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