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Cambridge Audio AZUR 540R (AV Receiver)

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by LouisB, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. LouisB

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    This receiver is around the £250 mark, anyone have any experience with it? Or should I consider something else within this price bracket?

    In particular I want something to integrate with my 2 channel hifi amp (Arcam A85) for the front speakers and I hope (since the specs dont seem to say) that this receiver can do this (by providing line outputs) - anyone know or tried it?

    any advice on this receiver would be great,

    thanks,

    Louis
     
  2. chedmaster

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    i have the amp in question and it is fantastic. i demoed quite a few amps in this bracket at RS anyway and this was by far the best in all fields, except little novelty gizmos like you get on cheap sony's and eltax etc, the azur is a simple but brilliant amp. It has 5.1 outputs, so you could use a power amplifier for the front channeles but the azur is very strong at music so test it out in stereo mode before, to justify the power amp upgrade (i do appreciate that the power amp you have is of a high quality btw!)
     
  3. reservoir51

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    I disagree. I demoed (in fact, took it home for a week) the Azur and Yamaha DSPAX750SE and the latter was clearly superior in all respects (except that it didn't have a tuner section). The price difference was £150 a year ago with the Yammie being more expensive but now it's probably less than half that amount.

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    well i see even £75 on top of £250 as a lot more, maybe not on a £1000 reciever, but £325 is far less pocket friendly than £250, and i'd say the price equivalent yammy would be the 650, and the azur is far superior to this imo.
     
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    Just to chip in!!

    I have today replaced my 540r with A Yamaha 750....

    Whilst the 540R was a very good sounding AMP, and I have to say Musically was prossibly better that the Yammie, I just found it very Flakey!! ( and I dont use it for music much)

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    I had one and it went faulty ( would not pick up sound on an input) add that to a DVD from the same company with inbuilt problems and I was not chancing another faulty product. Just to add to the fun, I went on the CA forums and found a guy who was on his 3rd 540R ( all 3 have/had faults)
    I havent had a great deal of chance to trial the Yammie, but am impressed so far and the price has not put me off!!

    think in terms of how often you will make such a purchase!! every 2 years??? and then compare the price difference per week over that period.


    It makes yer think!!

    anyway jusy my Tuppence

    Good luck

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  6. LouisB

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for the replies, thats all quite interesting.

    I guess for me, comparing the sound quality of two av amps is like comparing the 0-60 of two ford escorts. I am not too worried as I expect that for films they are both good enough? In reality it will only be running rear/center speakers from it and so this wont be nearly as critical on quality,

    The reliability issue is an interesting one, that is something that would put me off, I'll have to look into that further.

    I think you are right, an extra £75 is not going to break the bank if the difference is a clearly noticable one.

    I guess because I have a half decent two channel set up already, and so my demands from the av amp are not as high as some other peoples might be, so the cheaper cambridge audio is still in with a shot.

    I have a CA cd player and dacmagic 3, which I have had for years and they have never given a moments trouble (hope I havent jinxed them now lol) but I suppose you cant tell anything about their newer products from that.

    perhaps I'll pop down to RS and give the yami and ca a listen and compare features...

    out of interest, the AZUR 540 is 5.1 or 6.1 and it has all the outputs available as line level outputs as well as speaker?

    thanks very much for the help,

    Louis
     
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    The Azur is 6.1 but the Yamaha is 7.1 and this alone may justify the extra cash for the Yammie. Although your Arcam A85 is quite a solid stereo amp, you can bi-amp your speakers with it and your Yamaha. I'm currently bi-amping my front Mission M53s with an Arcam Alpha 9 and the Yamaha 750. The Arcam is used as a power amp for the Yammie's front pre-outs and the result is much better than either amp alone.

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  8. LouisB

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    oh its 7.1, well that is more in the yami's favour then, although I think there is a limit to how many speakers I can put in the front room!! Still its nice to have the option even if i dont use it to start with

    my plan with the a85, i was thinking of adding a p90 and bi-amping the front speakers.

    I notice that if i crank the volume up, say to -6db (i.e. very loud) with some heavy bass the display starts to dim with the music on the a85! not a good sign.

    The speakers I am using are Audes Blues and they pack quite a punch, the chap I got them off told me they need "very good" amplification so either a P90 or a new amp altogether (FMJ or he recommended Martin Logans) might be on the cards - this is stuff for another topic I think lol,

    cheers for all the help,

    I need to get some demos :)

    cheers,

    Louis
     

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