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Quad Artera Solus

Integrated amp with Bluetooth®, DAC and CD transport (Black)

Item # 306ARTBK

This elegant integrated amp offers flexible inputs and outputs, a built-in CD transport, and good, clean power.

This elegant integrated amp offers flexible inputs and outputs, a built-in CD transport, and good, clean power.

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About the Quad Artera Solus

The centerpiece of an excellent 2-channel system

When I unboxed the Quad Artera Solus, I had to pause for a moment, step back, and admire it. The solid, vibration resistant chassis with textured aluminum front panel and thick glass top was elegant enough to catch my eye, but that's just the beginning. There's an array of inputs and outputs in neat rows on the back of this sleek component, and a built-in CD transport on the front. A beefy toroidal transformer inside provides the foundation for 75 watts of clean power, suitable for driving a pair of high-quality speakers.

The centerpiece of an excellent 2-channel system

When I unboxed the Quad Artera Solus, I had to pause for a moment, step back, and admire it. The solid, vibration resistant chassis with textured aluminum front panel and thick glass top was elegant enough to catch my eye, but that's just the beginning. There's an array of inputs and outputs in neat rows on the back of this sleek component, and a built-in CD transport on the front. A beefy toroidal transformer inside provides the foundation for 75 watts of clean power, suitable for driving a pair of high-quality speakers.

My fellow Crutchfield writer Dave D. coordinates audio demos here at our Charlottesville HQ. He took the Quad Artera Solus home for a weekend, and used it to power a pair of Monitor Audio Gold 100 speakers. "It's simply a beautiful piece," he reported back. "What really struck me was the instrumental definition I heard at low volumes. Many components will lose that when volume is down, but not this guy."

Pristine digital sound

The Quad Artera Solus has a superb ESS digital-to-analog converter (DAC) inside, which offers high-resolution digital playback up to 32-bit/384kHz. And if you have a prized collection of compact discs like I do, you'll get a lot of use out of the unit's built-in CD transport. The slot-loading mechanism buffers data from the disc before feeding it to the DAC to reduce timing jitter, and there are four digital filter settings that let you tweak the sound to suit your ears.

Quad Artera Solus back panel

The user-friendly back panel of the Quad Artera Solus features multiple inputs and outputs in an orderly layout.

Connections for components

I mentioned it above, but it's worth saying again: I really like the layout of the inputs and outputs on the back of this amp. There are two optical digital inputs with a single output, and two coaxial digital inputs with a corresponding output in a discrete digital bus on one side. Analog inputs and outputs are similarly grouped on the other side, with two sets of RCA inputs, an RCA preamp output, and balanced XLR outputs all together in one place. Even the speaker binding posts follow a practical design, spaced as far to the left and right as possible for wiring up a pair of speakers.

A USB Type-B port for connecting a computer and a Type-A port for firmware updates fill out the panel.

Bluetooth for wireless streaming

Quad obviously put a lot of work into the wired connections on this amp, but they didn't forget about the growing popularity of wireless streaming. The Solus features built-in Bluetooth with aptX audio coding for a better-sounding connection to compatible devices.

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Product highlights:

  • 75 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.002% THD
  • built-in Bluetooth® with aptX audio coding for a better-sounding connection to compatible devices
  • high-resolution ESS ES9018 DAC supports hi-res digital files up to 32-bit/384kHz
  • compatible file types: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, AAC­HE, AAC+, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
  • four digital filter settings: Smooth, Wide, Narrow and Fast
  • front-panel touchscreen OLED display
  • textured aluminum front panel and thick glass top
CD transport:
  • playback modes: random, repeat track and repeat all
  • program mode lets you play tracks in any order
  • slot-loading mechanism buffers data from the disc before feeding it to the DAC, to reduce jitter
Connections:
  • digital inputs: 2 Toslink optical, 2 coaxial
  • digital outputs: 2 Toslink optical, 2 coaxial
  • USB Type-B input for connecting to a computer
  • 2 sets of stereo RCA inputs
  • 1 set of unbalanced stereo RCA outputs
  • 1 set of balanced stereo XLR outputs
  • 1/4" headphone jack on front panel
  • one pair of binding post speaker terminals
  • USB Type-A input for software updates
  • 12-volt trigger output
Dimensions and warranty:
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Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) Not given
Frequency Bandwidth Not given
THD Not given
Minimum Impedance Not given
Signal to Noise Ratio Not given
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) ---
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth ---
Wi-Fi
Connections
Total Analog Inputs ---
Phono Input ---
Optical Digital Inputs ---
Coaxial Digital Inputs ---
USB Input ---
Preamp Outputs ---
Headphone Output ---
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 12-5/8
Height (inches) 4-1/8
Depth (inches) 12-5/8
Weight (pounds) 26.1
Parts Warranty 2 years
Labor Warranty 2 years

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