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post #1 of 255
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Chime in and discuss your Quad purchase, what you compared the to, are you happy with your purchase.

Though I'm not an owner per se, I listen to Quad 22Ls' all the time, and enjoy them very much. Honestly very good... though the L Sub is, for me, less impressive.

Cheers!
post #2 of 255
paradigm studio series is what i compared them to. i chose quad 22L's!!!
post #3 of 255
Anybody have a comment on the Quad L Centre?
post #4 of 255
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Originally Posted by danr1707 View Post

Anybody have a comment on the Quad L Centre?

I have the Wharfedale Evo30's and the Evo center until my new Tyler Acoustics arrive.. I believe that Wharfedale and Quad are very similar. IAG owns both companies. I like the 30's. I feel like the center is the weak link in my setup though. Just doesn't feel like it has enough umph at times.

Dan
post #5 of 255
That is my concern. Is it possible to use 2 centers? Maybe stack one on top of the other. Would that double the "umph". Would the amp care?

-Dan
post #6 of 255
I've done some searching, and multiple centers is not a good idea.
post #7 of 255
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Originally Posted by danr1707 View Post

I've done some searching, and multiple centers is not a good idea.

I found that out myself while searching that subject awhile back.
post #8 of 255
I received a pair of 22L's earlier this week. I love love love love them. Upgraded my fronts from Epos ELS-3's (still runing ELS's for center and surrounds). I'm planning on getting the Quad center and either the 11's or 12's for the surrounds as funds allow.

The 22L's have really taken things to a whole new level for me
post #9 of 255
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Originally Posted by chazk13 View Post

I received a pair of 22L's earlier this week. I love love love love them. Upgraded my fronts from Epos ELS-3's (still runing ELS's for center and surrounds). I'm planning on getting the Quad center and either the 11's or 12's for the surrounds as funds allow.

The 22L's have really taken things to a whole new level for me

Which amp are you using to drive the 22Ls?
post #10 of 255
One of these days I need to get some Quads---the 57s. Once a pal wanted to give me a pair and I passed, that was shortsighted. One speaker had lower output than the other, not uncommon with old Quads I'm told.
post #11 of 255
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Originally Posted by mpedris View Post

Which amp are you using to drive the 22Ls?

Currently using an HK AVR-635, but the plan is to upgrade to either an Arcam AVR300 or seperates in the next 6 months or so. The Quads are definately keepers though, and I'll be building around them for the long term.
post #12 of 255
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Originally Posted by ChrisII View Post

Chime in and discuss your Quad purchase, what you compared the to, are you happy with your purchase.

Though I'm not an owner per se, I listen to Quad 22Ls' all the time, and enjoy them very much. Honestly very good... though the L Sub is, for me, less impressive.

Cheers!

I have a pair of 11Ls. Compared to my ACI Sapphire's and Jaguars they don't 'disappear' in a room. But they make up for it in other ways, a forward and 'clean' sounding speaker for lack of a better way of describing them. I have them in piano black and I'd say great build quality as well. Since I bought them for $400 as a floor model I can't complain at all and I'd love to hear the other models.
post #13 of 255
New Quad owner here. I purchased the 21L's in limited edition Yew finish just this week. Have them in a dedicated 2-channel system connected to a Unison Research Unico integrated that received the Underwood Hi-Fi Level 2 modification. Using an Onix CD-2 with upgraded Burr-Brown OPA627 op amps and a Rega Apollo as source components. The sound is very detailed and IMO neutral. Still breaking in but very apparent that this speaker will identify weak links in the component chain. Bad CD's sound terrible and well-recorded ones sound amazing.

These 21L's are relatively small - barely 32-1/2" high with carpet spikes installed - yet they project a big speaker sound with much better vertical dispersion than I would have expected. The overall perception they create is one of great tonal balance and clarity without grain or harshness. Listening fatigue simply never enters the picture with these speakers in my setup. YMMV, of course.

The build quality of the speakers is first class, too. I know they are made in China, but the manufacturing and QC processes seem to be well implemented. The Yew finish is quite attractive, although I would have happily taken birdseye maple or rosewood if necessary.

IMHO, the Quad L series are one of the best-kept secrets out there as far as price-performance ratio. Not a lot of reviews on them, but what you can find on them is generally very positive. I have yet to hear a single bad comment with respect to the 12L and 21L models.
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Originally Posted by AlieniceT View Post

The overall perception they create is one of great tonal balance and clarity without grain or harshness. Listening fatigue simply never enters the picture with these speakers in my setup. YMMV, of course.

