Re: Why NOT Cambridge ???
- From: "Keith G" <keith_g@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 16:44:12 -0000
"Robert" <robertmlaws@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Hi UK Audiofreaks,
I'm considering to buy a stereo set (CD player, Amplifier, Tuner and DVD)
I've heard that Cambridge might be a good choice.
Is there a reason why NOT to buy this brand ???
I have two each of the cambridge Azur 640A amp and the Azur 640T tuner
(DAB/FM). I bought them about a year ago and I would not do so again.
I have one pair at work and the other at home.
One amp (at work) is operated using the buttons and they are starting
to wear out - not always responding when pressed. The other (home) is
operated using the remote and is still OK). I have no complaints about
the sound quality.
I had a lot of trouble with the tuners. the original ones kept
dropping the signal (and not recovering it). Richer Sounds replaced
them three times. Eventually, on the Cambridge Audio discussion forum
I found out that this was a known bug in V2 of the software. CA
eventually replaced them when a V3 was released. The technical
discussion forum on CA's website was very useful but became
increasingly critical and eventually CA closed it down.
The fact that CA did not recall all of the old 640Ts, indeed that they
continued to sell them with the known bug, put me off CA.
If you DO buy a 640T check it has version 3 of the software or better.
To do this, press and hold the info button for a few seconds. It then
comes up with the version numnber in the screen. BTW, version 3 has
another bug - the back light of the LCD siaply comes on at a random
time while the unit is switched to standby.
One thing that seems to be consistently overlooked is that most (if not all)
of the common/popular Japanese 'midfi' names like Technics, Pioneer, Rotel,
Sony (et al) performed solidly for *decades* with little more problem than
the occasional noisy switch/lever which, I suspect, was down to lack of use
and is fairly easily sortable in any case....??
Many modern makes (includes NAD, for instance) simply can not claim the same
long-term reliability, it seems and I'm pretty certain the current cheap,
Chinese stuff won't prove to have the legs for the long distance either, but
that's just a guess....