Cambridge Audio Edge NQ Network Player Preamp


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The Edge NQ network player preamp from Cambridge Audio. Stream, plug-in and play your favourite music with astonishing depth and in perfect clarity.

In the build-up to Cambridge Audio’s 50th anniversary, they asked their engineers a simple question – what would they make if anything was possible?

Forget cost. Forget limitations. Create a system that delivers previously undiscovered layers of detail, is highly transparent, offering superlative sound-staging. A product true to Cambridge Audio’s foundations of creative innovation and entrepreneurial ambition.

Over 3 years in the making, utilising a team of 9 engineers, the result is Edge.

Impressively Revealing
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.

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, Cambridge’s 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.

Sonic Balance
Edge NQ was designed with a unique PCB. Cambridge’s 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 Cambridge’s 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.

Chromecast Built‑in
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.

Perfect Partners
Edge systems are designed to work in perfect synchronisation. Match the Edge NQ with Cambridge’s highest performing power amplifier, Edge W, to create a hi-fi system with a sound, and a look, unlike anything else.

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  • Impressively revealing – Cambridge Audio’s most detailed pre-amplifier and network player.
  • 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.

Expert Reviews

Not only do we like this digital stream player / preamplifier, those in the know like it too. Here’s what they have to say:

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What HIFI? 2018 Simply put, if we had a budget of £3500 for a pre-amp and streamer, we’d buy the Edge NQ. If we had £6000, we’d pair it with the Edge W power amp.
HIFI Report 2019 I loved the Edge NQ right from the start, and it should be your perfect choice for buying a network streamer and pre-amp all-in-one device.
Home Theater Review 2019 The Cambridge Audio Edge NQ DAC/Pre/Streamer certainly delivers everything you could ask for from an audio component.
HIFI Choice 2019 Editor’s Choice.  Cambridge Audio has surpassed itself with the new Edge NQ/W combination.
HIFI News 2021 Outstanding Product. This streaming DAC/power amp combination has a lot going for it – gorgeous looks and a sound and build quality to match.
Forbes 2019 Audition Cambridge Audio’s Edge system for yourself and see if you agree with me that this is one classy and competent audio set-up.
Darko 2020 More is more. My expectations were high of the Edge NQ yet it still comfortably exceeded them.

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