Quad 9as active speakers on order

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Brother_Rael, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Just ordered a pair of these, having just moved house and wanting to downsize the stereo. The plan is for the Onkyo TX-NR818 amp to go, likewise the Tannoy DC4s and let the Quads do the work.

    They're a neat size, a little taller than the Tannoy pair, but not only are they active, they come with an onboard preamp and 24/192 DAC. Connectivity incudes optical, coaxial, USB and line level RCA inputs.

    Looking forward to hearing these and I'll post some thoughts when I've had a chance to get them up and running.
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  2. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident Thread Starter

    And here's a picture of them...


    And the rear...

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  3. SMc

    SMc Member

    Austin TX
    Intriguing, especially with the recent price drop.
  4. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
    ...and let the music do the talking!

    I got super exciting, thinking it was so cool they made active Quads. I didn't realize (or had kinda forgotten) they were making non-ESL speakers. It would be so interesting to have the concentric ESL rings time-delayed in the digital domain!

    Still, I'm sure your non-ESL Quads are very high quality, tell us how it works out.
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  5. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident Thread Starter

    They'll be here by 1030, at the latest. Looking forward to hearing them later!
  6. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident Thread Starter

    They've arrived and they are lovely!
  7. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So a few hours in and happy to report good things. Lovely finish in the ruby red gloss version. Good connectivity, nice sound. 3 position EQ trim to the rear and it now means that the Onkyo amp can go after a few years of good service!

    The system is now trimmed down and there's a bit more to go yet. Very happy with this outcome for now however
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  8. wgb113

    wgb113 Forum Resident

    Chester County, PA
    I had the 12L actives - a beautifully finished speaker. I'm a fan of active speakers (have also owned Dynaudio BM5AmkII and now KEF LS50W).

    Glad to hear you're liking them! The simplicity the offer leaves you more time to focus on the music instead of the components!
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  9. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That's the thing. As of now, there's a legacy CD player, but tomorrow we have an extended optical cable coming that'll enable the TV to be hooked up too. I'll use an external HDD for the USB and we're done!

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