Quad has unveiled the 9AS – a pair of compact active speakers complete with an inbuilt DAC (from Quad’s 3198_Quad_9AS_(ruby_red)Elite series of CD players) allowing coupling up of desktop and laptop computers, disc players and other digital devices. Preamp functionality allows users to switch between multiple digital and analogue sources, and also adjust volume levels on the speaker or via remote control.

“The 9AS loudspeaker is small enough to sit on a desk or shelf, yet large enough to deliver a powerful and detailed high-resolution sound” say Quad. The loudspeaker can also function as a near-field studio monitor with a “smooth frequency response, supplemented by a three-position bass EQ facility that equalises the low-frequency response for free standing, shelf and close-to-wall mounting”.

Digital connections are provided via asynchronous USB and S/PDIF (optical and coaxial), all capable of receiving audio data up to 24-bit/192kHz, supplemented by line-level RCA inputs for analogue signals. A side-mounted 3.5mm input is also included for connection of portable audio devices.

Each 9AS pair comprises a ‘master’ and a ‘slave’, both containing 100 watts of Class AB power amplification – the amplifier is housed in a cast aluminium chassis bonded to the base of the cabinet. The master speaker accepts all inputs and handles volume and input selection, operated via a touch-sensitive panel on the base of the speaker (a remote control is also supplied), while the slave speaker is fed via a line-level output from the master speaker. An output for an external subwoofer is also included.

Quad 9AS is available from this month with an SRP of £599.95 per pair finished in a choice of
high-gloss black, high-gloss white or ruby red.

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