Cambridge Audio 700 Series review

A reasonable HDMI upgrade, but rivals at this price point offer better performance Tested at £50.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

A passable HDMI upgrade, but the 700 Series doesn't really excel in any particular area


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    Fair amount of detail

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    good edge definition


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    Sonically subdued

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    lack of clout for the cash

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Cambridge Audio is a manufacturer you probably associate more with hi-fi separates than HDMI cables, but the British company has recently added some new cables to its product line-up.

The 700 Series sports an eye-catching purple polythene jacket and shiny, solid connectors. As far as picture quality is concerned, the cable allows for a reasonable amount of detail, and edge definition is decent enough for the money.

However, this can be bettered by price-comparable alternatives such as Chord Company's SuperShield.

Sonically, the cable sounds subdued and far too laid back. The narrator's dialogue during the opening chapter of the Blu-ray of Moon doesn't have any real impact and neither does the accompanying soundtrack.

Rivals at this price can provide greater dynamic clout.

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