Cambridge Audio Azur 340C User`s manual

Cambridge Audio Azur 340C User`s manual
azur 340C
Compact Disc player
User’s manual
Cambridge Audio warrants this product to be free from defects in
materials and workmanship (subject to the terms set forth below).
Cambridge Audio will repair or replace (at Cambridge Audio's option) this
product or any defective parts in this product. Warranty periods may vary
from country to country. If in doubt consult your dealer and ensure that
you retain proof of purchase.
To obtain warranty service, please contact the Cambridge Audio
authorised dealer from which you purchased this product. If your dealer
is not equipped to perform the repair of your Cambridge Audio product,
it can be returned by your dealer to Cambridge Audio or an authorised
Cambridge Audio service agent. You will need to ship this product in
either its original packaging or packaging affording an equal degree of
Proof of purchase in the form of a bill of sale or receipted invoice, which
is evidence that this product is within the warranty period, must be
presented to obtain warranty service.
This Warranty is invalid if (a) the factory-applied serial number has been
altered or removed from this product or (b) this product was not
purchased from a Cambridge Audio authorised dealer. You may call
Cambridge Audio or your local country Cambridge Audio distributor to
confirm that you have an unaltered serial number and/or you purchased
from a Cambridge Audio authorised dealer.
This Warranty does not cover cosmetic damage or damage due to acts
of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use, or
modification of, or to any part of, the product. This Warranty does not
cover damage due to improper operation, maintenance or installation,
or attempted repair by anyone other than Cambridge Audio or a
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Cambridge Audio dealer, or authorised service agent which is authorised
to do Cambridge Audio warranty work. Any unauthorised repairs will void
this Warranty. This Warranty does not cover products sold AS IS or WITH
Some countries and US states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages or implied warranties so the above
exclusions may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific legal
rights, and you may have other statutory rights, which vary from state to
state or country to country.
340C Compact disc player
Thank you for purchasing this Cambridge Audio azur range CD player.
It is the result of our most extensive ever research and development
program in over three decades of producing quality audio products.
We hope that you will appreciate the results and enjoy many years of
listening pleasure.
your amplifier or the amplifiers output to your loudspeakers. A system is
only as good as its weakest link. For this reason we do not include cheap
"freebie" cables with any of our units. Your dealer can supply quality
Cambridge Audio interconnects that will ensure your whole system
realises its full potential.
Now we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy!
About this unit
The azur range utilises a highly advanced control system that has been
custom designed for Cambridge Audio. At the heart of this system is a
VLSI (very large scale integration) circuit which dynamically adjusts the
focusing, tracking and output level of the laser for the maximum
retrieval of digital information. This model also features separate digital
and analogue stabilised power supplies and high quality clock modules,
employing jitter regulation, which are coupled to the latest analogue
circuitry to give an outstanding level of performance and reliability.
Matthew Bramble
Technical Director
This attention to detail has resulted in CD players that are convincing in
the reproduction of both tonal colour and dynamic contrast, deliver a
vibrant and fluid performance with music of all types and are therefore
musically very involving.
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To gain the greatest musical rewards from this equipment we would
encourage you to use only high quality amplification and revealing
loudspeakers. We particularly recommend amplification from the
Cambridge Audio azur range, which has been designed to the same
exacting standards as our CD players.
Important Safety Instructions ....................................................................5
Interconnects and speaker cables are also something that shouldn't be
overlooked. Please do not compromise your system's performance by
using poor quality cables to connect your azur Compact Disc player to
Introduction ................................................................................................3
Safety precautions ......................................................................................4
Rear panel connections ..........................................................................6-7
Front Panel Controls ................................................................................6-7
Operating instructions ................................................................................8
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Plug fitting instructions (UK only)
For your own safety please read the following instructions carefully before
attempting to connect this unit to the mains.
Check that the rear of your unit indicates the correct supply voltage. If your mains
supply voltage is different, consult your dealer.
This unit is designed to operate only on the supply voltage and type that is
indicated on the rear panel of the unit. Connecting to other power sources may
damage the unit.
This equipment must be switched off when not in use and must not be used unless
correctly earthed. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the unit's
cover (or back). There are no user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to
qualified service personnel. If the power cord is fitted with a moulded mains plug
the unit must not be used if the plastic fuse carrier is not in place. Should you lose
the fuse carrier the correct part must be reordered from your Cambridge Audio
The lightning flash with the arrowhead symbol within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated
'dangerous voltage' within the product's enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to
alert the user to the presence of important operating and
maintenance instructions in the service literature relevant to this
This product complies with European Low Voltage (73/23/EEC)
and Electromagnetic Compatibility (89/336/EEC) Directives
when used and installed according to this instruction manual. For
continued compliance only Cambridge Audio accessories should
be used with this product and servicing must be referred to
qualified service personnel.
