Quad 303 power-amp

Discussion in 'British Audio' started by macvisual, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. macvisual

    macvisual New Member

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    Only last night I bought myself a used good condition Quad 303 power-amplifier, an iconic British stereo power amplier made from 1967 - 1985, 45 watts into 8 ohms. I'm using this connected to a Promitheus Audio TVC passive pre-amp.

    One simple word about how it sounds and its performance in my Hi-Fi system;

    "Fantastic".
     
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  3. macvisual

    macvisual New Member

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  4. Dandy

    Dandy Super Member

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    +1 on the rebuild kits from Holland.
     
  5. Rosie

    Rosie New Member

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    I often see Quad speakers noted by reviewers as "nirvana" or close to it. No one ever talks about new Quad gear. Is Quad still in business? I ask because I now own a Rega turntable, and want to own Harbeth speakers. Recently I auditioned Naim amps which I would buy in a heartbeat if I wasn't financially challenged. I find the longer I listen the more I like British gear. I look forward to hearing about your experience. Thank you.
     
  6. Zombie

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    Look at http://www.quad-hifi.co.uk/
    I have Quad ESL-988 speakers, the Elite preamp and the Elite CD/digital preamp and a 909 power amp. Maybe not high-end but good enough for me
     
  7. slimecity

    slimecity Super Member

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    I have owned a 303 and it took a lot of work to get it sounding OK to my ears. I think the design of this amp is wonderful however. The 909 era was supposed to be a pretty good one for Quad. Have also owned several Leak 30's and 70's and to be frank, I vastly prefer their sound, even unrestored.
     
  8. sqlsavior

    sqlsavior AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Belated congratulations. I'd sure love to try a Quad amp on my Quad ESLs. :)

    And I sure love my Promitheus TVC. What is on the other end of your 303?
     

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