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Old 19th May 2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default Amps to drive Quad esl 63's

I am a new member and not an expert, hence my question to the forum.
I have a pair of Quad esl 63's, purchased last year and they seem to work well with the Naim Nait 2 that I purchased new in the early 90's.
However, I recently considered upgrading to a seperate Naim power amp and using my Nait as a pre-amp and was then introduced to an amp that I had not hear of: Electrompaniet NSD 'The 2 Channel amplifier' and this was suggested as a good match with the Quads using the Nait as a preamp. I have read a litle of its history and development but have no idea what it would sound like.
Does anyone have any thoughts: better to stick with a Naim power amp?
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Old 19th May 2007, 05:35 PM   #2
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I favor a couple of others on this list more than the Naim or the EC.
30 and 25 watts are a bit thin for the ESL63.
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(the only one from the first 3 columns i haven't heard with ESL63s are the New York and the Nak amp)
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Old 20th May 2007, 05:54 AM   #3
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Default Amps to drive Quad esl 63's

I may be very wrong about this, but I vaguely remember reading that when driving Quad ESLs, that the amplifier used should be stable into high capacitance loads.
Perhaps some other forum members can shed further light on this ?
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Old 20th May 2007, 06:38 AM   #4
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Yes your are correct. The quads are a somewhat higher capacitive load than "average".

The Electrocompaniet would probably be fine, but if you like the naim sound go all the way with naim- don't mix and match. The 63's are really incredible speakers but they really need 50 tube watts or more solid state to get them performing their best. I spent many blissful hours with a pair of 988s and a Conrad Johnson MV-60 which is a 45watt EL-34 based amp.

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