Edge NQ

Preamplifier with Network Player

What Hi-Fi? 5 star

'Accomplished is a word we can use to describe the Cambridge Audio Edge NQ itself. It is a top-class streamer and a rather fine analogue preamplifier too. Add a hugely capable DAC section, and an impressive headphone amplifier, and you have quite some product – all packed into one gorgeous unit to boot...'

What Hi-Fi?

United Kingdom,

Edge NQ

Preamplifier with Network Player

 

  • Impressively revealing – our 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.
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'Accomplished is a word we can use to describe the Cambridge Audio Edge NQ itself. It is a top-class streamer and a rather fine analogue preamplifier too. Add a hugely capable DAC section, and an impressive headphone amplifier, and you have quite some product – all packed into one gorgeous unit to boot...'

What Hi-Fi?

United Kingdom,

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Edge NQ hero

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.

Edge NQ SS 1

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.

Edge NQ SS 2

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.

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Press reviews

Hi-Fi Choice

United Kingdom,

'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.'

Fidelity

Germany,

'We never doubted for a moment that Cambridge Audio can meet the demands of the high-end class. The components of the 851 series already show how much flair for musicality and balanced tonal balance the British have developed. But the Edge combination offers much more than that.'

What Hi-Fi?

United Kingdom,

'Accomplished is a word we can use to describe the Cambridge Audio Edge NQ itself. It is a top-class streamer and a rather fine analogue preamplifier too. Add a hugely capable DAC section, and an impressive headphone amplifier, and you have quite some product – all packed into one gorgeous unit to boot...'

The details

D/A Converter

THD <0.0008%, 20Hz - 20kHz, 24-bit, 1Vrms output

THD analog sources

<0.0008%, 20Hz – 20kHz, 1Vrms output

Frequency response

20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1dB

S/N ratio (ref 1V output)

>103 dB

Crosstalk @ 1kHz

< -100dB

Max preamp output

6Vrms single ended or 6Vrms + 6Vrms balanced

Fixed Line-out Mode

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 input

USB Audio Class 2.0 supporting up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM, or up to DSD256

USB drive input

1 x USB 2.0 current limited to 1A, FAT32 / NTFS / HFS / HFS+

Bluetooth

4.1 (Smart/BLE enabled) A2DP/AVRCP supporting SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD

UPnP Connectivity

Yes - Accesible via supported app

Chromecast built-in

Yes

Roon Ready

Yes (Requires a Roon subscription)

TOSLINK input

16/24-bit 32-96kHz

Coax S/PDIF input

16/24-bit 32-192kHz

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.11 b/g or n (2.4GHz), Encryption WEP, WPA, WPA2

Ethernet

IEEE 802.3, 10 Base-T or 100 Base-T

Max power consumption

100W

Standby power consumption

<0.5W

Dimensions

120 x 460 x 405mm (4.7 x 18.1 x 15.9”)

Weight

10.2kg (22.4lbs)

Chromecast built-in

Hi-res wireless connectivity that's compatible with hundreds of Android and iOS apps. Chromecast built-in is a trademark of Google LLC

In the box

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