Blu-ray Players

Cambridge Azur 650BD Universal Blu-ray Player

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Introduction

Cambridge Audio is a long-time bearer of high standards in British-made audio and now video products. They have been turning out quality components since 1968. While they are best known for fine yet value-conscious audio offerings, they have recently introduced a new receiver, the Azur 650R and the subject of this review, the Azur 650BD Universal Blu-ray Player.

Specifications

  • Design: Universal Blu-ray Player
  • Supported Disc Types: BD-Video, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, AVCHD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, BD-R/RE
  • Audio Codec Support: PCM, DSD, Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Audio Output: LPCM or Bitstream
  • BD-ROM Profile 2, Version 2.0 (Backwards Compatible with Profile 1, Versions 1.1 and 1.0)
  • Internal Storage: 1GB
  • External Storage: 2 x USB 2.0
  • Audio Connections: 7.1 RCA, Digital Coax, Toslink
  • Video Connections: Composite, S-Video, Component
  • HDMI 1.3a
  • Supported Video Resolutions: 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i/p
  • 24p Output: Yes, for Blu-ray Only
  • Source Direct: Yes
  • Additional Connections: Ethernet (100BASE-T), IR In
  • Dimensions: 3.3" H x 16.9" W x 12.3" D
  • Weight: 9 Pounds
  • MSRP: $699 USA
  • Cambridge Audio

The 650BD is a true universal player with support for every shiny disc to include SACD and DVD-Audio. This player is one of only two examples selling for under $1000 that can claim to be universal. Other choices come from Denon and Marantz and cost considerably more. The Azur also has full support for BD-Live with internal memory and an Ethernet connection. Additionally, you can play audio and video files from data discs or thumb drives using one of the two USB ports. How does Cambridge’s new addition fit into the landscape? Let’s find out.