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Cambridge Audio




Cambridge Audio has a rich history of developing innovative home entertainment products designed to capture every last drop of detail from your favourite music and movies.

Every product bearing its name is created at the London research and development centre by a team of passionate, zealous and committed engineers who share a wealth of live music and sound production experience.

And whilst the way we enjoy home entertainment has changed dramatically over the years, neither time nor new technology can dampen the emotional power of a perfectly-reproduced song or favourite movie soundtrack.


                                                                                                                                                     

                                              

Take the DAC Magic as an example of just how Cambridge Audio has changed the fabric of the Audio scene

Cambridge Audio introduced the original DacMagic in 1994 with the specific intention of upgrading CD players. It was received to great acclaim and spawned several incarnations. The digital music revolution means the CD is just one format as people listen to their collection in a totally different way. Therefore, the time is right for a renaissance. The spiritual successor to the original DacMagic allows a range of applications such as PCs, Macintosh computers, Media Center PCs, network music devices and sound bridges to benefit from a DAC’s ability to bring downloaded and compressed content to life.

Want sensational performance from your Ipod/Iphone/Ipad?

all you nmeed is the new ID100 digital do, Just because it's portable doesn't mean your iPad or iPhone can't also sound amazing when you're back home! By taking a pure digital feed - rather than the normal iPod converted analogue signal - Cambridge Audio has created a dock that outperforms all others, extracting every last drop of performance possible from the world’s favourite portable music players.

This pure digital data is then fed to an external DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) or AV Receiver using its digital input for the best possible digital to analogue conversion.

 

 

 

Cambridge's                                                                                                                                                 calling card has always been its Azur amplifiers lead by the 840 series.

 Cambridge Audio has taken the Azur 840 series to its peak with the introduction of two new models – the 840E pre-amplifier and 840W power amplifier. The 840W is a high-end power amplifier that has been designed by the same team behind the 840A and uses an evolution of Cambridge Audio’s hugely innovative Class XD™ technology for a highly detailed naturally musical performance. The second generation Class XD is now complemented by a new output stage

Rather than use common op-amps for the critical low level gain stages of the 840E (and 840W) Cambridge Audio instead decided to design its own audiophile amplifier modules. The subject of a separate research and development project these unique modules have been designed with single minded dedication to the very best audio performance possible. Two types exist, the TPA amplifier and TPB buffer module fully optimised for their respective roles. Nicknamed the Terrapins (because of their 10 pins) they add yet another dimension to Cambridge Audio’s commitment to audio excellence.



The 840W is a high-end power amplifier that has been designed by the same team behind the 840A and uses an evolution of Cambridge Audio’s hugely innovative Class XD™ technology for a highly detailed naturally musical performance. The second generation Class XD is now complemented by a new output stage carefully adjusted to integrate with this novel technology, revised balanced inputs for lower distortion and noise. An awesome 200W @ 8 Ohms gives excellent load driving ability or, a truly massive 500W bridged mono can be harnessed for even ‘difficult’ high-end speakers.


          At the core of the 840W’s strength is a patent pending, Class XD (crossover displacement) technology (first seen in the 840A) and which has been subtly revised following continuing post-launch development and critical evaluation. This unique design gives pure Class A operation at low levels, moving smoothly into an enhanced version of Class B at higher levels. This system should not be confused with Class AB, which inherently generates greater distortion at high levels than a pure Class B design. XD technology feeds a controlled current into the output stage actively displacing the crossover point in a new way so that the usual Class B crossover point no longer occurs at zero volume - the worst possible position in terms of distortion – but at a significant output level. The result is a smooth and linear transition between the two modes of operation, which differs significantly from the abrupt, gain transition of a Class AB amplifier. To facilitate this, the Azur 840W amplifier includes a massive, oversized low flux toroidal transformer, incorporating a silicone-steel screen.

                                                                                          

          

                                                                                                                                                                   

   INTEGRATED AMPS AND CD PLAYERS

Cambridge Audio's calling card has always been its wonderfull integrated amps so it surprised no one that

when the Azur 840A was introduced it broke the mould by introducing an entirely new class of amplifier design in the shape of Class XD™ and marked the zenith of Cambridge Audio’s critically acclaimed Azur line-up. The 840A V2 now embraces the second generation of Cambridge Audio’s patent pending proprietary technology and has employed some subtle but significant updates to improve upon this already outstanding design. The second generation Class XD is now complemented by a new output stage carefully adjusted to integrate with this novel technology, revised balanced inputs for lower distortion and noise and a new more accurate volume control with even lower crosstalk for greater stereo imaging.

At the core of the 840A’s strength is a patent pending, Class XD (crossover displacement) technology which has been subtly revised following continuing post-launch development and critical evaluation. This unique design gives pure Class A operation at low levels, moving smoothly into an enhanced version of Class B at higher levels. This system should not be confused with Class AB, which inherently generates greater distortion at high levels than a pure Class B design. XD technology feeds a controlled current into the output stage actively displacing the crossover point in a new way so that the usual Class B crossover point no longer occurs at zero volume - the worst possible position in terms of distortion – but at a significant output level. The result is a smooth and linear transition between the two modes of operation, which differs significantly from the abrupt, gain transition of a Class AB amplifier.                                           

The Azur 840A amplifier includes a massive, oversized low flux toroidal transformer, incorporating a silicone-steel screen. To separate the delicate signals needed by the pre-amp from those needed by the power-amp, the 840A features a completely separate pre-amp toroidal transformer, mounted to the rear casework.



 
In addition to this innovative technology, the 840A also uses an extremely sophisticated resistor ladder / relay attenuator with gold-plated contacts for volume and balance control. This gives extremely low distortion with superb channel balance and incredibly accurate control in 1dB steps over the whole range.

The technological breakthroughs incorporated into the 840A has trickled down into all the integrated amps sothat now more than ever cambridge amplifiers represent remarkable performance for the money- ranging in price from $500.00 on up.

What would a great integerated be without  a great cd player.?


Fortunately?,cambridge makes these in abundance .Take the 840C!

The 840C marks the zenith of Cambridge Audio’s critically acclaimed Azur line up. Like all Azur products, the 840C promises unseen levels of performance and engineering excellence to the price points in question. But rather than redefining expectations in the entry-level market, the arena most often associated with Cambridge Audio, the company will reinvigorate the mid-end price sector.

The 840C embraces a raft of proprietary technologies including ATF™ (Adaptive Time Filtering) asynchronous up-sampling technology which has been developed in conjunction with Anagram Technologies of Switzerland. This system intelligently interpolates 16-bit/44.1kHz CD data to 24-bit/384kHz data, through the use of a 32-bit Analog Devices Black Fin DSP (digital signal processor). This in turn feeds two 24-bit/384kHz DACs from the same company in dual differential formation.

Each DAC handles just one channel for excellent stereo imaging, operating fully in differential mode for exceptionally low distortion and noise.
As with the 840a the breakthroughs learned in designing the 840C have trickled down into all the Cambridge audio Cd Players .So, now from $500.00 on up Cambridge makes just the right player for you.