Cambridge Audio Azur 351A
Stereo integrated amp with USB input (Black)
Item #: 779351AB
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Original Price: $299.99
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Item #: 779351AB
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $299.99
We know the dilemma. Sometimes the ear wants more than the bank account can deliver. And you're not a person who's willing to compromise. So it's exciting to find out the wait for your dream system might be a lot shorter than you might think. Cambridge Audio's Azur 351A integrated amplifier features all the legendary build quality you'd expect from their distinguished nameplate, and plenty of clean, reliable power for the most demanding music — thanks to the heavyweight toroidal transformer found inside its chassis.
Because Cambridge Audio is dedicated to giving you exactly what you need for rich, full-bandwidth musical reproduction, your hard-earned resources go exclusively toward circuitry, materials and electrical components that further the quality of your sound, and nothing more. If you're looking for a unit that will wake you with an alarm, trigger your lawn sprinkler system, or turn off with a clap, look elsewhere.
All your popular music sources will have a home. The 351A offers 6 gold-plated analog inputs (1 is a minijack on the front for media players like an iPod® or smartphone) and 1 USB input, which feeds an internal Burr-Brown DAC, allowing you to access your computer's audio files without using its noise-prone audio card. If you enjoy using iTunes® playlists or Spotify® streaming for your life's soundscape, the 351A has got you covered. And should you wish to add a turntable to your source mix, simply add a phono preamp in line ahead of one of the RCA inputs.
For a match made in audio heaven, check out Cambridge's Azur 351C CD player.
Even something as seemingly simple as the unit's volume control has been thought through to maximize overall quality. The ALPS black-box film volume control achieves remarkable channel balance, even at very low volumes — that's a common area of dissatisfaction with less worthy components. Two sets of binding post speaker terminals will allow you to route the amp's output to speakers in two different locations, so you can enjoy your tunes throughout your living space.
An integrated amplifier is essentially a receiver without a built-in AM/FM tuner. You get power to drive your speakers, audio controls, and inputs for music source components. Connect an iPod, a computer, a network music player, or any other device that can play Internet radio, and you may find you have no need for an AM/FM radio.
Cambridge 351A integrated amp is clean & crisp at only 40 watts ! Mine is hooked up with high decibel sensitive speakers (wharfedale diamond 2.2's) which is the key w/ lower power watts. Don't have to have and pay for monster amp as a result, 87-93 db speakers and your golden; great purchase; Crutchfield got this to me in 5 days and I live out in the boonies in rural Washington state......thanks guys!
Pros: Quick delivery, quick e-mail confirmation from Crutchfield team, clean, sound amp ....what a stereo value
First I have to say that as always the Crutchfield staff is first class.Also I received my order in just two day's! I was a little apprehensive when I opened the Crutchfield box and the Cambridge box was caved in.Then I read the "Made in China" wording on the box; but that aside the amplifier arrived intact. Well laid out and nicely finished.The set up is simple.I am using this as a dedicated amp for my Korg-Kronos-88 Synthesizer.It drives two large tower speakers and with the volume set at just a little more than one quarter it has more than enough power to "blow you out of the room".Tone controls seem very accurate and when set at their flat positions there is no need to adjust. I am using a Sony AS-2500 sub-woofer which is hooked in parallel as there is no "Sub-out" connector. This sub has a straight wire connector and the "2 plus 2" wire connectors for amps/receivers w/o the jack.This amp is being used in a small home recording studio so noise or distortion is the last thing one would want. The Cambridge has no audible distortion, making it the perfect fit for this application. I am very pleased with the value of this product.Even if it hadnt been on sale it would be a real bargain.The only "complaint" I might have would be the speaker connector terminals are a little awkward and their quality does not seem on a par with the rest of this amp. I am very happy with my purchase and of course Crutchfield's service and speed...
Pros: Great quality, design, and very conservative ratings (feels like it has a LOT more power than the 45 watts RMS advertised)
Cons: Speaker connector terminals, and poor quality packaging (shipping container).
Sounds great and I am using a raspberry pi via USB as the source and it works great. Only minor gripe is that I wish the DAC supported higher sampling rates.
It is a good quality Amp very happy with it is powering 4 rock speakers in my backyard. It is doing just what i wanted iot to do very happy with this Amp.
Construction of this amp is very Good/Excellent. At the special purchase price I had to give it a try and I'm glad I did. I have a nad 356bee DAC amp that sounds excellent and was expecting something close when I swapped it to give the CA a try. The 351A had no dynamics and sounded awful with Monitor Audio RS1's and a little better with Kef Q300's. Muffled high's and no lows. I thought I messed up polarity or something. Took it out after 1hr because it sounded terrible TO ME. I read online somewhere that said Cambridge recommends a break in period so I set up a small system in the basement and let it play for a couple of days with the door shut and some blankets over the speakers. Anyway after giving Crutchfields return policy a read I decided to give it one more try with the good system before I sent it back. I don't know if the amp broke in or worked out some issues it had but it sounds really good now. Almost as good as the NAD and the CA's built in DAC isn't half bad when you turn the computer's sample rate to 48KHZ. Going to keep it for the bedroom running with the Kef Q300's and hooked up to HTPC. It deserves 5 stars at the price I paid but it did sound bad out of the box so that takes a star.
Pros: Balanced sound Looks Great Remote works good
Cons: Would have liked an optical input as well Don't really like the linked A+B speaker configuration. Would have preferred A or B speakers but that's what a speaker selector switch is for.
