Cambridge Audio EDGE NQ
Developed for Cambridge Audio’s 50th anniversary no-compromise series, the EDGE NQ combines a high quality streamer & DAC with a premium, bypassable preamp.
With a revolutionary preamp circuit-board that reduces interference and an incredibly clean signal path, Edge NQ plays your favorite music with astonishing depth. Stream, plug-in and play to enjoy every note in perfect clarity.
Features at a Glance
- StreamMagic – award-winning streaming built-in.
- Hand-picked components – hours of listening to select only those that sound the best.
- Ready for digital – built-in DAC with digital inputs including TV ARC and Bluetooth aptX HD.
- Perfect partners – pair your Edge NQ with Edge W or Edge M to create your perfect system.
All the Sources
Edge NQ lets you enjoy music from any source. As well as digital coaxial, HDMI, USB and S/PDIF connections, there’s also Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz, AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX HD, Internet Radio and UPnP Playback. Roon Ready certification enhances your browsing experience. Wherever songs are played from, Edge NQ stays true to the character of every instrument and uncovers a musicality you’ve never heard before.
Astonishing Digital Detail
With a wealth of connections including digital coaxial, ARC (Audio Return Channel), USB and S/PDIF, our engineers have ensured that all of your digital content can be enjoyed, at up to 24-bit/384kHz and DSD 256. Edge NQ offers an incredibly revealing sound that has detailed tone, rhythmic drive and taut bass.
Edge NQ was designed with a unique PCB. Our engineers replaced conventional capacitors with a DC coupled topology and also added a solid state volume control. The end result is a clean signal path that’s perfectly balanced at any volume.
Award-Winning Streaming Software
Edge NQ boasts the very latest version of our award-winning streaming module. Designed in-house, right here in the UK, it features a new, faster chipset and support for both 24bit/192kHz and DSD128 files. The addition of Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz, AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX HD and Internet radio means you can enjoy your music whatever the source. Roon Ready certification enhances your browsing experience.
Thanks to Chromecast Built-in hundreds of music services, including Sirius XM & Soundcloud, can be enjoyed on the Edge NQ. Just tap the cast button in your favourite app to stream music from your smartphone, tablet or laptop in stunning high definition sound, up to 24bit/96kHz.
Fixed Line-out Mode
If you wish to connect the Edge NQ to an integrated amplifier rather than a power amplifier, the streaming functionality can be used independently of the preamplifier. The preamplifier can be disabled via the dedicated Edge app for iOS and Android
|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|
|Fixed Line-out Mode||Yes. The preamplifier can be disabled via the dedicated Edge app for iOS and Android. Within the app, simply turn off ‘preamplifier mode’ in the settings to run a line out via XLR or RCA to an integrated amplifier.|
|USB audio input||USB Audio Class 2.0 supporting up to 24-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|
|UPnP Connectivity||Yes – Accesible via supported app|
|Roon Ready||Yes (Requires a Roon subscription)|
|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||120 x 460 x 405mm (4.7 x 18.1 x 15.9”)|
|Chromecast built-in||Hi-res wireless connectivity that’s compatible with hundreds of Android and iOS apps. Chromecast built-in is a trademark of Google LLC|
|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|
Visit us for a listening session and free consultation
You are cordially invited to experience Bliss. We are located in Minnetonka, MN on the Deephaven border. We accommodate visits by appointment only and give you our complete attention when you are here. You should expect to have the opportunity to listen to a reference-level system and being engaged in discussion so we learn how to best help guide you further along your journey.
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