Venerable hi-fi formula Quad has launched a new integrated amplifier in a Vena II.
When a strange Vena amplifier was expelled in 2014, it finished adult apropos one of Quad’s some-more renouned products of new years. Four years after and a Vena is removing an upgrade.
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The Vena II looks identical to a original, maintaining a compress pattern and apartment of connections, as good as adding new facilities and improving a amplifier’s circuitry.
What are those specific improvements? Out goes a original’s Cirrus Logic DAC chip, transposed by a ES9018K2M from a Sabre32 Reference family. Quad says that implementing a Sabre32 Reference DACs can be challenging. To solve this potentially wily problem, a pattern group has selected specific operational amps for their synergy with a ES9018K2M.
Hi-res record harmony has left adult from a original’s 24-bit/192kHz PCM rate (via USB) to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256. Elsewhere, a Class AB energy amp territory stays a same, though a energy supply has been softened with a new 200VA toroidal transformer.
Analogue connectors can now count a phono theatre for relocating magnet cartridges among a numbers. Quad claims that headphone users are improved catered for. The headphone outlay is now connected to a dedicated headphone amp that, Quad says, delivers a some-more enchanting opening regardless of a headphones used with a Vena II.
The hi-fi manufacturer has emphasized putting a song during a forefront of a Vena experience, aiming for a sound that retains a musicality of a initial amp though adds “greater fortitude and refinement”.
Connections embody Bluetooth (aptX and AAC) for wireless streaming. Inputs for digital sources embody asynchronous USB, 3 S/PDIF sockets (coaxial and dual optical), as good as outputs for visual and coaxial. Three stereo RCA inputs (two line turn and new MM phono input) and pre-out sockets that concede for an outmost energy amplifier to be combined are a analogues connections.
The Vena II comes in 4 finishes. The Lancaster Grey finish has an RRP of £649, while a 3 reward finishes (Gloss Black, Sapele Mahogany and Gloss White) will set we behind £749. Quad is also charity a special offer. Buy a Lancaster Grey Vena II and S-1 compress speakers together and we can get them for £999. That’s £150 off when bought separately.
The Vena II and a Vena II/S-1 gold are accessible to buy from a finish of November.
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