Meet Cambridge Audio’s New 4K Blu-Ray Player With Dolby Vision, The CXUHD
Juan Carlos Ropel, August 15, 2017
Cambridge Audio, the British company known for its HiFi sound systems and speakers, has made its debut on UHD content reproduction with their first ever 4K UHD Universal Blu-Ray player, the CXUHD.
Cambridge’s CXUHD is a universal Blu-ray model compatible with UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, CD and with virtually any type of audio, image or video file formats. The new 4K UHD Blu-ray player of course also supports HEVC, H.264, VP9 4K and Hi10P video decoding.
The new device is capable of reproducing 4K UHD content with a resolution up to 3840 x 2160, and supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range formats, delivering striking highlights, 1.07 billion colors, and intense contrast range details. Most exciting here is the Dolby Vision support since the format results in a higher quality, more precisely delivered type of HDR for the 4K Blu-ray discs and 4K HDR TVs that also support Dolby Vision. At this time, Dolby Vision-enabled 4K TV models consist of all of LG’s 2016/2017 4K HDR TVs, all of Sony’s premium televisions from the X930E on upwards and both Vizio’s and TCL’s P-Series 4K HDR television models. No Samsung TVs support Dolby Vision for the time being.
Being a Cambridge Audio device, the CXUHD’s audio has been treated with special care. The CXUHD has been designed without DACs “to reduce noise and to improve audio and picture quality”, as stated by the company. It comes with internal pass-through of Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as bitstream pass-through for position-based immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS: X.
The connectivity of the CXUHD includes two separate HDMI outputs at the back of the unit, one main 2.0 port for connecting the latest 4K UHD TVs, projectors and AV receivers and a second 1.4 audio port for connecting older AV receivers. It also includes three USB 3.0 ports for media playback and a built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet for connecting the player to your local network. Cambridge Audio suggests using the CXUHD with digital media players such as Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Roku’s 4K set-top boxes such as the Roku Ultra or even with Apple TV even though it doesn’t support 4K content sources yet.
The CXUHD universal player is the ideal choice for those looking for a device that offers the latest in premium levels of 4K UHD technology, without giving up on HiFi sound.
The new Cambridge CXUHD will arrive in the UK in September for a price of £700, (equal to $1240 USD). There’s no word at this time about a U.S release but since 4K UHD Blu-ray discs are not regionally formatted, anyone buying a model from overseas can presumably use it to play U.S-released 4K Blu-ray discs and other media without a hitch.
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