QUAD: Vintage Glory / Quad ESL-63 and Electrostatic Solutions

The part time audiophile writes: I am the first to admit that I have not been steadfast and unwavering in my love. No. Instead, I have been anything but. I am unfaithful. In fact, it’s probably fair to level this critique in rather stronger language: I am downright promiscuous. I confess! I confess! Admitting in […]

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RADFORD: Quad II vs Leak 20 vs Radford STA 25 vintage equipment

Good afternoon folks. Just discovered this thread which started in 2010 and then drifted way. The points raised are, in my view, valid and relevant – and that’s why it’s here now. So all you UK valve lovers, you might enjoy dipping in and out there. It starts ….  I have now had several months […]

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CROFT: Quad or Croft?

Decision Time. Sspeakers – Harbeth SHL5 Plus – decided. So – after a series of auditions with different sources and pre/power/integrated amplifier combinations with the Harbeth SHL5, I have excluded a few options (all of them excellent in their own right – but NOT for me) – no Devialet, definitely NO Naim, no Pathos. I […]

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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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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: 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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