I ended up buying the 651c (defiinitely the right choice i know now) and must say this player is A-mazing! I had a CA640 v2 before, and this is even more detailed and revealing, but with the biggest difference for me being bass presentation. Bass exists on this nplayer as I have for 15 years always belived it should but had never been able to find before, until now. This picks up the bass notes on all recordings and you hear them correctly. It is not a case of just amplifying this frequency more than others, everything sounds better. Bass notes on simon and garfunkle sound like someone playing the base...just as it should be. The soundscape now sounds complete, and is the sound i was after years ago when i first entered the hifi world.
At last.......well done cambridge audio. I luckily got a large discount courtesy of richer sounds customer service after some quibbles prior. Thank you to them too. As i don't think i could have been persuaded to part with that much money for a cd player otherwise.
Also, i did have an issue with 2 units having faults and having to be returned within 24hours. Trays sticking, and excessive noise coming from unit when disc spinning (like a knocking) that were thankfully replaced. I presumed a faulty batch...maybe the lorry carrying them had an accident on the way to delivery?
Very very happy though....an excellent player. Remarkably insightful, and tight sounding, yet warm.
you say the 651 struggles with Dianna Krauls cd, and say the 6004 sounds better here. You also say the CA351c is agile and dynamic, and you compare it to the cd6004. Is the 351c therefore better than the 651c in agility terms, and playing subtleties? Would LOVE an early response if possible as i have an offer at Richer Sounds on both of these but offer will only last about a week. I auditioned both (extensively-annoyingly so probably to the staff) and was really struggling to deceide which i preferred. I have dynaudio speakers and a Brio R amp.
In the cons section, What does the reviewer mean by "timing," exactly?
I'd be surprised to hear any difference between this and its predecessor: AZUR 650C. Virtually the same player. But purhaps I'm just stating the obvious here.
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A seriously talented performer that has a few design issues
This is a top-notch surround package for the money. It’s a worthy alternative to the award-winning KEF R100 5.1
A great amp with some notable musical skills, but it loses a star compared with its better-performing, better-specified rivals
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