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Artera Pre Amplifier From Quad - The Audiophile Man
The Artera Pre reintroduces an old Quad feature – the Tilt control. Its answer to tone adjustment. The Tilt control adjusts both ends of the frequency spectrum together – either attenuating the bass and lifting the treble or lifting the bass and attenuating the treble, in steps of 1dB. In effect, it rotates – or tilts – the audible frequency range on a 700Hz axis to make it ‘warmer’ or ‘cooler’ without affecting the apparent volume or ‘colouring’ the sound. That’s the theory It hasn’t featured on a new Quad product for a decade – the Artera Pre does feature it, however, but adds further analogue bass filters to the Tilt function for additional sound tailoring. For example, optional bass lift (of +4.5dB around 60Hz) may be used to give smaller speakers a little more extension, while bass cut (-4.5dB shelf response) can help to deal with unwanted room resonances. The Tilt and bass filters can be combined to create individual EQ profiles to assign to each source input. In this way, each input can be configured to suit the connected component, be it a turntable, a CD player, a tuner, a DAC or streamer or any other playback device with an …