Quad Artera Solus Play (CD / DAC / Integrated Amp / Streamer)

£1,799.95 inc. VAT

Trade-in available.

The Artera Solus Play by Quad is the latest addition to the best-selling Artera series. It also heralds the arrival of wireless audio streaming and multi-room technology to the established Quad Artera portfolio.

Available in Black or Silver finish.



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Artera Solus Play

Based on the recently upgraded and richly specified Artera Solus, the Artera Solus Play incorporates the acclaimed DTS Play-Fi® platform for high resolution wireless audio streaming. With DTS Play-Fi® Technology, music can be streamed over your wireless network in high-resolution format and can be easily expanded to an ultimate multi-room system if required. You can stream from any source on your wireless network, including smart-phones, tablets or PCs as well as a NAS Drive.

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.

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.

Despite its attractive simplicity, the Artera Solus Play sports cutting-edge sophistication beneath the skin. At its heart nestles the ES9018 Sabre32 Reference, the eminent 32-bit, eight-channel hybrid multi-bit Delta-Sigma DAC chip, expertly implemented by Quad’s renowned electronics engineers. External sources benefit from this DAC’s exceptional quality via a range of digital inputs, handling PCM data up to 32-bit/384kHz as well as DSD64/128/256. This ensures Artera Solus Play is equipped to make the most of today’s hi-res music formats, as well as future advances in ultra-high-definition digital sound.

For CD replay, a slot-loading mechanism buffers data from the disc before feeding it to the asynchronous DAC section. Four digital filter options enable users to tailor the sound from both CDs and external digital sources, to suit personal taste and the nature of the source material.

The Artera Solus Play’s preamp and power amp stages incorporate balanced circuitry, short and direct signal paths and high-quality components to preserve sonic purity. Volume is adjusted in the analogue domain under microprocessor control, outputting directly to the dual-mono Class AB power amp stage which delivers 2 x 75 W into eight ohms. To minimise distortion, the power supplies for the left and right channels are isolated from each other as well as from the rest of the system.

Cable connectivity options are also plentiful. Six digital inputs – two coaxial, two optical, USB Type B and Ethernet – cater for external digital sources (there’s also a USB Type A socket for software updates) while a pair of RCA inputs handle analogue sources. Analogue outputs are supplied in both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR varieties, with the four-channel volume control preserving the balanced signal path from the DAC to the XLR output. A pair of high-quality speaker binding posts, optical and coaxial digital outputs, a 12V trigger output and a front-mounted jack coupled to a dedicated headphone amp circuit complete a comprehensive connectivity array.


  • Wireless Streaming
  • Integrated Amplifier
  • DAC
  • Preamplifier
  • CD Player
  • Smart Aesthetics
  • DTS Play-Fi
  • Easy Setup
  • App Controllable
  • Multi-Room
  • Lossless Audio Hi-Res Streaming


  • General Description: CD Player, DAC, Pre-Amp with Integrated amplifier
  • Key Technology & Features: DSD (up to DSD256 Compatible) / Bluetooth (aptX) / DTS Play-Fi Technology
  • Audio File Formats: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, AAC, AACHE, AAC+, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
  • D/A Converter: ESS ES9018 32bit DAC
  • USB Input: USB B (PC / MAC)
  • Digital Audio Inputs: 2 x Optical TOSlink, 2 x RCA (DIG1, DIG2)
  • Digital Audio Outputs: 1 x Optical TOSlink, 1 x RCA (DIG)
  • Analogue Inputs: 2 x RCA (AUX1, AUX2)
  • Analogue Outputs: 2 x RCA, 2 x Balanced XLR, 6.3mm Headphone Jack
  • Speaker Outputs: 1 Pair Speaker Terminals
  • Sample Rate (USB B): 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 384 kHz
  • Sample Rate: 44.1 – 192kHz (Digital Inputs / Outputs)
  • Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W
  • Pre-Amplifier Section
  • Output Level (1kHz) Variable Output: RCA 0-2.3 Vrms / XLR 0-4.6 Vrms
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 1 kHz (± 0.2 dB)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.002% (@ 1 KHz, BW = 20 Hz -20 kHz)
  • Signal to Noise Ration(S/N): > 110 dB (A-weighted, ref. 1V)
  • Channel Separation: > 100 dB (1 kHz)
  • Power Amplifier Section
  • Rated Power Output: 2 x 75 W (8 ω)
  • Frequency Response: ± 0.5 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz, 1 kHz)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.003% (@ 1 KHz, 50 W / 8 ω, BW = 20 Hz – 20 kHz)
  • Signal to Noise Ration(S/N): > 108 dB (A-weighted, ref. 75 W)
  • Channel Separation: >82 dB (A-Weighted, ref.1 W)
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): >98 dB
  • Power Requirement: 220 V – 240 V, 50/60 Hz, 100 V – 120 V~ 50/60 Hz
  • Dimensions (Unpacked): 320 x 320 x 105 mm
  • Dimensions (Packed): 465 x 465 x 220 mm
  • Net Weight: 11.5 kg
  • Gross Weight: 13.8 kg

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Additional information

Weight 13.5 kg
Dimensions 46.5 × 46.5 × 22.0 cm

Black, Silver

Purchase Options

Click & Collect, Trade-In Available



The history of Quad is one of technical achievement in the field of sound reproduction. It is a story that began with their first amplifier, which applied fifteen years of knowledge and experience in professional audio and industrial products to the task of making the most accurate domestic audio amplifier of its age.

Every product in the Quad portfolio of amplifiers, headphones, moving-coil loudspeakers and electrostatic loudspeakers have received international acclaim. However, Quad has never indulged in technical one-upmanship. Their technology exists for a purpose that has remained constant over the years - to reproduce music in a form that is the closest approach to the original.

Unilet Sound & Vision are one of the longest-established official Quad dealers in the UK, and one of only a handful of dealers for Quad Electrostatics in the entire country.

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