The British company’s first UHD Blu-ray player will feature a classic high-end look and support for 4K and HDR, including Dolby Vision. It will launch next month in Europe for Ł700 / €800.
One more Dolby Vision player
Cambridge Audio’s player had been rumored for some time but few had expected it to deliver the premium Dolby Vision HDR format that is today reserved for a select few players. Nevertheless, here it is. Welcome the Cambridge ‘CXUHD’.
- “Designed without DACs for noise reduction and improved audio and picture quality, the CXUHD supports the latest in 4K technologies including UHD discs, HDR and Dolby Vision; giving you a reference quality player capable of handling almost any video or audio file format you can throw at it,” the company said.
The player naturally conforms to the UHD Blu-ray standard, meaning that it supports 4K UHD resolution as well as the base HDR10 format. Support for Dolby Vision HDR is added on top and should provide an even better viewing experience due to support for, amongst other elements, dynamic metadata. Or put simply; the best picture quality available on the market.
Only select few Blu-ray players from Oppo, LG, and Philips (USA) have to date included support for Dolby Vision, and the firmware update is still pending from LG and Philips. The Cambridge CXUHD player is based on the MediaTek MTK8591, which is the same SoC found in Oppo’s players.
The company added that the player can decode HEVC, H.264, VP9 4K, and Hi10P as well as a range of range of other “video, music and image files from USB sticks and hard drives”. There are no built-in apps but you can connect to your home network to get access to media files stored on home servers. Besides UHD Blu-ray discs, the player eats Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, and Audio CD.
It is equipped with 3 HDMI outputs, one for video+audio, one dedicated to audio, and one input. It can also pass-through object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
The Cambridge CXUHD player will be available in Europe next month for around Ł700 / €800, depending on your region. For more information and to find a retailer near you go to cambridgeaudio.com.
HMDI 1 (INPUT & OUTPUT) Video: UHD/1080p 24/1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i/4 80p/480i, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24 Audio: up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Bitstream HDMI 2 (AUDIO OUTPUT ONLY) up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Bitstream