BOUGHT THE CAMBRIDGE 651 A BACK IN MARCH 2013 SENT IT BACK BECAUSE I COULD FAINTLY HEAR MUSIC STILL PLAYING WHEN VOLUME WAS A MIN. SO I PURCHASED THE CAMBRIDGE 351A STILL HEARING THAT FAINT MUSIC PLAYING WHEN VOLUME IS AT 0 ..the built quality is nice but its sound is not clear I compaired it to my Yamaha as 500 it sound way better ..so I am gonna box it back up send it back and stick with my yamaha The cambridge does have a good punch of power wish it was cleaner sounding
Pros: Power and punch
Cons: Faint music still playing when volume is at 0 651 A is th The faint music still palying when volume is at 0 ..the 651a does the same thing when I tried mp3 on the front did not hear the sound at 0 Hmmm puzzles me so that is my review
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||45|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||Not given|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||92|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||Yes|
|High-resolution Audio Playback||No|
|Total Analog Inputs||5|
|Optical Digital Inputs||No|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||No|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
Full Metal Chassis: The 351 A integrated amplifier features an acoustically damped, low resonance full-metal chassis with a thick, brushed aluminum front-panel.
45W x 2Ch Integrated Amp: Separate very high quality integrated circuit amplifiers are used for each channel for freedom from crosstalk and best possible stereo imaging. The Cambridge Audio Azur 351 A delivers an impressive 45 watts per channel into 8 ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.15% THD at 80% rated power.
Torodial Transformer + Extruded Heatsink: At the heart of the 351A lies a heavyweight, audiophile-grade toroidal transformer, a premium component chosen for its ability to offer huge power reserves, excellent bass response, depth and rich musical reproduction across the volume range. The integrated amp also offers a substantial extruded heatsink for excellent heat dissipation.
Polypropylene Capacitors: New low inductance resistors and polypropylene signal capacitors are used for superior audio performance.
ALPS " Black Box" Volume Encoder: The 351 A integrated amplifier uses a high end ALPS "Black Box: volume encoder that all of the signal goes through this at all times, so this is a very key component. Benefits include perfect channel balance at all volume levels and improved and stereo separation.
Protection Circuit: The 351A has full protection against misuse and possible faults. The overload and short-circuit protection systems continuously monitor the voltage, current, and temperature of the integrated amplifier's output devices for safe operation.
Volume: Use the front-panel rotary volume control to increase or decrease the level of the sound from the outputs of the amplifier. The volume control affects the level of the loudspeaker output and the headphone output. It does not affect the record output connections.
A/B Operation: The Cambridge Audio 351 A integrated amplifier lets you play A speakers only, B speakers only, or A and B speakers together.
Direct: This control gives the audio signal a more direct path to the power amplifier stage of your amplifier, bypassing the bass and treble control circuits for the purest possible sound quality.
Bass and Treble: The 351 A integrated amplifier has independent Bass (20Hz) and Treble (20kHz) controls which can be adjusted from +/-7.5dB. The Bass and Treble controls only effect the speaker outputs; they do not effect the record outputs.
Balance: This control allows you to adjust the relative output levels of the left and right speaker channels. The Balance control only effects the speaker outputs; it does not effect the record outputs.
IR Remote Control: The 351 A is supplied with an Azur Navigator IR remote control that operates both this amplifier and Cambridge Audio Azur-series CD players. The Azur 351 AC Navigator remote control can also control the basic functions of Apple devices, such as Apple TV and Apple's iPod/iPhone/iPad when docked in a Cambridge Audio or Apple dock (sold separately). The remote operates off of three "AAA" batteries (supplied).
Analog Audio Inputs: The Cambridge Audio 351 A integrated amplifier is fitted with five pair of gold-plated analog audio inputs (RCA) to connect your external audio sources; such as your Blu-ray/DVD player, AM/FM tuner, CD/SACD player, or Network Player. The 351 A integrated amp is not equipped with digital inputs/outputs or video inputs/outputs. There is also no Phono input.
Front-Panel Aux Input: The Cambridge Audio 351 A integrated amplifier features a front-panel Auxiliary (3.5mm) input to connect your portable MP3 player or other portable audio device.
Record Outputs: The 351A integrated amplifier features a pair of gold-plated analog audio record outputs (RCA) that can be connected to a CD recorder, MiniDisc recorder, or tape recorder.
USB Port: The 351 A integrated amplifier is fitted with a rear-panel USB (type-B) full-speed 1.1 port allowing USB audio streaming from your Windows PC (XP, Vista, 7) or Mac computer (Mac OSX 10.5 or higher). The USB port supports 16-bit/32kHz, 44.1kHz, or 48kHz audio.
A-B Speaker Terminals: The Cambridge Audio 351 A integrated amplifier is equipped with two sets of gold-plated, binding-post speaker terminals (labeled A and B). The use of A and B speaker terminals allow you to hook up speakers in another room. When using two pairs of speaker, use only speakers with a minimum nominal impedance of 8 ohms.
Headphone Output: The 351 A integrated amplifier offers a front-panel 1/4" headphone output to connect a set of headphones for private listening. When headphones are connected, the output to both A/B loudspeakers is muted. Use headphones with an impedance of between 32 and 600 ohms.
AC Power Cord: The Cambridge Audio 351 A operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied detachable 6' AC power cord.
Azur Series CD Player: The Cambridge Audio Azur 351 C Compact Disc Player (779351CB, sold separately) is the perfect companion to the 351 A integrated amplifier.
DacMagic: Get even better sound from your computer's stored music and Internet radio, as well as add optical/coaxial digital inputs to the 351 A integrated amplifier, with a Cambridge Audio DacMagic external digital-to-analog converter (779DACMPLB, sold separately).
I have need used it yet but I don't think it has a subwoofer output.You should go to crutchfield or Cambridge audio's website! [ reggie Jul 30, 2015 ]
There is no subwoofer connection [ Paul Jul 29, 2015 ]
Absolutely. This is one of my proudest piece of equipment. [ JEERAN Jul 29, 2015 ]