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The cord supplied with this appliance is factory fitted with a 13A mains plug fitted
with a 3A fuse inside. If it is necessary to change the fuse, it is important that a 3A
one is used. If the plug needs to be changed because it is not suitable for your
socket, or becomes damaged, it should be cut off and an appropriate plug fitted
following the wiring instructions below. The plug must then be disposed of safely,
as insertion into a 13A socket is likely to cause an electrical hazard. Should it be
necessary to fit a 3-pin BS mains plug to the power cord the wires should be fitted
as shown in this diagram. The colours of the wires in the mains lead of this
appliance may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the
terminals in your plug. Connect them as follows:The wire which is coloured BLUE must be
connected to the terminal which is marked
with the letter 'N' or coloured BLACK.
The wire which is coloured BROWN must be
connected to the terminal which is marked
with the letter 'L' or coloured RED
The wire which is coloured GREEN/YELLOW
must be connected to the terminal which is
marked with the letter 'E' or coloured
If your model does not have an earth wire,
then disregard this instruction.
If a 13 Amp (BS 1363) plug is used, a 3 Amp fuse must be fitted, or if any other
type of plug is used a 3 Amp or 5 Amp fuse must be fitted, either in the plug or
adaptor, or on the distribution board.
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Please take a moment to read these notes before installing your Azur CD
player, they will enable you to get the best performance and prolong the
life of the product. We advise you follow all instructions, heed all
warnings and keep the instructions for future reference.
The unit is of Class 1 construction and must be connected to a Mains
socket outlet with a protective earthing connection.
To clean the unit, wipe its case with a moist, lint-free cloth. Do not use
any cleaning fluids containing alcohol, ammonia or abrasives. Do not
spray an aerosol at or near your CD player.
Ensure that small objects do not fall through any ventilation grille. If this
happens, switch off immediately, disconnect from the mains supply and
contact your dealer for advice.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug.
A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A
grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The
wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement
of the obsolete outlet.
Do not route the power cable so that it can be walked upon or damaged
by other items near it.
The unit must be installed in manner that makes diconnection of mains
plug from the mains socket outlet (or appliance connector from the rear
of the unit) possible.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required
when the unit has been damaged in any way, such as a damaged powersupply cord or plug, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the
unit, the unit has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate
normally, or has been dropped.
This unit must be installed on a sturdy, level surface.
The unit requires ventilation. Do not situate it on a rug or other soft
surface and do not obstruct any air inlets or outlet grilles.
Do not place in a sealed area such as a bookcase or in a cabinet. Any
space open at the back (such as a dedicated equipment rack) is fine
Do not install near any heat sources auch as radiators, heat registers,
stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
WARNING - To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this
unit to rain or moisture. This unit must not be exposed to dripping or
splashing water or other liquids. No objects filled with liquid, such as
vases, shall be placed on the unit. In the event, switch off immediately,
disconnect from the mains supply and contact your dealer for advice.
If you do not intend to use this unit for a long period, switch it to Standby
and unplug it from the mains socket. Also unplug the unit during
lightning storms.
If you have checked the Troubleshooting guide in the manual with no
improvement, do not attempt to repair, dissassemble or reconstruct the
unit. A serious electric shock could result if this precautionary measure
is ignored.
Important Note
This unit has been designed to play Compact
Discs, Recordable CDs and Rewritable CDs
bearing the identification logo shown here. No
other discs can be used.
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AC power socket
Once you have completed all connections to the amplifier, plug the AC
Power Cable into an appropriate mains socket. Your Compact Disc player
is now ready for use.
This control switches the unit from Standby mode to On.
Line output
Allows you to open and close the disc tray thus making it possible to load
a disc. Pressing Play will also close the tray and start the CD.
Use good quality interconnect cables from these sockets to any line level
input on your amplifier.
Optical Digital output
Use this socket to connect to the input of a separate DAC or digital
recording machine. Use a high quality TOSLINK fibre optic interconnect
cable designed specifically for audio use.
Plays the disc and pauses play.
Stops the CD playing.
Coaxial Digital output
This coaxial output is for input to a separate DAC or digital recording
machine. Use a high quality 75 ohm digital RCA interconnect cable for
this connection (not one designed for normal audio use).
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Allows for skipping between tracks and also searching within tracks.
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Standby / On
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Loading and unloading discs
Normal disc play
1. Press the Standby/On switch.
1. Switch on your amplifier and set its input selector to the correct
position. Adjust the volume control to a minimum.
2. Press the Open/Close button.
3. When the disc tray has opened fully, place a disc carefully in the tray
with the label side facing up.
4. To close the disc tray, press the Open/Close button again. When the
tray with a correctly loaded disc is fully closed, the disc will start
turning automatically. After the CD player has read the disc it will be
ready to play. Pressing Play will also close the tray and start playing
the disc
5. The disc tray can be opened at any time by pressing the Open/Close
button. Only remove the disc after the tray has fully opened.
Do not put anything except a Compact Disc into the tray, foreign objects
may damage the mechanism.
2. Press the On/Standby switch.
3. Press the Open/Close button to open the disc tray, and load a disc.
4. Press the Open/Close button again to close the tray. The CD player
will read the disc and enter standby mode. Alternatively pressing Play
will close the tray and start playing the disc.
5. Press the Play button. The disc will start playing from the beginning
of the first track. When the last track has finished playing, the CD
player will return to standby mode.
