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.
  • Multiroom Capability – compatible with Google Home, Apple Airplay and Roon multiroom systems. 
  • Edge NQ Preamplifier with Network Player and Edge W

    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.

    • What Hifi logo

      "A truly fantastic streaming preamp"

    • Hi-Fi-Choice Magazine

      "It sounds seriously good for the money, with a happy, upbeat nature underwritten by real power and insight"

    • HI-FI News logo

      They are designed to be chic, sleek and easy to operate, while still delivering where it counts – in their performance

      Edge NQ Preamplifier With Network Player and Edge W

      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 Preamplifier with Network Player and Edge W

      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 24-bit/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. 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, 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.

      Edge NQ Preamplifier and Network Player close-up of volume dial

      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.

      Edge NQ Preamplifier and Network Player close-up

      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.

      Edge NQ Preamplifier with Network Player and Edge W

      Perfect Partners

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

    • Press reviews

      • Hi-Fi Choice

        United Kingdom, March 2019

        '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, December 2018

        '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, December 2018

        '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...'

        Customer Reviews

      • 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 24-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