azur 550 Series Components
The Cambridge azur 551R Audio/Video Receiver - The ability to deliver truly great sound and reproduce music with richness and authority is what really separates the 551R from the competition. Thanks to the new Cambridge-designed torroidal transformer and seven discrete amplifiers, the 551R imbues music, soundtracks, and even broadcast TV sound with power, punch, and superb dynamics without ever obscuring subtle detail and timbre. And while musical performance is at the heart of the 551R, it supports all the latest codecs such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio and its 4 HDMI 1.4 inputs (1 output) make it fully compatible with 3DTV. (For those of you who have TV/monitors that can only accept analog/component inputs, please bear in mind that the 551R, unlike its bigger brother, the 650R, does not have component outputs.) Additionally, an onboard Faroudja 1080p video scaler vastly improves performance from lower resolution DVDs and TV broadcasts. A host of processing and adjustment options makes this a remarkably flexible and powerful AV receiver. Highly recommended! In black or silver: $1,199.
The Cambridge azur 551P Moving Magnet Phono Stage Just when you were thinking we'd forgotten about anaolog! Never fear, Cambridge has just introduced not one but two phono sections for use with their integrated amplifiers or receivers. The 551P ($139) is a true audiphile-grade phono stage for use with higher-output moving magnet cartridges. Need more gain for a low-output moving coil? Try the 651P ($229). Both will beat anything in their respective price ranges.
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