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| QUAD is one of the world's oldest & most respected high end audio companies. Quad began in England over 80 years ago. Quad electrostatic speakers are a world-class reference standard.
Editors of STEREOPHILE, ABSOLUTE SOUND & many European magazines own Quad. STEREOPHILE's Editor At Large Art Dudley has Quad electrostatic speakers in his living room system. ABSOLUTE SOUND ranks a Quad ESL as the most significant speaker ever made. "For top-to-bottom clarity, coherence, transparency, resolution, openness, naturalness & a disappearing act that still inspires awe, the ESL established & remains to this day a reference standard across the globe. It tops virtually every list of the best, the greatest, the most significant audio products ever made. What made it an overnight sensation was its seamlessness, quite low coloration & incredibly low distortion."
ABSOLUTE SOUND chose a Quad as one of the four most historically significant solid state preamps ever made. "Like its companion power amp, it was the first solid-state product of its kind to sound really good: I know, I still own one & use it happily."
Whenever magazines have published lists of the most important products, Quad is always on everyone's "top 10" lists. Only Quad is recognized for totally different technologies, including speakers, tube amps & solid-state amps. Most of Quad's competitors never appear on the lists of most important products ever made.
Quad has always been known for great value. Customers have chosen Quad speakers after comparing them with more expensive models from B&W, Boston, Canton, Dali, Dynaudio, Harbeth, JBL, KEF Reference, Klipsch, Paradigm, PSB, Sonus Faber, Spendor, Thiele & many more. Every time, customers have preferred Quad speakers. A recent Quad customer is the owner of a competing audio store, who decided that Quad is the best speaker for his own personal use.
"In their factory, the designer is virtually omnipotent. He doesn't use any off-the-shelf parts, or wait 6 months to have a part custom-made. Instead, the on-site tool & die shop makes parts & he can redesign them as often as he wants. This gives him power over every part in a Quad & lets him stuff products with high quality parts at a fraction of what it costs elsewhere. This means you get better sound, because Quad's designers have long pedigrees & good ears. It also means you get unbeatable value." HOME THEATER
Some competing companies spend more on an amplifier's face plate than the entire cost of a Quad amp. Quad amps usually sound better than those for several times its price.
Customer comments on Quad include:
"Deeper bass; more three dimensional imaging"
Sounds as good as my B&W speakers for five times more."
"A piano just sounds more like a piano."
"It's just a nicer speaker."
A recording engineer thought our system with Quad electrostatics sounded better than others that cost over ten times more, or over $200,000. People often think Quad speakers should cost ten times more, since they sound so much better than more expensive speakers.
QUAD PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY at GOLD SOUND
* top-rated by ABSOLUTE SOUND & / or STEREOPHILE
QUAD CUSTOMERS INCLUDE the WORLD'S CULTURAL GREATS.
COLIN DAVIS over 200 recordings with these orchestras: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Bavarian, Boston, London, Russian, Vienna Phil. Orch. & more
NIGEL KENNEDY English Chamber Orch.
NEVILLE MARINER over 400 recordings with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Cleveland Orch., L.A. Orch., Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Stuttgart Radio Orch. & more
RICCARDO MUTI over 200 recordings with Berlin Phil., Philadelphia Orch., Rome Sym. Orch., Vienna Phil. & others
GEORG SOLTI over 300 recordings with these orchestras: Bavarian, Berlin, Chicago, Cleveland, Israel, London, Paris Opera Or., Rome Opera Orch., La Scala, Vienna Phil. & more
YEHUDI MENUHIN, violinist & conductor, over 200 recordings with Bach Festival Orch., Czech State Phil. Orch., English Chamber Orch., Menuhin Festival Orch., Royal Phil. & more
JESSYE NORMAN, soprano, over 80 recordings
MITSUKO UCHIDA, pianist, over 60 recordings
STANLEY KUBRICK 2001, Barry Lyndon, Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, Lolita, Spartacus
DAVID LEAN Brief Encounter, Bridge Over the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Oliver Twist
Quad, The Closest Approach
This 215 page, 12" by 12" book was written by Ken Kessler, the noted journalist who has written for over 120 magazines, including THE ABSOLUTE SOUND, FI, LISTENER, STEREOPHILE, AUDIO, GRAMMOPHONE, ROBB REPORT, plus SOUND & VISION. The book includes the 40 international awards won by Quad, including from the U.S., U.K., Japan, France, etc. There are many color photos.
STEREOPHILE, ABSOLUTE SOUND & HI-FI CHOICE all chose Quad as the highest ranked speaker of all time. "The British Gold Standard; first practical full-range electrostatic; wide dynamics & delicate transparency weaves an unmatched spell."
ESL988, A rated, $6499/pr, black; $7149/pr, classic; in same class as $39,000 models.
"World class resolution, superb soundstaging, spectacular transient response" STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
5 Star, top rated, above B&O, B&W, Bose, Dynaudio, Revel & more. WHAT HI-FI
"It will play at natural levels with a purity & accuracy will spoil you." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
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