Cambridge Audio - CXU - Universal Blu Ray Player

CXU

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Universal 3D Blu-ray player with digital inputs and Wi-Fi®

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Product Highlights:

  • plays standard and 3D Blu-ray discs, SACDs, DVD-Audio discs, DVDs, and CDs
  • includes Darbee's adjustable Visual Presence technology, which enhances video quality for more depth and realism
  • five Wolfson WM8740 24-bit/192kHz audio digital-to-analog converters
  • Adaptive Time Filtering (ATF) upsamples audio to 24-bit/192kHz for high-resolution sound from all sources
  • Internet-ready — play videos from YouTube™ and view photos from PicasaBD-Live and BonusView support for added bonus features with compatible discs — includes 1GB of built-in memory for downloadable content
    • includes wireless adapter with optional extension cable for Wi-Fi networking
    • streams photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • all-metal casing for reduced resonance
  • backlit remote control with rubber grip
  • cannot play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs
  • does not support Netflix® video streaming
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p and 4K (Ultra High Definition) via HDMI output (requires compatible display)
  • video upconversion for DVD and digital sources (HDMI only)
  • 2D-to-3D conversion (3D-compatible display required)
  • HDMI version 1.4a for 3D video, Deep Color, x.v.Color, High-Bit-Rate Audio, and HDMI-CEC control
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • dual HDMI audio/video inputs, including front-panel MHL-compatible input for use with tablets and smartphones
  • dual HDMI outputs for 3D video capability with non-3D-compatible A/V receivers
  • audio outputs include stereo RCA, 7.1-channel RCA, and optical and coaxial digital
  • optical and coaxial digital audio inputs
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • 3 USB ports (1 front and 2 rear) for photo/video/music playback
  • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
  • plays DSD files (2.8 MHz .dsf files) from network and USB storage devices (may require firmware update)
  • RS-232C port for automated control systems
  • detachable power cord
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-1/8"H x 14"D
  • weight: 11 lbs.

Disc & USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Cambridge Audio CXU universal disc player is compatible with many disc types:

Disc TypeDisc Description
Blu-rayBD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE 
DVDDVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CDCD-Audio, SACD, HDCD, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray provides these key features and advantages.

  • 1080p Video Resolution: Blu-ray disc delivers full 1080p video resolution to provide pristine picture quality.
  • 25GB/50GB Capacity: Blu-ray disc offers up to 5x the capacity of standard DVDs; 25GB for single layer disc and 50GB for dual layer disc.
  • 7.1ch Audio: Blu-ray disc provides as many as 7.1 channels of native, uncompressed surround sound for crystal-clear audio entertainment.
  • Enhanced Interactivity: Enjoy such capabilities as seamless menu navigation, bonus features, and network/internet connectivity.
  • DVD Compatible: Blu-ray disc players enable you to continue to view and enjoy your existing DVD library. 

Blu-ray 3D: Blu-ray 3D is the Blu-ray disc video format for 3-dimensional (3D) video playback developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). Supporting Full HD (1080p), so you can enjoy high quality 3D video. TV and Blu-ray titles are also required to be 3D compatible to enjoy the 3D experience. Adding a 3D capable A/V Receiver will provide a more engaging audio and video consumer experience.

DVD-Audio: DVD-Audio is an extension of the highly popular DVD format, distinguished by its capability to deliver high quality multi-channel audio capability previously unavailable in traditional packaged audio media.

SACD: Super Audio CD uses a technology called Direct Stream Digital (DSD) to convert music into a digital signal that can be stored on a disc. Compared to the traditional PCM method (the technology used for CD), DSD offers a much higher resolution by following more closely the original waveform of music. With a frequency response of over 100kHz and a dynamic range over 120dB across the audible frequency range, some 64x higher resolution then CD , Super Audio CD offers music reproduction that reveals details you just can't hear on a normal CD.

3 USB Ports: The CXU is equipped with three USB 2.0 (type-A) ports, one on the front of the unit and two on the back. You may use any USB port to plug in a USB mass storage class (MSC) device loaded with digital music, movies, and photo files. USB drives must be formatted with the FAT, FAT32 or NTFS file system.

Firmware Updates: As Blu-ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet via the rear panel Ethernet terminal. Occasionally, Cambridge Audio may release new firmware for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Check Cambridge Audio's website for the latest firmware & software updates. 

Video Section

HDMI 1.4a: The Cambridge Audio CXU universal disc player is equipped with twin HDMI 1.4a outputs and dual HDMI 1.4a inputs. 

