...we’d buy the Edge NQ.
With a revolutionary preamp circuit-board that reduces interference and an incredibly clean signal path, Edge NQ plays your favourite music with astonishing depth. Stream, plug-in and play to enjoy every note in perfect clarity.
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 32bit/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, AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX HD and Internet radio means you can enjoy your music whatever the source.
Edge NQ has Chromecast built-in. 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.
'Cambridge Audio has surpassed itself with the Edge NQ/W combination... lovely to look at, nice to use and packed to the gunwales with features.'
'We never doubted that Cambridge Audio could deliver high-end... ...at €3000 (Edge W) and €4000 (Edge NQ) the series offers a real bargain compared to its performance. In short: this is an absolutely coherent concept.'
'Accomplished is a word we can use to describe the Edge NQ... ...It performs as well as a separate pre-amp costing around £1300, as a DAC and streamer that’d set you back a grand each, and packs it all into one, gorgeous unit with an impressive headphone amplifier to boot.
Simply put, if we had a budget of £3500 for a pre-amp and streamer, we’d buy the Edge NQ.'
THD <0.0008%, 20Hz - 20kHz, 24-bit, 1Vrms output
<0.0008%, 20Hz – 20kHz, 1Vrms output
20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1dB
6Vrms single ended or 6Vrms + 6Vrms balanced
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 Class 2.0 supporting up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM, or up to DSD256
1 x USB 2.0 current limited to 1A, FAT32 / NTFS / HFS / HFS+
4.1 (Smart/BLE enabled) A2DP/AVRCP supporting SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD
Yes - Accesible via supported app
IEEE 802.11 b/g or n (2.4GHz), Encryption WEP, WPA, WPA2
IEEE 802.3, 10 Base-T or 100 Base-T
120 x 460 x 405mm (4.7 x 18.1 x 15.9”)
Hi-res wireless connectivity that's compatible with hundreds of Android and iOS apps. Chromecast built-in is a trademark of Google LLC
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