The Quad Vena II integrated amplifier has everything music lovers need to play back analog and digital music, stream files, listen through ‘phones, and enjoy it all in true high-fidelity sound. All you need to do is add a pair of speakers and optional source component, and you're good to go. Bolstered with a built-in MM phono preamplifier, 32-bit ESS SABRE DAC, aptX Bluetooth support, and powerful headphone amplifier, Vena II dances around the competitive integrated field at its price point by way of a hefty toroidal transformer and Class A/B design. Two analog inputs, USB-A and USB-B inputs, two digital inputs, and a remote control further confirms its bang-on versatility.
Outputting a beefier-than-it-seems 45Wpc, this British design touts compact dimensions that make it ideal for smaller environments and rooms where space is at a premium. As with all Quad products, Vena II's main draw – in addition to its fully loaded suite of connectivity and component features – relates to its emotional sonics. Staying true to the company's eight-decade-plus traditions, Vena II delivers robust, smooth, natural performance distinguished with incredible transparency and accuracy. Vena II's attractiveness stems to its clean aesthetics able to blend in and complement any decor. A single large volume control flanked by an array of geometrically even push buttons, and the choice of several stunning yet simple finishes, tell you you're in the presence of English royalty.
Quad’s new Vena II is a wonderfully easy to use all-in-one amplifier that offers superb sound quality: think easy going – and deeply insightful with digital from its ESS Sabre32 DAC. Offering a performance up with the best at a price of £649 it strikes me as the quintessence of high fidelity – a great sound at a great price. Utterly superb.
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