  • Twin HDMI Outputs: Separately configurable, twin HDMI outputs let you send high quality video to multiple displays, or 3D video to a display and separate HDMI audio to a non-3D AV receiver. For projector users, you can connect one HDMI output to a projector for home theater use and the other to a TV for casual viewing. Both HDMI outputs support 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 4K video signals.
  •  Dual HDMI Inputs: The CXU provides two HDMI inputs (one on the front-panel and one on the rear-panel) to connect external devices to take further advantage of its excellent audio and video processing. Both HDMI inputs accept up to 1080p high-definition video signal. The front HDMI input even supports MHL, for mobile device playback from smartphones or a digital camcorder.
Notes: The universal disc player does not feature any analog video inputs or outputs; such as composite, component, or S-video.

DARBEE Visual Presence Technology: The Cambridge Audio CXU uses DARBEE Visual Presence technology to deliver stunning video playback.  DARBEE Visual Presence technology can be applied each HDMI input and for any digital content via USB. Processing is adjustable, allowing you to customize the visual enhancement to suit your needs. And for ultimate flexibility, you can set your preferred DARBEE mode individually for each of the different video inputs.

4K Up-Scaling: The Cambridge Audio CXU universal disc player further enhances your home theater experience with 4x the resolution of Full HD 1080p, by up-scaling all video sources to 4K (3840 x 2160) output resolution.

1080p/24p Playback: Many Blu-ray Discs are recorded at 24 frames-per-second (fps), the same frame rate as the original movie's theatrical release. The CXU can faithfully redeliver the original frames using 1080p 24Hz output (compatible display required) for smoother motion and a flicker-free, film-like home theater experience. DVD 24P Conversion allows you to enable 24Hz frame rate conversion for DVD for smoother motion picture experience.

3D-Video Ready: The Cambridge Audio CXU lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc movies in full HD 1080p. 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter and glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection. 

x.v.Color: x.v.Color reproduces a wider range of color than the HDTV standard, showing almost all of the colors that the human eye can detect. Currently there is no x.v.Color software available on Blu-ray, but the CXU is ready to take advantage of x.v.Color discs when they become available.

Deep Color: The HDMI output supports Deep Color, increasing the number of bits available for transmission, meaning more colors are displayed. The CXU can provide 4,096 shades of each of the three primary colors, for a total of 68.7 billion possible colors. This results in greater color fidelity, smooth tonal transitions, and ultra-fine gradations between colors. It also enables more shades of gray, for higher contrast ratio.

Picture Settings: You can fine-tune the universal disc player's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, &  noise reduction. You can create and store up to 3 picture setting modes to suit a variety of viewing conditions and content types. The universal disc player also offers more advanced picture settings like Detail Enhancement (which further enhances contrast), Edge Enhancement (which further enhances sharpness), & Video Smoothing (which further enhances smooth video motion).

Bonus View: The Bonus View feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.

Audio Section

5 Wolfson DACs + ATF Audio Upsampling: The CXU features 5 separate Wolfson WM8740 DACs and Cambridge Audio's proprietary ATF audio upsampling (Adaptive Time Filtering). Wired or wireless and whatever input, or file quality, the CXU upsamples all audio to 24-bit/192kHz, for stunning hi-res performance. Digital jitter, which affects all digital music is taken care of by ATF for exceptional sound. '

7.1ch & 2Ch Analog Outputs: Make the most of the Wolfson DACs and audio upsampling on-board, by connecting the CXU's multichannel analog audio outputs (7.1ch) to the multichannel inputs of the perfectly matched CXR200 AV Receiver, for the highest quality digital to analog conversion and 24-bit/192kHz audio upsampling. A dedicated 2-channel analogue stereo output guarantees the best possible stereo sound. The analog outputs can be set to fixed or variable giving you the option of connecting the player directly to a power amplifier without a preamp. 

Digital Audio Formats: The universal disc player's HDMI output is capable of multi-channel bitstream (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, and DTS) and multi-channel PCM output. The optical and coaxial digital outputs pass either Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream, or 2-channel PCM.

  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD delivers lossless studio master quality audio designed specifically for high definition entertainment. The BDP-103 supports bit-stream output of Dolby TrueHD via its HDMI 1.4a output. It can also internally decode Dolby TrueHD into LPCM and output via HDMI or the 7.1ch analog audio output terminals. Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio formats are also supported.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio delivers an auditory experience that matches the lifelike images of high-definition video with up to 7.1ch that are bit-for-bit identical to the studio master. The BDP-103 supports bit-stream output of DTS-HD Master Audio. It can also internally decode DTS-HD Master Audio and output via HDMI or the 7.1ch analog audio output terminals. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and DTS Digital Surround are also supported. 

Digital Audio Inputs & Outputs: The Cambridge Audio CXU universal disc player provides Optical & Coaxial digital inputs, along with Optical & Coaxial digital outputs. 

