Gotta love Cambridge products! Their design is my favourite of any make! the 851A is a BRILLIANT amp for its price. Great next to the 851C which is a beautiful CD player.
Yes, we know it has XLR inputs, which is why the review says: "Round the back you’ll find a healthy selection of inputs: two sets of balanced XLR inputs, seven RCA line inputs, tape loops and preamp outputs..."
And yes, to connect the dock you'd need a DAC between the dock and the amp. Will make that clearer.
BTW, no stigma intended at all. We're big fans of Richer Sounds, the comment was meant as a complement, not a criticism. And in fact the Editor of the magazine used to work at Richer Sounds himself.
Oh WHF S+V....
The 851a does have a couple of XLR inputs. No you cannot attach the C/A ID100 as it is a digital Ipod dock (which you have reviewed http://www.whathifi.com/review/cambridge-audio-id100 and therefore connected before) as it has no on-board D to A stage and certainly no AES-EBU.
As someone who is part of the obligitory visit to Richer Sounds, I would like to point out that, despite our stigma, we do know what the products that we stock do.
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Good but not great – and that’s not quite enough at this hugely competitive price for AV receivers
The Caterthun has strengths but we expect a more rounded product at this price
The Panasonic TX-P42GT60B TV shows that reports of plasma’s demise have been greatly exaggerated
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