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Azur 751R Upsampling Home Cinema Receiver

The ultimate audiophile home cinema receiver - the Cambridge Audio Azur 751R will make your music sound as great as your movies, with both sounding out of this world. It's perfect for pumping out audiophile stereo and the biggest of big-screen surround sound action. And it'll squeeze the maximum detail from any audio and video source you throw at it.

It's rare to find an amp as versatile as the 751R in its class - equally at home delivering the passion and fidelity of truly inspiring stereo music as it is at making you leap out of your seat to big-screen surround sound action. And the 751R is designed not only to deliver the best possible picture and sound from the latest sources, but also to upsample and scale older, even analogue, sources, finding new details in old media...Read more

 

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The 751R's Anchor Bay ABT2010 scaler will coax 1080p Full HD detail out of even analogue video signals, but the amp also features a unique scaler bypass mode that improves picture quality by preventing "double-scaling" content that has already been upscaled externally (for instance on a Blu-ray player or PS3).

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And as well as video upscaling, the 751R features audio upsampling. Detail from any audio source, from MP3s to high-end digital audio streams, can be boosted to up to 24-bit/192kHz better-than-CD-quality. Digital audio files from laptops etc. can also be upsampled via the asynchronous USB input, bypassing soundcards for maximum quality and delivering 24-bit/192kHz ultra-high-quality audio.

As well as comprehensive upscaling and upsampling capabilities, the 751R has the full range of top-end home cinema receiver features: 7.1 outputs (with option to run twin subs), two Texas Instruments 32-bit DSPs to support a broad range of surround formats and speaker layouts, and a comprehensive range of HDMI inputs and outputs. It also features our unique "Follow Main" Zone 2 option.

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"Follow Main" lets you listen to the same digital source as is playing in the main room, in another room (most modern amps will only let you hear analogue sources elsewhere).

Another feature rarely found elsewhere for the 751R is DTS remapping. This lets you easily rephrase DTS-HD High Resolution and Master Audio format audio signals to your 7.1  speaker layout perfectly.

x-tract-cooling-tb For brilliant, pin-sharp audio - in both stereo and surround modes - the 751R features a range of quality components that fit with our principle of designing for "Sound First". Toroidal transformers for a high purity, low-distortion signal, discrete amplifiers to reduce noise and X-Tract near-silent cooling combined with a rigid low-resonance chassis maximise audio signal quality.

 

And there's plenty of room-filling power too - 200W RMS power in stereo (2 channels at 6 ohms); 120W RMS power per channel for home cinema surround sound (7 channels at 8 ohms).

 

 

 

Stunning power, stunning audio reproduction, and the best audio and video from any source - the Cambridge Audio Azur 751R Upsampling Home Cinema Receiver is the ultimate home cinema receiver if you want the best in surround sound and visuals and the best in audiophile hi-fi stereo sound, all in one package. Our technology makes the most of every digital detail, so you literally get more out of your movies and music.

Inside story

The best for music and movies...
The 751R is designed from the ground up to perform at its peak not just when driving up to 7.1 surround sound speaker set-ups, but also to deliver stunning, pin-sharp stereo music from your main front speakers. Such versatility is rare indeed.

ATF upsampling
logo-upsamplingUsing proprietary Anagram Technologies, Swiss-engineered algorithms developed originally for high-end audiophile applications, this boosts audio quality from any source to 24-bit/192kHz, while minimising errors. What's so special about ATF upsampling? By using clever algorithms to plot sample points to a curve, rather than a straight line, the ATF system gets closer to natural soundwaves - it's crazy science, but it works brilliantly, delivering lower jitter levels, fewer timing errors and a more naturally clear sound.

 
3 DSPs
Each performing an independent function: surround format decoding; post-processing; and ATF upsampling.
Powerful amplification
7.1 outputs delivering 200W RMS power stereo (2 channel, 6 ohms) and 120W RMS power surround sound (7 channel, 8 ohms).
 
Asynchronous USB audio input
Plug in a laptop or other computer and this USB port bypasses its inferior-quality soundcard and instead upsamples the digital music to 24-bit/192kHz for better-than-CD-quality digital audio file playback.
Versatile speaker set-ups
Run as a 7.1 system, or as a 5.1 system with the option to bi-amp and bi-wire the hi-fi speakers or run a second zone in another room - the choice is yours.
 
