The Quad Artera Play is a compact up to date CD and pre-amplifier that is not just stylish to look at but packed with connections and features that will enable you to enjoy your music from many sources and in many formats.
So, what connections are we talking about?
When we take a look at the inputs, of course we have the 2 RCA analogue inputs but this being a new QUAD product it also comes complete with a very competent Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) that has optical, coaxial and USB inputs. This means that you can connect a wide variety of components to great little box of tricks. The DAC will decode through the optical and coaxial inputs from 44.1KHz up to 192KHz and the USB input will decode not only from 44.1KHz all the way up to 384KHz but also comes fully loaded with the ability to deal with DSD files up to DSD 256. This makes this pre-amplifier a very versatile box indeed.
This Artera play also comes with a very good quality cd player built in with a front loading no tray mechanism for a stylish clean look product.
It also has a variety of output connectivity for connecting to other media devices via digital optical and coaxial as well as RCA analogue output and balanced XLR for a solid performance as well as connection.
The Artera play comes with an easy to use remote control but also has limited touchscreen functionality on the display panel keeping the look clean and uncluttered. A quality Hi-Fi product for the modern age!
There is also a matching partner power amplifier being the QUAD Artera Stereo. This power amplifier is very straight forward. Input connectivity gives you the option of RCA analogue and balanced XLR. It has had Quad's patented current dumping technology applied to it, teamed together with a somewhat modest 140 watts per channel means that this is not an amp that you have to be picky when it comes to matching speakers to your amplifier. It will drive the majority of speakers on the market and all without breaking the bank.
All told, we find this new Artera system to be stylish and sleek, easy to use and most importantly offers great sound. A fantastic effort by a reputable manufacturer offering sleek looks, quality sound and great versatility.
Quad Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
Brentwood, Brighton, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Enfield, Manchester, Oxford, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Southampton, Swindon