|Warranty length||2 Years|
|Product Award||HiFi Choice 5 Star, HiFi Choice Editors Choice|
- Speaker type: Floor-standing
- Enclosure type: bass reflex
- Transducer complement: 3-way
- Mid Range Driver: 150mm black glass fibre cone
- Bass driver: 2 x 175mm black glass fibre cone
- Treble driver: 90x12mm true ribbon
- AV shield: No
- Sensitivity (1W @ 1m): 89db
- Recommended amplifier power: 60-250W
- Peak power handling: 120w
- Peak SPL: 110dB
- Nominal impedance: 6Ω
- Minimum impedance: 3.8Ω
- Frequency response (+/-3dB): 50Hz - 20kHz
- Bass extension (-6dB): 45Hz
- Crossover frequency: 450Hz & 3.6KHz
- Cabinet Volume (in litres): 34L
- Dimensions (mm): 965 x 267 x 340mm
- Weight: 19 kg
- Finish: Piano Black / Piano Rosewood
- Box Includes: Speakers, User manual, certificate, spike seat
Quad Z-3 speakers are the compact floor standing design in Quad's Z-series speaker range, and are the step above the floorstanding speakers in Quad's S-series range.
This is Quad's flagship ribbon range of loudspeakers and utilises a new approach to ribbon tweeter design using a unique sandwich formation. An exceptionally robust, high power speaker has been engineered, yet with the delicate sound conventional ribbon speakers are known for.
Where It All Started
Way back in the mono days of 1949, Quad launched the Corner Ribbon as its first loudspeaker. 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. So, the question is, can Quad engineers replicate this performance today, or even surpass it? the answer, not surprisingly, is yes.
Then And Now
The Quad corner ribbon was a speaker incomparable to competitors at it’s time, all with thanks to the Quad ethos, which is still adhered to in all product development and to deliver; “The Closest Approach To The Original Sound”.
Being Quad's first ever commercially available loudspeaker, the Corner Ribbon was not completely perfect - it generated a relatively low power and the ribbon unit was very fragile. As we know founder Peter Walker moved on to develop the world’s first full range, push-pull Electrostatic speaker, if not the most iconic loudspeaker of our time.
So, to make a ribbon unit that handled today’s high power amplifiers and to do the original Corner Ribbon justice was no mean task. The Z Series ribbon accomplishes this by utilising a composite ribbon sandwich substrate that is far more robust than earlier designs and immerses this ribbon in an exceptionally strong magnetic field to yield ultra-high sensitivity.
Beautifully Curved Cabinets
Available in piano lacquered black, white, or rosewood, the skillfully veneered, one-piece curved structures make the focal point of any living room.
The Ribbon Tweeter
Unlike conventional dome treble units where the voice coil ‘motor’ is attached separately to the diaphragm, Z Series ribbon is both the diaphragm and the motor system. The result is a unique combination of delicacy, smoothness and hear-through performance that helps make your music sing.
While taking influence from the unparalleled success of the ESL speaker, the ribbon itself is engineered to be extremely light and thin, which delivers the startling accuracy and wide coverage Quad is famous for.
In Quad's flagship series, the larger 90 x 12mm true ribbon creates an even higher sensitivity and bandwidth which means better dynamics and an even smoother integration with the midrange frequencies.
Woven Glass Fibre Woofer
In the Z Series floorstanders, this advanced ribbon unit is married to an equally high performance midrange driver with a unique double-roll-surround especially designed to control edge breakup and give equal transparency to the all important vocal range.
Both the midrange and bass drivers feature Quad's woven glass fibre cone geometry, now matched by the double-roll-surround for the same smoothness and clarity offered by the ribbon treble unit.
The bass section, similar to the original Corner Ribbon utilises an acoustic filter bass reflex system. This section uses a double chamber filter that eliminates “chuffing” found in inferior loudspeakers with conventional ports.
This also maintains a natural and unforced reproduction right down to the lowest frequencies of a symphony orchestra, producing Quad's signature sound as found in the iconic ESLs.
'With the introduction of the Z Series range... the company satisfied that there is a more linear and cohesive progression in sound quality between the higher end of its conventional lineup and the smaller of its panel designs.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine November 2016)
'The Z Series ups the ante in all departments... In basic format, Z mirrors S but the tech, aesthetic and material upgrades are more ambitious than incremental. The Z Series bespoke ribbon tweeter, for example, is nearly twice the size as that used in the S Series. You can add to that brand new Kevlar-weave bass and midrange drivers, re-engineered crossover networks, a more elaborate design of reflex port...' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine November 2016)
'The elegant, boat-tailed enclosures themselves are constructed from multiple layers of wood fibre composites of varying density, strengthened with multiple circumferential braces. On the outside, multiple layers of piano lacquer are applied over black, white or rosewood veneers, each layer being hand-polished to a high gloss before the next layer is applied. The depth and intensity of colour this gives to the speakers really has to be seen ‘in the flesh’ to be fully appreciated.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine November 2016)
'The most satisfying speaker for the long haul is the one that successfully nails that elusive sweet spot between refinement and excitement. The good news is the Z-3 does this so well it possesses an almost chameleon-like ability to ‘become’ the music rather than bend it to its will.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine November 2016)
'Quad Z-3 ticks so many boxes I’m inclined to think it may be one of the very best speakers Quad has ever made. The way the speaker looks and the quality of its build and finish are powerful hooks in themselves... That goes for its performance, too. Yes, it’s that good and, at the price, an absolute steal. Finally a Quad speaker has stepped out from the shadow of the ESL. It’s called the Z-3 ' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine November 2016)