“Quad’s fine little amplifier now sounds bigger and better, while adding extra features, too.” ‘Hi-Fi Choice’ ‘Editor’s Choice – 5-star review’.
“These lovely compact speakers impress with an enchanting, detailed sound...” ‘What Hi-Fi’ – 5 Star review.
One package does it all
Take two award-winners in their own field, put them together in a matched bundle and the result is a sensational system. The Quad Vena II amp and S-1 speakers work perfectly together, with each complimenting the others audio characteristics. For acoustic, Classical, jazz and rock/pop music in smaller rooms, it doesn’t get much better around a grand than this paring.
The Quad S-1 speakers are compact speakers with a big heart. The combination of a ribbon tweeter with Kevlar woofer cone delivers first-rate realism. Vocals have that ‘in the room’ presence that many more expensive speakers struggle to match. The punchy Vena II amp also fills out the bass well and drives these little speakers to their potential.
Packed inside the understated Vena II, you’ll find everything you need in a modern day amp. A built-in DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) provides digital inputs and outputs. Analogue inputs include a connection dedicated to your turntable. Wireless music streaming from your smartphone or other device is also possible, thanks to the Bluetooth link. There’s also a top quality headphone output. Everything you need in an amp is right here.
Playback your Hi-Res music files
With the superb ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC at its heart, the Vena II effortlessly handles your hi-res music files. Use the USB digital input and the Vena II decodes right up to studio quality 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256. With the optical and coaxial inputs, the hi-res music capacity is a still impressive 24-bit/192kHz – the usual standard for most hi-res music files.
Full digital connectivity
Helping you make the most of your hi-res and digital components, the Vena II features a class-leading array of digital socketry. Choose between USB, coaxial and two opticals for your inputs – ideal for your computer, TV, Blu-ray/DVD/CD player, network streamer and many other devices with a digital output. There are also optical and coaxial digital outputs, making this amp perfect for digital recorders or multi-room feeds.
Bluetooth for wireless sound
For wireless streaming, the Vena II also comes with built-in Bluetooth. Compatible with aptX, the Vena II offers the potential for high quality Bluetooth streaming. Simply pair with your smartphone, tablet or other device and stream your stored music and favourite music services, such as Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music.
Connect analogue sources
The Vena II hasn’t forgotten about your analogue sources. Twin RCA inputs are perfect for plugging in sources such as a tuner, cassette player or any other source with an analogue output. With its pre-amp outputs, you can also connect up a more powerful, larger power amp, should you choose.
Vinyl doesn’t take a back seat
Quad have fitted with the Vena II with a phono input; letting you connect up Moving Magnet cartridge equipped turntables. This isn’t just any old phono input, though. The low-noise, JFET-based circuit with precise RIAA equalisation gets the very best from your turntable’s sound. Low distortion and a wide frequency response mean you get to hear the most subtle details with crystalline clarity.
Superior quality headphone output
Like the phono pre-amp, the headphone output is carefully and skilfully developed in its own right, rather than being an afterthought. The Vena II features a dedicated headphone amp with current-feedback circuitry and wide bandwidth. This gives you a sound that’s much more powerful and three-dimensional than you’d usually get with most standard headphone outputs. It also drives a wide range of headphones with ease – even if they’re current-hungry designs.
Smart good looks
Striking the perfect balance between retro and minimalism, the Vena II is a design classic. The standard ‘Lancaster Grey’ blends with a wide range of components and speakers. At just 313mm wide, it also has a smaller footprint than most of its rivals, making it easier to fit tighter spaces.
Get double the talent, with the Quad Vena II System Pack.