Full Room Audyssey Room EQ
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Our latest-generation EQ, dynamic volume and phasing automatic setup system means the 751R will always sound at its best, no matter what shape or size your room is, and no matter where you sit - with setup optimised for three separate seating locations.
Anchor Bay ABT2010 scaler
This video processor upscales any source, including analogue standard definition, to pin-sharp 1080p Full HD. The amp also uniquely features a "bypass" mode to improve picture quality by avoiding the common problem of "double scaling", where your Blu-ray player, PS3 or video streamer has already upscaled content once, and your receiver then scales it again.
 
DTS remapping
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DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound formats do not support more than one standardised 7.1 home speaker layout. So, if your home speakers are arranged differently to the layout the soundtrack was recorded in, they can end up out of phase. But simply choose the 7.1 speaker arrangement that matches yours on the Azur 651R and 751R and the signal will be perfectly rephased.
 
Zone 2 with "Follow Main"
Most modern, surround sound home cinema receivers will let you run a second audio zone somewhere else in the house. You can listen to one piece of music in one room, while listening to something else in a second room. The catch? The second room can only use an analogue source for the audio. Of course, the 751R can do this too. But with its "Follow Main" mode, it can do something more - something unique to our receivers. In "Follow Main" two rooms can simultaneously receive the same digital audio signals, including the audio from HDMI.
 
"Sound First" design principles
By focussing solely on the things that make music and movies sound and look so good that the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and cutting out any extra cost and clutter, we aim to deliver the best-sounding system at this price you'll ever hear. That means we remove stuff that you don't need and which can introduce distortion to your all-important audio and video signals - like a phono stage, networking capabilities or a pre-amp in a home cinema receiver. Everything that's left is there to make your music and movies sound and look better.
Audiophile grade components for the ultimate sound
As well as a full metal chassis, toroidal transformers and X-Tract near-silent cooling, the 751R features isolated input and video processing boards, individual crossovers for each speaker and Advanced Bass Management to ensure minimum noise distortion, maximum video quality, and the best quality audio out of whatever sound format is playing.
 

Toroidal transformer
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At Cambridge Audio, we're huge fans of what these premium components can do for audio quality. So, while other people save them for their top-of-the-line separates, we put them everywhere we can. As well as delivering a high purity, low-distortion signal they deliver a better bass response. For pure audio quality and minimum distortion, we accept nothing less.

X-Tract cooling
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Our near-silent cooling combination of funnelling heat through a heatsink and thermostatically-controlled fan means that our systems stay cool without delivering distracting noise. Only at moments of peak power use will the fan really be at full speed (and those moments, of course, will be when you won't be able to hear it).

 
All-metal case
Chosen not just for its good looks (although we think our solid, brushed aluminium fronts make a great addition to any home), we design all-metal cases because they're very stable and therefore introduce less resonance effects to any signal.

 

Dual Texas Instruments 32-bit DSPs
logo-hi-res-audioHigh-quality and up-to-the-minute digital signal processors mean the 751R plays all the latest audio formats including: Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II/x/z, Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and many more.

 
Features
200 Watts RMS per channel
6 x HDMI in, 2 out with support for 3D TV / Deep colour passthru / Audio Return Channel reception
Anchor Bay ABT2010 scaler video scaler for upscaling and analogue to digital video transcoding/scaling (composite, S-video and component video to HDMI)
Scaler bypass mode – allows user to engage/disengage video scaler for each input as appropriate
Oversize low flux toroidal transformer and discrete amplifiers delivering ultra-low noise and distortion
Dual Texas Instruments 32-bit DSPs for compatibility with the latest CODECs including Dolby Digital Plus, DTS- HD High Resolution and the Lossless Dolby True HD and DTSHD Master Audio formats
Additional DSP performing 24-bit/192kHz ATF audio upsampling on all channels
Pure Analogue Stereo Direct mode for audiophile playback of analogue stereo sources
Audyssey 2EQ Room EQ, Dynamic Volume, Dynamic Loudness and Autosetup for the best performance in almost any environment
Full 5.1/7.1 multi-channel analogue inputs and preamp outputs
DTS Speaker re-mapping or Prologic IIz post processing for 5.1 + Height configurations
Individual Crossovers and Advanced Bass Management
Independent Zone 2 audio and video output
Neo:6 or Prologic II or IIz post-processing
Supplied with separate zone 2 remote control
Twin subwoofer outputs
Asynchronous USB audio input allowing high resolution audio streaming from computer
Bi-amp mode for front left/right with surround back left/right in 5.1 set-up
X-Tract Forced/Convection Heat Tunnel for virtually silent performance
FM/AM tuner with RDS
RS232 control, IR Inputs and Outputs, Trigger outputs
Low resonance, acoustically damped full metal chassis
Also controllable from 651BD/751BD remote

