Call me obsessive but, 35 years ago, my wife to be brought a Quad 303 into my life. I've gone from the 303 to the 306 and now to the 909 series Quads and I still love the sound. I've listened to a dozen or more systems in home settings. I'm not saying that the Quad has not been challenged by some of these systems but, matching price to quality, I think that the Quad is virtually unbeatable. These 909s are workhorses. I own two and they pump huge amounts of power into two 4ohm speakers. I do think that it is true that, while they are incredibly natural. For comparative purposes, while listening, I often imagine that I am hearing piano players such as Emanuel Ax in the Salle Playel in Paris rather than my living room. having said that, the 909 does tilt slightly toward the midrange. My stereo speakers are Axiom M80s (just about to take delivery of the new M100s). these speakers have a reputation for being bright but they suit my ears. what i have done is to raise the bass on the Quad 99 pre one notch. that move seems to have adjusted the entire system so that while that midrange is still there, i am reaching some very well defined lows. I'll probably never own anything else. NB - I use the Quads strictly for stereophonic reproduction preferring Anthem for surround sound.
Just a layperson's view.
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