Thanks to the explosion in digital music, for many people the personal computer has become more important than their towering CD collections. So, instead of adopting the more common and simpler approach of including USB connectivity on a CD player, Cambridge Audio has developed a direct USB audio connection to the Azur 651A integrated amplifier. So now, you can simply plug your Mac or PC directly into the 651A amplifier and with the addition of your chosen speakers, you'll instantly enjoy a whole world of digital music stored or streamed from your computer.
Computers are fast becoming a great addition to hi-fi, but they're not without their faults. Poor quality soundcards plus jitter - a side effect of digital music stored on computer hard drives - means audio performance can be really lousy. But plug your PC into the 651A and you'll be amazed just how incredible it sounds. Cambridge Audio's in-house developed USB audio processor extracts audio data directly from your PC hard drive - bypassing its soundcard - and takes care of the critical digital to analogue conversion process bringing dull and lifeless MP3 files alive like you've never heard them before!
Meanwhile, connection support for analogue sources like CD players, iPod docks and tuners is better than ever. So whether you store or stream music from your computer or iPhone, or maybe you prefer the luscious sound of good old vinyl, the all new Cambridge Audio Azur 651A will make all your music sound amazing.
At Cambridge Audio they don't believe in gimmicks. Instead, they like to invest in components that really make a difference to the sound you hear. That's why in the 651A they use a premium toroidal transformer which is key to its unruffled performance with music of all types.
Class-leading power of 75 Watts per channel remains another massive advantage and a whole host of custom designed components together with Cambridge Audio's legendary approach to design means whatever you're listening to, it'll simply sound fantastic.
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Adding to the audiophile specifications are separate transformer taps for left and right channels, twin rectifiers and separate PSUs for dual-mono operation of the left and right power amplifiers. Meanwhile a high grade film type volume pot means the 651A also performs as well at low levels as at higher volumes.
Whatever hi-fi speaker you choose, the 651A is designed to drive almost any model with ease. Cambridge Audio's retuned output stage featuring Sanken output transistors gives excellent bass response and dynamic control.
We all like to crank up the volume from time to time and Cambridge Audio's proprietary CAP5 system ensures unrivalled peace of mind against overloads, faults and clipping.
Audiophile grade oversize toroidal transformer and substantial extruded heatsink allowing 2 x 75 Watts RMS into 8 ohms
USB audio input allowing USB audio streaming from computer
Separate transformer taps for left and right channels, twin rectifiers and separate PSUs for dual mono operation of the left and right power amps
ALPs film type 'black box' volume pot for superb low level channel balance and stereo imaging
CAP5 protection technology to enhance performance at high volumes
Low dissipation polypropylene signal capacitors and custom made electrolytic capacitors in critical positions
Acoustically damped full metal chassis with thick brushed aluminium front panel
Front mounted 3.5mm iPod/MP3 player connection
Eco-friendly <1W Standby power consumption
Available in black and silver finishes
Power Output: 75 watts (into 8 ohms)
THD (unweighted): <0.002% @ 1kHz, 80% of rated power <0.03% 20Hz - 20kHz, 80% of rated power <0.02% 20Hz - 20kHz @ 10W