Quad Artera Play & Stereo COMBO
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Quad Artera Stereo
From the transformer to the input terminals, each section of the Artera has been engineered from the ground up to ensure power, musicality and stability.
Quad Artera Stereo produces 140 Watts RMS per channel ample power for driving first-class loudspeakers, unfaltering even under high dynamic and transient conditions thanks to Quad's patented Current Dumping technology. Special attention has also been paid to the newly developed balanced XLR inputs.
The robust connections are yet another string to the Artera Stereo's bow, with an incomparable signal to noise ratio.
What is Current Dumping?
This compact yet potent power amplifier sports the latest iteration of Quad's famous Current Dumping topology, first introduced in the legendary Quad 405 - one of the most lauded British audio components of all time, and still the only amplifier design to have earned the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement.
Current Dumping is essentially a method of marrying the superior sonic purity of Class A amplification with the greater efficiency of class AB. An extremely high quality, low-power Class A amplifier provides the signal quality, while a high-power Current Dumping section delivers the muscle to keep the speakers under control.
These two amplifier circuits are then combined via a precision network to perfectly impose the finesse of the Class A output with the power of the currnet dumping section. Resulting in a relatively compact and cool- running power amplifier capable of delivering a captivating combination of dynamic power, vice-like grip, and sumptious sonic detail.
|Rated Output Power||2 x 140 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms|
|Frequency Response||20Hz - 70kHz (+/-3dB)|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||
< 0.003% (100W, 1kHz)
< 0.03% (100W, 20hZ - 20kHz)
|Signal to Noise Ratio||115dB (A Weighted)|
15k (Line Input)
10k (Balanced Input)
2 x RCA (Unbalanced)
2 x XLR (Balanced)
|Dimensions (H x W x D) in mm||158 x 320 x 320mm|
|Available Colours||Black or Silver|
Quad Artera Play
Combining a sleek user interface with the latest high definition audio technology Quad 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. Artera Play beautifully complements the sonic realism and power of Artera Stereo.
Designed to be operated by even the least tech savvy user, Artera Play features a simple interface and ultra-sleek design, the inspiration of consultant designer Rodney Mead who is the man behind the Industrial Design of such QUAD classics as the 606.
Behind the simply beautiful fascia lies a wealth of hidden technology that comprises a fully capable Digital/Analogue pre-amplifier that can handle ultra-high resolution playback up to 32bit/384kHz in addition to DSD64/128/256 files through the USB input. A new slot-loading CD mechanism buffers data read from the disc before feeding it asynchronously, for minimum jitter, to the powerful ESS9018 8 channel DAC.
|D/A Converter||ESS Sabre ES9018|
|DAC Resolution||32bit / 384kHz|
|Frequency Response||20Hz - 20kHz (+/- 0.2dB)|
0V - 2.5 Vrms (Line Output)
0V - 5 Vrms (Balanced Output)
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||< 0.001% (20Hz - 20kHz)|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||
> 110dB (1kHz)
> 118dB (Weighted, 1kHz)
|Channel Separation||> 100dB (1kHz)|
|USB Input||1 x USB (Supports HID)|
|USB Sampling Frequency||44.1kHz - 384kHz|
|USB DSD support||DSD64, DSD128, DSD256|
|Digital Audio Inputs||
2 x RCA Coax 75 Ohms, SPDIF
2 x Optical TosLink, SPDIF
|Digital Audio Outputs||
1 x RCA Coax 75 Ohms, SPDIF
1 x Optical TosLink, SPDIF
|Digital Input Sampling Frequency||44.1kHz - 192kHz|
|Analogue Inputs||2 x RCA Line Inputs|
1 x RCA
1 x Balanced XLR
|Dimensions (H x W x D) in mm||105 x 320 x 320mm|
|Available Colours||Black or Silver|