Quad Artera Play+ CD Player/Pre Amplifier

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The Quad Artera Play+ CD Player and Pre-amp is Quad's latest addition to the Artera range. Featuring high quality components capable of performing with ultra-high resolution up to 32-bit/384kHz, as well as an outstanding DAC, the Artera Play+ is a perfect Hi-Fi component.

The Quad Artera Play+ includes a fully in-built analogue/digital preamp function, allowing the Play+ to be connected directly to a power amplifier, making it the perfect partner for the Artera Stereo. The Artera Play+ uses an ESS Sabre32 9018 DAC, a 32-bit, eight channel hybrid multi-bit Delta-Sigma DAC, often considered to be one of the best performing stereo D/A converter chips. The Artera is Quad’s first series to use the ESS Sabre DAC, and provides a range of digital inputs to benefit from its exceptional quality. A rear panel USB supports PMC data up to 32-bit/384kHz, as well as DSD 64/128/256, making sure the Artera Play+ takes advantage of the latest hi-res technology.

The CD player features a new slot loading mechanism that buffers data from the disc before feeding it asynchronously to the DAC, minimising time errors or jitter. There are four digital filter options that enable you to tailor the sound of the Artera Play+ with both CD and digital sources, to suit your personal preferences and to better match the nature of the source material. The preamp section of the Artera features a balanced Class A output stage. Along with the USB port, two coaxial and two optical inputs are available for external digital sources, whilst two stereo pairs of RCA phono inputs can handle analogue sources. Outputs for the Play+ include single ended RCA and balanced XLR for analogue outputs, and one optical and one coaxial as well as a 12v trigger output. This array of connections allows for plenty of options with the Artera Play+.

The Quad Artera Play+ features a clean and crisp aesthetic, with a textured aluminium front panel, with a thick glass top and CNC-routed heat sinks either side for a rugged and fresh industrial look. The casing provides a resistant structure against interference from external vibrations, while the front panel incorporates intuitive touch-sensitive controls.

  • Quad Artera Play+ CD Player and Pre-amp with hi-res audio playback
  • ESS Sabre32 9018 DAC in-built for 32-bit/384kHz audio quality
  • PMC and DSD digital formats supported
  • CD player features slot-load mechanism with data buffer to reduce jitter
  • Four digital filters to tailor the sound for your tastes and material
  • Preamp with Class A amplifier technology
  • Analogue and digital inputs including RCA, optical, coaxial and USB
  • Outputs include RCA, XLR, optical and coaxial
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Product Specifications



General Description       

CD Player, DAC, Pre-Amp

Key Technology & Features        

DSD (up to DSD256 Compatible)

Bluetooth aptX

Audio File Formats         


AAC- HE, AAC+, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256

D/A Converter 

ESS ES9018 32bit DAC



USB Input           


Digital Audio Inputs        

2 × Optical Toslink, 2 × RCA(DIG1, DIG2)

Digital Audio Outputs    

1 × Optical Toslink, 1 x RCA (DIG)

Analogue Inputs              

2 × RCA(AUX1, AUX2)

Analogue Outputs          

2 x RCA, 2 x Balanced XLR,

6.3mm Headphone Jack

Sample Rate (USB B)     

44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz,

176.4kHz, 192kHz, 384kHz

Sample Rate (USB A)     

44.1kHz, 48kHz

Sample Rate (Digital Inputs / Outputs)  

44.1 - 192kHz



Pre-Amplifier Section              


Output Level (1kHz) Variable Output     

0 - 4 Vrms (Pre Outputs)

0 – 8 Vrms (Balanced Outputs)

Frequency Response    

20Hz-20kHz, 1kHz (± 0.2dB)

Total Harmonic Distortion            

<0.002% (20Hz-20kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N)          

>103dB (1kHz)

>110dB (A Weighted, 1kHz)

Channel Separation       

>100dB (1kHz)



Dimensions (H x W x D)

320 x 105 x 320mm

Net Weight        


Standby Power Consumption    



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Quad products are designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards. However, if something does go wrong with the product we are here to help. From your date of purchase your product is warranted against faulty materials or workmanship for a period of 36 months.

This guarantee applies to all Quad Products including 5.1 speaker Systems, CD Players, Award winning Bookshelf Speakers, Floor Standing Speakers and Hi Fi Amplfiers and Receivers. Providing you with peace of mind and the assurance of premium Quality.