Ordered a Cambridge 851n today .....

gyosagyosa Posts: 266
We’ll see how it sounds 😊
It’ll be here next week .....

Bk

Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,274
    Congrats! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
  • verbverb Posts: 8,133
    Awesome! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 266
    edited October 3
    Skip ,
    I appreciated your thoughts regarding my other post !

    I looked online at the D1 you mentioned...I likey ...
    Then I thought to myself - well maybe the U1 mini would definitely be a better choice ..... lack of WiFi and a physical volume knob was problematic , although I could hardwire it if need be or use a WiFi extender...but no optical or coax Input on either one.

    Then I saw the 851n was available as a refurb from Cambridge- 900 scheckels ....
    Couldn’t resist .....

    If I don’t like it , I can return it and look at a Lumin.....

    The plan is to use the Cambridge for Tidal , plug the wxc-50 into the 851 via optical or coax , and use the wxc-50 for SIRIUSXM streaming through the 851 - which I listen to a lot ....

    My dilemma was I wanted a quality streamer that gave me both Tidal and SIRIUSXM- the only 2 things I listen to ....
    Hopefully using the 851’s DAC and preamp to stream the horribly compressed SIRIUSXM will be satisfactory....

    We shall see ....

    Bk
    Post edited by gyosa on
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,418
    Congrats. Love mine. Using it as a pre seemed a little too bright for me but you may have different results with your equipment. I really enjoy using Tidal via my laptop and a USB cable.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    In The Market For A New Pre...
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,274
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Congrats. Love mine. Using it as a pre seemed a little too bright for me but you may have different results with your equipment. I really enjoy using Tidal via my laptop and a USB cable.

    Wait. What? Why are you using the laptop if you have the streamer?
  • verbverb Posts: 8,133
    Have not used the preamp function on mine, only as a streamer.
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 266
    Was supposed to be delivered yesterday .....
    After sitting in Pennsylvania for the last 6 days , UPS admitted they “lost” it ......

    Hopefully a replacement will be shipped soon .....

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,279
    What can brown do for you?
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 3,495
    gyosa wrote: »
    Was supposed to be delivered yesterday .....
    After sitting in Pennsylvania for the last 6 days , UPS admitted they “lost” it ......

    Hopefully a replacement will be shipped soon .....

    Bk

    Ugg that sucks...let us know how that unfolds
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 458
    That blows. Listening to mine now, it will be worth the wait.
    Living Room
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    Yamaha A-S501, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,702
    That blows. Listening to mine now, it will be worth the wait.

    So glad you are still digging it brother. I enjoyed my time with the 851N too. Great way to get an idea of how streamers work for sure and the app is pretty user friendly too.
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
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  • verbverb Posts: 8,133
    Rocking my 851N right now through the VTL pre, loving it! :smile:
    ftnmyjdk7rwg.jpeg
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,418
    DSkip wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Congrats. Love mine. Using it as a pre seemed a little too bright for me but you may have different results with your equipment. I really enjoy using Tidal via my laptop and a USB cable.

    Wait. What? Why are you using the laptop if you have the streamer?

    Sorry Skip, should have clarified that I'm using my laptop with Tidal app linked to the CA 851N via USB cable.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    In The Market For A New Pre...
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • ThomasDThomasD Posts: 258
    @verb
    Lovin' those chrome legs on your Mc stands. Are those custom made or available somewhere?
    Carver M4.0t, M1.0t, M200t, TX2, C1, C2, Marantz 2230, 2010, Rega Brio, Marantz Imperial 7's, Klipsch Heresy III, Quartets, KG4's, KG1's, 'The Sixes', R-12SW, Polk SDA 2a's, Monitor 7cTL's, SDA CRS's, 4a's, Zu Audio Dirty Weekends, Pro-ject Acryl TT, Cambridge 851N, 351C, Panamax 5300PM
  • verbverb Posts: 8,133
    ThomasD wrote: »
    @verb
    Lovin' those chrome legs on your Mc stands. Are those custom made or available somewhere?

