Quad Artera Play CD Player/DAC


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Quad are a widely renowned name within the world of hifi, having developed some of the most adept and highly regarded loudspeakers and electronics on the market for the past 75 years. The newly developed Artera series takes the company's prestigious level of engineering experience and design prowess, and integrated their critically acclaimed sound into a compact, yet superlative system.

The Artera Play is the system's dedicated source component and pre-amplifier, matched perfectly with the Artera Stereo. The Artera Play is capable of replaying CDs to an audiophile standard, decoding the signal internally with its high quality DAC chipset and relaying it to the amplifier. You can use the Artera Play to play from other digital sources too, thanks to optical and USB input connections. The USB port is capable of playing music at ultra high resolution formats, up to 32-bit/384kHz as well as DSD64/128/256 files. 


 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,
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

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