Magazine article Gramophone

Old Ideas Reinvented and Some New Thinking: A Classic Speaker Design's New Incarnation, a Fresh Idea for Equipment Storage-And More Headphones

Magazine article Gramophone

Old Ideas Reinvented and Some New Thinking: A Classic Speaker Design's New Incarnation, a Fresh Idea for Equipment Storage-And More Headphones

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Along-running affinity has existed between Gramophone and one of the best-known names in British audio equipment--Quad. Now Quad is owned by IAG, which has managed to defy those who saw the takeover as 'hell in a handcart': it has not just maintained the brand but continues to develop classic products. The latest arrivals are updates of the famous electrostatic speakers, versions of which have been in production for more than 55 years.

The 6500[pounds sterling]/pr ESL-2812 and 8000[pounds sterling]/pr ESL-2912 build on the previous 2805 and 2905 with the adoption of a new two-layer circuit board for the high-voltage power supply section, eliminating the possibility of unwanted flow of charge between components, and new cable-dressing to the same effect, especially in humid climates. The terminals and wiring have also been upgraded. The insulation of the stator has been improved and a new protection circuit installed to give a visual indication of overdriving, as well as muting the speaker. Slightly taller and narrower than those they replace and covered with a new net cloth for greater transparency--beneath which is a grille with strengthening ribs newly designed to keep the cloth under tension-the speakers are capped with wood-veneered panels, finished in multiple layers of lacquer. From the same stable comes the new Mission SX range. Metal/fibre composite mid/bass cones are designed for 'just the right level of rigidity and self-damping to quell breakup modes, and damp unwanted resonances, whilst ensuring pistonic cone movement for low distortion'; the treble driver uses a light and rigid titanium dome, mounted in its own isolation chamber. The SX range starts from the standmount SX1 at 699[pounds sterling]/pr, while at the top of the range sits the largest of three floorstanding models, the SX5 at 1999[pounds sterling]/ pr. Two centre-channel speakers for AV use complete the range.

British audio company Cyrus has become the latest to launch a control 'app' for its network music systems. Running on Apple's iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad models, the free Cyrus Cadence software allows control of the system from the listening position. …

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