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Cambridge Audio 851C

The heart of your digital music system.

1699 € / pc
Silver  Black 


The 851C is a staggeringly complex creation but one with a simple mission: to make your digitally stored music sound sublime. It’s a high-end CD player, a state-of-the-art DAC and digital preamp in one highly accomplished package. The 851C has been designed to operate at the very heart of your digital music system, offering incredible functionality and performance. As a high-end solution to the demands of today’s multi-format music lover, the 851C is truly capable of enhancing any digital audio that passes through its sophisticated electronics.

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D/A Converters: Dual Analog Devices
AD1955 24 bit DACs
Digital filter: Analog Devices Black Fin
ADSP-BF532 32 bit DSP performing 2nd Generation ATF2 up-sampling to 24 bit 384kHz

Linear Phase, Minimum phase or Steep modes.
Analogue filter: 2 Pole Fully Differential
Linear Phase Bessel filter
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-0.1dB)
THD @ 1Khz 0dBFs: < 0.0004%
THD @ 1kHz -10dBFs: < 0.0004%
THD @ 20kHz 0dBFs: < 0.0007%
IMD (19/20kHz) 0dBFs < 0.0002%
Linearity @ -90dBFs: +/- 0.2dB
Stopband rejection (>24kHz): > 120dB
S/N ratio, A weighted > 113dB
Total correlated jitter: < 60pS for all digital inputs, CD playback and USB 2.0
< 180pS for USB 1.0
Crosstalk @ 1kHz: < -130dB
Crosstalk @ 20kHz: < -114dB
Output Impedance: < 50 ohms
Output: 2.2Vrms (2.2Vrms each phase for the
balanced output)
Digital Inputs: Digital Input 1:
S/PDIF 75 ohms or Toslink optical

Digital Input 2:
S/PDIF 75 ohms or Toslink optical
AES/EBU XLR balanced 110 ohms per phase
USB USB Type B conforming to Audio profile 1.0 or USB Audio profile 2.0 (user selectable)

USB Maximum Current Rating 500mA
Compatibility USB 1.0 16-24 bit, 32-96kHz
USB 2.0 16-24 bit, 32-192kHz
Toslink 16-24 bit, 32-96kHz
S/PDIF and AES/EBU 16-24 bit, 32-192kHz
CD playback is intrinsically limited to 16-bit, 44.1kHz
Max. Power Consumption: 40W (CD playing)
Quiescent power consumption: 8W approx
Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W
Dimensions (H x W x D): 115 x 430 x 360 mm
(4.5 x 16.9 x 14.7”)
Weight: 10kg (22lbs)


Hi-Fi Choice, June 2012 
851A ja 851C info