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Old 09-04-2008, 08:00 AM   #1  
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Cambridge Audio dips on in, announces 640BD Blu-ray player for 2009

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by Darren Murph, posted Sep 4th 2008 at 8:57AM

Sherwood isn't the only little-known company bringing the Blu to CEDIA -- now we've got a boutique manufacturer joining the crowd. Announced today in Denver, Cambridge Audio has revealed that it too will be producing a BD deck in early 2009. The 640BD will be designed to complement the Azur range of AV receivers, and it will boast full HDMI 1.3 output (including bitstream output of all the latest Dolby / DTS tracks), a full set of analog video outputs, Ethernet, S/PDIF, Toslink and a set of separate, dedicated 7.1 / stereo analog outputs. Unfortunately, that's all the details the company has prepared for this year's Expo, but we'll certainly be hearing more as CES time draws near. Per usual, the full release is after the break.

Cambridge Audio to introduce first Blu-Ray player in early 2009!
Suggested retail price – TBC
Expected Spring 2009

Cambridge Audio will release its first Blu-Ray/DVD/CD player in early 2009. Designed to be the
perfect partner to the Azur range of AV Receivers the 640BD features full HDMI 1.3 output,
including bitstream output of all the latest HD Dolby and DTS surround-sound systems plus
internal decoding of Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS HR
surround-sound. A full set of analog video outputs is supported, HDMI 1.3 video/audio, Ethernet,
SPDIF, Toslink and separate dedicated 7.1 and stereo analogue outputs.

Cambridge Audio prides itself on developing products that offer true value for money to discerning
buyers and has embraced Blu-Ray technology with enthusiasm to wring out the best possible
performance from this exciting new format.

Supporting Dolby True HD means the 640BD provides audio that matches the original studio
masters. While natively supporting up to 1080p from Blu-Ray discs the 640BD is also able to
upscale DVD discs to 1080p video resolution taking the viewer to the heart of movie action.
Meanwhile, 24 frames per second (fps) progressive scan True Cinema allows films to be watched
as the director intended at their original frame rate without conversion for the most natural jog free
panning and motion possible.

All this means the 640BD lives up to Cambridge Audio's philosophy of providing a passion for
performance to get the best out of any movie collection.

Please note, due to Cambridge Audio's policy of continuous improvement, specifications and
appearance may change without notice.
http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/04/c...-player-for-2/
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That should be a sweet one!
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I don't have any idea what company might manufacture this player, but I do recall that Winbase Electronics made a couple of universal DVD/SACD/DVD-A players for Cambridge Audio and those players were clones of Oppo players, also made by Winbase Electronics an Oppo affiliate. If Oppo announces a player for a similar release date, we might have a match.

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When its ships in February or March at a targeted $995, the Blu-ray player will be a Profile 2.0 model with BD Live capability
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http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6593770.html
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Nice. Would be a great match for my receiver and CD player.
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I would say it is likely that this Cambridge Audio Blu-ray player will be made by Winbase Electronics. I would expect BBK to have one for sale in countries where that brand markets Winbase manufactured players. It might not be clear until owners get their hands on the Cambridge Audio player, but just like the few universal SACD/DVD-A/DVD-V/CD players sold that were made by Winbase, once that happens, it can be determined. There is certainly nothing wrong with that and I expect the player to be really good, as were the universal players. I believe Cambridge Audio even had a clone of the original Oppo player, the DV971H, which excluded SACD and was a DVD-V/DVD-A/CD player.

If features are announced and the player also includes SACD/DVD-A, I would bet money it is made by Winbase Electronics. Cambridge Audio is an upper tier manufacturer at upper tier prices, but the OEM's used can certainly vary by product.

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Why do you think it is made by Winbase Electronics Chris? Did you read something that said this?
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Why do you think it is made by Winbase Electronics Chris? Did you read something that said this?
No, I haven't read a thing and I hope it is clear I am just speculating, but there has been a several year history of Cambridge Audio releasing universal DVD players that were made by Winbase Electronics. The timing of the announcement, the same time as the Winbase made Oppo Blu-ray player, the fact the Cambridge Audio DVD79 (Oppo DV971H clone), DVD89 (Oppo DV-970HD clone), DVD99 (Oppo DV-980H clone) were made by Winbase Electronics is the reason for the speculation. Of course I don't believe Cambridge Audio has the facility to make the player which means a Chinese OEM is likely the source. Put it all together and what would you come up with?

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Thanks for explaining it. Yeah, it makes sense as the likely mfg. I didn't know the history of Cambridge outsourced mfg.

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It makes sense that they would not build it themselves. The number of players they would sell is got to be a small number, the same for Oppo. Plus since most of these players are going to share the same internal parts like the drive and the SOC. I bet we could find the same design in at least one other player.
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