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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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: 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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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: 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 market […]

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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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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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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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