Written on: 17/06/2007 by davidm450 (1 review written)
Good design and great quaity of construction are the first impressions followed by very high quality sound for the price.
Having owned a Cambridge amp before I was interested to see the upmarket Azur range and was very impressed. The front panel is a thick aluminium plate with well spaced controls and buttons. The multi function remote control is also a high quality item, having a thick metal face and controls for other models in the Azur range.
Very few really.
The volume and bass and treble nobs are plastic and let down the solid feel of the rest of the construction - but this is a minor gripe. You can't tell they are plastic from a distance.
I bought the Cambridge 540A to go with Mission bookshelf speakers and was immediately impressed by the quality of the sound. I use it for listening to CD's in a normal home environment in a medium size room.
A few months ago I decided to upgrade to floor standing speakers and bought some KEF XQ5 which were on special offer. This relatively small amp powers them beautifully and the sound is amazing - it seems to match the KEF speakers very well, very clear treble and mid range and enough power for good solid bass.
The remote control is of very high quality, better than on amps of over twice the price. It also controls the other Azur products, but the only thing it won't do is switch off the unit and there is no "standby" on the amp.
For the price I can't recommend it highly enough.