Old school? Or a fresh face?
Just looking at the Cambridge Audio Azur 651A, you get a little unstuck in time. Is it an exquisitely "old-school" integrated amp — everything you need for classic, analog stereo without any unneeded bells and whistles? Well, yes, but wait. The design is decidedly up-tempo and modern. And what's this USB port on the rear panel? That's the indication that the 651A is not your father's integrated amp.
The analog features you want...
The 651A will handle analog stereo sources with the best in the field, process them without coloration, and feed them to the muscular amplifier stage. That's when things really get good: separate transformer taps and power supply units for the left and right channels manage 75 watts of robust, pristine power for startlingly quick transients and powerful, yet musical bass you can feel down to your core.
... and the digital processing you need
The Cambridge Audio Azur 651A features a USB connection.
Of course, that's just what you'd expect from a Cambridge Audio integrated amp. But there's a nice surprise waiting. The USB input we mentioned before is a port to an internal DAC that processes your computer's audio files and delivers them to the analog preamp section with minimal jitter or other undesirable artifacts. And for most computers there's no need to install any new drivers. One connection and you're ready to go.
The handsome, acoustically damped chassis features a brushed-aluminum, matte-black finish. The precision volume control means the 651A will deliver even low-volume levels with impact, presence and minimal noise.