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Cambridge Audio 840 Series CD Player, Stereo Preamplifier, and Stereo Power Amplifier

Cambridge Audio 840 Series


My wife, who I affectionately refer to as "the music Anti-Christ" often calls me "He without Brains" when it comes to purchasing audio gear. Our latest interchange of pleasantries began when I announced that I needed a new CD player in the $1500 to $2000 range.  She found one at Costco for considerably less than a hundred bucks and thought I would be very pleased.  "You just don't get it" I said, to which she replied "Neither will you".  I think she meant it in so many ways.

High on my list for consideration was the Cambridge Audio 840C, a Redbook CD player that has amassed a bucket-load of great reviews over the past few years.  It's been called the best CD player under $5000 by some pretty revered ears and invariably punches well above its weight class in nearly every review.  So it seemed a little begging was in order.

The begging paid off in spades………well, at least with respect to getting an 840C for review.  Better yet, my review sample was accompanied by two other highly regarded components from Cambridge Audio's "8" series, namely their 840W 200 watt power amplifier and the 840E stereo preamplifier.  Even though I'm not in the amp market right now, I thought that this would be a great opportunity to evaluate a fully integrated system representing Cambridge Audio's latest and greatest efforts.

This company has been shaking things up a lot lately in the audio world by producing some outstanding audio components.  While there is no shortage of companies that routinely do this, what sets Cambridge apart is the fact that their high-end audio equipment is…………..gasp………remarkably affordable.  This combination is extremely rare and welcome since the chasm separating high-end audio and affordable audio is frequently insurmountable for many people.  I could hardly wait to test these reported giant killers in my own listening environment.

Specifications : 840C CD Player

  • Design: Redbook CD Player
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
  • Upsampling: 24 bit 384 kHz
  • THD+N: <0.0005%
  • IM: <0.0002%
  • S/N: 113 dB, A weighted
  • Dimensions: 4.5" H x 16.9" W x 14.7" D
  • Weight: 18.7 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,799 USA

Specifications : 840E Stereo Preamplifier

  • Design: Stereo Preamplifier
  • MFR: 10 Hz – 100 kHz, + 0.1 dB
  • S/N: < 121 dBr
  • THD+N: < 0.0006%
  • Output Impedence: 100 Ohms (Balanced or Unbalanced)
  • Dimensions: 4.5" H x 16.9" W x 15.2" D
  • Weight: 19.1 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,799 USA

Specifications : 840W Stereo Power Amplifier

  • Design: Stereo Power Amplifier
  • Power Output: 200 WPC into 8 Ohms; 350 WPC into 4 Ohms; Mono (Bridged) 500 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms
  • MFR: 5 Hz - 80 kHz, - 1 dB
  • THD+N: < 0.005% from 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • S/N: > 90 dB (Unweighted)
  • Damping Factor: > 125 at 1 kHz
  • Dimensions: 5.8" H x 16.9" W x 14.4" D
  • Weight: 33 Pounds
  • MSRP: $2,699 USA