Quad Artera Stereo (Silver)
Quad has crafted a new Power Amp – Artera Stereo - which refines and updates Quad's famous Current Dumping technology to create a modern power amp for the 21st century. With rugged heat-sinks either side, combined with a beautiful aluminium facia, Artera is a modern statement piece for your living room, with a nod to Quad’s hi-fi heritage.
Creating an experience for the modern living room has been the primary focus of the Artera Series. The QUAD Artera Series' styling incorporates a completely fresh design approach while still staying true to Quad's legendary tradition and functionality. With textured aluminium front panels, thick glass top and CNC routed heatsinks either side, the Artera's housing offers a beautiful yet rugged structure, which also deters any unwanted vibration interference.
A Modern Amplifier With A Nod To The Past: Creating an experience for the modern living room has been the primary focus of Artera Series. However, it wouldn't be Quad without referencing a heritage of manufacturing audio equipment since 1936. The famous Quad 405, although not Quad’s first solid-state amplifier, was a game-changer and the first to demonstrate the patented 'current dumping' technology, which is also the basis of the fully updated drive technology of Artera Stereo. The technology results in an amplifier with Class A sound quality and yet with a huge and fully stable power output.
From the transformer to the input terminals, each section of the Artera has been engineered from the ground up to ensure power, musicality and stability. The Artera Stereo produces 140 Watts RMS per channel – ample power for driving first-class loudspeakers, unfaltering even under high dynamic and transient conditions thanks to the patented Current Dumping technology. In fact it draws more current than most 7 channel AV Receivers so that will give you an idea of how much Artera Stereo can pump out when needed! Special attention has also been paid to the newly developed balanced XLR inputs. The robust connections are yet another string to the Artera Stereo's bow, with an incomparable signal to noise ratio.
What Is Current Dumping?
Artera Stereo incorporates QUAD's patented current dumping technology developed by QUAD's founder Peter Walker. This is not a gimmick or something the marketing department have invented! As one of the few truly innovative amplifier topologies, it is essentially a combination of two amplifiers that give the best of both Class A and Class B operation. The current dumping circuit consists of a very high quality class A low-power amp which provides the finesse of the music signal, while a high-power current dumping section provides the grip to keep the speakers under control. The key is that these two amplifier circuits are combined via a precision bridge network to perfectly impose the clarity and musicality of the class A output onto the power of the current dumper. Sounds simple enough but this really works and has been used by QUAD for over 50 years.
Peter Comeau On QUAD's New Artera Electronics: Peter Comeau - Director of Acoustic Design at IAG Group Ltd presented the QUAD Artera Series along with QUAD latest Z Series Loudspeakers at a special even in Sydney September 2015. Click here for an interview by Jez Ford with Peter Comeau on the AVHub web site.
Quad have long been known by their catch cry "The Closest Approach To The Original Sound". With the Artera Series, Quad have kept this commitment to sound quality and mixed in cutting edge 21st Century technology with amazing ease of use. The Artera Stereo takes Quad's ground breaking Current Dumping technology and refines it to the point where you would be hard pressed to find a better power amp anywhere near the price. It takes control of any loudspeaker and produce music that captivates and enthralls. Pace, rhythm & timing are inherent trademarks of current dumping and the Artera Stereo will have you shaking your groove thing and throwing your arms in the air like you just don't care. Even when it's not playing it commands attention for its cutting edge industrial design and when it is playing music you quickly forget all about how it looks and find yourself drawn deep into the organic sound of the music being played. If this is where Quad is heading we cannot wait for more Artera products to come along. The future for Quad just got a lot more fascinating.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Reference Class Stereo Power Amplifier
- Rated Output Power: 140 Watts into 8 Ohms (<1% THD,1kHz)
- Total Harmonic Distortion:
- <0.003% (100 Watts, 1kHz)
- <0.03% (100 Watts, 20Hz-20kHz)
- Frequency Response:
- -0.5dB (20Hz-20kHz, ref. 1kHz)
- -3dB (20Hz-70kHz, ref. 1kHz)
- Input Sensitivity: 980mV(RCA line in)
- Input Impedance: 10kohm (Balanced); 15kohm (Unbalanced)
- Signal to Noise Ration(S/N): 115dB (A weighted, ref. 140 Watts)
- Inputs: XLR (Balanced Line) & Line Level RCA
- Speaker Outputs: Binding Posts for use with Banana Plugs, Bare Wire or Spades
- Power Cord: Detachable IEC type allows for easy upgrade
- Maximum Power Consumption: 750 Watts
- Standby Power Consumption: 0.5 Watt
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 320 x 158 x 338mm
- Nett Weight: 8.5kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years.
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