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Cambridge Audio Edge NQ

Cambridge Audio Edge NQ

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Cambridge Audio

Cambridge Audio Edge NQ

Regular price $4,999
Sale price $4,999 Regular price $5,499.00
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Cambridge Audio EDGE NQ Network Player and Preamplifier

The Cambridge Audio EDGE NQ Network Player and Preamplifier is a premier choice for audiophiles seeking unparalleled sound quality and versatility. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, the EDGE NQ combines state-of-the-art technology with a sleek, modern design. Perfect for any high-fidelity setup, this network player and preamplifier offers impressive functionality and compatibility with a wide range of digital and analog sources.

Impressively Revealing

Experience your favorite music with astonishing depth and clarity thanks to the revolutionary preamp circuit-board in the EDGE NQ. This design minimizes interference and maintains an incredibly clean signal path, ensuring that every note is played back with perfect precision. Whether you’re streaming or playing from a physical source, the EDGE NQ delivers a listening experience like no other.

All the Sources

The EDGE NQ offers unparalleled versatility with its myriad of input options. Enjoy music from digital coaxial, HDMI, USB, S/PDIF connections, and more. With Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz, AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX HD, Internet Radio, and UPnP Playback, the EDGE NQ can handle all your streaming needs. Roon Ready certification further enhances your browsing experience, making it easy to access and enjoy your music collection.

Astonishing Digital Detail

Our engineers have equipped the EDGE NQ with a wealth of connections, including digital coaxial, ARC (Audio Return Channel), USB, and S/PDIF. These inputs support up to 24-bit/384kHz and DSD 256, providing an incredibly revealing sound with detailed tones, rhythmic drive, and taut bass. This ensures that all your digital content is delivered with the utmost clarity and precision.

Sonic Balance

The EDGE NQ’s unique PCB design features a DC coupled topology and a solid-state volume control, replacing conventional capacitors. This innovation results in a clean signal path that maintains perfect balance at any volume, providing a superior listening experience. The EDGE NQ’s design ensures that every instrument's character is faithfully reproduced, uncovering musicality you've never heard before.

Award-Winning Streaming Software

The EDGE NQ boasts the latest version of Cambridge Audio's award-winning streaming module. This in-house designed software features a new, faster chipset and supports both 24bit/192kHz and DSD128 files. With Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Qobuz, AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX HD, and Internet radio, the EDGE NQ can play music from virtually any source. The Roon Ready certification further enhances your browsing experience, making it easy to find and enjoy your favorite tracks.

Chromecast Built-In

Thanks to Chromecast Built-in, the EDGE NQ allows you to stream music from hundreds of services, including Sirius XM and Soundcloud. Simply tap the cast button in your favorite app to enjoy high-definition sound, up to 24bit/96kHz, from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Chromecast Built-in ensures a seamless streaming experience, bringing your music to life in stunning detail.

Fixed Line-out Mode

The EDGE NQ offers flexibility with its fixed line-out mode. If you prefer to connect the EDGE NQ to an integrated amplifier rather than a power amplifier, you can disable the preamplifier via the dedicated Edge app for iOS and Android. This allows you to use the streaming functionality independently, ensuring a versatile and customizable setup for your audio needs.

Perfect Partners

The EDGE NQ is designed to work in perfect synchronisation with other components in the EDGE series. Pair it with the EDGE W, Cambridge Audio's highest-performing power amplifier, to create a hi-fi system that offers unparalleled sound quality and a visually striking design. Together, these components provide an audio experience that is truly exceptional.

Technical Specifications

Specification Details
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. 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, accessible via supported app
Chromecast Built-In Yes
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”)
Weight 10.2kg (22.4lbs)

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