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Quad 33 amp options

Discussion in 'British Audio' started by LordDisco, Aug 20, 2017.

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  1. LordDisco

    LordDisco New Member

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    Hi,

    A totally noob question here - in a fit of pique I have just bought a Quad 33, I am not however in possesion of a Quad 303. Is this the only option I have or can the 33 output to any other amplifier until such time as I can afford a 303?
     

     

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  2. s-petersen

    s-petersen Scott Subscriber

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    The Quad 33 has a maximum output of .5v and would have to be modified to a higher gain for many amps to reach full power,
     
  3. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    You could always source a Quad 405 copy. I'm really enjoying mine paired with a Schiit Saga preamp. It's really challenging my identity (thought tube amps were better though this combo just keeps improving). The copies are new so no recap necessary
     
  4. slimecity

    slimecity Super Member

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    It depends what standard you are used to. A Quad 33 will not impress if you have owned better preamps.
     
  5. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    Matches everything I've read about them. The preamps aren't that great.... On the other hand I suspect that the reviews with people who disliked the Quad 405 power amp probably had a Quad preamp in front.

    The power amp is pretty special considering the low cost of acquisition. Seems to sound like whatever you put in front of it. I believe someone in the past once described the 405 as "straight wire with gain". That's a pretty apt description.

    I'd pass on the preamp.
     
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  6. Powertech

    Powertech Active Member

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    If you are going after a Quad 405, go for the Mk2 version. There are valid differences to the design.
    I have links somewhere to some very good information regarding the 405. It has full description of it in all it's iterations and also has a whole bunch of upgrades you can do to improve them. I will look it out and see if I can post a link.

    edit: Found it. http://www.keith-snook.info/quad-stuff.html
    Look over the whole site. There is a wealth of information about Quad amps and others.
     
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