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Electrostatic speakers

Andyt916

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If size is a problem 2805s are smaller & £1200 which looks cheap to me and sound nearly as good as 2905s.

Quad ESL 2805s | eBay

Mark at Missing Link had a pair for years & they drove his large listening room nicely

Dimensions: 1040mm x 695mm x 385mm.

30cms from the front wall may be an issue here. However, they do look very elegant, and I must say I do like that rug....

 
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Paulssurround

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Probably not quite that long ago, as the 30.7 has only been in production for about 5 years.
You could be right, I have lost track of time.  😊

‘The Magneplanar 30.7’s were pre-production, and I believe Wendell from Magneplanar took them on an extended road show around North America 

 
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Bertox

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Back in the late '80s I had my first 'audiophile' experience: a kind of initiation. And it was good.

The guy had a Sondek at the beginning and a pair of Quad 57 at the end of the chain. Those 57 were naked, on stand. Good sound? No, music. Unforgettable!

But you need much more than the suitable room I, by the way, don't have. You need to live alone, without pets and other human being, just the way the guy lived.

 
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Jail4CEOs2

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I think it was @hifipm who first showed me the earliest quad electrostats in the seventies...I think driven by a quad pre and amplification? I do remember the incredible sense of air and space they provided on that day.

 

ThomasOK

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Back in the late '80s I had my first 'audiophile' experience: a kind of initiation. And it was good.

The guy had a Sondek at the beginning and a pair of Quad 57 at the end of the chain. Those 57 were naked, on stand. Good sound? No, music. Unforgettable!

But you need much more than the suitable room I, by the way, don't have. You need to live alone, without pets and other human being, just the way the guy lived.
That is only if the Quad ESLs are naked as there are nasty voltages inside.  With the normal grills front and back they are quite safe for both people and pets.

 

Bertox

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That is only if the Quad ESLs are naked as there are nasty voltages inside.  With the normal grills front and back they are quite safe for both people and pets.
You're right, Thomas.  The 'official' Quad 57 (w. grills) are safe. If I had room for them, I would buy a 'dressed' couple. On the contrary, I'd try them on stand, just like those the guy had built for them. They were around 40 cm. high.  

 
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al2002

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A friend has just picked up a pair of Quad Electrostatic speakers ESL 63's and he is raving about them. I asked him about bass and he said its not bad at all - I had always heard that bass was minimal. I have never heard a pair of electrostatics (and since he lives 300 miles away I won't hear his any time soon) but know they have quite a following. Anyone have any experience that they would like to comment on? If they are that good why don't you (I) hear more of them?
 I’ve had Quads since the late 1970s. First a pair of stacked 57s, replaced  in 1981 by a pair of 63s.  Still own 63s with the Gradient SW63s. 

The ESL-63/ SW-63 is A superb  combo having a low distortion, uncoloured natural sound with precision imaging. In addition, the reproduced sound field has a marvelous sense of envelopment due to the dipole radiation pattern. This is a set of virtues that most conventional passive box speakers cannot match.  Bass is adequate, certainly better in quality and depth than  internet talk would have you believe,  mid 30Hz for a bare 63.

Cons: will not play at head banging levels, will require periodic panel replacement, muted highs,  no really deep bass without a sub. 

As Peter Walker purportedly said: “There are Loud Speakers and there are Good Speakers; Quad make Good Speakers”. And bloody good they are too, IMO.

 
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TomBl

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A friend has Quad electrostatic speakers, pretty ancient now. He loves them.

He told me that they were a lot better after an overdue service.

He introduced me to the sub-woofer , which is how I got one.