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Play-Fi now in Quad Vena II Amplifier - The Audiophile Man
Quad adds hi-res Wi-Fi streaming and multi-room capabilities to the Vena II Play Quad is launching a new version of the Vena II integrated amplifier, the Play. It adds Wi-Fi connectivity via the Play-Fi platform to the Vena II’s specification. It becomes the first Quad product to embrace Wi-Fi streaming. The Vena II Play looks almost identical to the ‘standard’ Vena II, which launched 12 months ago – a compact design just 313mm wide. Apart from the word ‘Play’ to denote Play-Fi integration, the only change to the front panel is a ‘NET’ button and an array of white LEDs around the rotary control to indicate volume level. All the facilities of the already well-stocked Vena II are included – an integral hi-res DAC with USB, coaxial and optical digital inputs, aptX Bluetooth reception, a range of analogue inputs including a phono stage for turntables and dedicated headphone amp circuitry. The Vena II Play’s addition of internet/home network connectivity via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable is provided in return for a £150 premium over £649 Vena II, which remains current. Aside from the addition of Play-Fi, the Vena II Play’s circuitry mirrors that of the Vena II. At its heart lies the ES9018K2M DAC chip from the Sabre32 …