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Quad ESL 2912 Electrostatic Speakers (Pair)


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Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Quad HiFi
Product Award HiFi News Highly Commended

Tech Specs

Format: Floor Standing Dipole With 3° Fixed Tilt
Type: Multiple electrostatic drive membranes
Time Delay: Progressive Concentric Rings
Chassis Structure: Heavy Duty Composite Aluminium / Steel
Panel Elements: 6
Maximum Output: 2 N/m2 at 2m On Axis
Sensitivity: 1.5 mbar Per Volt Referred To 1m (86dB/2.83V rms Equivalent)
Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
Impedance Variation: 4 - 20 Ohms
Maximun Input: Continuous Input Voltage (rms): 10V
Programme Peak For Undistorted Output: 40V
Permitted Peak Input:55V
Frequency Response: 32Hz - 21kHz (-6dB), 28Hz - 23kHz (useable)
Directivity Index: See Polar Diagrams
Distortion (100dB @ 1m): Above 1000Hz <0.15%
Distortion (100dB @ 1m): Above 100Hz <0.5%
Distortion (100dB @ 1m): Above 50Hz <1.0%
AC Input: 220 - 240V, 110 -120V, 100V
Power Fuse: 63mA anti-surge, 200 -240V, 100mA anti-surge, 100 - 120V
Power Consumption: 6W
Dimensions (H x W x D): 1470 x 690 x 380 (mm)
Net Weight: 44kg

Product Description

Quad ESL-2912 electrostatic loudspeakers are Quad's flagship model and replace the ESL-2905, the latest in a long line of well respected speakers that Quad are best known for, back to the original ESL-57 that made its debut back in 1956. Improvements over their predecessor include a better power supply, new acoustically transparent grille and wood finish on the top and sides of the bases. We're pleased to say the flagship ESL-2912 improve on the outgoing model where it really counts, sounding even more unbelievable as a result and creating their trademark holographic soundstaging beautifully.

In contrast to the ESL-2812, the ESL-2912 uses six rather than four electrostatic panels, the inner two utilising the concentric rings of anodes used to create the point source image. Whilst all electrodes receive the same music signal, each electrode area reacts slightly differently, such that treble frequencies appear to come from the centre of the speaker.

Construction is a combination of tensioned aluminum extrusions coupled to stainless steel support structures, with a piano gloss wooden trim. The substantial base construction is finished with piano gloss side cheeks and high-quality terminations. Internally, the highest quality components are used, including rare core transformers and high-grade audiophile capacitors. Three types of protection system are used to ensure the speakers are difficult to damage when over driven.

Key Technology

- Overload safety
- Electrostatic Panels
- Very low distortion elements
- Crossover free sound reproduction

Press Reviews

  • "Many audiophiles find the elegant 'driverless' sound of an electrostatic will never be matched by even the best, conventional, dynamic loudspeakers. For those the ESL-2912 is the new king'  (Hi-Fi News Magazine Jan 2013) 

  • " immersive, headphone-like transparency on a very grand scale."  (Hi-Fi News Magazine January 2013) 

  • "The overall balance is creamy and luscious with gentle high frequencies that never  grate."  (Hi-Fi News Magazine January 2013)

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