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Old 15th Jun 2021, 10:31 am   #1
Craig Sawyers
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The weird thing was the Quad did not listen to most of their designs. I good old friend joined Quad in the early 80's; the SOA protection device on the 405 was one of his.

From him I ended up visiting Quad and spending a cheerful hour or two talking to the late great Mike Albinson. He said that they really relied on design and measurement only. Perhaps the only exception was the electrostatic speakers, but that was a dedicated effort by Peter Walker and Peter Baxandall.

When I quizzed Albinson if he was a hifi buff, he said no - his interest was restoring and driving motorbikes!

So no listening panels at Quad, certainly back in the day. Design it, measure it, sell it.

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