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Cambridge Audio Azur 351C

Single-disc CD player (Black)

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  • Cambridge Audio Azur 351C

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    Pictured with optional Cambridge Audio 351A amplifier

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Item #: 779351CB
 

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by Dave Bar
Cambridge Audio

Give your CDs the royal treatment

You've spent years building an impressive CD collection. Don't you deserve an equally impressive player to enjoy them with? Cambridge Audio's Azur 351C may just be that player. Designed in Cambridge's London research and development center by a team of engineers passionate about sound, this high-performance component was built to simply do one thing very well — play audio CDs. The 351C offers a real taste of purist audiophile sound without the big price tag to match. If you want to experience your music CDs with all the warmth, clarity, and detail they can deliver, the Cambridge 351C is your baby.

Stacked with the Cambridge Audio Azur 351A integrated amplifier

Cambridge Audio Azur 351C in black shown stacked with the matching Azur 351A integrated amplifier (not included)

Built strong to perform

From its dual-layer damped feet to its thick, brushed-aluminum faceplate, the 351C's sturdy, all-metal chassis was designed from the ground up to resist vibrations that can adversely affect sound. A beefy toroidal transformer maintains a constant stream of clean, low-distortion current with a minimum of electronic interference. And instead of an off-the-shelf CD/DVD-ROM computer drive typical in many players, you get a custom-designed, dedicated CD transport and laser pickup capable of extracting every last bit of data from your discs.


 

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Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • Wolfson WM8728 DAC for warm, detailed sound
  • proprietary Cambridge Audio S3 Custom CD Servo™ drive mechanism provides maximum data retrieval with minimal jitter
  • all printed circuit boards and DAC stages use double-sided, surface mounted components for ultra-short signal paths and optimum sound quality
  • full-metal chassis with thick brushed aluminum front panel and dual-layer damped feet for enhanced resonance control
  • audiophile-grade toroidal transformer for ultra-low noise and distortion
  • 1 pair RCA analog audio outputs
  • 1 coaxial digital audio output
  • 1 optical digital audio output
  • remote (also controls Azur amplifiers and iPod®/iPhone® docks including Cambridge Audio iD100, iD50 and iD10)
  • detachable power cord
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-3/8"H x 14"D
  • weight: 10.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Disc Capacity
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1
Disc Exchange
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N/A
Track Programming
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30
Random Play
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Single Disc
Disc Naming
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No
Direct Track Access
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Remote
Direct Disc Access
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N/A
Remote
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Included
Display Color
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Black/White
Multiple CD Player Control
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Compatibility
CD-R Playback
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Yes
CD-RW Playback
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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No
SACD Playback
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No
Specifications
CD Frequency Response
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20-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio
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99 dB
SACD Frequency Response
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Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range
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Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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1
Digital Coaxial Output
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1
Headphone
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None
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What's in the box?

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  • Single-disc CD player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • IR remote control (RC-351A/C)
  • 3 "AAA" batteries
  • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp). Important Safety Instructions

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Features
Controls
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Features

Single Disc CD Player: The Cambridge Audio Azur 351 C single disc compact disc player has been designed to play CD-Audio, CD-Text, recordable CD (CD-R) and re-writable CD (CD-RW) type discs.

CD-DA Format Only: The Cambridge Audio Azur 351 C CD player can play only discs recorded in the CD-DA format designed for music reproduction. Do not attempt to play a disc containing other data, such as MP3, WMA, or AAC on this unit.

CD Transport: The Azur 351 C uses Cambridge Audio's legendary custom made audio-only, dedicated CD transport that has been tweaked even further using techniques derived from the 740 series. This well-proven transport guarantees incredible rigidity and the CD drawer itself has been designed to offer a smooth, high-end feel.

S3 Custom CD Servo Drive: Cambridge Audio's CD-only S3 Custom CD Servo employs a custom designed chipset and the latest double-sided surface-mount technology for ultra short signal paths with freedom from wire links. Circuits and software have been meticulously designed, so the S3 can dynamically adjust focusing, tracking, and output level of the laser in real-time, allowing for maximum retrieval of the digital information and jitter minimization. This is all made possible by the implementation of a powerful ARM7 processor and complemented by a highly accurate master clock oscillator and carefully designed impedance-matched clock buffering scheme.

