Though technically excellent, Sabre32 Reference DAC chips can be challenging to implement effectively. If the circuitry that surrounds them it is not of a sufficient standard, the resulting sound can seem a little cold and hard; treat them right, however, and the level of musical expression that these chips dig from the digital signal is captivating. One such critical element is the post-DAC active filter; Quad’s design team has paid great attention to this circuit, using op-amps that were specifically chosen for their synergy with the ES9018K2M.
In terms of hi-res file compatibility, the original Vena maxed out at 24-bit/192kHz PCM via USB. The Vena II stretches this to 32-bit/384kHz, alongside DSD (up to DSD256). This ensures the amp 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.
2x line-level RCA / 1x MM phono
2x optical; 1x coaxial; 1x USB Type A; aptX Bluetooth
1 x RCA (pre-out)
1x coaxial; 1x optical
ESS Sabre32 ES9018K2M
2x 45W RMS (8Ω) / 2x 65W RMS (4Ω)
20Hz-20kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
Single Wire / BiWire:
Dimensions (W x H x D):
313 x 93.5 x 302mm
Weight (Wooden Cabinet):