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    Join Date: Dec 2012

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    I'm stuart.

    Default Good afternoon all

    Just joined the art of sound and looking forward to reading all the posts. Started out on the HiFi road when i was 15, with a Quad 33/303 and worked up from there. Love blues, jazz, live albums. Favourite speakers are electrostatics/panels.

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    Good Afternoon Stuart and welcome to AoS.

    Wow! - you certainly started on the HIFi road with a bang! Quad 33/303 (and electrostatics?) were state of the art in the '60s. It took me many years to reach that level of audio excellence, though I have used Quad ESLs for the last 45 years and wouldn't change them now. (Also have a 33/303 tucked away as a spare amp.)

    We have many Jazz and Blues lovers here and have a separate thread: https://theartofsound.net/forum/foru...z-n-Blues-Club, for Members to post their favourite recordings.

    One last thing - can you be a bit more specific regarding your location? We don't want to know you address, but the 'United Kingdom' is a bit vague; just name the nearest city or the county in which you live.

    Welcome again, enjoy the Forum
    Barry
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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    Hi Stuart. Welcome to AOS.

    Yes, the Quad set-up was a good starting point in Hi-Fi and for some, nice enough to stick with.

    Join in the chat, there's plenty going on and everybody is friendly.


    Enjoy the forum,
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    Join Date: Dec 2012

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    Hi Barry

    Initially used them with Monitor Audio MA3 mk2 and then got a pair of ESL 57's and absolutely loved them. Stuck with those for many years and then swapped over to Martin Logan CLS. looking back, it was a huge mistake, as they needed Audio Research or similar to drive them and with those came a massive price tag

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    Thanks Geoff, looking forward to it!

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    Join Date: Dec 2012

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    Sorry Barry, London. Hope you still have the ESL's, got mine from an uncle who had them in his garage for years. I drove up to Quad in Huntingdon to get them serviced and new grilles, side strips, feet etc. Many fond memories pf them!

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    Hi Stuart,

    Yes, I still have my Quad ESLs. They were my second speakers (started with a pair of home built speakers following a distributed port Wharfedale design, using the Wharfedale RS10DD drive units). But I always lusted after a pair of Quads, so my wife bought me a pair as a wedding present and I have used them ever since. And despite their shortcomings I'm unlikely to change them now, but if I did it would be for another set of electrostatics, most likely Martin Logans.

    Again, I have visited Quad in Huntingdon to have one of the speakers checked out and whilst there had a guided tour of the factory.

    Apropos your location, can you edit your profile for us? We can't do it ourselves.

    Cheers
    Barry
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    Join Date: May 2013

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    Hello Stuart and Welcome to AOS
    Best Wishes
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    Hi Stuart, welcome from me too. I’ve never owned electrostatics, but have experienced them. The first time was in about 1989 when I visited a friends house for the first time and his dad had a fantastic Quad setup (mind you he did own a chain of electronics shops) and I remember them being rather good. Then he took me into “the barn” and I saw the Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin and several other rather amazing cars he owned, but that’s another story!

    Anyway, nice to “meet” you and enjoy AoS.
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    Join Date: Dec 2012

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    Hi Barry, the Martin Logans are probably more room/wife friendly, as narrower and taller. Had a pair of Audiostatic ES100's for a few years, also beautiful speakers, but need Krell/ Audio Research etc to drive them. Also got a tour of the Quad factory whilst there. They took a week to refurbish them, but well worth the wait!

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