SHOW NEWS: Cambridge Audio unveils upmarket pre/power amp combo for 2008

Cambridge Audio is going upmarket with its new stereo pre/power amp combo, the £750 Azur 840E preamp (above) and £1000 840W power amp.

Both can be seen in the Cambridge Audio room (second floor, Mouton Cadet) here at the show, along with the brand-new 540D V2 HDMI DVD player (£250), which has a revised chipset and video upscaling to 720p/1080i.

The company describes the 840E as "a high-end preamplifier" which uses proprietary Terrapin modules for "unprecedented audio fidelity".

The 840W power amp (below) uses an evolution of Cambridge Audio's Class XD (crossover displacement) technology for "a highly detailed, naturally musical performance".

It delivers a claimed 200W @ 8ohms or 500W @ 8ohms if used in bridged mono configuration.

The XD technology gives Pure Class A operation at low levels, moving smoothly into an enhanced version of Class B at higher levels, says Cambridge Audio.

Other technical highlights include:

  • Oversized low-flux toroidal transformer with 1200VA power rating
  • Switchable RCA and balanced XLR connections
  • Cambridge Audio proprietary CAP5 protection system
  • Solid 7mm aluminium front panel

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.