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Quad 44

5 Input Pre Amplifier (1984-86)

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Quad 44


The Quad 44 has five inputs, Disc, Tape 1 and 2, Radio and Auxiliary, which will terminate correctly virtually every applicable programme source available now and in the foreseeable future.

All five inputs are interchangeable, so that any combination of inputs can be obtained, and options such as moving coil pickup, or microphone inputs can be included.

The 44 has tone controls, consisting of Filter, Bass and Tilt which enable the listener to correct for those acoustic problems which are amenable to frequency response shaping.

Used intelligently these controls can improve the results obtained from almost any programme.

The performance of the amplifier meets the simple Quad criterion, that programme fed through the unit shall suffer no audible degradation, in other words, with the filter switch in the Cancel position there shall be no audible difference between the programme at the input to and output from the unit, when compared at identical levels.

This is true for all inputs when used with their specified source impedances and within their input signal limits.

The Quad 44 will sound no better, or worse than the programme fed into it.

Construction and inherent reliability continue in the Quad tradition and reflect care in both design and workmanship.

It is extremely unlikely that the unit will become outdated, since any future developments in programme source or circuit technology can readily be accommodated simply by changing input modules.


Frequency response: 30Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Input sensitivity: 3mV (MM), 100mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 72dB (MM), 86dB (line)

Output: 100mV (line), 0.5V (Pre out)

Dimensions: 321 x 103 x 207mm

Weight: 4kg


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Reviewed Feb 21st, 2015 by

Very good. Slightly warmer sounding than 33 and tone controls not as wide ranging as 33. But still one of the best for vinyl.



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