Currently using my udp205 as a cdp. Im Looking for a Stand alone cd player of equivalent sound quality. Or close I was considering the Cambridge 851 c azur. Has anyone used this unit. Or can you recommend something


  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,465
    North Star Blue Diamond CD Player. I've got a demo unit and looking to move it. The Azur stuff is nice but the Blue Diamond is going to be better.

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • Hi. I’m not to familiar w blue diamond. So the demo is from where? What are you looking to get for it ? Ben
  • Most likely Skip's demo unit since it's a brand he carries. I haven't heard that specific CD player, but the North Star DAC's I've heard have all sounded solid and scaled well with various set ups. I'd imagine the CD player would hold up just as well.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    Harman Kardon HK 3770 > JBL Studio 580 + SVS SB12-NSD or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
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