ATF Upsampling in more detail…

751R makes digital audio sound amazing – drawing detail seemingly out of thin air. How?

Our unique ATF2 (Adaptive Time Filtering) upsampling technology, developed in conjunction with Anagram Technologies, Switzerland.

logo-upsamplingAll incoming audio data, such as CD at 16-bit 44.1kHz CD, is upsampled to 24-bit 192kHz using a high-end 32-bit Analog Devices DSP (Digital Signal Processor). "Polynomial Curve Fitting Interpolation" provides a much more accurate upsampled audio soundwave than traditional upsampling processes. And a unique timing system buffers audio data to almost eradicate digital jitter. Vital – as jitter, common in digital audio devices, loses vital detail, often leaving digital audio sounding flat and lifeless.

 

 

Our latest ATF2 DSP also features a selectable digital filter with three settings to suit listener preferences and their particular system set-up: 

• The Steep roll-off filter exhibits strong attenuation of aliasing images outside the pass band (i.e. above 22.05kHz) at the expense of a little pre and post-ringing in the time domain. 

• The Linear phase filter uniquely features ‘constant group delay’ which delays all audio signals at all frequencies by the same amount meaning all audio is fully time-coherent at the output.

• Minimum phase meanwhile does not feature constant group delay but rather the co-efficients have been optimised without feed-forward so that the impulse response exhibits no pre-ringing in the time domain.

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Specifications

 

Power output 200W RMS per channel, into 6 ohms (two channels driven)
170W RMS per channel, into 8 ohms (two channels driven)
120W RMS per channel, into 8 ohms (all 7 channels driven)
HDMI HDMI 1.4a, EIA/CEA - 861D, HDCP 1.1, ARC and 3D-TV/deep colour pass through supported
Architecture Cirrus Logic CS43122 24-bit 192kHz capable DAC for Front Left & Right
Cirrus Logic CS52526 24-bit 192kHz capable CODEC for surround channels + 24-bit 2 channel
A/D Conversion Two TI Aureus DA788 32-bit DSPs
Additional AD SP-21261 40-bit DSP performing 24bit/192kHz ATF Upsampling
Anchor Bay ABT2010 scaler
USB 1.0: 16-24-bit, 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
USB 2.0: 16/24-bit 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz
Audio Inputs 8 x line level analogue
Tuner (FM/AM)
7.1 multi-channel analogue input
1 x asynchronous USB audio input
5 x digital co-axial, 5 x digital optical
Video Inputs 6 x HDMI (5 x HDMI 1.4a, 1 x front panel HDMI 1.3c)
3 x Component Video
4 x Composite
4 x S-Video
Main Audio Outputs 7 Amplified Speaker Outputs
7.2 Preamp outputs
Main Video Output 2 x HDMI (1.4a), ARC through HDMI A
Zone 2 Outputs Surround back channels, 2.1 preamp audio outputs, component, S-Video and composite video outputs
Recording Audio Outputs 2 x Line Level Analogue
2 x Digital Co-Axial, 2 x Digital Optical
Other connections 1 1/4" / 6.35mm Headphone Output (32 To 600 ohms recommended)
3 x IR emitter outputs
1 x IR Receiver Input (un-modulated)
1 x IR Emitter Input (modulated)
1 x Zone 2 IR emitter input
1 x control bus input/output
2 x 12V trigger outputs
1 x RS232C
1 x IEC type mains inlet
THD <0.006% @1kHz
Crosstalk <-80dB
Frequency response 10Hz - 20kHz ±1dB
S/N Ratio >90dB 'A' weighted
Max. Power Consumption 1700W
Standby power consumption <0.5W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 430 x 150 x 420mm (5.9 x 16.9 x 16.5’’)
Weight 17.4Kg (38.3lbs)

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