Quad Z-Series Z3 Speakers (Pair)
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Quad Z-Series Z3 Speakers (Pair)

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Quad Z-Series Z3 Speakers (Pair)

After taking a new approach to ribbon tweeter design using a unique sandwich formation, an exceptionally robust, high power speaker has been engineered, yet with the delicate sound conventional ribbon speakers are known for.

Where It All Started

Way back in the mono days of 1949, Quad launched the Corner Ribbon as its first loudspeaker. This was, indeed, a "prestige" product, but it offered something special, a particularly clear and detailed upper mid-range to treble performance from a large and delicate ribbon driver. 

The naturalness and fidelity of sound reproduction of the original corner ribbon was championed by the hi-fi press. So, the question is, can Quad engineers replicate this performance today, or even surpass it? the answer, not surprisingly, is yes.

Then And Now

The Quad corner ribbon was a speaker incomparable to competitors at it’s time, all with thanks to the Quad ethos, which is still adhered to in all product development and to deliver; “The Closest Approach To The Original Sound”.

Being Quad's first ever commercially available loudspeaker, the Corner Ribbon was not completely perfect - it generated a relatively low power and the ribbon unit was very fragile. As we know founder Peter Walker moved on to develop the world’s first full range, push-pull Electrostatic speaker, if not the most iconic loudspeaker of our time.

So, to make a ribbon unit that handled today’s high power amplifiers and to do the original Corner Ribbon justice was no mean task. The Z Series ribbon accomplishes this by utilising a composite ribbon sandwich substrate that is far more robust than earlier designs and immerses this ribbon in an exceptionally strong magnetic field to yield ultra-high sensitivity.


Available in piano lacquered black, white, or rosewood, the skillfully veneered, one-piece curved structures make the focal point of any living room.


General description Floor-standing
Enclosure type bass reflex
Transducer complement 3-way
Bass driver 2 x 175mm woven kevlar cone
Mid Range Driver 150mm woven kevlar cone
Treble driver 90x12mm true ribbon
AV shield No
Sensitivity (1W @ 1m) 89db
Recommended amplifier power 60-250W
Peak SPL 110dB
Nominal impedance
Minimum impedance 3.8Ω
Frequency response (+/-3dB) 50Hz - 20kHz
Bass extension (-6dB) 45Hz
Crossover frequency 450Hz & 3.6KHz
Cabinet Volume (in litres) 34L
Dimensions (mm) 965 x 267 x 340mm
Weight 19 kg
Finish Piano Black / Piano White / Piano Rosewood
Accessories User manual, certificate, spike set
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Natural sound
09 April 2017  | 

Before writing this review I listen to differents type of music and differents number of instruments. I started with klavier (Rameau 'Pièces de Clavecin' William Christie HM 1983). The sound is absolutely great: impressive the soundstage and the instrument presence (don't turn your head looking for klavier: it's on CD). Sound is detailed and clean and you could appreciate many details never heard before.
Second test: Liszt piano concert n.1 (K.Zimmermann & S.Ozawa DG recording). The piano recording is very good and quad Z3 show their ability for dynamic when the orchestra starts play.
Many other listening (jazz, pop, ethnic) and some general conclusion: The recording quality is a critical point. The upper and mid range definitio is impressive. Low frequencies are presents but never overexpressed. In one word, great loudspeaker with a competitive price. Last: I have the white series and they are really elegants (I prefer Z3 without front grid).

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