In 2014 Quad Vena integrated amplifier arrived on the amplifier scene as one of best sounding amplifiers under £600, with its hi-res support, Bluetooth and USB, optical and coaxial inputs. It was awarded one of the best power amplifiers of that year.
Over the past few years, its compatibility and connectivity have become more ubiquitous at this price point. The company was put under pressure to cater for the vinyl enthusiasts by including built-in phono stages into it.
The new model to the Quad Vena is the Vena II, which comes with the MM phono input onboard, it also comes with DSD (up to DSD256) and expanded PCM (up to 32-bit/384kHz) file support and a large internal upgrade.
The new Vena II still retains its Class AB-type power amp but comes with an upgraded power supply.
It also includes a Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M DAC ESS Technology’s and a 32-bit HyperStream architecture and a Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, and Quad says that it’s DAC active filter’s circuitry was chosen for their synergy with the DAC.
The Vena II now comes with a dedicated headphone amplifier, which should improve the sound quality you get through your headphones.
It comes with four digital inputs (two optical, one coaxial and one asynchronous USB), three S/PDIF sockets (one coaxial and two optical) and three RCA inputs (two line-level, one MM phono), it comes with a single optical and digital outputs, as well as pre-outs for adding an external power amplifier.
The amplifier is available as standard in Lancaster Grey (£649) and in premium Sapele Mahogany Gloss Black or Gloss White finishes (£749).
The Quad Vena II will be available imminently – and can be bought with a pair of five-star Quad S-1 standmounts for a special price of £999, offering a saving of £150.