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By incorporating Play-Fi within the Artera Solus one-box hi-fi system, Quad adds hi-res Wi-Fi streaming and multi-room capabilities – meet the remarkably versatile Artera Solus Play Quad, the distinguished British audio brand, is launching a new version of the acclaimed Artera Solus ‘just add speakers’ single-chassis hi-fi system, adding network streaming to the multi-tasking mix.
The new Artera Solus Play offers every facility modern-day music lovers could wish for hi-res streaming via Wi-Fi and Ethernet cable, the ability to form part of a synchronised wireless multi-room system, Bluetooth reception, CD playback, full DAC and preamp faculties for other audio devices and powerful stereo amplification, all packed into a single, elegant chassis.
From listening to internet radio and online streaming services to playing your treasured CD collection, to connecting external source components via digital and analogue inputs, the Artera Solus Play offers the perfect compact system solution coupling cutting-edge versatility with the exemplary sound quality one expects of Quad.
A streamer’s dream
The Artera Solus Play’s Wi-Fi networking is powered by DTS Play-Fi: an app-controlled platform enabling high-quality, whole-home wireless audio, capable of streaming hi-res music up to 24-bit/192kHz and supported by a greater range of established audio brands than any other wireless platform.
The free Play-Fi app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, Windows PCs and Apple and Android smartwatches) is an intuitive gateway to a wealth of music services, including Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz, HDtracks, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM. It is also your trusty music butler, able to serve up a streaming library stored on any DLNA-compatible NAS drive or media server on the same home network.
Favourite playlists and radio stations can be assigned as shortcut ‘presets’ within the app, while Works With Alexa support enables voice-controlled playback when the Artera Solus Play is paired with any Amazon Alexa-equipped device.
Play-Fi supports a wide variety of file formats, including MP3, MP4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. In standard mode, which is optimised for multi-room bandwidth, audio is streamed at up to 16-bit/48kHz – akin to CD-quality. By engaging Play-Fi’s Critical Listening Mode, hi-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz may be streamed to the Artera Solus Play over Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable, without transcoding or down-sampling.
There are other ways to stream music to the Artera Solus Play wirelessly, other than via the Play-Fi app. Spotify users can connect directly from the Spotify app thanks to Spotify Connect, and you can stream from smartphones and tablets without connecting to the local Wi-Fi network thanks to aptX Bluetooth.
Digital SectionDAC Chip ESS Technology ES9018 Sabre32 Reference
CD player Slot-loading transport with read-ahead digital buffer
Wireless Streaming Wi-Fi (Play-Fi, Spotify Connect) and Bluetooth
Digital Inputs 1x USB Type B / 2x optical / 2x coaxial / 1x Ethernet
Max Sampling Frequency – USB input PCM 384kHz / DSD256
Max Sampling Frequency – Wi-Fi, S/PDIF PCM 192kHz
Analogue Inputs 2x line-level RCA
Analogue Outputs 2x RCA; 2x balanced XLR; 6.3mm headphone jack
Analogue Output Level RCA 0-2.3 Vrms / XLR 0-4.6 Vrms
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/- 0.2dB)
Total Harmonic Distorion (THD) < 0.002% (@1kHz, BW=20Hz-20kHz)
Signal-to-Noise > 110dB (A-weighted, ref. 1V)
Power Amplifier Section
Power Output 2x 75W RMS (8Ω)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.003% (@1kHz, 50W/8Ω, BW=20Hz-20kHz)
Signal-to-Noise > 108dB (A-weighted, ref. 75W)
Size and Weight
Net weight 11.5kg