The Quad Adventure Begins!

The Quad Adventure Begins!

If you ask any number of audiophiles and speaker designers what they consider to be the holy grail of speakers, chances are high that many of them will answer “The Quad 57.”

The original Quads have a tonal purity and coherence that is still a benchmark, over 50 years after their introduction.  While this is not a full range speaker in the sense that they have limited output beneath about 45 hz, the quality of what is available is scrumptious.  And, yes, they have limited dispersion, making them a “one person” speaker, but building a system around the 57s is a somewhat self indulgent thing to begin with.  Lastly, these are not serious rock and roll speakers, but again with the GamuT S9′s in room one, we’ve got that box ticked.

While this sounds limiting at first, the second you put your favorite vocal record on the turntable, you forget about the Quad 57s limitations are and realize that what they do right, is intoxicating.

So follow us on the journey of putting together a system based around these wonderful speakers.

The room will be 13 x 16 feet and we’ve purchased a pair of rebuild 57s from Quads Unlimited.  An artisan shop, Quads Unlimited can work with your existing speakers, or find you a pair and do a complete rebuild.  We’ll discuss that more in depth in a future update, but suffice to say the end result is better than new. Keep in mind, QA is a small company, so it’s not like you can call today and have a pair delivered tomorrow. Your patience will be rewarded.

3 Responses to The Quad Adventure Begins!

      I guess I'm somewhere in the middle of the road on this... I love my 57's and they have a magical midrange along with amazing imaging ability. I wouldn't trade my main reference speakers (GamuT S9s) for the Quads, yet I wouldn't want to be without them either. For the music that suits them, the Quads really excel. And I couldn't be happier with Wayne's restoration. He did a fantastic job...

    -toneaudio / July 17th 2012, 3:01 pm

      I received my Wayne Picquet rebuilt 57's about two months ago. Every time I listen to them I think, 'either these are wrong and everything else is right, or these are right and everything else is wrong'. And I don't think these are wrong. I agree with the reviewer who said, 'I'd rather have one of these than two of anything else'.

    -quadesl57 / July 17th 2012, 2:57 pm

      Looking forward to the next article in this series, - what a dream for any ESL57 owner (myself included).

    -siggaardnz / July 16th 2012, 2:46 am

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