Quad Artera Stereo

Brand: Quad


The inclusion of full analogue/digital preamp functionality means the Artera Play can be connected directly to a power amplifier, and its perfect partner in this regard is the Artera Stereo. This compact yet potent power amp sports the latest iteration of Quad’s famous Current Dumping topology, first introduced in the legendary Quad 405 – one of the most lauded British audio components of all time and still the only amp design to have earned a Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement. Current Dumping is essentially a method of marrying the superior sonic purity of Class A amplification with the greater efficiency of Class AB. An extremely high-quality, low-power Class A amplifier provides the signal quality, while a high-power current dumping section delivers the muscle to keep the speakers under control. These two amp circuits are combined via a precision network to perfectly impose the finesse of the Class A output onto the power of the current dumper. The result is a relatively compact and cool-running power amp capable of delivering a captivating combination of dynamic power, vice-like grip and sumptuous sonic detail.

 

The Artera Stereo’s power output is conservatively rated at 140W per channel into eight ohms and 250W into four ohms, ensuring any speakers – including Quad’s classic ESL electrostatic designs – can be driven with ease. Connectivity options comprise single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs, a 12V trigger input and high-quality speaker binding posts.

 

Simple, solid and classy on the outside and devilishly clever within, the Artera Stereo maintains Quad’s traditional place at the forefront of modern amplifier design.


Analogue Inputs: 

               1 x RCA (Pair)

Digital Inputs: 

               1 x XLR (Pair)

Analogue Outputs:

               N / A

Digital Outputs:

               N / A

Power Output:

               140W (8Ω)

               250W (4Ω)

Power Consumption:

               750W (Max.), 

Single Wire / BiWire:

               Single Wire

Dimensions (W x H x D):

               320 x 158 x 338mm

Weight:

               15kg


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