QUAD: The Z Stars

They say ….. Like the S Series, which launched in 2015 to widespread acclaim, the new range combines advanced Kevlar-coned bass and midrange drivers with a specially designed ribbon tweeter. The Z Series takes this fundamental design to a whole new level, however, re-engineering the drive units, crossovers and cabinets to provide the perfect bridge […]

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“Help me make sense of this”

“I have quad 405-II amp which is 100 watts per channel. When I hooked up Yamaha RX-V3300 home theatre receiver, in stereo mode, wow I loved the sound !  Yamaha is 130 watts per channel. Does anyone know how much power I am getting in stereo model. Is Yamaha big current amp? Does that mean […]

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QUAD: Their S Series

They say ….. Quad’s new loudspeaker range: the S Series combines Kevlar-coned bass/midrange drivers with a specially designed ribbon tweeter. The range comprises two standmount models (S-1 and S-2), two floorstanders (S-4 and S-5) and a centre speaker for home cinema systems (S-C). At 285mm high, the  S-1 incorporates a 100mm bass/mid cone, while the […]

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HARBETH: From Quad to Harbeth

My last house move left me with a loudspeaker problem; my Quad ESL-63’s really wouldn’t fit properly into the room in which they had to be. I’ve lived with the problem for a while and have jigged and rejigged their position, but it simply hasn’t been working out. So, time to bite the bullet and […]

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QUAD: Reference ESL-2805 loudspeaker test review

  John Atkinson writes ….. When I was discussing the qualities of this speaker with Stephen Mejias before committing my thoughts to paper, he perceptively asked what music I’d been playing. Even as I answered—”Chamber music, soft rock, classical orchestral, acoustic jazz”—I got the point. All audio products push you toward music that plays to […]

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Quad ESLs – your amplifier experiences

  I am inviting anyone who has owned the original Quad ESLs, or the ESL 63s, or heard them with known specific amplifiers, to state which speakers, and post your experiences with all or any amplifiers you’ve tried. :yes: I’ll start out. All my experiences are with the original model ESL. I first heard a […]

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QUAD: 303 treble anomalies?

Wonder if the brains trust has any advice for me. Just taken delivery of a lovely Quad 303, restored by Rob at AmpLabs (who’s been a perfect gent throughout) to match the original design but with old components swapped for new. I’m almost completely delighted with the results – warmth, intimacy, believability, it really draws […]

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QUAD: 909 upgrade help requested

Looking for a high power and high current, and most importantly smooth sounding amp that will offer a clear upgrade on my previous Quad 909, and drive Dynaudio Contour 1.3SE. Tried so far; Hypex Ncore (good, but too quick/clean sounding for my tastes) Plinius Hautonga (see above) Job 225 (can’t seem to get the best […]

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QUAD: The 99 revisited

I seem to remember the 99pre was criticised for being a mediocre product when compared to the 909. I’ve just resurrected mine after five years and have made up a balanced cable to run from the D type ampbus output to my power amp’s xlr inputs (a fiddly job). I’ve recently been using a Benchmark […]

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