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Quad 10L upgrade

Discussion in 'audio' started by Countryman, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    Current system is Rotel RCD965 BX Limited Edition, Rega Io and Quad 10L speakers. Cracking little system for no more than £500 all in. The Spendor designed and built Quads are wonderful: best loudspeaker I’ve heard in my home system. However, in 5 weeks we move house and they will he placed in a bigger room. As good as they are, they only have a 13cm woofer so the laws of physics say they’re not moving much air. So a replacement may be needed to fill the new room which is 5 x 5 metres. Budget is £500ish for a step up. Happy to go new or used. Suggestions for auditions welcome. Thanks.
  2. Olsen

    Olsen pfm Member

    A good match to the little IO amp must be Rega speakers.
    RX are outside your budget but a used pair RS3 or Ela would be excellent.
    Both works great close to rear wall.
  3. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    Rega speakers are an option worth exploring. My first thought was KEF LS50 or Dynaudio Emit 20. A used pair of Spendor S3E falls into budget. Not sure if any of these are a step up.
  4. Olsen

    Olsen pfm Member

    LS50 need a beefier amp in that size room I believe
    Lovely speaker though

    FWIW Rega have a new Kyte out next month, looks like same drive-units as in RX1 but different cabinet
  5. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    The Kytes will be worth a listen, thanks. Again, just not sure if it’s an upgrade. The 10L’s are that good but they may get lost in a bigger room. Floorstanders could be an option. Maybe I’m being too ambitious for £500.
  6. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy pfm Member

    I wonder if an older pair of Spendor floorstanders might be a good way to go.
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  7. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Yes.Maybe the S5e or S6e range. Lovely refined speakers.A good follow on from Quads I expect.Or some older Castles, like the Severn 2s or Harlech?
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2020 at 1:32 PM
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  8. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    I’d agree about the LS50, when I tried mine with a Brio-R and UQ2 I felt they needed more power to really shine, used they seem to go for nearer £600. ProAc Studio would be worth considering, they come up used around £500, the 100 series bookshelves and floorstanders.

    You don’t often see them mentioned, Monitor Audio Gold Ref, GR20 floorstanders would be in budget, good looking and sounding speaker, had a pair from new and the wife won’t let me sell them, they live in the bedroom tv system now, worked well with a Brio back in the day.
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  9. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    Yes, worth exploring. Thanks
  10. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    I’ll have a look about. Has MA speakers before and was quite impressed.
  11. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    The LS50 can sound odd in big rooms, the cone movement starts to mess up the tweeter pattern. It is a small room speaker.
  12. Werner

    Werner pfm Member

    Why don't you just wait and see (hear)?

    When I reviewed the 10L that many years ago it was in a room much bigger than 5x5!
  13. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    I’d be interested to see that review, if you have a link?
  14. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    I’ve used small speakers in a room 5x5. You may want to hang fire. I’ve found that size room is perfect for exciting bass nodes. Admittedly I have a staircase in the corner. I’ve had to accept that midrange quality and good mid bass is more important in that room than low bass. Of course ymmv.
  15. schneiderhan

    schneiderhan Member

    lovely speakers the 10l's, and can sometimes be had for peanuts (sssshhh!). I haven't used mine in a room bigger than 10ft by 12ft, but worth trying I'd have thought.
  16. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    Thanks to all for comments and suggestions. The Quads are excellent but their 13cm drivers mean they just don’t always generate the scale. Laws of physics. I could get bigger speakers but lose what makes the Quads so special. Even in my smaller current room, you just don’t get the bass response or scale. It could be I live with this in return for their other outstanding qualities.
  17. Conan

    Conan Loop digger

    Don't be fooled by the size of the woofer. A 5 x 5m room is not that big I have had similar size speakers working really good in bigger rooms. For example, the Royd Eden and the Merlin have exactly the same dimensions but the Merlin can actually reach much deeper frequencies and fill a larger room.
    Another was the Usher S520. This is similar in size and can fill a larger room than 5 x 5m.
    Never heard the Quad 10L though.
  18. Zombie

    Zombie pfm Member

  19. essgee

    essgee pfm Member

    If you like the 10L that much then maybe look out for the 21.
  20. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    That’s a possibility. No sub or pre out on Io and only 1 pair of speaker outputs, though.

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