6. To stop the disc at any point press the Stop button. Pressing the Play
button while the disc is playing will pause the disc. When the disc is
paused the display will flash, play can be resumed by pressing the
PLAY button again.
Do not force the tray by hand during the opening and closing operations.
Locating a specific track
To avoid dirt and dust entering the mechanism, keep the disc tray
1. Ensure that a disc is loaded and the player is in stopped mode.
If the Compact Disc is seriously scratched or too dirty the player may not
be able to read it or play it.
Never load more than one disc into the disc tray at one time.
2. Pressing the Skip/Scan Right button once will forward the CD by one
track. Repeat as necessary.
3. Press Play. The disc will play to the end of the disc and then return to
standby mode.
4. Pressing the Skip/Scan Left button will access the previous track.
During play, pressing reverse will firstly rewind the track playing.
Pressing again will then access the previous track.
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Locating a particular point in a track
3. Press Play. The CD Player will now play the entire disc in a random
1. Ensure that the disc is playing the desired track.
2. Press and hold the Skip/Scan Right button, the CD will then fast
forward in the track.
4. Press Random to exit Random function. The disc will continue playing
to the end in the correct order.
5. Press the Stop button at any time to stop the disc.
3. Release the button when the desired time has been reached. Play
will resume.
4. Press and hold the Skip/Scan Left button, the CD will then rewind in
the track.
Repeating discs and tracks
1. Ensure that the disc is playing.
2. Press the Repeat button on the remote handset. Repeat All will
appear on the display. The whole disc will now be repeated until the
function is turned off.
3. To repeat a specific track press Repeat twice while the track is
playing. Repeat will appear on the display and the selected track will
now be repeated until the function is turned off.
Using the intro function
1. Ensure that a disc is loaded. The player can be on or playing.
2. Press Intro on the remote handset. If the player is on it will
automatically play the first ten seconds of each track and then return
to standby mode. If a disc is being played when Intro is pressed the
player will progress to the next track and play the first ten seconds of
any remaining tracks.
3. Press Intro again at any time to enter normal play mode.
Using the A-B function
1. Ensure that the disc is playing. The A-B function will allow you to
continuously repeat a specific section of a track.
4. Press Repeat again to turn off the repeat function.
Playing tracks in a random order
1. Ensure that a disc is loaded and the player is on.
2. Press the Random button on the remote handset. Random will
appear on the display.
2. Press the Repeat button on the remote handset at the beginning of
the section you want to loop. The A-B icon will be displayed and the
player will memorise the time A-B was pressed.
3. Press A-B again at the end of the section that you want to loop. The
player will now continuously repeat the selected section.
4. Press A-B again to return to normal play mode.
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Using the Remain function
6. Press Play. The programmed tracks will play.
1. Ensure that the disc is playing.
7. You can use the skip and search functions to move through your
programmed selection in the same way as normal playback.
2. Press the Remain button on the remote handset once to display the
time remaining on the track playing.
3. Press Remain a second time to show remaining number of tracks and
total disc time remaining.
8. Pressing Stop once will stop play and pressing Stop twice at any time
will wipe the program and return the player to stopped mode.
Using the remote handset
4. Press Remain again to return to normal play mode.
Using the Space function
1. You can use the numerical keys on your supplied remote handset to
choose tracks.
2. Ensure that a disc is loaded. The player can be on or playing.
1. Ensure that a disc is loaded. The player can be on or playing.
2. Press Space on the remote handset. Space will appear on the display
and a four second gap will be put between each track played.
Programming disc play
1. Ensure that a disc is loaded and the player is on.
2. Press Program on the remote handset. The Program setup will
appear in the display.
3. Using the skip/scan buttons or the remote handset skip to the track
number that you want to program as your first track.
4. Press Program. The desired track is now entered and the program
number increases by one.
5. Repeat steps three and four until all your desired tracks are entered.
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3. Simply press the number of the desired track and the player will play
the disc from the start of that track.
4. If the track number required is greater than ten press -/-- followed by
the track number.
Note: When pressing the Skip/Scan button on the remote, the skip and
search buttons are separate. Pressing the skip buttons on the remote
means the CD player will only skip between tracks and will not search
within the tracks. Search will only search within the tracks.
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There is no power
Ensure the AC power cord is connected securely.
Ensure the plug is fully inserted into the wall socket and is switched on.
Check fuse in the mains plug or adaptor.
The player will not read the disc
D/A Converter
Freq response (-0.5dB)
10Hz to 20kHz
Check the disc is not loaded upside down.
Check that the disc is not too scratched or dirty.
There is no sound
Dynamic Range
> 89dB
Ensure that the amplifier is set correctly.
Check that the interconnects are inserted correctly.
Digital Outputs
Opt and Coax
Dimensions (mm) (H x W x D)
70 x 430 x 310
Weight (kg)
The disc is skipping
Check that the disc is not too scratched or dirty.
Ensure the player is on a firm surface and not subject to vibrations.
There is a hum coming from the speaker
Ensure that all cable connections are secure.
The remote handset will not function
Check that the batteries have not expired.
Ensure that nothing is blocking the remote sensor.
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Part No. AP15575/1
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