They are pretty special. If you have any plans to visit Nashville, you'll be welcome to listen.
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Robin Wyatt is somewhere in the NY metro area- Jersey I thought. He was often demoing with restored Quad 57s. To me, there is no other speaker like it. If all else fails, reach out to Robin- he has a website and is an active, but small, importer/dealer.
My 57s are in boxes awaiting restoration. Have had various Quads since the early ’70s though I now use horns.
Terry, no I haven't. I heard a few interations of the post-63 models--not even sure I could tell you the model numbers--but that was some years ago. My other pair is a vintage pair of Crosby modded '63s, which I haven't fired up in years. I always thought the 57 was the better speaker in terms of coherence, though the 63 was a more useable speaker. Pray tell- what am I missing? :)
I am in Elizabet, NJ. I have a pair of Ohm Walsh 2000s. Although they are far below the price range you seem to be shopping in, IMHO, they punch far above their weight.
Since the Walsh driver and tweeter sit proud of the cabinet, they are indeed baffle-less. The rest of my system is mostly up to date on my profile.
I believe you can send me a private message through A-gon. Please do so if you want to set up a listening session.