Wolfson WM8728 DAC: The Azur 351employs the latest Wolfson WM8278 DAC arranged in 2 Pole Sallen-Key Butterworth filter topology. Its capable of 24-bit/192kHz audio for a rich, detailed performance for all music types.

Audiophile Grade Toroidal Transformer: Unlike most CD players, who use cheap laminate type transformers, the Cambridge Audio Azur 351 C uses an audiophile grade toroidal transformer offering minimal electro magnetic interference and delivering superior audio performance.

Double-Sided Surface Mount Technology: All PCBs and DAC stages feature double sided surface mount technology, eliminating wire links and giving ultra short signal paths.

Polypropylene Capacitors: Low inductance resistors and polypropylene signal capacitors are used for superior audio performance.

Wrap-Around Casework Design: A wrap-around casework design with substantially thick brushed aluminum front panel, and dual layer damped feet, gives enhanced resonance control.

Standby Circuit: This innovative new circuitry design allows compact disc player to consume less than 1 watt of power when in Standby, but itself remains totally isolated and non-detrimental to the sound quality when the CD player is in operation. 

Controls

Display: On inserting a disc, the CD player will take a few seconds to read the Table of Contents (TOC) information from the disc. The display will then show the number of tracks on the CD and the total length of the CD. If the CD incorporates CD-text, the name of the album will scroll once (the number of tracks remains stationary throughout). Once playback of an individual track begins, the track number, total number of tracks, and playtime will be displayed. On a CD containing CD-text, the track name will scroll once.

Power On/Off: The 351 C compact disc player's main power on/off switch is located on the rear-panel. Once the CD player's rear-panel main power switch has been turned On, you can switch the 351 C on/off using the front-panel Standby/On button.

Front-Panel Controls: The Azur 351 C uses Cambridge Audio compact disc player offers the following front-panel controls - Standby/On, Open/Close tray, Play/Pause, Stop, and Skip/Scan.

Auto Play Setting: The Cambridge Audio Azur 351 C can automatically start playback of a disc inserted into its drawer without the unit's "Play" button being pressed.

Playback Functions: The 351 C compact disc player offers Repeat, Random, and Program playback controls.

  • Repeat: You can repeat a specific track or an entire disc.
  • Random: You can play all the tracks on a disc in random order.
  • Program: You can program up to 30 tracks on a disc to play in a specific order.

IR Remote Control: The 351C compact disc player is supplied with an Azur Navigator remote control that operates both this CD player and Cambridge Audio Azur-series amplifiers. The Azur 351AC 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).

Auto Power Down: If desired, the 351 C can shut itself down if not used for a period of time. Power down after an inactive period (no disk playback or any functions of the player used) of 5, 10 or 15 minutes can be selected.

Connections

Analog Audio Outputs: The Cambridge Audio Azur 351 C single disc compact disc player is fitted with gold-plated stereo analog audio outputs (RCA) to connect to your analog stereo receiver.

Digital Audio Outputs: The Cambridge Audio Azur 351 C CD player is also fitted with two digital audio outputs. One optical (toslink) digital audio output and one coaxial (RCA) digital audio output. These digital outputs let you connect the player to your digital receiver.

Detachable AC Power Cord: The Cambridge Audio 351 C operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied detachable 6' AC power cord.

 
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5 out of 5

Good CD Player

Written By Sammy G, Clemson,S.C. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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I unwrapped this player and immediately liked the slim line look of it. The player has a simple build with the transport and transformer and hook ups. The sound was excellent right out of the box. I like the remote it is easy to use and it looks great too. My CD's have a great tone to them and I am very pleased with my purchase.
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Easy to hook up, remote easy to use, and the sound and performance are great.
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5 out of 5

Nice Sound

Written By Rick A, Ventura CA on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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I like it. Very nice unit. I bought it online because I liked the way it looked! I prefer silver units over black. Hooked it up and it sounds great. Crutchfield shipped it quick too.
Pros:
Nice sound, simple to use, very nice looking silver face.
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5 out of 5

Wonderful sound!

Written By Boris, Savannah, GA on Saturday, December 07, 2013
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I am finding this CD player to be absolutely wonderful. I have tested all kinds of music, from blues to piano to high soaring choral masses by Palestrina . . all clear, crisp, bright, resonant. I am very pleased.
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