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post #241 of 255 Old 01-10-2011, 11:51 AM
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Hi, I'm new here!

Just got a Marantz SR7005 and an HT setup in the bedroom running new Quad 11L2s as fronts and an L2 Centre. (The surrounds are Wharfedale 9.DFS, and the Sub is a Diamond 10 SX).

I also use Quad 22L2s as a stereo pair as Zone 2 in the living room.

My local dealer has offered to swap out the 11L2s for the newer 11L Classics (released in October 2010). Does anyone have any idea how the 11L2s compare with the new 11L Classic? Is this a good switch, or should I stay with what I already have (and like)?

All insights appreciated!

Thanks.
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Newcomer to Quad. Just pulled trigger on a Quad L-ite Plus speaker bar. Mating it up to a Denon AVR1611, Polk PSW125 sub, Polk Blackstone TL2 surrounds and a Panasonic 50 inch Plasma. Can't wait to hook it all up when it gets in. Took a leap of faith on Quad speaker bar becuase I read some good reviews. Never knew anybody personally that owned any Quad equipment.
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Quad speaker bar has really good sound. Not much low end so you'll definitely need to pair it with a sub. Speaker separation is obviously an issue because you can't physically separate the speakers but it's worth the money if your balancing sound and esthetics. I mounted it right below my plasma both on the wall...nice and clean.
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For owners of the 22ls, what receiver would you recommend to drive these? I know I need 3 HDMI inputs but that's pretty much it. Should I be looking at a certain minimum watts per channel? Are there any other specifications I should be looking for? Are certain brands better for these Quads than others?

Thanks a bunch. I am new to all of this and very much appreciate your help.
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I am no expert or hi-fi specialist, but I have Quad 22L2's (R/L/C and sub) and it is all being powered by a Denon 3311ci. this is my first "nice" home theater set up, and to my untrained ears it sounds just fine.

When I move and get more space, I may keep the speakers and get a pre/pro set up instead, but for now, the Denon does fine. Sounds good at loud volumes, has some networking features I like, etc.
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For owners of the 22ls, what receiver would you recommend to drive these? I know I need 3 HDMI inputs but that's pretty much it. Should I be looking at a certain minimum watts per channel? Are there any other specifications I should be looking for? Are certain brands better for these Quads than others?

Thanks a bunch. I am new to all of this and very much appreciate your help.

I use a Marantz SR-7005 to drive the 22L2s in Zone 2, and 11L2s+Center+Wharfedale Diamond Surrounds+Sub in Zone 1. Works perfectly, sounds great.
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post #247 of 255 Old 01-01-2012, 10:17 AM
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Getting ready to buy my first "real" sound system

I was looking at possibly the Quad Classic Integrated Amp

&

Getting a set of the ESL-2905's

BUT

Looking at the power and sensitivity it just doesn't look like the Amp would be anywhere near powerful enough to power the speakers???

Is this so?

I really want to run an integrated with tubes but it seems like I need to really look into other speaker options??

The two Integrated Tube Amps I am looking at would be the Stingray II and the Quad Classic Integrated.

Sorry for bring up an old thread BUT it is HARD to find a forum or any thread of so many Quad owners.

Thank you!
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post #248 of 255 Old 01-01-2012, 12:02 PM
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Do you have a dealer nearby? I'd talk to them. Most of us on this thread are not using ESLs.
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No, I am not lucky enough to have any really good shops around me.

I did notice not much talk about the ESLs here yet in a couple other forums I have seen posts about how the new ESL is like the older models with a bit more depth in the bass.

Still as I said I am new with this and just don't even see how the Classic II integrated can power those.

This whole power thing and tubes is confusing haha
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post #250 of 255 Old 02-10-2012, 07:49 PM
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I found a great match with the Quad 22L2 speakers and a PrimaLuna integrated amp. Beautiful, lush midrange.

My question: Should I hook up the speakers to the 4 or 8 ohm taps? The manufacturer's nominal impedance is 6 ohms. One review noted that the impedance didn't drop below 4.5 ohms. Any help is appreciated.
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Running Quad 12L2 on my Mac in my home office through a Devilsound DAC and NAD amp...outstanding sound.
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Running Quad 12L2 on my Mac in my home office through a Devilsound DAC and NAD amp...outstanding sound.
Nice setup
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Dear Quad fans! I though I would let you now about an interesting experience I have been having lately and wondered if any had had similar experiences. Working from home I decided a while back to set up a cheap system for the home office. As its really only for background music it didnt need to be very loud so I decided to get myself one of those little class T amps, in this case a topping ta20 based on the ta2020 chipset. It only has 23w into 4 ohms. Right or wrong I didnt expect the amp to be very smooth so I decided to look for a pair of speakers which were a bit laid back with good efficiency and bought a pair of Quad 12l2s which are now discontinued so you can get them pretty cheap. As source I decided to use my trusty old dacmagic connected to (of all things) a Kindle playing MP3 via a hdmi adaptor. Obviously this was all a bit of a shot in the dark. I had never heard the amp nor the speakers.

Anyway the speakers came first and I connected to them to my NAD and to be honest I was a little disapointed. The sound seemed to be a bit well woolly. The quads were not a good as my LS50s. After a couple of weeks the amp arrived at my local customs office from Hong Kong. So I connected the whole thing for a test in the living room first. And to be honest I have been bowled over here. The presentation is much more light footed and detailed. As for the loudness - it goes easily loud enough with the knob set to 10 oclock. There is plenty of detail and the sound is very transparent and quite quick souding. There is enough bass for me. As long as the amp is not pushed to far its quite smooth. At just over half volume the limits of the amp start to become apparent, but this is to loud for comfortable listening anyway. The only downside which I noticed so far is then the music gets very busy. The system starts to show its limitations.

The amp runs absolutely cold. I am probably getting quite a saving on the electric bill to boot. I didnt try connecting it to the kef ls50s as they are less efficient and I dont really expect the same synergy. To cut a long story short I am now thinking of using this as my main system for a while..the quads seem to keep getting better. They only have about 30 hours playing time...but I am very impressed now.. I didnt retry the NAD yet..maybe later. I am happy presently just as it is
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post #254 of 255 Old 09-12-2013, 01:10 PM
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Hello to all!
I'm new to the site (less than 1 month) and I'd thought I'd add my 2 cents on Quads. My main surround sound is 22L2 with matching center driven by Integra Research processor with Outlaw amp. I have Quad powered monitors for rear that I use without their internal amps and the Quad sub. I love the sound for music and for movies with dialogue. For action packed movies I know there are better systems but those types of movies are not my cup of tea.

I have a Quad lite system with Onkyo receiver for bedroom. For a bedroom system it works great.

My main stereo system is a set of Quad ESL-63 USA monitors with Quad 909 amp and 99 preamp ( the black versions). I love the sound as it just sounds like music. Before I got the Quad electronics I used a Cayin 50 integrated that really worked well.

My basement system is Quad 909 with Musical Fidelity Preamp and Shahinian Obelisks or Compasses. Great system for big symphony.

My office computer system is Quad powered monitors with a W4S dac and iMac. Great nearfield listening.

As you can tell I love Quad products (hence my moniker) as I am a music lover first and foremost.

Anybody know why the US lost their importer? Only Canada has an importer per the Quad website.
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I too am wondering if Quad is coming back to the US. I got a spectacular deal on the Quad 12L active a few years ago for near field listening (hope I'm not answering my own question there), and when connected to a good source, they are an incredible bargain. I would have loved to get a 22L2 system for the main room. :(

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