Azur 851W

Power Amplifier

Colour
$1,700.00

Delivering immense power and incredibly low distortion, the 851W power amplifier is perfectly matched to partner our 851E pre-amplifier and 851N network player; taking their pure signal and amplifying it with huge presence and authority.

"One of the most transparent, thrilling and richly rewarding amplifier combinations I have encountered."

- Andrew Everard, May 2014

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  • CLASS XD

    Rather than use a Class A design, which is sonically brilliant but generates vast amounts of heat, or a Class AB design, which is efficient but sonically limited, we developed our own Class XD amplifier design which the 851W takes advantage of. This has the sonic purity of Class A and the efficiency of Class AB for the best of both worlds. For more information on our unique patented Class XD technology watch the video at the bottom of the page or click here for a full description.

    TERRAPIN BUFFERING

    When designing a stereo system, listeners are often encouraged to think about system matching, where components are handpicked to provide the best overall sound quality. People often assume this is due to the different audio characteristics, but frequently it is due to impedance (the relationship between voltage and current input/output) matching components. Products perform at their optimum when their input and output impedances match. This isn’t always possible though so we decided to develop our unique Terrapin impedance buffering module. This enables the 851W to be paired with a huge variety of audio sources and pre-amplifiers of varying impedance without risking any sacrifice in musicality or overall audio performance.

    POWER AND CONTROL

    To build the 851W to be the best toroidal transformers were essential. But rather than use one for everything we designated one for the sound amplification itself, and another for the input circuitry. This means the signal is unaffected by audio output volume, so always sounds fantastic. The primary toroidal transformer provides unrestricted power to the dual mono amplification blocks. It’s a true audiophile transformer that will operate without distortion and with no buzz, interference or hum. The second smaller toroidal transformer takes care of pre-amplification processes. View the videos below for an insight on why we use toroidal transformers.

    FLEXIBLE CONFIGURATION

    The 851W can be used in stereo, bi-amped or bridged mono configurations. In bridged mono mode into 8 Ohms the 851W is a 500W monoblock amplifier. Into 4 Ohms, this figure increases to an incredible 800W. It can be paired with our 851E pre-amp, any of our digital pre-amps such as the 851N or CXN, or any other analogue pre-amps, and thanks to our Terrapin buffering module it will always sound perfectly matched. 
     

    CAP 5 PROTECTION

    Our proprietary CAP 5 protection system protects the 851W, plus any connected equipment and speakers, ensuring ultimate reliability and peace of mind. For more information on this unique development have a watch of the video below. 

  • Press reviews

    • The Idaho Statesman

      United States,

      "The new Cambridge Audio Azur 851W is impressive. I recently tried the 851W in my system and was really wowed by it."

      Customer Reviews

    • The details

      Power output – stereo/mono 200W per channel into 8 Ohms 350W per channel into 4 Ohms
      Power output – bridged mono 500W 8 Ohms 800W 4 Ohms
      THD (unweighted) < 0.001% 1 kHz < 0.005% 20 Hz - 20 kHz
      Frequency response 5Hz – 80kHz
      S/N ratio (ref 1W / 8 Ohn) >90dB (unweighted)
      Sensitivity – stereo or mono 1.5V rms unbalanced 1.5 + 1.5V rms balanced
      Sensitivity – bridged mono 0.775V rms unbalanced 0.775V + 0.775V rms balanced
      Input impedances Balanced input 38 kOhm Unbalanced input 68 kOhm
      Power amp damping factor > 110 at 1 kHz
      Max. power consumption 2400W
      Standby power consumption Standby <0.5W
      Colour Black or silver
      Dimensions (HxWxD) 148 x 430 x 365mm (5.8 x 16.9 x 14.4”)
      Weight 19.1kg (42.2lbs)
      In the box Azur 851W Power Amplifier, Power Cable, Control Bus Cable