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CAMBRIDGE AUDIO 650BD - Blu Ray, DVD, SACD, DVD-A, HDCD, 2xUSB only £399.95 instore @ Richer Sounds (Black or Silver)
CAMBRIDGE AUDIO 650BD - Blu Ray, DVD, SACD, DVD-A, HDCD, 2xUSB only £399.95 instore @ Richer Sounds (Black or Silver)

CAMBRIDGE AUDIO 650BD - Blu Ray, DVD, SACD, DVD-A, HDCD, 2xUSB only £399.95 instore @ Richer Sounds (Black or Silver)

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Cambridge Audio is thrilled to unveil the all-new 650BD. With support for all the latest surround sound formats and audiophile grade sonic performance, this lightning-fast, easy to use player will reproduce movies and music with all the passion their creators intended.

Featuring almost universal disc compatibility, the 650BD is equipped to handle CD, HDCD, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD and of course Blu-Ray discs.

Delivering stunning video reproduction is just half the story and the 650BD also excels in audio performance. 24/192kHz Digital to Analogue Converters and meticulous attention to audio circuitry design ensure that the 650BD can reproduce the dynamics and scale required for modern movie soundtracks whilst also being able to deliver a genuinely musical performance with either stereo or multi-channel music discs.

Meanwhile the latest surround-sound formats are supported including decoding of Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio in Stereo, 5.1 or 7.1 variants. In particular support for the true lossless Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats provides unprecedented audio fidelity from Blu-ray discs.

It's lightning fast!

For complete user convenience, the 650BD boasts power-up and loading speeds which are amongst the most impressive of any Blu-ray player currently available. And naturally, the widest possible array of HDMI, digital and analogue outputs are fitted for connection to screens and home cinema receivers of all types.

A fresh new look:

The 650BD benefits from the highly regarded new Azur wrap-around casework design and its proprietary engineering is housed within a new low resonance, acoustically damped chassis. The Azur Navigator remote which also controls the matching 650R home cinema receiver completes the package.

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I took my cambridge audio amp apart to clean the switches a while back and really there's nothing special about the build quality or components. Maybe this is the same.

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hmmm...always thought Cambridge Audio were a low end manufacturer

Nice to see some manufacturers actually including SACD and DVD-A into their Blu Ray Players, even if the format has become something of a niche and titles are all but running out.

hmmm...always thought Cambridge Audio were a low end manufacture



They are a top quality company. Also anyone in need of a cheap amp. They make the best amp you can buy in the £100 bracket for same quality you would have to pay £200 upwards

We bought one of these from RS. It's cracking! We had a sony 350 and replaced with this. We thought the sony was great, but this is faster and it enabled us to declutter by getting rid of our stand alone SACD. The DVD-A was a bonus and we bought a couple of them from CD Wow just to try it out, and they are fab too. Not bad prices there if you're in the market for some.

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They are a top quality company. Also anyone in need of a cheap amp. They … They are a top quality company. Also anyone in need of a cheap amp. They make the best amp you can buy in the £100 bracket for same quality you would have to pay £200 upwards


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PaganWolf

We bought one of these from RS. It's cracking! We had a sony 350 and … We bought one of these from RS. It's cracking! We had a sony 350 and replaced with this. We thought the sony was great, but this is faster and it enabled us to declutter by getting rid of our stand alone SACD. The DVD-A was a bonus and we bought a couple of them from CD Wow just to try it out, and they are fab too. Not bad prices there if you're in the market for some.



I've not got one, but I intend to get it soon. I wonder though, did you know about the OPPO BDP 80 before you bought the CA (they're very similar as they share many of the same components)? If yes, what made you go for the CA?

What's the USB interface like for playing music and films?

What's the sound from normal CDs like? Is it better than the Sony 350 (I had that)?

Any negatives about the CA you've discovered?

Any other comments?

As far as SACDs go, Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds is absolutely out of this world! It's by far the best 5.1 music disc I've heard. I'll check out cd wow for SACDs and DVD-As as they're quite expensive just now.

windhoek

I've not got one, but I intend to get it soon. I wonder though, did you … I've not got one, but I intend to get it soon. I wonder though, did you know about the OPPO BDP 80 before you bought the CA (they're very similar as they share many of the same components)? If yes, what made you go for the CA? What's the USB interface like for playing music and films?What's the sound from normal CDs like? Is it better than the Sony 350 (I had that)?Any negatives about the CA you've discovered?Any other comments?As far as SACDs go, Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds is absolutely out of this world! It's by far the best 5.1 music disc I've heard. I'll check out cd wow for SACDs and DVD-As as they're quite expensive just now.



When this came out I didn't know about the Oppo. We specifically headed for the CA. As for normal CDs it's as good as a normal player, can't say I notice a difference there. I never did use the 350 for CDs though. The only negative is that I dislike the remote. We've got a CA amp upstairs, and the remote was aluminium on top. This remote looks the same, but it's silver coloured plastic so doesn't feel as good. OK it's not that bad a negative but it's the only one I've found! We've not used the USB yet either.

As for SACD I agree WOTW is incredible. When we've got it on you can actually hear the unscrewing and it comes from all around you. Breathtaking! We've got a cracking Pink Floyd one too. Money in surround is fab. The only thing with SACD you have to watch is that they cheekily only do some in 2.1 which doesn't really make them worth it. 5.1 all the way!

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I guess I'll have to into RS and check out the USB interface instore. I'm not too fussed about the CA remote as I'll be using a Logitech 555, although I agree it's poor of CA to skimp on the quality. I once bought a TEAC CR-H500DNT for my bedroom instead of an Arcam Solo Mini because the Arcam's remote looked cheap and fugly as hell!

I also agree about Money in 5.1, it's damn good. WOTW and DSOTM are my favourite 5.1 albums. I think albums that are dramatic in stereo sound good when converted to 5.1. I was disappointed by Ziggy Stardust in 5.1, but maybe because it's not edge-of-your-seat music in stereo. I also agree about 2.1 SACD, what a con that is, especially when it's not entirely clear it.s 2.1 before you buy it!

The price of rock/ pop SACDs seems to have gone up since I last bought one and many are now out of print. Is SACD (and DVD-A) almost an abandoned format?

I believe SACD is still going strong, although it's rather a cult following it has. There always seem to be a few new releases coming out. DVD-A is dead AFAIK, but seeing as a lot of the stuff I like is old rock, it just means bargains are to be had!

PaganWolf

I believe SACD is still going strong, although it's rather a cult … I believe SACD is still going strong, although it's rather a cult following it has. There always seem to be a few new releases coming out. DVD-A is dead AFAIK, but seeing as a lot of the stuff I like is old rock, it just means bargains are to be had!



I think the opposite, SACD is pretty much dead aside from classical releases, where as DVD-A is just about surviving, the recent 3 Kind Crimson releases were fantastic and they're about to release their next 2 40th Anniversary DVD-A's in a couple months time. Highly recommended releases!

Damn edits not working, was meant to be King Crimson of course.
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