Quad Artera Play Plus CD player and DAC is a revised version of the original Artera Play. The new model features Bluetooth connectivity and headphone socket and is the perfect match for the Quad Artera Stereo power amplifier. You can enhance your music enjoyment with ultra-high resolution playback up to 32bit/384kHz in addition to DSD64/128/256 files through the USB input socket.
Despite their attractive simplicity, both Artera components deliver exceptional sophistication beneath the skin. At the heart of the Quad Artera Play 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.
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 users to tailor the Quad Artera Play Plus’s sound, with both CDs and external digital sources, to suit personal taste and the nature of the source material.
The Quad Artera Play Plus’s preamp section 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.
This is Quad’s first component 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 Quad Artera Play Plus is fully equipped to make the most of today’s hi-res music formats, as well as future advances in ultra high definition digital sound.