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45w Integrated Amplifier with apt-X Bluetooth, USB, SPDIF, Optical DAC, Analogue Inputs and Remote Control
The newly announced Quad Vena integrated amplifier from high-quality audio manufacturer Quad also includes a highly capable DAC. The Vena features a vast rage of inputs and outputs, including wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The DAC found within the Vena borrows the same premium-performance 24-bit/192kHz chipset found within Quad's high-end and highly regarded Platinum CD Players. Bluetooth functionality within the unit also supports aptX to ensure a superior sound-quality when using Bluetooth.
The Quad Vena is a highly versatile system hub with connectivity options for a wide variety of sources both analogue and digital. At the heart of the Vena is a high current 45w Class AB amplifier fed by a quality analogue pre-amplification stage. Quad's heritage in creating some of the worlds greatest amplifiers is clearly present here with a smooth and natural sound which is a pleasure to listen to even when driving larger loudspeakers.
While having connectivity for your analogue sources the Vena really offers a great deal when it comes to digital sources. There is optical and coaxial digital inputs for traditional digital audio sources, a USB input for connecting the Vena to your PC or Mac and an additional USB input for connection to iOS devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad). Along with the "plug-in" connectivity options, the Vena is capable of receiving your music wirelessly via Bluetooth with aptX.
Used in the professional recording industry for many years, aptX is becoming the industry standard format for transmitting CD quality audio over wireless transmission (Bluetooth). The Vena is compatible with all smartphones and tablets along with PC's and Mac's equipped with Bluetooth technology.
In addition to the amplified speaker output the Vena has a front panel headphone socket, optical and coaxial digital outputs and analogue pre-outs for connection to a power amplifier if required.
The Quad Vena is an excellently neat and easy solution for exceptional sound quality from a multitude of source, whether it be smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs or traditional hi-fi separates.
“Powerful, detailed hi-fi sound via all inputs makes the Quad Vena a worthy winner”
...the Quad sounds clean, crisp and musical... lot of the house sound to be heard, It's musically informative and engaging with a pleasingly detailed presentation. You would certainly never call it boring, but then again it is never harsh or searing; Quad has snuck exactly the right balance meaning it's a civiiised performer that you can listen to for long periods.
Switch to tie built-in DAC section, and the same high standards continue; once again you hear a civilised but animated performalce that rcally gets the speakers bouncing... Tonally the Quad is pretty even and neutral; never warm yet not hard, it sits in a well-judged position in the middle.
The Quad Vena takes the gong... it offers you real hi-fi sound in a small box which sports a fine-sounding DAC built in, and implements aptx Bluetooth well. lt's an innately enjoyable and detailed performer.
Group Test Winner, Hi-Fi Choice (November 2014)