Artera Solus All-In-One System
CD, DAC, Pre-amp with integrated amplifier
The Artera Solus – a multi-tasking hi-fi system packed into a single sleek and sophisticated box, combining a CD transport, DAC, pre-amplifier, and power amplifier in a single compact chassis, with extensive connectivity options including Bluetooth connectivity.
The Artera’s complete range includes 5 models: Artera Stereo (power amplifier), Artera Pre (pre-amplifier), Artera Play+ (CD Player / DAC / Preamp), Artera Solus (CD Player / DAC / Preamp / Power amplifier / Bluetooth Connectivity) and the Artera Solus Play (as the standard Solus but with wireless audio streaming and multi room technology)
Each Artera Series model fuses modern digital connectivity with signature Quad amplification technologies. Styled with grace, influenced by classic Quad systems with a modern twist, each Quad Artera system is a beauty to look at, while demonstrating a life-like detail in every track.
The Artera range combines the qualities that have made Quad one of Britain’s most revered hi-fi marques for many decades with fresh industrial design and the very latest high-performance audio technologies.
Artera’s crisp, clean aesthetic both evokes Quad’s past and looks forward to the future, with a textured aluminium front panel, thick glass top and CNC-routed heat sinks on either side. The housing provides a rugged structure that resists interference from external vibrations, while the fascia of each player incorporates an intuitive touch-sensitive control, contributing greatly to its sleek design.
Despite their attractive simplicity, the five Artera components deliver exceptional sophistication beneath the skin. At the heart of the Artera Play+, Artera Solus and Artera Solus 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.
This is Quad’s first series 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 Artera Play, and Artera Solus are fully 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 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 Artera Play’s, and Solus’s sound, with both CDs and external digital sources, to suit personal taste and the nature of the source material.
Each player within the series features a preamp section which 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.
For those seeking the huge connectivity options of Artera’s players in an all-in-one solution, the Artera Solus fills that niche, not only with a built-in pre-amplifier but also housing a substantial power amplifier, CD player, DAC and Bluetooth technology.
CD Player, DAC, Pre-Amp, Integrated amplifier, and Bluetooth Connectivity
Key Technology & Features
DSD (up to DSD256 Compatible), Bluetooth (aptX)
Audio File Formats
ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, AAC_HE, AAC+, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
ESS ES9018 32bit DAC
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)
2 x RCA (AUX1, AUX2)
2 x RCA, 2 x Balanced XLR, 6.3mm Headphone Jack
Stereo Pair Binding Posts
Max. sample rates
384kHz (USB), 192kHz (S/PDIF)
Standby Power Consumption
20Hz-20kHz, 1 kHz (± 0.2dB)
Total Harmonic Distortion
Power Amplifier Section
Rated Power Output
± 0.5dB (20Hz-20kHz, 1 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion
<0.009% (1 OW 20Hz-20kHz)