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Quad Artera Play+ CD / DAC / Pre Amp with Artera Stereo Power Amplifier


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Quad Artera Play+ CD / DAC / Pre Amp with Artera Stereo Power Amplifier

Quad Artera Play+ CD / DAC / Pre Amp with Artera Stereo Power Amplifier

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The Artera Play+ is a preamplifier, CD player and DAC it is the perfect match for the high power of the Artera Stereo power amplifier The Artera Play+ Combines the sleek user interface with the latest high definition audio technology. 

Hi-Res Compatibility

Despite their attractive simplicity, the three Artera components deliver exceptional sophistication beneath the skin. At the heart of the Artera Play and Artera Solus nestles the ESS Sabre32 9018; a 32-bit, eight-channel hybrid multi-bit Delta-Sigma DAC considered by many to be the finest D/A converter chip available for stereo sound.


This is Quad’s first series to utilise the ESS Sabre DAC, and external digital sources can benefit from its exceptional quality via a range of digital inputs. These include USB, with support for PCM data up to 32-bit/384kHz and also DSD64/128/256, ensuring the Artera Play+, and Artera Solus are fully equipped to make the most of today’s hi-res music formats, as well as future advances in ultra-high-definition digital sound.

Artera Stereo

From the transformer to the input terminals, each section of the Artera Stereo has been engineered from the ground up to ensure power, musicality and stability. The 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 the patented Current Dumping technology. Special attention has also been paid to the newly developed balanced XLR inputs. .

Iconic Amplifier Technology

This compact yet potent power amp 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 amp design to have earned a Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement.

Filters To Suit Every Ear


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 you to tailor the Artera Play + sound, with both CDs and external digital sources, to suit personal taste and the nature of the source material.

Each player within the series features a preamp section which 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.


Artera Play+ Specifications

General Description CD Player, DAC, Pre-Amp
Key Technology & Features DSD (up to DSD256 Compatible)
Bluetooth aptX
Audio File Formats ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, AAC- HE, AAC+, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
D/A Converter ESS ES9018 32bit DAC
USB Input USB B (PC / MAC)
Digital Audio Inputs 2 × Optical Toslink, 2 × RCA(DIG1, DIG2)
Digital Audio Outputs 1 × Optical Toslink, 1 x RCA (DIG)
Analogue Inputs 2 × RCA(AUX1, AUX2)
Analogue Outputs 2 x RCA, 2 x Balanced XLR, 6.3mm Headphone Jack
Sample Rate (USB B) 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 384kHz
Sample Rate (USB A) 44.1kHz, 48kHz
Sample Rate (Digital Inputs / Outputs) 44.1 - 192kHz
Standby Power Consumption <0.5W
Pre-Amplifier Section
Output Level (1kHz) Variable Output 0 - 4 Vrms (Pre Outputs)
0 – 8 Vrms (Balanced Outputs)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz, 1kHz (± 0.2dB)
Total Harmonic Distortion <0.002% (20Hz-20kHz)
Signal to Noise Ration(S/N) >103dB (1kHz)
>110dB (A Weighted, 1kHz)
Channel Separation >100dB (1kHz)
Dimensions (Unpacked) (H x W x D) 320 x 105 x 320mm
Net Weight 9.04kg

 

Artera Stereo Specifications

General Description Power Amplifier
Rated Output Power 140W 8 ohm (<1% THD,1kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion <0.003% (100W, 1kHz)
<0.03% (100W, 20Hz-20kHz)
Frequency Response -0.5dB (20Hz-20kHz, ref. 1kHz)
-3dB (20Hz-70kHz, ref. 1kHz)
Input Sensitivity 980mV(RCA line in)
Input Impedance 10kohm (Balanced)
15kohm (Unbalanced)
Signal to Noise Ration(S/N) 115dB (A weighted, ref. 140W)
Maximum Power Consumption 750W
Inputs 2 x XLR, RCA
Outputs Speaker A+B
Standby Power Consumption <0.5W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 320 x 158 x 338mm
Weight 15kg
Quad Artera Play+ CD / DAC / Pre Amp with Artera Stereo Power Amplifier
Quad Artera Play+ CD / DAC / Pre Amp with Artera Stereo Power Amplifier Sale price£2,499.00 Regular price£2,948.00