Cambridge Audio - Azur 851C - Upsampling DAC, CD Player and Digital Pre-Amplifier
The 851C stands at the top of Cambridge's CD player/DAC lineup, offering the versatility of a standalone DAC with the convenience of an all-in-one unit. It's solidly-built aluminum chassis inspires confidence and makes it feel like a truly premium product. Unlike it's predecessor, the 840C, the new flagship includes a pre-amp to give your system a bit more juice to help your headphones or speakers reach that last level of refinement.
The 851C is not for lovers of a warm sound; those expecting a lively, fun sound would be better served by Rotel's latest, while lovers of a more relaxing, private sound may prefer the newest offering from Marantz.
Anyone in search of ultimate detail, on the other hand, could hardly be disappointed by Cambridge's new flagship. Perfect for critical listening, the 851C sports a sound signature that, despite not having the largest dynamic range or bass impact, reproduces high quality recordings with precision accuracy and a lean sound perfectly suited for analytical listening and professional applications - have no doubt, this is a mastering-grade source and can be put to work as such without worries of missing a single detail.