Cambridge Audio 851N

ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,735
Thoughts on this unit?

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,053
    Can’t comment on it, but my Cambridge Audio 840W amps are still going strong. CA makes excellent gear at reasonable price levels.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

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  • ukcolin99ukcolin99 Posts: 274
    Very pleased with mine, assume you know it's a D with streaming & Stereophile loved the D.
    Remote & functions works great, only gripe, I had an 851D, the volume control on the D moves in half db increments the N only adjusts in whole numbers, slightly less control & if I hadn't owned a D I would never have known...
    Half the bad reviews online point out unit has no analog functions/inputs. I use mine as a Pre-amp, easy switch between that & straight DAC. Like mine, quality feel & performance.
    2C: Parasound A21, Cambridge 851N, Polk LSiM705's, 2009 MacPro running iTunes & Spotify.
    HT: Parasound A51, Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020, 4 x Polk LSiM703's, LSiM706c, TL2's, BIC America F12, Samsung N65KU6300, LG UP870
  • ukcolin99ukcolin99 Posts: 274
    Hello Conr..
    We are surrounded by vinyl boys & girls, for the advanced (read lazy) amongst us who would rather sit & listen to our music than get up, unpack, wipe, spin & look, clean again, place on round platter, lift arm, drop arm, wince at speaker "bump", return to seat & enjoy, this is a great DAC/Pre-Amp. Just hooked mine back up after failed attempt to oversimplify my life, pulls superior sound out of your digital source, love mine, best of luck.
    2C: Parasound A21, Cambridge 851N, Polk LSiM705's, 2009 MacPro running iTunes & Spotify.
    HT: Parasound A51, Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020, 4 x Polk LSiM703's, LSiM706c, TL2's, BIC America F12, Samsung N65KU6300, LG UP870
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,735
    It really is a beautiful piece of gear.

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  • ukcolin99ukcolin99 Posts: 274
    True, realized I misled, volume control is not db, it’s numeric. N does not have 0.5 increments.
    2C: Parasound A21, Cambridge 851N, Polk LSiM705's, 2009 MacPro running iTunes & Spotify.
    HT: Parasound A51, Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020, 4 x Polk LSiM703's, LSiM706c, TL2's, BIC America F12, Samsung N65KU6300, LG UP870
  • MarflyMarfly Posts: 59
    I like my CA Azur BD752 a lot.
  • zuulzuul Posts: 243
    ukcolin99 wrote: »
    get up, unpack, wipe, spin & look, clean again, place on round platter, lift arm, drop arm, wince at speaker "bump", return to seat & enjoy...

    this is it. right here. exactly why I went all digital and walked away from 30+ years of vinyl collecting and playback. I've easily got my ten thousand hours in doing all of the above and then another ten thousand digging in crates all over the country. Malcolm Gladwell would approve.

    I live in a town that's vinyl crazy (read: overrun with hipsters) and while I'm glad to see my old favorite record stores still in business and thriving... they can have it. I quit the habit. no more needles for me.

    when I need to get a vinyl fix now... I have plenty of flac files created from needle drops...
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    speaker wire
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 1,975
    I started with the SM6 and it too was great. Stepped up to the 851N and love it. It is an amazing player.
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  • ThomasDThomasD Posts: 147
    Thought I'd resurrect this thread instead of starting a new one. I'm also looking at the Azure 851N or CXN v2 as an upgrade from my current AudioEngine B1 & Iphone streaming process which has become quite burdensome and limited. I've got the older Azure 351C and have been happy with Cambridge products for quite awhile. Have a fairly large CD collection I'd like to digitize (still like the tactile feel of physical media). Wondering about the Bryston B0T-1 / BDP3 for this purpose. None of these have any onboard storage and my laptop travels with me regularly. Are USB memory sticks the preferred storage then? @Conradicles did you get the 851 and what's your take on it if you did? Is the 851D still available?
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,735
    I did not get the 851. For the system it was going in, I could not justify that much money. However, I did get a little Cambridge DacMagic Plus to feed the Focal monitors...
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