by TAS Staff | Nov 23rd, 2018 ATC SCM19-AT $9999 The active, two-way, tower version of ATM’s compact, passive SCM19, the 19-AT equals or betters the stand-mounted version across virtually all sonic criteria. It has superior bass extension, although its greatly improved low-end control and pitch definition are what truly engage the listener. Images just lock in. Its comforting warmth in the lower mids and upper bass further adds to the impression of musical scale and

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Ken Micallef  |  Dec 28, 2017 One of the better things about bookshelf loudspeakers is that they're innately portable. Though not generally considered the sort of music-reproduction machines you'd bring to a party, a 12-step group, or a Burning Man rave (though you certainly could), high-quality bookshelf speakers are overlooked tools in the eternal work-in-progress of introducing lovers, friends, and family to our beloved lifestyle. So during the first week or three of breaking in the Quad

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Dick Olsher  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 1, 1987 High fidelity took a giant step forward in 1956 with Peter Walker's introduction of the Quad ESL. Walker's research efforts had been motivated by his firm belief in the superiority of the electrostatic dipole over the box loudspeaker, but actually to take the economic plunge and market such a speaker was surely an act of bravery. After all, those were the pre-stereo, pre-audiophile days of the mid '50s,

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Robert Deutsch  |  Jul 11, 2017 If Stereophile gave an award for Loudspeaker We've Most Frequently Reviewed, the hands-down winner would have to be the Quad ESL. The list of past and present Stereophile contributors who've written about the ESL's various incarnations includes John Atkinson, Martin Colloms, Anthony H. Cordesman, Art Dudley, Larry Greenhill, J. Gordon Holt, Ken Kessler, Dick Olsher, Herb Reichert, William Sommerwerck, Steven Stone, and Sam Tellig. The ESL-63 was John Atkinson's personal "Editor's Choice" in 1992, and the ESL-989, a

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By Hi-Fi Choice | May 2017 Classic hi-fi brand, Quad hasn't forgotten how to innovate as Ed Selley discovers from this luxury set of components I'm not much of a gambler, but I'd be willing to bet that for some readers, a Quad Beautiful System should have a pair of electrostatic speakers fronted by something valve based.After all, this is what the company is best known for. With these products casting a long shadow, it

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By Hi-Fi Choice | May 2017 It isn't often we see a tweeter take up more space on a speaker's baffle than its mid/bass driver. In fact, I can't think of another example. So let's get this out of the way: grilles off, the Quad Z-1 does look oddly top heavy until you get used to it, that XXL ribbon unit and bijou Kevlar-coned woofer giving the impression that this curvy standmount's sonic firepower might

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Classics For The Modern Age Quad gave its team of designers and engineers a specific brief for Artera: combine the qualities that have made Quad one of Britain’s most revered hi-fi marques for many decades with fresh industrial design and the very latest high performance audio technologies. Artera’s crisp, clean aesthetic both evokes Quad’s past and looks forward to the future, with a textured aluminium front panel, thick glass top and CNC-routed heat sinks on

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THE ONE AND ONLY Boasting an all-valve amplifier stage and digital inputs, this is an intriguing mix of old and new tech. Ed Selley gets to grips with it. Quad VA-One – Hi-Fi Choice, December 2016 Such is the diversification of functionality attached to integrated amplifiers in recent years, that a valve amplifier fitted with a selection of digital inputs is no longer something that is truly surprising. Quad has an approach to the vacuum tube that is

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