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Quad Artera Play CD Player / Preamp / DAC

£1,199.95
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Combining a sleek user interface with the latest high definition audio technology Artera Play CD player and DAC is the perfect match for the high power drive of Artera Stereo. Enjoy your music with ultra-high resolution playback up to 32bit/384kHz in addition to DSD64/128/256 files through the USB input.

For CD replay, a new slot-loading mechanism buffers data from the disc before feeding it asynchronously (in order to minimise time domain errors known as ‘jitter’) to the DAC section. 

Four digital filter options enable users to tailor the Artera Play’s sound, with both CDs and external digital sources, to suit personal taste and the nature of the source material.

The Artera Play’s preamp section boasts a balanced Class A output stage. Two coaxial and two optical inputs cater for external digital sources alongside the USB input, with a pair of RCA phono inputs handling analogue sources. Analogue outputs are supplied in both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR varieties; a pair of digital outputs (optical and coaxial) and a 12V trigger output complete a comprehensive array of connectivity options.

Quad gave its team of designers and engineers a specific brief for Artera: combine the qualities that have made Quad one of Britain’s most revered hi-fi marques for many decades with fresh industrial design and the very latest high- performance audio technologies. 

To this end, Quad enlisted the help of Rodney Mead, the man responsible for the styling of many classic Quad products in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, to brainstorm design concepts that would lead to Artera – a Quad component range fit for 2016 and beyond.

Artera’s crisp, clean aesthetic both evokes Quad’s past and looks forward to the future, with a textured aluminium front panel, thick glass top and CNC-routed heat sinks on either side. The housing provides a rugged structure that resists interference from external vibrations, and the Artera Play’s fascia incorporates an intuitive touch-sensitive control that contributes greatly to its sleek design.

General Description CD Player & DAC
D/A Converter ESS ES9018 32bit DAC
Output Level (1kHz) 0 - 2.5 Vrms (PRE Outputs)
0 - 5 Vrms (Balanced Outputs)
L/R Channel Difference ±0.02dB (1kHz)
Frequency Response -0.2dB (20Hz-20kHz, 1kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion <0.001% (20Hz-20kHz)
Linearity ±0.01dB (20Hz-20kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N) >110dB (1kHz)
>118dB (Weighted, 1kHz)
Channel Separation >100dB (1kHz)
USB Input 1 × USB (Support HID)
USB Input Sampling Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 384kHz
USB DSD DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Digital Audio Inputs 2 × Optical TOSlink
2 × RCA (DIG1, DIG2)
Digital Audio Outputs 1 × Optical TOSlink
1 ×RCA (DIG)
Digital Inputs & outputs Sampling Rates 44.1 - 192kHz
Analogue Inputs 2 × RCA(AUX1, AUX2)
Analogue Outputs 2 x XLR, RCA (PRE)
Dimension (W x D x H) 320 x 320 x 105mm
Weight 8.5 kg

Warranty Information

2 Years

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