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Quad Artera Solus Play All-In-One System

 

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Joining the acclaimed Artera range, Solus Play is an integrated amp, DAC, Preamp and CD Player with wireless streaming capability.

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Features

Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Quad HiFi

Tech Specs

Performance
- Files: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC/HE/+
- D/A Converter: ESS ES9018 32bit DAC
- DSD (up to DSD256) / Bluetooth (aptX)
- DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
- DTS Play-Fi Technology

 

Connectivity
- USB Input: USB B (PC / MAC)
- Digital In: 2 x Optical TOSlink, 2 x RCA (DIG1, DIG2)
- Digital Out: 1 x Optical TOSlink, 1 x RCA (DIG)
- Analogue Inputs: 2 x RCA (AUX1, AUX2)
- Analogue Out: 2x RCA, 2x Bal XLR, 6.3mm Headphone
- Speaker Outputs: 1 Pair Speaker Terminals
- Sample Rate (USB B): 44.1- 384kHz
- Sample Rate: 44.1 - 192kHz (Digital In / Out)

 

Pre-Amplifier
- Output Level (1kHz) Var: RCA/XLR, 0-2.3/4.6 Vrms
- Freq Response: 20Hz-20kHz, 1kHz (± 0.2dB)
- THD: < 0.002% (@1KHz, BW=20Hz-20kHz)
- SNR: > 110dB (A-weighted, ref. 1V)
- Channel Separation: >100dB (1kHz)

 

Power Amplifier
- Rated Power Output: 2 x 75W (8Ω)
- Freq Response:  ± 0.5dB (20Hz-20kHz, 1kHz)
- THD: < 0.003% (@1KHz, 50W/8Ω, BW=20Hz-kHz)
- SNR: > 108dB (A-weighted, ref. 75W)
- Channel Separation: >82dB (A Weighted, ref.1W)
- Dynamic Range A-wtd: >98dB

 

General
- Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W
- Power Req: 220V-240V/100V-120V, 50-60Hz
- Dimensions (HDW): 320 x 320 x 105mm
- Net Weight: 11.5 kg

Product Description

Quad Artera Solus Play is the latest addition to the best-selling QUAD Artera series. It also heralds the arrival of wireless audio streaming and multi-room technology to the established QUAD Artera portfolio.

Smart Aesthetics

Artera Solus Play’s Wi-Fi networking is powered by DTS Play-Fi: an app-controlled platform enabling high-quality, whole-home wireless audio, capable of streaming hi-res music up to 24-bit/192kHz and supported by a greater range of established audio brands than any other wireless platform.

Wireless Streaming

Quad Artera Solus Play incorporates DTS Play-Fi for high resolution wireless audio streaming. Music can be streamed over your wireless network in high-resolution format and can be easily expanded to an ultimate multi-room system if required. Stream from any source on your wireless network, including smart-phones, tablets or PCs as well as a NAS Drive.

Play-Fi supports a wide variety of file formats, including MP3, MP4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. In standard mode, which is optimised for multi-room bandwidth, audio is streamed at up to 16-bit/48kHz (CD-quality). By engaging Play-Fi’s Critical Listening Mode, hi-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz can be streamed over Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable without transcoding or down-sampling.

Spotify users can connect directly from the Spotify app or stream from smartphones and tablets without connecting to the local Wi-Fi network thanks to aptX Bluetooth.

Engineering

Despite its attractive simplicity, the Artera Solus Play sports cutting-edge sophistication beneath the skin. At its heart nestles the ES9018 Sabre32 Reference, the eminent 32-bit, eight-channel hybrid multi-bit Delta-Sigma DAC chip, expertly implemented by Quad’s renowned electronics engineers.

External sources benefit from this DAC’s exceptional quality via a range of digital inputs, handling PCM data up to 32-bit/384kHz as well as DSD64/128/256. This ensures the Artera Solus Play is equipped to make the most of today’s hi-res music formats, as well as future advances in ultra-high-definition digital sound. 

For CD replay, a slot-loading mechanism buffers data from the disc before feeding it to the asynchronous DAC section. Four digital filter options enable users to tailor the sound from both CDs and external digital sources, to suit personal taste and the nature of the source material.

Amp it up

Artera Solus Play’s preamp and power amp stages incorporate balanced circuitry, short and direct signal paths and high-quality components to preserve sonic purity. Volume is adjusted in the analogue domain under microprocessor control, outputting directly to the dual-mono Class AB power amp stage which delivers 2x75W into eight ohms. To minimise distortion, the power supplies for the left and right channels are isolated from each other as well as from the rest of the system.

The discrete power amp circuits’ output stage uses a CFB (Complementary Feedback) topology in combination with conventional emitter follower circuitry. The CFB stage offers superior linearity and ensures excellent thermal stability. Using an emitter follower in combination with this is an efficient way of increasing the current ability of the amplifier without compromising the CFB circuit.

Current limiting allows the amplifier to supply high currents (+/- 15A) into complex loads, surpassing amplifiers that are bigger and more powerful on paper. A 300VA toroidal transformer supplies the two mono amplifiers using separate secondary windings, followed by 2x15000uF reservoir capacity per channel (60000uF in total).

Independent low-noise power supplies feed all critical stages to keep interference to a minimum. The result is a performance on par with much more expensive multi-component hi-fi systems – detailed, natural, expansive and dynamic.

Get connected

Cable connectivity options are plentiful. Six digital inputs – two coaxial, two optical, USB. Type B and Ethernet – cater for external digital sources (there’s also a USB Type A socket for software updates) while a pair of RCA inputs handle analogue sources.

Analogue outputs are supplied in both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR varieties, with the four-channel volume control preserving the balanced signal path from the DAC to the XLR output. A pair of high-quality speaker binding posts, optical and coaxial digital outputs, a 12V trigger output and a front-mounted jack coupled to a dedicated headphone amp circuit complete a comprehensive connectivity array.

DTS Play-Fi

All DTS Play-Fi products are seamlessly interoperable, so you can find the perfect speaker for every room and know that they will all make beautiful music together. DTS Play-Fi sends audio from mobile devices to speakers throughout the home using proprietary streaming, synchronisation, and authentication technology.

Every single DTS Play-Fi product works perfectly with all the rest, regardless of brand, so you get a huge range of options to customize your home, and one simple, elegant listening experience.

DTS Play-Fi offers an unparalleled selection of audio products for your home, from compact battery-powered speakers to powerful soundbars, built by the most respected audio brands in the business. No more compromising your style or taste to get a high-quality wireless audio solution.

Play-Fi Installation

The free Play-Fi app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, Windows PCs and Apple and Android smartwatches) is an intuitive gateway to a wealth of music services, including Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz, HDtracks, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM. It is also your trusty music butler, able to serve up a streaming library stored on any DLNA-compatible NAS drive or media server on the same home network.

Favorite playlists and radio stations can be assigned as shortcut ‘presets’ within the app, while Works With Alexa support enables voice-controlled playback when the Artera Solus Play is paired with any Amazon Alexa-equipped device.

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