Quad S-1 Bookshelf Speakers (Piano White)

Special Price $1,595.00 (Normally Regular Price $1,695.00 )
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Very Efficient And Solid Speaker Design That Features High Tech Components

Kevlar Cone And True Ribbon Tweeter And A Sophisticated Crossover Network

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The Quad S-1 combines a Kevlar cone with a ribbon tweeter at an amazingly low price.  Quad has always prided itself as providing the complete solution to music lovers. Each Quad component marries perfectly to other parts of the hi-fi system and is designed with one target – to be ‘The Closest Approach To The Original Sound’.


Quad S Series loudspeakers fulfil that objective admirably. Sporting a new ribbon treble unit aligned, through sophisticated crossover networks, to Quad’s advanced bass-midrange drivers, each and every loudspeaker in the range delivers all the nuances and passion of the original performance.

Where It All Started: It was way back in the mono days of 1949 that Quad launched its first loudspeaker, the Corner Ribbon. This was, indeed, a prestige product, but it offered something special, a particularly clear and detailed upper mid-range to treble performance from a large and delicate ribbon driver. The naturalness and fidelity of sound reproduction of the original corner ribbon was championed by the hi-fi press. Both the S Series and flagship Z Series both have bought influence from this classic speaker, in two new modern speaker ranges taking the delicate and beautiful sound in a more powerful and modern loudspeaker.

Powerful Technology: All S Series models sport a bespoke ribbon treble unit, delivering effortlessly extended high frequencies that are audibly superior to those supplied by typical dome tweeters.

While many ribbon drivers are delicate, easily prone to burning out if overpowered, the new ribbon unit developed for the S Series is a thoroughly modern affair, utilising the latest techniques and materials. The ribbon itself is a sandwich construction, making it robust enough to handle high-powered amplifiers, and is fully immersed in a powerful magnetic field so that it accomplishes its dual role of being both the voice coil and sound radiator.

As well as delivering excellent transient response and superb musical detail, the sound from this ribbon unit is smooth right up to the highest musical overtones beyond the limits of human hearing. Controlled directivity maintains this sound quality over a wide horizontal arc to cover all listeners whilst vertical dispersion is tailored to avoid floor and ceiling reflections, resulting in the purest high frequency performance at the listening seat.

Design: Beautifully presented with rounded top edges at the front and rear, each speaker cabinet uses a sandwich construction of alternate layers of MDF and high-density particleboard to reduce panel resonance to below the level of audibility. Aesthetically, the look is classically Quad, yet subtly updated, available in three colours including black or sapele mahogany wood veneers. Also available to order are premium, hand-laquered piano white and piano black finish options. The speakers, in fact most speakers - sound better without the front cloth grilles attached and some of the images don't include these but rest assured they are included and they are magnetic so no plastic inserts to break off!

In The News

"Anyone with preconceived ideas about the 'house sound' of Quad's more affordable loudspeakers really should arange to audition the S1. Yes it's refined and smooth, but it combines this with new levels of transparency dynamic expression, musical insight and maturity A very classy little number then, and great value for money too."

Like: Very grown-up, transparent and sophisticated sound from a little speaker.

Dislikes: Nothing at the price.

Verdict: A baby box touched by the magic of Quad's most expensive designs. Hi-Fi Choice

Main Features & Specifications

  • Design: 2-way standmount/bookshelf speaker
  • Enclosure Type: Vented box loudspeaker
  • Transducer Complement: 2-way
  • Bass / Mid driver: 1 x 100mm (4”) woven Kevlar cone
  • Tweeter: 1 x 12 x 45 mm True Ribbon
  • Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m): 84dB
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 25-150 Watts. Can be lower with a valve amplifier.
  • Peak SPL: 96dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8Ω Compatible
  • Minimum Impedance: 4.2Ω
  • Frequency Response: 58Hz ~ 20kHz (+/-3dB):
  • Bass Extension: 55Hz (-6dB)
  • Crossover Frequency: 3.2kHz
  • Speaker Grilles: Magnetic grilles with black cloth
  • Speaker Terminals: 3-way brass will accept banana plugs; spade terminals or bare wire.
  • Bi-Wire Capability: Yes
  • Cabinet Volume: 10.7 litres
  • Cabinet Finish: High gloss/piano white
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 285 x 156 x 270mm inc terminals
  • Weight: 5.2kg each
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years. Does not include abuse or over-driving.

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE

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