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Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD review

The first universal 3D Blu-ray player from Cambridge Audio

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent hi-def video performance
  • Reference-grade audio
  • Comprehensive media file support

Against

  • Lacklustre net-connected content
  • Remote isn't backlit

If I were building a Blu-ray player, I suspect it would look a lot like Cambridge Audio's Azur 751BD.

It would be 3D compatible (just in case), offer network media streaming for sound and vision (because frankly that's essential) and it would be compatible with my treasured, but sadly not growing, collection of DVD-Audio and SACDs. It would also have a facia forged in the fires of Mount Doom. I would call it The One Facia.

Sadly, the 751BD rather lets me down on that front. Instead, Cambridge Audio has settled for a rather less eldritch aluminium plate. In truth, the 751BD is a pretty substantial player all the same.

Tipping the scales at 5kg, it's blessed with a rigidity that speaks of refinement and clarity of purpose. Connections are many and varied, and include dual HDMI outputs. The primary HDMI feeds video to a 3D capable display, while the secondary takes lossless audio to a legacy receiver.

If you have a 3D-friendly AVR you may not need to use this second output at all. Although, if you were feeling frivolous, you could feed a second display in another room. The player isn't Wi-Fi enabled, but a dongle is supplied in the box should you need it.

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Despite its sophistication, the 751BD is easy enough to drive. The menu system reveals shared DNA with the Oppo BDP-95EU, although other aspects of the build are distinctly Cambridge Audio.

One area where it definitely pips the Oppo is file compatibility. Indeed, the player got to grips with almost everything in my test folders, both across the network from a NAS and from local USB. From MP3, AAC and FLAC to AVI, MOV and MKVs, it ruled them all.

In addition to the largely nonsensical BD-Live, the player also has online access to Picasa, which is nothing if not a little random. Hopefully this 'net connectivity will improve over coming months.

When setting up, though, take care not to select PAL as the HDMI output. Instead choose Multi-System. If you don't, there's a good chance some of your Blu-rays will stutter and judder like a drunken Hobbit.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
3D Type3D
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
Number of Discs1
Brand NameCambridge SoundWorks
Audio FormatsCD-DA, HDCD, SACD
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1, XviD, Video CD, AVCHD, AVI, VOB, MKV, MPEG-2 HD
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Operating Power Consumption35 W
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Digital to Analog Audio Converter24-bit - 192 kHz
Digital Audio Coaxial OutYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL
Country of OriginChina
Height85 mm
Width430 mm
Depth312 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, JPEG HD
Features1080p Upscaling, BD Live, Bonus View
ManufacturerCambridge SoundWorks
Product Model751BD
Product NameAzur 751BD 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
Product LineAzur
Input Voltage110 V AC, 220 V AC
Manufacturer Part Number751BD
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.cambridgesoundworks.com
Marketing Information

Introducing the best sounding Blu-ray player yet!
If sound is as important to you as experiencing the ultimate in image definition, the all new 751BD is the 3D Blu-ray universal player you've been waiting for...

With support for BD-3D, all the latest surround sound formats, QDEO video processing and Anagram Technologies audio up-sampling, the 751BD is a lightning-fast, easy to use player and is guaranteed to reproduce your movies and music with all the gusto of the original performance!

Package Contents
  • Azur 751BD 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
  • Wireless Dongle
Weight (Approximate)5 kg