The build quality of the speakers is first class, too. I know they are made in China, but the manufacturing and QC processes seem to be well implemented. The Yew finish is quite attractive, although I would have happily taken birdseye maple or rosewood if necessary.

IMHO, the Quad L series are one of the best-kept secrets out there as far as price-performance ratio. Not a lot of reviews on them, but what you can find on them is generally very positive. I have yet to hear a single bad comment with respect to the 12L and 21L models.

I couldn't have said it better myself. I've owned the Quad 22L's and Centre for 5 months and I couldn't be happier. They are very musical, neutral and non-fatiguing unlike the Axiom M60's I had previously. I'm currently using a NAD C352 and using a Rega P5 with a Dynavector 10X5 cart. The combination is just fantastic.
post #15 of 255
absolutely love them...im running off a pioneer elite and using a svs pb10-nsd. couldnt say id want anything else at that price range. not only the sound quality is great for music and movies, the finish/ build quality is awesome. I chose the birdseye mapple. just need some matching rears next...
post #16 of 255
I just bought a pair of 22L's in birdseye. Should get them in a couple of weeks.
post #17 of 255
I went from Maggie planar speakers to Quad 22L's and really like the full range. have had them for about 6 months. Driven by a Pioneer Elite 74txvi receiver.
post #18 of 255
Well, I've had my Quads for about a week now and I've got to say that after taking most of that time getting them set up properly I am as pleased as I can be with them. I don't think that one can find a speaker with better sound or fit 'n' finish at this price anywhere. They really are stunning. Smooth highs, lucious, liquid mids and LOOOOOW, tight bass.

I bought mine used at A'gon so I got a great deal from a great seller, but even at full retail these things are a steal.

Run, don't walk to audition them today.
post #19 of 255
does anyone know of a place to audition Quad speakers in the houston area?
post #20 of 255
I don't know about Houston, but in Dallas Krystal Clear audio has them.
post #21 of 255
I am a Quad dealer in Portland, OR. The 22l's are a great bargain. You really need to hear these with the 40 RMS tube's and the 99cdp via the variable out.
STUNNING! FULL! you don't need no stinking sub! I do agree about the center channel, it is a little weak. I think they are working on this. Our rep said this is the only complaint that they hear about. We have had good luck using the Whardedale opus center on a few installs.
Regards
Eric
post #22 of 255
Eric, where are you located and do you have the 99 CDP-2?
post #23 of 255
Ordered 21Ls in maple from Underwood HiFi. Brand new, about 1/3 off msrp. Looking forward to it!
post #24 of 255
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Originally Posted by sellis16 View Post

Ordered 21Ls in maple from Underwood HiFi. Brand new, about 1/3 off msrp. Looking forward to it!

Looking forward to hearing your impressions of these speakers. I've had mine for about four months now, and my opinion of them has not changed. They are windows into the music. First class sound all the way.
post #25 of 255
What types of music would you suggest these for? I listen to a lot of dance, rap, r&b, but also foreign music which emphasizes vocals, even stuff like norah jones, etc. I am trying to find competitors to the Monitor RS6 and the 21L looks like its the right size. Thanks.
post #26 of 255
I'm looking forward to auditioning the 22l's within the next few weeks. From what I'm reading it looks like these speakers tend to favor music over home theatre. Any opinions on how these do for movies. I would be running these with Outlaw 990/7125 amp
post #27 of 255
I use the 22L for my fronts, 12L's for the surrounds and the L-centre. I have the Arcam 700/1000 combo driving. All I can say is spectacular. When I auditioned speakers for home theater all I used was music not movies. I believed that the best sounding music speakers would provide the best theater sound. I was right. I also have a theater room with a Definitive Technology setup that is now difficult to listen to. The Quads are that good.

-Dan
post #28 of 255
I'm considering a purchase of some 21Ls as fronts in my HT as well. Hope to demo some this weekend. I've read placement can be important with the rear ported design. How much "breathing" room is needed behind and to the side of the speakers for best sound?
post #29 of 255
Personally 1ft fro mthe wall should be plenty for a rear port I've done many ported subs and as long as the port is of sufficent size and you give it a little room ull be fine with no port noise.

Side note I'm very interested in some 22L's for my home. I think these are a speaker that I'm looking for and Plan to pick up very soon if I decide on them as my final winner.
post #30 of 255
Just checked underwoodhifi..They now have new Quad 22L for 1280/pr birdeye maple.
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