While Cambridge Audio is extremely well known in the U.K., the brand is much less familiar to AV enthusiasts in North America. That may change with the introduction of the CXUHD Ultra HD Blu-ray player, a premium 4K universal disc player that offers support for Dolby Vision.

Although there is no official U.S. release date, the company's website lists a U.S. price of $699 and says "coming soon," so clearly it will be sold stateside.

Unlike some other premium Ultra HD Blu-ray players, the Cambridge Audio CXUHD does not have analog audio output. The company claims that by leaving out the DAC, the design reduces noise and consequently provides better picture quality.

As a premium component, this player features an aluminum front panel. It has and HDMI 2.0 input as well as dual HDMI outputs. One supports the latest 4K HDR formats while the other is used for audio-only connections to legacy AVRs, pre/pros and soundbars.

The rear panel of the Cambridge Audio CXUHD. Photo from Cambridge Audio.
This player uses a Mediatek MTK8591 decoder, which is also used by Oppo in its UDP-203 and UDP-205 models. That means the CXUHD player is in rarefied company, in that it offers support for Dolby Vision HDR. Of course it also supports HDR10, which is required for the UHD Blu-ray format. In another similarity to the Oppos, the CXUHD does not have smart apps built in.

Being a universal disc player, the CXUHD handles many disc types including UHD Blu-ray, HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD-R DL, and BD-R/RE. It's compatible with 24Hz, 50 Hz, and 60 Hz displays.

Are you excited to see a new option for a premium Ultra HD Blu-ray player? I checked out Cambridge Audio at AXPONA 2017 and left with a generally favorable impression of the company's products. Competition is healthy, so welcome to the party! You can expect this player to ship mid-September 2017.