Dimensions: (H x W x D)115 x 430 x 360mm (4.5 x 16.9 x 14.7")
  • Weight: 8.1kg (17.9lbs)
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