SPECIAL - THE LAST QUAD ESL 2805s for just $5995!
“I know of no other speaker I’d rather own, regardless of price.”
Sam Tellig Stereophile, July 2006
With the new version - the 2812 which are NZ$19,000 - the last of the 2805s are going for a bargin.
If you regard music as one of the greater pleasures in your life, then it’s time to eliminate compromise and half measures. The Quad ESLs are speakers for grown ups. To live with the Quads is to revolutionise your appreciation of music. The pleasure of rediscovering the real beauty and excitement of music without coloration is a love affair that will last a lifetime.
Let’s consider a few factors of a practical nature that may be needlessly holding you back. The Quads are a reasonable size, but being flat panels, they don’t actually register as speakers – and their positioning is more domestically friendly in that they can be widely spread, going within centimetres of side walls. This actually makes for an even more expansive sound stage. They do sound best when a metre or more from a rear wall, but in some rooms this can be a positive advantage as the area behind the speakers is also enjoying great sound. They plug into the mains yet only consume a miserly 6 watts – less than one tenth of the power of your average light bulb. The very nature of their design means that Quad Electrostatics have an uncanny ability to make even modestly powered amplifiers fill the room with music. Don’t assume that you’ll have to spend a fortune on partnering electronics – they really are a breeze to drive and not surprisingly, Quads own amplifiers are an obvious choice – the new Quad QSP stereo power amplifier is a perennial favourite and is very modestly priced given its well known abilities. We’ll challenge you to find any combination that sounds nearly as good for this amount.
However you’ll also find that the qualities of the very best amplifiers and source components are even more readily apparent with these speakers. If you think you’ve heard detail from your discs previously, the Quads will show that you were only scratching the surface.
In our experience of 20 odd years of continually being involved with home audio systems, of listening both with clients and for our own pleasure, we’ve heard many, many loudspeakers – some considerably more costly than the Quads. Yet from the moment we first plugged the ESL 2805s in, it was apparent these are special in the very best sense. When you listen for yourself, you’ll hear an immediate clarity and ease that vindicates the no-compromise approach taken by Quad. Read what an owner thinks.
And here's the Sterophile review.
"The Quad ESL-2805s are not merely a bargain. They represent a real entry into high-end performance. They will sound great with modest components but also respond to equipment upgrades and allow the user to grow their system without feeling the immediate need to replace loudspeakers.
During my many years of wandering the halls and exploring the rooms at the CES and other shows, I found precious little that amused me and even less that excited me. The Quad ESL speakers were an exception. I felt compelled to bring a pair home for an extended visit. Despite the bass-shy performance the other attributes were more than compensatory; they were compelling. After spending several months working on the Quad review I knew I would regret it severely if I returned them. Consequently, I purchased the review pair for my personal use and as an additional reference speaker. I can pay no higher tribute." Stereo Times.
"Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give any speaker is that the ESL-2805 made me lose track of time again and again. It sounds so “right” that I found myself drawn to the music, to the artistry of the performer, and to the essence of the composition. The natural timbre, coherence, clarity, and subtle details that one hears in a live performance kept me transfixed until my reverie was interrupted by the sound of the cartridge hitting the end of the record". The Absoloute Sound.
Why not follow the same uncompromising route and bypass the conventional? We think that, aside from becoming a completely fulfilled and happy person, you’ll save yourself a whole lot of time, money and needless mucking about by choosing the Quads.
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