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    Now thinking Croft, won't need a service/upgrade unlike old Quads.
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    More coloured than Quads though.

    Seriously, I'd try a 306 with a passive, I reckon that will get you most of the way. You can pick up a near mint 306 practically anywhere, no need to muck about with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    More coloured than Quads though.

    Seriously, I'd try a 306 with a passive, I reckon that will get you most of the way. You can pick up a near mint 306 practically anywhere, no need to muck about with it.
    That sounds pretty inexpensive, worth a try I reckon, then I think I will have to replace my speakers. Jazz must be the most unforgiving music on tweeters.
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    Mike unless your speakers are broken or faulty they really won't be the issue. They're a decent speaker and jazz is not demanding programme (unless it's fusion or summat). But the usual plinky-plonk stuff is pretty easy on the system.
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    Some jazz highs are a bit on edge. Nature of the instruments tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeandvan View Post
    Now thinking Croft, won't need a service/upgrade unlike old Quads.
    I have had a Quad 405-2 and 606 and they sound veiled and slow compared to the OTL Croft 7 which I have now. I tried them back to back a few years ago and the Croft was so much more transparent.

    I used the 606 with a passive for 25 years and it was OK but sounded flat compared to the set up I have now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Some jazz highs are a bit on edge. Nature of the instruments tbh
    Can't say I find that. In fact I never use jazz to test the system since it always sounds pretty good to me. My jazz selection is pretty limited though. Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, that sort of stuff.
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    Until the Nakamichi Is out of the system as a preamp, it's pointless.

    I can't recommend a quad, I did not like the 405 at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Until the Nakamichi Is out of the system as a preamp, it's pointless.

    I can't recommend a quad, I did not like the 405 at all.
    I'm not keen on the 405 either. The 405 doesn't sound like the 303 or 306. Although there a some doing the rounds that have been modified into monoblocks and they are good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    I'm not keen on the 405 either. The 405 doesn't sound like the 303 or 306. Although there a some doing the rounds that have been modified into monoblocks and they are good.
    Fair enough, can't comment on those.

    Trust your judgement though.
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