The Cambridge Audio Edge NQ is a streaming DAC preamplifier, one of the several releases in the Edge range which came out over three years ago. The range features an integrated amplifier (Edge A), a stereo power amplifier (Edge W) and a monoblock amplifier (Edge M).
This is a very energetic, dynamic, and musical system… It has been an absolute delight to listen to and its stability… makes this a rather attractive proposition.
The Edge NQ features the usual array of streaming sources, Chromecast built-in, Bluetooth aptX HD, UPNP Connectivity, HDMI ARC, Roon Ready etc. It supports USB 2.0. and Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio and AirPlay. More importantly in my view, the App is excellent, it’s called StreamMagic.
The Edge NQ is 120 x 460 x 405mm (H x W x D) and weighs in at an impressive 10.2kg, it is retailing at £4,499. The Edge W is 150 x 460 x 405mm and is 23.6kg, it is retailing at £3,499, making this system just shy of a cool £8,000.
On general listening, I would suggest this Edge system (the Edge NQ and the Edge W power amplifier together) is neutral in tone, it is certainly not as analytic or clinical as the T+A electronics I usually use or as ‘warm’ as the Naim NAP electronics. There is a sense of scale and a cavernous soundstage about this system, and I like it, a bit of Pink Floyd’s The Wall (Qobuz 96kHz, 24-bit) proved that. It is clear to me the Edge W is in full control
of the Kudos Cardea C10 speakers.
This is a very energetic, dynamic, and musical system that is rather moreish in my view. It has been an absolute delight to listen to and its stability, compared to some of my own electronics, makes this a rather attractive proposition. At this price, this system will need a good pair of speakers taking an overall budget north of ten thousand pounds but if you’re at this price level you won’t need much time to be convinced of the merit and quality of this fine piece of Cambridge Audio flagship British Design.
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Look & Style
Dynamic, Punchy, Capable
USB slot at the front