  • Optical & Coax Digital  Outputs: For simple and easy connection to more traditional A/V receivers, the CXU features both optical and coaxial outputs for digital audio. The optical and coaxial digital inputs support 48k LPCM, 96k LPCM, 192k PCM, and Bitstream (Dolby Digital/DTS). Due to bandwidth limitations, high resolution audio formats such as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio cannot be sent through the coaxial or optical digital audio output. A reduced resolution version of the same audio track will be output instead.
  • Optical & Coax Digital Inputs: The Cambridge Audio CXU's optical (toslink) digital input and coaxial (RCA) digital input allows it to act as a high quality upsampling Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) to improve the sound from other devices, such as set top boxes, games consoles, or disc players. The optical and coaxial digital connections support up to 24-bit/192kHz, 2ch PCM audio.

Audio Format Chart: The following chart provides a reference to what type of audio signal can be expected (when Secondary Audio is off):

Source FormatHDMI OutputCoaxial/Optical OutputAnalog Multi-Channel Output
BitstreamLPCMBitstreamLPCM
LPCM 2chLPCM 2chLPCM 2chLPCM 2chLPCM 2ch2ch
LPCM 5.1chLPCM 5.1chLPCM 5.1chLPCM 2chLPCM 2ch5.1ch
LPCM 7.1chLPCM 7.1chLPCM 7.1chLPCM 2chLPCM 2ch7.1ch
Dolby DigitalDolby DigitalLPCM 5.1chDolby DigitalLPCM 2ch5.1ch
Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital PlusLPCM up to 7.1chDolby DigitalLPCM 2chup to 7.1ch
Dolby TrueHDDolby TrueHDLPCM up to 24-bit/192kHz 7.1chDolby DigitalLPCM 2chup to 7.1ch
DTSDTSLPCM up to 7.1chDTSLPCM 2chup to 5.1ch
DTS-HD High ResolutionDTS-HD High ResolutionLPCM up to 7.1chDTSLPCM 2chup to 7.1ch
DTS-HD Master AudioDTS-HD Master AudioLPCM up to 24-bit/192kHz 7.1chDTSLPCM 2chup to 7.1ch

ARC (Audio Return Channel): Audio Return Channel (ARC) is a feature introduced in HDMI v1.4 which allows you to send digital audio signals from the television back to the player or your receiver. Instead of listening through the TV speakers, ARC allows the sound to be processed and produced by your home theater audio system.

Pure Audio Mode: You can enjoy higher quality music audio by turning off the video processing and output. The Pure Audio mode reduces any potential interference between the video and audio signals. Because HDMI carries audio together with video, the HDMI video signal cannot be completely turned off. A black screen is transmitted instead to minimize any potential interference.

A/V Sync: Allows you to add a slight delay to the audio so it is synchronized to the video. The delay can be adjusted in 10ms steps and within the range of -100ms to +200ms. The delayed time will be applied to all output terminals including HDMI 1 and 2, Coaxial, Optical, and 7.1 outputs.

Dynamic Range Control (DRC): DRC can smooth out the sonic peaks and valleys common with wide-range digital audio. Enabling DRC may make low level audio more audible during low-level listening. The Dynamic Range Compression is applied on the analog audio output; it also works on the digital audio output (HDMI, Coaxial and Optical) when the audio format is set to PCM.

Down Mix Mode: Down mix is the process of converting multi-channel audio to less number of channels. For example, converting a 5.1ch source to stereo, or converting a 7.1ch source to 5.1ch. Down mixing allows the audio output from the player to match the exact number of speakers available in your home theater. The following down mix modes are available.

  • LT/RT: Left Total/Right Total. The center and surround channels are mixed into the two front channels according to the LT/RT matrix. A Dolby Pro Logic receiver will decode the two-channel audio into surround audio.
  • Stereo: This mode down-mixes multi-channel audio to 2-channel stereo output. For original stereo content the output will not change. For original multi-channel content the surround and center channels will be mixed with the left and right front channels. Recommended for use with TV sets or stereo receiver/amplifiers.
  • 5.1Ch: This mode enables 5.1ch decoded audio output. The number of actual output channels depends on the disc. If the source content has more channels, the surround back channels will be mixed into the surround channels.
  • 7.1Ch: This mode enables 7.1ch decoded audio output. The number of actual output channels depends on the disc. For 6.1ch contents, the left and right surround back speakers will both output the same surround back audio channel. 

Speaker Settings: In the Speaker Setting menu you can configure speaker distance, speaker size, and trim level.

