Brand: Cambridge Audio

Cambridge - Edge NQ Network Player/Preamplifier

Equipment Amplification Preamp
Price $5,499.00
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Cambridge - Edge NQ Network Player/Preamplifier

Cambridge - Edge NQ Network Player/Preamplifier

Price $5,499.00
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Play Any Music Source and Hear It in Astonishing Detail: Cambridge Audio Edge NQ Network Player/Preamp Supports Up to DSD 256, Features Plethora of Connections and Chromecast

Pick a music source, any source. Then stream, cast, or plug-in-and-play it in incredibly revealing detail with the Roon-ready Cambridge Audio Edge NQ preamplifier/network player. Loaded with a penthouse suite of connectivity – digital coaxial, HDMI, USB, ARC, and S/PDIF included as well as XLR and RCA inputs – plus built-in Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX HD, and Internet Radio, Edge NQ is literally the cutting-edge of high-end audio versatility and functionality. Equally important, this modern marvel stays true to the character of every song you play no matter what the source.

One of the outed secrets behind the performance ability of Edge NQ owes to a unique PCB that replaces conventional capacitors with a DC-coupled technology that results in a super-clean signal path and perfect balance at any volume. That means whether you're listening to vinyl, spinning a disc, streaming from your phone, or enjoying high-resolution digital at up to DSD 256 and 32-bit/384kHz PCM, Edge NQ gives you the resolution, detail, tone, and drive you deserve. Distortion, electromagnetic interference, and hum are essentially eliminated. The solid-state, dual concentric control knob – assembled in the U.K. from 31 precision-milled aerospace-grade-material parts – further ensures your user experience is nothing short of supreme.

Such thinking stems from blank-sheet-of-paper design, three years of development, and the involvement of nine veteran engineers. Ditto the ultra-sleek, modern albeit classic aesthetics, marked by a curved exterior, minimalist looks, floating top plate, and Lunar Grey finish. The most advanced version of Cambridge Audio's proprietary StreamMagic streaming platform, synchronicity with its sister power amplifier (Edge W), and Music Direct's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee help round out a component built for today – and tomorrow.

“It sounds insightful and impressively clean. You can run your finger over textures, and instruments are well-organized with plenty of space between them to breathe and express themselves."
What Hi-Fi?, five-star review

"So, how does the Edge NQ sound? Like music reproduced in an extremely lifelike manner that is limited more by the original recording, mastering, format, and transmission method than by limitations imposed by the Edge NQ itself. Bass was impactful, with excellent attack and punch.”
—Steven Stone, Home Theater Review

"Cambridge Audio has surpassed itself with the new Edge NQ/W combination. It's lovely to look at, nice to use and is packed to the gunwales with features, too. It sounds seriously good for the money, with a happy, upbeat nature underwritten by real power and insight."
Hi-Fi Choice, Editor’s Choice review

"The Edge NQ and W can connect all the connected aspects of your music-reproduction life. They do so reliably and easily. The overall achievement as a product line clearly built by proud experts in their fields deserves respect and acknowledgement. The fact that the delivered audio performance aligns with Cambridge's stated sonic goals is further proof of its expertise."
—Allan Moulton, The Absolute Sound

D/A Converter: THD <0.0008%, 20Hz - 20kHz, 24-bit, 1Vrms output
THD analog sources: <0.0008%, 20Hz – 20kHz, 1Vrms output
Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1dB
S/N ratio (ref 1V output): >103 dB
Crosstalk @ 1kHz: < -100dB
Max preamp output: 6Vrms single ended or 6Vrms + 6Vrms balanced
USB audio input: USB Audio Class 2.0 supporting up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM, or up to DSD256
USB drive input: 1 x USB 2.0 current limited to 1A, FAT32/NTFS/HFS/HFS+
Bluetooth: 4.1 (Smart/BLE enabled) A2DP/AVRCP supporting SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD
TOSLINK input: 16/24-bit 32-96kHz
Coax S/PDIF input: 16/24-bit 32-192kHz
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g or n (2.4GHz), Encryption WEP, WPA, WPA2
Ethernet: IEEE 802.3, 10 Base-T or 100 Base-T
Max power consumption: 100W
Standby power consumption: <0.5W
Dimensions: 4.7" x 18.1" x 15.9"
Weight: 22.4 lbs.
In the box: Edge NQ Pre-amplifier and Network Player
   1.5M Power Lead
   Edge Remote Control
   3 x AAA Batteries
   Bluetooth Antenna
   Wi-Fi Dongle
   Edge Link Cable
   Edge NQ User Manual

User Manual (PDF, 898 KB)

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