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Cambridge Audio DVD79
5 Reviews
rating  3.4 of 5
MSRP 
Description: <ul> <li>Digital video transfer to the latest video</li> <li>LCD screens and projectors</li> <li>Excellent audio performance</li> <li>Dolby Digital and DTS surround soundtracks</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kds a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2006

Bottom Line:   
To follow up on an earlier post, Cambridge Audio has now finally posted a firmware upgrade on its website. I did the upgrade myself and it seems to have completed without error. However, it is unclear if there are improvements. The lip sync problems persist after the upgrade.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   HiFi Klubben



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by zuil a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Hello, here i am again. A year ago i was very happy with my cambridge audio dvd79, it has an excellent platform and deliveres good picture through the dvi output. But time has passed and here i am again... Cambridge audio had a winner product because of its oem hardware, wich is one the best still today, all they had to do was to listen to buyers feedback and make some firmware upgrades, just like oppo did. But no, cambridge audio dodged arround the issue in the cambridge audio forum, then said the were going to deliver a firmware upgrade two weeks ago, and now they extinguished the forum... I´ve got tired of their promises and done the upgrade with the oppo dv971h firmware and bought a kameleon universal remote (ask for the individual function codes by mail to the one-for-all support team) and what a great dvd player i have now.
So honestly follow advice of the other reviewer and buy the oppo dv971h, its cheaper, same great hardware, and new excellent firmware features.
Visit: http://www.oppodigital.com/
This hardware was rated with the highest score on multiple benchmark magazines.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $295.00

Purchased At:   fnac



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by magda a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2005

Bottom Line:   
The DVD79 from Cambridge audio uses a great platform. Its identical to the Oppo OPDV971H and the BBK in Europe. Although its a nicer looking player than the other two and the built quality seems better Cambridge is unable to keep up with the other two companies which have since released several firmware updates to adress a number of issues. I myself have updated the cambridge with the oppo firmware and the image quality has improved significantly. I cant honsetly reccoment this player however. Anyone looking at this should first check out the following forum :
http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/forums/view_messages.php?CID=4&TID=2729&Title=DVD79+DCDi+Azur+540D+Oppo+Firmware+Problems

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Dealer



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zuil a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Excellent product. Affordable way into digital video transfer. Produces the most beautiful image i´ve ever seen throught the dvi-d output, being capable of displaying resolutions up to 1080p.
It´s able to decode Divx and DVD-audio.
In the audio section, has 24bits 192 khz DACs which produce very good stereo performance, way above average, for this price tag. It´s capable of playing dvd´s filled with mp3´s without any errors but the interface is a bit limited since only the first 13 caracters of the filename appears. Beyond that flaw, it´s the best mp3 performance i´ve heard, it sounds solid and detailed yet refined. The bass is fast and treble is clear. The DAC´s are so good that i´m using the analog output (gold plated) of the player with Kimber PBJ interconnect.
Overall: great value, great player

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $295.00

Purchased At:   fnac



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aemarques a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I'm a Portuguese journalist and I recently reviewed this machine for my magazine.
This is an amazing piece of kit for the money (€ 295 in Portugal), with great build quality inside and out.
The picture quality is amazing for this price, and the machine also is a good audio player performer - including DVD-A support.
Some quirks, though: the component (analogue) output is capable of interlaced video only and the remote is bellow par, with too many similar (and small) keys.
However, there are some interesting features, and some of them you can’t even learn from looking at the manual or consulting the Cambridge Audio site: DVI out (up to 720p/1080i) is not HDCP compliant, which is a good thing if your TV/Projector also does not support HDCP protected content; and there is a Faroudja DCDi processor/scaler inside! Yes – a Genesis FLI2310 chip, in this case used only for the digital output, since the analogue output is interlaced only.
It’s a mystery, why CA does not publicize this – probably because using the DCDi logo costs money?
Anyway – this is a great machine, excellent for audio and amazing for video, with the added bonus of a DVI out at a great price.
Oh, yes - and it is multiregion out of the box...

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004




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