I'm looking for the opinions regarding the Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD. http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=776 I've been researching it and the Oppo BDP-95 for about 3 weeks now trying to get all of the opinions on it from this fourm and others. The consensus seems to favorable of the 95 regarding its features particularly it's ESS Saber32 Reference 9018 DAC's however the Azur 751BD is no slouch either. it uses 5 x Wolfson WM8740 DAC's, the same that is used in the DacMagic and it's fearture set appears simular to the 95 for the most part. I'm looking for the comparisions regarding performace and sound quality between these two excellent universal players. The 95 goes for about $999.00 and the Azur 751BD goes for about $1149.00. So what does the extra $149 get you with the Azur 751BD? The 751BD has Anagram Technologies Q5 192 kHZ upsampling. Will this give better sound quality to 16bit redbook CD's, some of us still have a few of them left over from the 80's and 90's. And what about the 751's Choice of digital filters - linear phase/minimum phase/steep filter. I must confess ignorance of this feature so I'll be extactic to have some one explains this to me and why I need to have or not. I'm thinking of hooking the the 95 or the 751BD to my Yammy RX-A2000 Reciever, yes it's not a Arcam or Krell but all of us don't have the money for those toys. Just from a patriotic standpoint I'd be inclined to get the Oppo as it's an American company "Made in China" as opposed to the British Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD "Made in China" but our British allies have a tradition and reputation for engineering some of the finist audio gear in the world. I'm thinking of getting a pair of Bowers & Wilkins CM1 speakers and I'm inclined to think the the 751BD will give the 95 a run for the money and maybe best it on some points such as performance. the 751BD does not support streaming media such as netflix but I already have that in my PS3. I like the fact the the Oppo is modable which seems to give you some future proofing. So what is your perpective regarding the Oppo BDP-95 vs the Cambridge Audio 751BD?
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8/24/11 at 3:02am