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  • Robert
    Audio people love old stuff and appreciate their own history. That is in itself good and is as it should be. The original Quad was a landmark in certain
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2012
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      Audio people love old stuff and appreciate
      their own history. That is in itself
      good and is as it should be. The original
      Quad was a landmark in certain directions.
      It was arguably the first speaker that had
      a really neutral midrange,
      that alone already puts it in a high position
      in audio history.

      Now there is a certain contingent in audio
      who really only listen for that in effect.
      All they want to do is hear "female vocals"
      sound good. And if that is your goal and your
      only goal, then one can imagine that the
      old Quads would push your buttons and keep them
      pushed.

      But that does not mean that the old Quad should be
      seen as more than it is, viewed with rose colored
      glasses.

      The speaker has enormous limitations. It has no bass,
      it beams a lot, and it is not really flat.
      It won't play loudly and while it is clean when
      it is not driven too hard, it has no ability to
      reproduce music at high volumes at all, not
      even momentarily.

      And it really does sound midrange-y. It is low in resonant
      coloration in the midrange but it sounds quite different
      from what is actually on the recordings. That is perhaps why
      some people like it so much!

      I do not think this is shocking, not to anyone who
      is looking at this situation with "Golden Age" romanticism.

      REG
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