This is insane...the Quad ESL

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I am not surprised awsmone. The Quad 57 and the Lamm 1.2 are synergistic. The Lamm 1.2 is also synergistic with the Quad 63.
I found that the Lamm M1.2 is one of the most "synergistic" amplifiers I have owned within its power limits. Several speakers I tried with it, including the SoundLab's with Torroid 2 the and the Mini II's sounded really enjoyable - but I do not listen to rock or electronica.
 

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I found that the Lamm M1.2 is one of the most "synergistic" amplifiers I have owned within its power limits. Several speakers I tried with it, including the SoundLab's with Torroid 2 the and the Mini II's sounded really enjoyable - but I do not listen to rock or electronica.
What is the going rate on a used M1.2? Cheers
 
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Hi Awsmone,

I finally have a pair of 57s chez moi :)

They are in original condition and have been inspected / serviced by Quad.

Here begins my mini adventure. I plugged them in today on the end of an old Yamaha receiver (gasp / horror lol) and they are sounding already very fine indeed.

Cheers
 
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Congrats on your purchase
No the steel mesh grills original have just been painted white but I think it looks cool with the dark wood in the bedroom

You will find they improve each day they are left on and charging
Your lucky your receiver will drive them!
 

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By the way the lamm m1.2 are stunning with the quads especially the low impedance bias setting though even high bias is good but slightly mellow
 
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I am thinking about getting a pair of these. How do they work with nearfield? How about a Mcintosh MC275? Is the 275 too much power for the Quads?
 
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A friend told me they should be on the 16 ohm tap on the mc275. A 16 ohm load? hmmmm... seems like a major demand of the amplifier.
The ESL57 has an high impedance in the low / medium frequencies, but extremely low in the high-treble. It will loose significant treble in the 16 ohm, sounding unbalanced and lacking air.
I always preferred them in the 8 ohm with the ARC D70 or conrad johnson.
You will have to listen and choose what you prefer in your system.

I have used the MC275 with the ESL63, but also always in the 8 ohm.
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Roger that! That's a definite.

The MC275 will work fine, no doubt. In fact I've tried one when I previously had the Quad ESL2905's. I didn't try the MC275's in monoblock config though, perhaps that would have been even better in terms of overall dynamics but then Quads don't do big dynamics compared to other full range stats / panels...

I must say, the synergy between CJ and Quad is like no other, it's truly magical indeed! Just for the experience, if you can get hold of a beautiful CJ power amp or demo on the Quads, you'll be very surprised at this combination. Then you will also realise how far behind the MC275 is...
I'm not saying that the MC275 is mediocre or lacking in any way whatsoever, in fact it's a marvellous work of amplification. It's just the naturalness and sheer musicality of CJ amplification partnered with stats, such as Quad or Martin Logan, that performs at a completely different level of realism and brings everything to life!

All the best on your quest to find that wonderful match.
Cheers, RJ
 
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which Conrad Johnson amp?
Most of the time the MV125 with the Premier 9 preamplifier. I also can confirm that cj and ESL63 were also a great match.
 
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Premier 11A, Premier 12A, Premier 8A, Premier 140, MV60/SE, Classic 60SE, ARTsa, CAV45, LP70S, & LP125m.

The choice is yours, and any CJ tube power amp will drive the Quads with ease. From the above list, I've owned all of them, some were most enjoyable, such as the CAV45. However, this little integrated is best suited for high gain phonostages since it has no active gain stage on the volume control, only passive.

Currently using the LP125m's and had them in the dealers reference system with Quads for many years, partnered with an array of CJ preamps, all of which I've owned as well: PV10AL, PV12, PV15, Classic SE, ET3se, ET5, ACT2 and now currently using the CT5. I may have missed out on a few here... Can't remember them all but the list goes on...

Cheers, RJ
 

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