QUAD: Resurrecting the marginalised 405-2 (solution #3)

Hi, I'm Neil McCauley / editor in chief and I'm on a mission to resurrect this excellent classic British design. In short, to distance it from the widespread perception that it’s purely for the pipe and slippers brigade. Yes, of course it does to some extent have it’s roots in that patronized yet well-meaning market sector, but that was then. These days though … ?

My task during the seven day period is to produce one bespoke combination per day using only pre-owned equipment; preamp + CD player + speakers. Seven systems that in my direct personal experience really work well together either side of the 405-2.

To keep it simple, I'm not discussing cables, stands nor isolation systems here. That’s the sort of fine tuning that you really don’t need my help with right now but by all means contact me HERE if you feel I might be able to help you on an individual basis.

Is this you perhaps?

This venerable vintage amplifier if in fully working condition offers astonishing value in terms of sonic performance per £. Possibly you have one lurking (skulking?) in a loft or garage, forgotten, ignored and abandoned?

The thing is …. it can provide the centre-point, or musical hub if you prefer of a very fine second or third system. In some cases, if matched with sympathetic partners it can be a first system that punches very much above it’s weight.

Or are you a QUAD 405-2 novice?

Okay, fine. You are most welcome to tag along. A great source of QUAD 405-2 amps is HERE. Typical prices sit between £250 > £350.

System solution #2

Pre amp: Meridian 201 is an outstanding preamp in its own right and a remarkably fine partner for the 405-2. Very rare. Click HERE for an example. Also HERE and additional info HERE

CD player: QUAD 99 CD P2. Usually to be found HERE and aim to pay no more that £350

Speakers: A personal vavourite of mine, the Spendor BC1. Yes they are a bit delicate but in combination with the QUAD 505-2 it's accidental magic. A truly glorious sounding pairing. If curious, you might start looking HERE Prices are rising fast for examples in outstanding condition. Expect to spend > £350 per pair

So, thank you for your attention. I'll be back tomorrow with a rather different approach to applying a QUAD 405-2. That’ll be solution #4. Will you be joining me?

Neil McCauley / editor in chief

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