    Thanks! Got em on eBay, just do a search for sofa legs, metal, and there are a bunch of different types. I like these as they have threads on the bottom for the included feet, but you could spike em too!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • ThomasDThomasD Posts: 258
    @Verb Thanks, been using heavy 1/2" hairpin style legs of different heights because of my wife's preference but those look pretty cool.
    Carver M4.0t, M1.0t, M200t, TX2, C1, C2, Marantz 2230, 2010, Rega Brio, Marantz Imperial 7's, Klipsch Heresy III, Quartets, KG4's, KG1's, 'The Sixes', R-12SW, Polk SDA 2a's, Monitor 7cTL's, SDA CRS's, 4a's, Zu Audio Dirty Weekends, Pro-ject Acryl TT, Cambridge 851N, 351C, Panamax 5300PM
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,274
    audioluvr wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Congrats. Love mine. Using it as a pre seemed a little too bright for me but you may have different results with your equipment. I really enjoy using Tidal via my laptop and a USB cable.

    Wait. What? Why are you using the laptop if you have the streamer?

    Sorry Skip, should have clarified that I'm using my laptop with Tidal app linked to the CA 851N via USB cable.

    Why? You’ll get better sound if you use tidal direct with the Cambridge app.
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 266

    Or even to the 851 via UPnP , right ?

    Bk

    DSkip wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Congrats. Love mine. Using it as a pre seemed a little too bright for me but you may have different results with your equipment. I really enjoy using Tidal via my laptop and a USB cable.

    Wait. What? Why are you using the laptop if you have the streamer?

    Sorry Skip, should have clarified that I'm using my laptop with Tidal app linked to the CA 851N via USB cable.

    Why? You’ll get better sound if you use tidal direct with the Cambridge app.

    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,418
    DSkip wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Congrats. Love mine. Using it as a pre seemed a little too bright for me but you may have different results with your equipment. I really enjoy using Tidal via my laptop and a USB cable.

    Wait. What? Why are you using the laptop if you have the streamer?

    Sorry Skip, should have clarified that I'm using my laptop with Tidal app linked to the CA 851N via USB cable.

    Why? You’ll get better sound if you use tidal direct with the Cambridge app.

    Possibly, but the navigation sucks compared to Tidal's app that I can use on my laptop while surfing the internet
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    In The Market For A New Pre...
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,004
    audioluvr wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Congrats. Love mine. Using it as a pre seemed a little too bright for me but you may have different results with your equipment. I really enjoy using Tidal via my laptop and a USB cable.

    Wait. What? Why are you using the laptop if you have the streamer?

    Sorry Skip, should have clarified that I'm using my laptop with Tidal app linked to the CA 851N via USB cable.

    Why? You’ll get better sound if you use tidal direct with the Cambridge app.

    Possibly, but the navigation sucks compared to Tidal's app that I can use on my laptop while surfing the internet

    Do you have tidal settings set to take control of volume in windows? Have you done a side by side comparison of the SQ of the Cambridge app vs the windows app?
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,418
    Cambridge Audio doesn't have a windows app. The Tidal windows app is far more user friendly. As for the difference between the two sound quality wise, I haven't critiqued the two.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    In The Market For A New Pre...
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,279
    As long as you are happy with the sound coming out of the speakers, then set it and forget it! :)
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,004
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Cambridge Audio doesn't have a windows app. The Tidal windows app is far more user friendly. As for the difference between the two sound quality wise, I haven't critiqued the two.

    I tend to agree with @Clipdat, accept when the comparison costs nothing but a little time. I assume you have a smartphone or tablet? The Cambridge app is designed for mobile devices. If it were me I would be curious to try both methods, but hey again if you're happy rock on.
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 266
    Try the mConnect app ...

    K
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 686
    verb wrote: »
    ThomasD wrote: »
    @verb
    Lovin' those chrome legs on your Mc stands. Are those custom made or available somewhere?

    Thanks! Got em on eBay, just do a search for sofa legs, metal, and there are a bunch of different types. I like these as they have threads on the bottom for the included feet, but you could spike em too!

    Verb, I've seen the sofa legs on several websites including eBay. I am interested in where you buy the butcher block to make them. Online? I need to make a riser stand that is about 48 inches wide. It may require legs in the middle too. Thanks in advance.
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 266
    Replacement 851n should arrive today ...
    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
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