Gma but quads have much superior bass if u like reggae or techno 12s are compelling
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I own Europas and Quad 12L Actives. The problem is I haven't listened to my Europas in about a year and only recently got the Quads. And the Active 12's may be quite different from the passive ones, I don't know.
Rough impressions are that the Quads are more detailed and a bit more forward but probably don't image as well as the Europas and are not as open as the Europas.. I'd say the Quads, though very neutral, are a bit more "hi-fi" and a bit less refined. Funny because I would not describe the Europas as refined. Both are very good at low volume, with the nod going to the Quads.
I own both and use the quads in my living room/second system. I loved the quads out of the box, and replacing my active preamp with a luminous axiom passive took them to another level. I would agree that the quads are more forward and a bit less refined, but they are very pure and to my ears, not fatiguing in the least.