QuadESL-57Quad ESL-57 with custom standsMagnificent pair of the legendary Quad Electrostatic Loudspeaker (ESL 57) in their classic bronze finish mounted rigidly on a pair of beautiful solid hardwood stands, which raise the speaker to ear...2000.00

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Magnificent pair of the legendary Quad Electrostatic Loudspeaker (ESL 57) in their classic bronze finish mounted rigidly on a pair of beautiful solid hardwood stands, which raise the speaker to ear level when seated. The ESL 57 has been voted "the most significant hi-fi product of all time" by Hi-Fi News and Record Review. Virtually every serious speaker designer and audio reviewer owns a pair in a back room to serve as a long-term reference. This speaker introduced the concept of high fidelity in 1957, providing a low coloration window into recorded sound that was orders of magnitude superior to the then popular horn loudspeakers. Moving coil speakers have been playing catch up with the ESL 57 for six decades. 
What distinguishes the ESL 57 from Quad's later efforts (notably, the ESL 63, ESL 988 et al.) is the peerless midrange, which is sumptuous and has a delicacy that is hard to explain in words. An audiophile who has't experienced the sound of the Quad 57s is like a classical music lover who hasn't heard a Stradivarius violin. 
This pair is all original, late serial numbers (mid 40.000s), and untampered with. It sounds gorgeous, with both tubes (Quad IIs), and with appropriate solid state amplification (Quad 303 or anything else stable into low impedance loads that is played at volumes such that the speaker is not subjected to voltages higher than 33V). 
The stands are beautifully made, custom fit to the ESL 57 in hardwood (no veneer). They match the bronze color beautifully. This is one high WAF loudspeaker. 
The fragility of the loudspeaker suggests local pickup would be preferred, but they can be shipped assuming you pay for custom packing. 
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