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Quad Electronics (The brand, not Quadraphonic)- Any fans?

Discussion in 'British Audio' started by Bigerik, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Bigerik

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    I've long been a fan of Quad speakers. I think the ESL's are the finest sounding speakers I have ever heard. However, I really know nothing about Quads electronic gear over the years. I know it was held in high regards in Britain, but I just never saw that much of it over here.

    Any fans of the old Quad amps or preamps? Any particular gems or dogs?
     

     

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    I was thinking of pulling the trigger on a Sansui 6500 I think it was a few months back. What I liked was the idea of having two separate outputs playing at the same time from one unit. I also curious to hear what it sounded like. I have 4 A25's I could drive with it. Still might get it.
     
  3. Bigerik

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    LOL. I think we are talking about two different things. I am talking about Quad, the audio manufacturer, not Quadraphonic gear.
     
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    Sorry. Does Quad make quadraphonic gear?
     
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    They make a great CD player/pre amp.
     
  6. Bigerik

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    Not that I have ever heard of. Quad has been making audio electronics since 1936.

    http://www.quad-hifi.co.uk
     

     

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    so they're called Quad and do not make any quadraphonic gear? They might want to change the name.:D
     
  10. JohnVF

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    The only Quad electronics I have heard was a 606 amp I was auditioning at home but didn't buy. It was nice but nothing great. I'd be curious to hear more examples. I love the unique look of a lot of their gear.
     
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    I heard one of their solid state pre-power offerings (303 perhaps?) a few years back and was very impressed by the dynamic presentation. I've yet to hear the ESL's. I'm almost afraid to...
     

     

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    Interesting. What did you hear? That's apparently the amp Spendor used when designing the SP-1/2e's.
    Was the one you heard the original or Mk 2?
     
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    I think it was the original but don't quote me. It was borrowed when I bought my Quad 63s but I ended up liking my Levinson 432 on them better, followed by my Luxman M12. It seemed too dark and laid back for my taste. I didn't have it long, maybe 2 weeks, much of that spent sidelined. I also played it with my Diatones.
     

     

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    Always liked it. Still regret selling a 33/405 combo years ago, but I have a Garrard TT/Quad QCII/Quad II mono set up around here somewhere with original boxes and paperwork, purchased in Hong Kong in 1957 by a USN carrier pilot on leave.....
     
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    Hmmm. Doesn't sound like what the reviewers say it should be like, but then again, all bets are off when you are dealing with gear more than a quarter century old.
     
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    I have 5 Quad II mono amps to drive my Levinson HQDs- sans the H- no Hartleys yet :D. Just need one more Quad II as well. I will use a Quad 22 I have as the pre but I also have 4 or 5 (can't recall off hand) Acoustical (Quad) QCII mono pres which would give independent volume control for each channel. It's all a work in progress. Pretty much been working towards this system my whole time chasing audio.
     
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    Wow. That's dedication. You have to throw some pics up when get a chance. Seems like it would be incredible!
     

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