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The new QED uPlay Plus (pronounced ‘yoo-play’) is a discreet Bluetooth Hi-Fi Receiver which incorporates the latest Bluecore 5 chipset and supports advanced ‘aptX®’ audio coding. QED is a brand of Armour Home. Bob Abraham, the Founder of QED, stated:
“One of the key benefits of owning a smartphone or laptop is the ability to use it as a Personal Entertainment Device (PED). The combination of stored music, videos and games; together with a plethora of streamed content, especially music services from the internet, has transformed the way people access media.”
Mr Abraham continued: “What is the best way to enjoy this content and wirelessly deliver a very high quality music stream to your sound system? Bluetooth is the only truly universal option because it is available on all smartphones, tablets and the like. And now, thanks to Bluetooth ‘aptX®’, you can enjoy wireless, streamed music with CD quality sound. The ‘uPlay Plus’ seamlessly switches between the standard Bluetooth ‘SBC’ Codec and ‘aptX®’, depending on the transmission source and enables true wireless connectivity of a portable device to your favourite sound system.”
For users seeking to truly maximise audio quality, the uPlay Plus boasts a digital optical output, allowing the direct connection to either an amplifier or receiver with a digital input, or an upmarket stand alone DAC (digital to analogue converter). Naturally the uPlay Plus also boasts its own onboard low distortion DAC, which promises less than 0.035% distortion, and stereo analogue outputs, making it ideally suited to connect to an existing hi-fi system, home theatre system or even the better quality iPod docks, fitted with an ‘Aux’ or optical input socket.
Price: The UK suggested retail price is £99.95 including VAT
Availability: Now, from authorised QED stockists.
Power Supply: AC/DC Adapter
INPUT: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz 300mA
OUTPUT: DC 5V - – - 1000mA
Dimensions: 120 x 142 x 25mm approx
Terminals: micro USB DC Input port x 1
Analogue Audio Output X 1 ( 2 x RCA phono jack)
Digital Audio Output x 1 (Toslink optical)
Max Audio Output Level: 2.48V rms
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.035% at 1kHz
Comms Method: Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
Range: Bluetooth Class 2 (Line of sight distance approx. 10m*)
Frequency Band: 2.400GHz to 2.4835GHz
Bluetooth Profile: A2DP
Codecs: SBC, aptX®
*when used with a Power Class 2 Bluetooth device. The transmission distance is approximate; performance may vary depending on the environment.