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 Built-In Chromecast
Pick a music source, any source. Then stream, cast, or plug-in-and-play it in incredibly revealing detail with the 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