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LOUD Speakers for a Quad 520

Discussion in 'audio' started by foxwelljsly, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    I currently have a Quad 520 lying idle. Not the most refined of power amps, but pretty good nonetheless. Humungous transformer, unburstable and rated at 100wpc into 8 ohms.

    How might one best spend £500 on S/H speakers to partner this and create a front end capable of moving a LOT more air than ESLs for when the occasion demands?

    Room is 4m x 7m x 2m.

    Only stipulations are not too bright sounding and capable of going loud and sounding good.

    all suggestions welcome

  2. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    There aren’t a load of choices for high sensitivity speakers at that kind of money, Klipsch are probably where it’s at, they make some affordable floorstanders at around the 94-96dB mark for about £500-£700.

    Or if that doesn’t appeal, Linn Ninkas are 90dB, you might not quite get live rock concert levels out of them but they don’t need a big amp to get them singing and they do stay well composed at higher volumes. They have more bass/presence than their little brothers, the katan... the Quad would drive them easily.
  3. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    You need very big, obviously, though hard to bring much to mind as £500 won’t land a pair of Tannoys, IMF TLS80, NS1000s, Ditton 66 etc these days. Maybe a pair of Wharfedale E70s? They go plenty loud!
  4. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    The alternative also being considered is to thin my kit out and buy some Tannoys - but not sure even they'd go that loud with Quad II's.
  5. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Yep, truly high efficiency models aren’t cheap.
  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    15” Golds are about 94db IIRC (I guess some may have lost a little magnetism by now so maybe a bit less), two speakers in a room brings 3db, so we are starting with 98db for a Watt. Each doubling of power brings 3db, so pretty much another 12db from the Quad II theoretically (roughly 110db @ 1m). That is way louder than I’d ever want to be in a room with!

    PS There is technically another 3db to be had for against wall placement rather than free-space, but a lot depends on how the speakers were originally specified by the manufacturer.
  7. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Interesting, although my budget would be more HPD rather than gold or red.

    Haven't you got Klipsches? Might Heresys or Quartets offer similar levels of efficiency?
  8. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    The 520 plays very nicely through Tannoy DC's-very good amp/match.
  9. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    Mission 770
  10. Fatmarley

    Fatmarley pfm Member

    You can pick up Tannoy DMT studio monitors pretty cheap.
  11. Zombie

    Zombie pfm Member

  12. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    KEF 104/2 (without KUBE) would be my choice, ~95dB/2.83V and a nice easy 4 Ohm resistive load. They also sound great unlike other high sensitivity speakers like the Klipch Heresey, which are also available around the same ~£500 budget but are good only for a footstool.


    They also like to rock!

    by Robert Seymour, on Flickr

    Other than that on Tannoys, then the less popular 'T' series might be an option, I had a pair of the Chester version, 10" Dual Concentric which were not bad at all, not as good as HPDs or Golds but a hell of a lot cheaper.

    by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
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  13. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Heresys are great fun, but they have no bass below 50Hz (and that is with good placement) and tend to shout at higher volumes. If you want ‘loud’ and ‘Klipsch’ then really you need Cornwalls, La Scalas or full Khorns. All are far more than £500. I don’t know the Quartet, but it is likely a contender looking quite like a Forte, but I doubt you’d find a pair in budget. Bigger Klipsch are very rare in the UK, I ended up buying a pair of La Scalas just to hear them! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my cash back, or close to it when I eventually move them on. They are an extravagance for the TV, but certainly effective in that role.

    PS A lot of JBLs would fit your bill perfectly too, but again not at £500.
  14. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    ProAc 125’s / 130’s? I had some 125’s which went very loud indeed without breaking sweat. Sounded great as well.

    ETA - I used these with Quad 99/909. Great match.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2019
  15. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    I think 104/2s might well be the answer. Cheers!
  16. jimpey

    jimpey pfm Member

    Not sure what they would go for, but Dave Smith of Vintage Gale uses quad 5 series monos (510s?) with Gale 401s.

    I'm sure I've heard it said that when the ESLs and 401s were current, well heeled folk would have both, the former for jazz and classical and the latter for rock and parties:)

    In those days I couldn't have afforded either but now happily enjoy both!

  17. ToTo Man

    ToTo Man the band not the dog

    If you want to scratch the itch of filling your room with deep and effortless bass, IMFs get my vote, but they'll require more than a few watts and are best partnered to an amp with a high damping factor.
  18. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    I have a renovated pair that failed the WAF so will be selling them very soon...
  19. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    Watch our for really cheap pairs, and check to see if the woofer 'dougnuts' have been replaced. If they have not recently they will, its not an expensive or difficult job.
  20. calorgas

    calorgas Ratty bumpkin

    As a sight aside, I read somewhere that you drove some with a Puresound A10, did that have enough grunt to work well? I have an A10 here that I'm using with some 103/2 and though it sounds extremely nice it kinda runs out of steam at higher volumes and wonder if 104/2 might work better/as well/or worse?

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