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Hifi that gives you "the fizz"

Discussion in 'audio' started by GruntPuppy, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. camverton

    camverton pfm Member

    As my avatar would mew, meow ;)
  2. Musicraft

    Musicraft Trade: Musicraft

    My fizz is JL Audio’s Gotham v2 as it's the component that has impressed me the most over the last thirty three years and followed by the Fathom f212 v2. Both are big, heavy, in gorgeous Gloss Black finish :cool: and menacing to look at. Simply jaw dropping performance.

    Bad boys :)




  3. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Peter Walker.
  4. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    I meant the aesthetic design. Did Peter Walker also design the look of it?
  5. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Yes, different opinions.
    I too like the marigold - not orange :D - 33, but it doesn’t sound awful. I enjoy it every single day. Yet I also have very posh stuff, including valve. Its phono stage is brilliant, and very quiet. My context: 33/303/ESL57. I kid thee not. Equally fine on 94 dB/W speakers.
    Peter Walker designed it entirely, yes.
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  6. camverton

    camverton pfm Member

    That's interesting. I haven't used my 33 in earnest for many along year, but occasionally when trying things out I've used it and found that it was very obvious that it was "in the chain" unlike, say, a Tagmclaren unit. I suppose that it could be in need of attention or possibly it's sensitivity and output didn't suit whatever I was playing with?
  7. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Its output at 500 mV may be too low for anything but a Quad.
    It is excellent with CD too, once gain is adjusted (tape input).
    Mine was recapped with premium quality caps too. That may help.
  8. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Staying alert

    Stevie Wonder? :p
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  9. GruntPuppy

    GruntPuppy pfm Member

    I had Quad 33/303s...

    Sorry, but I found them to be super mega fugly. The 33 I found to be a mediocre pre-amp at best as well.

    Hmm. I like my connections to be out of sight at the back.
  10. camverton

    camverton pfm Member

    I do believe that one is allowed to turn the 303 around ;).
  11. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Pah. Design qualifications are like nipples, everybody's got one.

    IIRC,the Quad 33 series, and the 405 as well come to think of it, won Design Council Awards.

    You might not like it, but shitty-looking it's not. Apart from the colour, obviously...
  12. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    In your opinion the Quad 33 sounds awful.
    Don’t make all-embracing statements...
  13. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    People who have qualifications in design don’t necessarily design things that appeal to the majority.
  14. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I do like the look of the classic Quads. I like TTs to have a lid, think the LP12 look great as does olive era naim.
  15. Fudgemaster

    Fudgemaster pfm Member

    I prefer music which has emotion or feeling, preferably well recorded, to whatever is used to replay it.
    I, too, prefer equipment with as few controls as possible, hence Nytech and Naim.
    Long live music.
  16. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    In-house design team I think, I dunno how much input PW specifically had. Design of the 33 was obviously a development from the aesthetic appearance of the 22.
  17. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Jesus.16 year old boys are likely doing something very rude over pictures of that.

  18. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    I agree; I hate buttons/controls which have many functions. My motto is 'one knob, one function' in the likeness we were created. Nope, got that one wrong too; bugger !

    Anyway, knobs and switches over buttons anytime.
  19. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Button well and truly pushed, my work here is done :D Lighten up chap!

    PS Your analogy doesn't work very well ... shouldn't it be two and in some cases three? ;)
  20. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator


    Haters gonna hate, obs, but the Museum Of Modern Art and myself consider it a bit of a design classic!

    PS If properly serviced (and the vast majority of surviving units aren’t) its not a bad little preamp and tuner. Sure there’s plenty better out there, but viewed in a full historical system context e.g. with a 303 driving original ESLs, 15” Tannoys, Ditton 66 etc you have to spend a shed-load to beat the whole thing with modern kit. Its plenty good enough to impress with the best speakers of its era, which are way better than most modern ones!
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