Quad Artera Solus Audio System is a multi-tasking hi-fi system. Packed inside its subtle and sleek box, combining a CD transport, DAC, pre-amplifier and power amplifier in a single compact chassis, with extensive connectivity options including Bluetooth connectivity.
Despite their attractive simplicity, both Artera components deliver exceptional sophistication beneath the skin. At the heart of the Quad 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.
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 Solus’ sound, with both CDs and external digital sources, to suit personal taste and the nature of the source material.
The Quad Artera Solus’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 Solus 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.
General Description: CD Player, DAC, Pre-Amp, Integrated amplifier and Bluetooth Connectivity
Key Technology & Features: DSD (up to DSD256 Compatible) BIuetooth (aptX)
Audio File Formats: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, AACHE, AAC+, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
D/A Converter: ESS ES9018 32bit DAC
USB Input: USB B (PC / MAC)
Digital Audio Inputs: 2 x Optical TOSI ink, 2 x RCA(DIG1, DIG2)
Digital Audio Outputs: 1 x Optical TOSI ink, 1 x RCA (DIG)
Analogue Inputs: 2 x RCA (AUX1, AUX2)
Analogue Outputs: 2 x RCA, 2 x Balanced XLR, 6.3mm Headphone Jack
Speaker Outputs: 2 x Speaker Binding Post Terminals
Sample Rate (USB B): 44.1 kHz, 48kHz, 88.2 kHz, %kHz, 1 76.4kHz, 192kHz, 384kHz
Sample Rate (Digital Inputs / Outputs): 44.1 -192kHz
Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W
Output Level (1 kHz): Variable Output 0 – 4 Vrms (Pre Outputs)
0 – 8 Vrms (Balanced Outputs)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, 1 kHz (± 0.2dB)
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.002% (20Hz-20kHz)
Signal to Noise Ration(S/N): > 103dB (1 kHz)
> 11 0dB (A Weighted, 1 kHz)
Channel Separation: > 1 00dB (1 kHz)
Power Amplifier Section:
Rated Power Output: 2 x 75W (8(2)
Frequency Response: ± 0.5dB (20Hz-20kHz, 1 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.009% (1 OW 20Hz-20kHz)
Signal to Noise Ration(S/N): > 100dB (A Weighted,ref.75W)
Channel Separation: >82dB (A Weighted,ref.1 W)
Dynamic Range: A-wtd 98dB
Power Requirement: 230V-50-60Hz
Dimensions: 320 x 320 x 105mm
Net Weight: 11.84kg