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CONCLUSION

Sadly, ESL-57s occupy space in my lounge I need for living in, and as amazing as they are, the need to keep them well ahead of rear walls means they take up more space than the outgoing Yorkminsters. But if you have a suitably proportioned room, then One Thing’s ESL-57s are a radical proposition, as their value could go up as you listen to what is one of the world’s most extraordinary loudspeakers. That would dry the tears from anyone’s eyes.

 

 

 verdict 4

One of the first electrostatic loudspeakers remains the greatest, courtesy of an amazing upgrade from One Thing Audio.

 

 

ONE THING QUAD ESL-57 £1,450

One Thing Audio
+44(0)2476 274573
www.onethingaudio.com
 

 

FOR

- vivid clarity and detail

- unsurpassable revelation

- high resale value

 

 

AGAINST

- bright tonal balance

- little deep bass

- size



 
Comments (5)
Quad ELS 57
5Friday, 28 November 2014 17:40
Misha Norland
I have owned and loved these speakers since 1965. Recently serviced by One Thing Audio they have new life! There really is nothing to touch them, for installed in the right situation and driven by a good front end, the sound and staging is amazingly clear and shockingly life-like.
Sold
4Friday, 31 October 2014 14:29
carl hebb
Wish I had kept my late 57s. Years later I have not forgotten how wonderful they were, despite critical listening position. I have rebuilt 63s tucked away in a bedroom and stored that come out from time to time but they are just not the same. Carl.
One Thing Audio Quad 57's
3Monday, 02 June 2014 19:26
Phil
I don't think they are bright just new, a new pair of Quad 57 from Quad if you could still get them may sound bright due to being up to spec.
Quads not normally bright
2Monday, 09 December 2013 20:04
Gary
It sounds like they've modified the Quads and changed their warm character.

They haven't returned them to factory specs.

I agree with Manolis that original Quads aren't bright.

The One Thing Quad is a different animal.

Yes, the One Thing has a brighter balance, or you could say it is less warm. NK
ESL 57s rool!
1Monday, 07 November 2011 19:47
Manolis Kroussaniotakis
Thanks to your magazine, I got a used pair over 10 years ago, and listen only to LPs through a Rock II, EAR834P (again, your recommendation back then) and a Quad 405-II. Wow!

They will not be at the level of these reviewed here, but you know, wow! I had the panels replaced by Quad, Germany and also fitted a clamp.

It might be my ears/room but I do not hear them as bright, and I find tuneful bass that vibrates things my Castle Pembroke's could never. I listen to Heavy Rock and Blues mostly.

Now, I would like to hear them with a decent valve amp, but out here in Cyprus, options are kinda limited. And then there's that budget issue.

Like, wow! And you know, the space issue is very real, but consider this- all other speakers are "good enough" but none match these, life is too short, so get yourself a rectangular room, call it a "studio" (photos for me, art or music for you) and let the rest of the world and your nagging other half just, well, nag. They are that worth it :)

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