The original Quattro took the internet radio world by storm – can its successor do the same?
The original incarnation of the Tangent Quattro announced itself in some style, scooping an Award from our sister mag What Hi Fi? and becoming a class-leader among the first-generation of web-friendly tuners.
At the time it was a refined, classily styled machine with the level of performance to match. The MKII version has had some minor internal and external tweaks and looks to continue the good work of its predecessor.
A DAB-free zone
The Quattro offers internet radio, wireless streaming and an FM tuner, but no DAB. It also gives you access to the Reciva online portal where you can access podcasts and favourites.
It's a good spread of functionality, even if it is all pretty much expected now in this market.
You'll find an Ethernet connection as well as integrated wireless support, alongside an auxiliary input, line output and a headphone connection.
The build quality remains impressive, the Quattro cutting a classy profile and buttons feeling sturdy, and there's a choice of walnut, black, white high-gloss and red high-gloss finishes.
On the down side, browsing the stations isn't as simple and fast as systems now found on rivals such as Pure's Evoke Flow.
Still, once you sniff out a wireless connection and start working your way through the myriad channels available, you’ll find the sound quality remains eminently satisfying.
Punch and power
Listening to 1Xtra, the Tangent bashes out a bolshy, lively sound, with plenty of punch and bass.
Switch to something a little more laid back, in the form of Roots Rock Reggae from Kingston, Jamaica, and the Quattro delivers a subtle, detailed performance.
The Tangent Quattro MkII remains a class performer but doesn't quite have the edge over rivals that it had upon its initial release.
When it comes to sound quality, usability and sheer value for money, the Quattro MkII is good but no longer the leader of the pack. That title goes to the Pure’s Avanti Flow and Evoke Flow.
Tangent Quattro MKII review
A classy internet and FM radio, but lacks the extra sparkle needed to become top dog