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Cambridge Audio Mixes New, Old Media

2/13/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern

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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