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Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD

Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD 3D Blu-ray player

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Tweak to taste

The Azur 751BD has no shortage of user tweaks either. A pure audio mode is ostensibly provided to elevate sound quality, but it has a rather more obvious, practical benefit. You can disable the display to prevent screen-burn on plasmas when playing music.

Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD

At 5kg, the Azur 751BD amounts to double the weight of mainstream alternatives

There are also extensive video picture parameter control, although I wouldn’t venture much beyond some very minor block noise reduction. It’s worth remembering that the QDEO processor only feeds the prime HDMI output. Disc-loading speeds are good but not Usain Bolt fast. Lou Reed’s Berlin from Artificial Eye went from tray loading to menu screen in 31 seconds; the remastered and Java-heavy Goldfinger served up the 007 logo in 62 seconds.

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

Overall, there’s no question that the Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD is a top-flight entertainer with a price to match. It’s on-line connectivity will pull in BD-Live content when required and play nice with media either on a drive or a Nas server. Some may bemoan its lack of a content portal with apps aplenty, but that’s not the thinking here. Instead, we have a high-fidelity component with a firm handle on the new network age of home theatre. ®

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Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD

Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD 3D Blu-ray player

Brit Blu-ray player with a robust build and performance that will appeal to movie and music lovers alike.
Price: £799 RRP

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