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Cambridge Audio Azur 650BD

The Blu-ray player for audiophiles?

Cambridge Audio Azur 650BD

For the audio tests, I used SACD, with the 650BD connected via a Yamaha surround processor to my main NAIM amp. The lack of a dedicated stereo output for CD seems a strange omission given the ‘pure audio’ mode that shuts down the video circuitry and front panel display at the touch of a button; that said, audio is extremely good, crisp and clear and I’d be hard pressed to fault it, frankly.

Cambridge Audio Azur650BD Blu-ray player

An uncluttered panel and yes, that display’s dimmable too


RH Recommended Medal

Overall, the Azur 650BD is simple to use – advanced config is straightforward yet flexible – and unlike some players, you’re not forced to stop a disc to dive into the setup menus. With power consumption around 0.5W in standby and 20W during BD playback – you can shave another 1.5 off in ‘pure audio’ mode – it’s pretty economical to run too. If you too have invested in formats like SACD and been waiting for a player that will replace your existing one without breaking the bank, this could be it. ®

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For those who want a universal disc player and flexible connectivity, without breaking the bank.
Price: £400 RRP

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