  • Test Tone: Test tone is a special group of artificially-created sounds that are used to test your audio speaker system and help to identify any wiring faults.
  • Speaker Size: The speaker size parameter sets bass filtering control for the speakers. The options are:Speaker Distance: The speaker distance parameters set delay control for the corresponding audio channel. The delay is used to compensate for the audio time difference caused by the placement of speakers.
    • Large: Bass frequencies are passed to the speakers.
    • Small: Bass frequencies are not passed to the speakers to reduce possible distortion. If the subwoofer is available, bass frequencies are redirected to the subwoofer.
    • On (for subwoofer only): Specifies that a subwoofer is available
    • Off: Speaker for the corresponding position does not exist. Audio for the missing speaker is redirected to other speakers or discarded if redirection is not possible. 
  • Trim Level: The speaker trim level parameters sets the volume of each individual channel. Channel trim is generally not required since most A/V receivers have the capability to adjust. 

Network & Bluetooth Connectivity

Wired or Wireless Network Compatible: The Cambridge Audio CXU universal disc player offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi dongle) connection to your home network for play back of  audio, video, or photo files from UPnP and DLNA servers and from NAS drives; plus online services like YouTube & Picasa.

  • Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The CXU universal disc player is fitted with an Ethernet (R-J45) port to connect directly to your home's network hub. Only connect the LAN port of the player to an Ethernet port that supports 10BASE-T or 100BASE-TX.
  • WiFi Dongle/Antenna: The Cambridge Audio CXU includes a USB-WiFi dongle/WLAN aerial antenna which plugs into the player's rear-panel USB port. This USB-WiFi dongle/antenna wirelessly connects the AV receiver to your home network. The CXU supports 802.11 b/g/n (in 2.4GHz only) with WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption. The unit has a wireless range of 30-98'. 
Note: It is not recommended to use a WiFi connection for music files above 16 bits, 44.1/48kHz (if lossless/uncompressed).

YouTube & Picasa: When connected to your home's network and the internet, the Cambridge Audio CXU offers access to online services likeYouTube &Picasa.

BD-Live: BD-Live is a collection of online interactive features that content providers may include with a Blu-ray Disc movie to enhance your enjoyment of that movie, providing you a compelling new world of extended interactivity. BD-Live includes access to studio-specified Internet sites that provide you the ability to, for example, download current movie trailers or other exclusive content, play movie related games, enhance the content of their disc, chat with other viewers, play games with other BD-Live connected players, and much more. Blu-ray players and movies must both support BD-Live in order to use the technology.

Optional Bluetooth Adapter: Simply plug in the Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth Audio Receiver (779BT100, sold separately) into the universal disc player's rear-panel USB (type-A) port for wireless music streaming from many of today's most popular Bluetooth supporting devices; such as Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, and more. The BT100 even supports the high-quality Bluetooth aptX CODEC, so you can stream audiophile quality music from your Bluetooth-enabled Android (OS 4.0+) device to the Cambridge Audio CXU.

Remote & Convenience Features

IR Remote: The Cambridge Audio CXU includes a slim-line IR remote control for wireless operation of the universal disc player. The IR remote also operates other Cambridge Audio devices, like CX series integrated amplifiers and receivers. This full-backlit remote features an intuitive button layout with clear labeling. 

  • IR Input: The CXU features a 3.5mm IR input. If the player is to be installed in an equipment cabinet where direct line-of-sight is not available for the remote control you can purchase an external IR Remote Sensor (sold separately) and plug it into the IR input. Then place the sensor head at a location where there is direct line-of-sight to ensure reliable operation.
  • HDMI CEC: HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI CEC) simplifies your home theater by allowing a single remote control to operate multiple devices through HDMI connection.

RS-232C Port: For custom installation, the CXU offers an RS232 control port with a rich control and communication protocol. Installers can easily program their favorite control systems to operate the universal disc player.

Standby Modes: The universal disc player offers two standby modes. The Energy Efficient mode only use 0.5W of power in standby, but the player's startup is slower. In Quick Start mode, the player starts up significantly faster but uses more power in standby.

  • Start Up/Play Back Time In Energy Efficient Mode: Start-up time of approximately 15.7 seconds, and playback time of approximately 24.3 seconds.
  • Start Up/Play Back Time In Quick Start Mode: Start-up time of approximately 8.3 seconds, and playback time of approximately 19.1 seconds.
Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the player initially turned off and in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.

Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to set a rating limit based on the age of the viewer, preventing your children from viewing inappropriate material. Playback will stop if the ratings exceed the level you set, and it will require you to enter a 4-digit password before the disc will play back.

Auto Power Off: The universal disc player will automatically shut down after 30 minutes of inactivity. This can help to reduce power consumption and increase player life.

Features and Specs 

General
Surround Sound DecodingDolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HDNo
3D CapableYes
Internet Movie StreamingYouTube, Picasa
Built-in Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n
DLNA CertifiedAudio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App ControlNo
DVD Video Upconversion720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K
Multibrand RemoteNo

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