- Dec 12, 2022
This varies from case to case. I was a few times at the Quadfest of the company in the following link and know the owner and the people. There you can really listen to the Quad electrostats in peace and make your own judgement.... I've not yet owned any electrostatic or magnetic planar speakers.
Also, I don't think that one can get any meaningful feedback from listening in a store or show.
Once I met there Professor Jürg Jecklin again (R.I.P) which was another audio V.I.P from Europe. From him I read his "Lautsprecherbuch" (working principle, construction, housing and characteristics of modern loudspeakers) and I also once owned a then futuristic electrostatic headphone he had designed, the 'Jecklin Float'.
This is my photo from this situation with Jürg. In the background there can be seen a Quad ESL double stack configuration + special Subwoofer. This is also exactly the configuration that my friend has and that I had mentioned before.