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 […]

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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 […]

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LEAK: Unfairly forgotten classics – Leak, etc.

That thread I started on Leak Stereo 70’s etc got me thinking that there is quite a bit of gear out there which although of decent quality one barely ever hears about any more… and more rarely still is it ever suggested as a classic purchase. I guess a classic example of such a scenario […]

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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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QUAD: Stacked Quads 57s in small room?

“For the last few years i have made do with a high end headphone system, but am moving in the next 2 months and will have my own music room so have decided im going to give speakers a go. I’ve never owned Hifi speakers before but after selling my headphone system i will have […]

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

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 […]

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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 pair […]

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HARBETH: “I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors?’

I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors. I understand sensitivity is an issue with lower power valve amps and note that the smallest Harbeth has a sensitivity of 83. I just wondered if you had a view […]

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QUAD: 909 upgrade help ?

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: Resurrecting the marginalised 405-2 (solution #1)

  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 […]

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Do Tube Amps go better with QUAD 2805’s Speakers?

I’m very happy with a pair of QUAD 2805’s which I bought new about 1yr ago. I’ve been using a VTL 5.5 Preamp w/phono, LP12, Zeta Arm, BlackBird, Ayre 7E CD, VTL 225 Deluxe Monoblocks converted to 6550c’s w.shunyata Tiapan helix PC’s,Diamond Racing cones on Solid Steel ampstands, Nordost Heimdall speaker cables. Also a Janus […]

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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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QUAD: 909 – calling all enthusiasts

So, I gave in to audiophilia nervosa and believed the fantastic reports from Dada on how much better the 909 would be without the ampbus card. So I removed it and ended up with a 2 x 140 W buzzing amp. The buzz is regardless of level and input. It was much more quieter without […]

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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 FM4 in as few words as possible

Staff member Michael Vronsky writes: FM only / Seven presets / Sensitivity 30db. S/N ratio 70db Short on features and facilities but it has been designed to meet most of QUAD’s traditional customers’ requirements. It is lovably quirky, provides high quality performance and is both robust and elegant.

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