Cambridge Audio Mixes New, Old Media

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 13 2012 - 6:01am




CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. — Playing back new and old media is a focus of multiple new audio components from Cambridge Audio, which is launching its second network music player and a DAC that connects to computers via USB.

Other new products include a flagship DAC/preamp/CD player, a flagship integrated amplifier and a trio of 7.1-channel A/V receivers (AVRs), which will update and expand the company’s AVR selection.

All products but one AVR will ship in April from Champlain, N.Y.-based Audio Plus Services, which imports and markets the U.K.- based brand and multiple other home audio brands.

The network music player is the $1,149-suggested Stream Magic 6, which will complement the existing $649-suggested NP30 network music player and add multiple new features, including 24-bit/384kHz up-sampling, digital audio/USB input for connection to a PC, balanced as well as unbalanced inputs, and 24/96 streaming resolution.

The Stream Magic 6 incorporates Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n/ to stream 24-bit/96kHz music from a networked PC or network-attached storage (NAS) device and, through a networked broadband modem, access more than 20,000 Internet radio stations and streaming services. It also features 24-bit/96kHz USB input to connect to a PC to enhance PC sound quality, and it will play back 24-bit/192kHz files from a USB-connected Windows PC loaded with a free Cambridge driver. Apple computers support native 24/192 USB transfers, the company said.

In February, Cambridge ships the $399-suggested DacMagic 100, an entrylevel DAC that will join the $599 DacMagic Plus. The 24-bit DAC connects to a PC’s USB port to play back 24-bit/96kHz music files and, when a free driver is installed on a Windows PC, play back uncompressed 24-bit/192kHz music files.

In its $1,999-suggested Azur 851C, the company combines DAC, CD player, and preamplifier, and it incorporates key features of the DacMagic 100.

An amp matched to the 851C is the Azur 851A integrated amp, due at a suggested $1,999. It also replaces a current model. The 851A’s proprietary Class XD amplification technology delivers 2x120 watts RMS into 8 ohms and 2x200 watts into 4 ohms.

In AVRs, Cambridge plans to update its line with February shipments of the $1,299 551R and April shipments of the $2,199 651R and $2,899 751R. The company currently offers one AVR, which is being retired.

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