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Specifications

General Description CD Player & DAC
D/A Converter ESS ES9018 32bit DAC
Output Level (1kHz) 0 - 2.5 Vrms (PRE Outputs)
0 - 5 Vrms (Balanced Outputs)
L/R Channel Difference ±0.02dB (1kHz)
Frequency Response -0.2dB (20Hz-20kHz, 1kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion <0.001% (20Hz-20kHz)
Linearity ±0.01dB (20Hz-20kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N) >110dB (1kHz)
>118dB (Weighted, 1kHz)
Channel Separation >100dB (1kHz)
USB Input 1 × USB (Support HID)
USB Input Sampling Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 384kHz
USB DSD DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Digital Audio Inputs 2 × Optical TOSlink
2 × RCA (DIG1, DIG2)
Digital Audio Outputs 1 × Optical TOSlink
1 ×RCA (DIG)
Digital Inputs & outputs Sampling Rates 44.1 - 192kHz
Analogue Inputs 2 × RCA(AUX1, AUX2)
Analogue Outputs 2 x XLR, RCA (PRE)
Dimension (W x D x H) 320 x 320 x 105mm
Weight 8.5 kg
  • Artera Stereo
    Artera Stereo
  • Artera Link
    Artera Link
  • Artera One
    Artera One
Overview
Classics For The Modern Age
Quad gave its team of designers and engineers a specific brief for Artera: combine 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 facia of each player incorporates an intuitive touch-sensitive control, contributing greatly to its sleek design.
Overview
Classics For The Modern Age
Quad gave its team of designers and engineers a specific brief for Artera: combine 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 facia of each player incorporates an intuitive touch-sensitive control, contributing greatly to its sleek design.
Technology
Hi-Res Compatibility
Despite their attractive simplicity, the four Artera components deliver exceptional sophistication beneath the skin. At the heart of the Artera Play, Link and One 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, Link and One 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.
Technology
Hi-Res Compatibility
Despite their attractive simplicity, the four Artera components deliver exceptional sophistication beneath the skin. At the heart of the Artera Play, Link and One 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, Link and One 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.
Technology
Filters To Suit Every Ear
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, Link’s and One’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.
Technology
Filters To Suit Every Ear
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, Link’s and One’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.
Technology
Wi-Fi and Streaming
While harnessing the CD player and hi-res DAC tech within the Artera Play - Artera One and Artera Link add Wi-Fi streaming technology for those seeking the flexibility of networked and wireless audio.

Artera Link and Artera One both feature vTuner integration so you can enjoy over ten thousand radio stations, podcasts and shows - all for free. Synchronised with the Quad App, finding the show that’s just right for your audio tastes has never been easier - filtering by genre, local stations and more.

Without doubt, online streaming has been the biggest modern change to how we consume music.Engineered for Spotify Connect, users can experience Artera’s life-like performance combined with access to millions of hits via Spotify’s extensive library – All of which are streamed by the UPnP protocol ensuring a robust, lossless connection.

Music lovers with their own offline collection can add a NAS drive or PC to the Artera One / Link network and similarly access their whole collection hassle free via the Quad Link App.

Added convenience comes from Bluetooth and AirPlay connections, for quick playback from other wireless devices when not connected to the Artera network.
Technology
Wi-Fi and Streaming
While harnessing the CD player and hi-res DAC tech within the Artera Play - Artera One and Artera Link add Wi-Fi streaming technology for those seeking the flexibility of networked and wireless audio.

Artera Link and Artera One both feature vTuner integration so you can enjoy over ten thousand radio stations, podcasts and shows - all for free. Synchronised with the Quad App, finding the show that’s just right for your audio tastes has never been easier - filtering by genre, local stations and more.

Without doubt, online streaming has been the biggest modern change to how we consume music.Engineered for Spotify Connect, users can experience Artera’s life-like performance combined with access to millions of hits via Spotify’s extensive library – All of which are streamed by the UPnP protocol ensuring a robust, lossless connection.

Music lovers with their own offline collection can add a NAS drive or PC to the Artera One / Link network and similarly access their whole collection hassle free via the Quad Link App.

Added convenience comes from Bluetooth and AirPlay connections, for quick playback from other wireless devices when not connected to the Artera network.
Technology
The Artera Link App
As of all Quad products, engineers were tasked to ensure that the passion and detail of the original recording was delivered in their performance. For the Quad Artera Streamers, additional focus developing a bespoke app was essential for user control over its wide range of features and ensures browsing large libraries of music is second nature. The Quad Link App, compatible with Artera One and Artera Link is available for download on the App store and Google Play store.

The Quad Link App has been designed for intuitive control over all aspects of the player accordingly. With a wide range of selection options, users can both create extensive playlists or ‘favourite’ tracks as they go – a natural and enjoyable way to organise your whole collection.

Users can toggle between the various streaming options, while control also extends to CD playlists, analogue and digital inputs ensuring the modern music fan has access to all their music from analogue devices to a Spotify streaming, all from within the app.
While finding your way round every feature of Artera is effortless, the ‘now playing’ screen is back dropped by the relevant album artwork while displaying file resolution, with instant access to volume, shuffle and skip track functions.
Technology
The Artera Link App
As of all Quad products, engineers were tasked to ensure that the passion and detail of the original recording was delivered in their performance. For the Quad Artera Streamers, additional focus developing a bespoke app was essential for user control over its wide range of features and ensures browsing large libraries of music is second nature. The Quad Link App, compatible with Artera One and Artera Link is available for download on the App store and Google Play store.

The Quad Link App has been designed for intuitive control over all aspects of the player accordingly. With a wide range of selection options, users can both create extensive playlists or ‘favourite’ tracks as they go – a natural and enjoyable way to organise your whole collection.

Users can toggle between the various streaming options, while control also extends to CD playlists, analogue and digital inputs ensuring the modern music fan has access to all their music from analogue devices to a Spotify streaming, all from within the app.
While finding your way round every feature of Artera is effortless, the ‘now playing’ screen is back dropped by the relevant album artwork while displaying file resolution, with instant access to volume, shuffle and skip track functions.
Technology
Iconic Amplifier Technology
The inclusion of full analogue/digital preamp functionality means that the Artera Play and Link 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.

For those seeking the huge connectivity options of Artera’s players in an all-in-one solution, the Artera One is the go-to player. It features a built-in Class-A/B amplifier, capable of powering high-class speakers and reaching astonishing sound qualities.

Both the Artera One and Artera Link feature additional 6.3mm headphone outputs on the front panel for discrete listening.
Technology
Iconic Amplifier Technology
The inclusion of full analogue/digital preamp functionality means that the Artera Play and Link 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.

For those seeking the huge connectivity options of Artera’s players in an all-in-one solution, the Artera One is the go-to player. It features a built-in Class-A/B amplifier, capable of powering high-class speakers and reaching astonishing sound qualities.

Both the Artera One and Artera Link feature additional 6.3mm headphone outputs on the front panel for discrete listening.
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