-Quad 9AS Active Speakers
-Quad 9AS Active Speakers
Quad, the distinguished British audio brand, is delighted to unveil the 9AS; a pair of compact active speakers combining top-notch build quality, excellent audio engineering and exceptional flexibility for a wide range of high-resolution audio applications.
The term "active" refers to the inclusion of power amplification in each speaker, negating the need for a separate power amp. A DAC is also incorporated, allowing the input of digital signals from desktop and laptop computers, disc players and other digital devices, in addition to analogue inputs, while preamp functionality allows users to switch between multiple digital and analogue sources, and also adjust volume levels on the speaker or via remote control. Simply add music from your chosen source; no other components are required.
First and foremost, the Quad 9AS is a high-performance compact loudspeaker, small enough to sit on a desk or shelf, yet large enough to deliver a powerful and detailed high-resolution sound. Easily attaining the sonic accuracy required of a near-field studio monitor, the 9AS displays its heritage with a smooth frequency response, supplemented by a three-position bass EQ facility that equalises the low-frequency response for free standing, shelf and close-to-wall mounting. You can be sure that wherever these speakers are used - whether at home or in a studio environment - they deliver crisp, clear and musically insightful results.
The Quad 9AS offers a remarkably wide range of inputs to suit multiple source components, from PCs, Apple Macs and portable audio devices, to traditional hi-fi components. Digital connections are provided via asynchronous USB and S/PDIF (optical and coaxial), all capable of receiving audio data up to 24-bit/192kHz, supplemented by line-level RCA inputs for analogue signals. A side-mounted 3.5mm input is also included for convenient connection of portable audio devices.
Each 9AS pair comprises a master and a slave, both containing 100 watts of audiophile-grade Class AB power amplification (much higher quality than the Class D amplification found in many active speakers). The master speaker accepts all inputs and handles volume and input selection, operated via a neat touch-sensitive panel on the base of the speaker (a remote control is also supplied), while the slave speaker is fed via a line-level output from the master speaker. An output for an external subwoofer facilitates ultra-low frequency extension where required
Many active speakers simply shoehorn their electronics into the speaker cabinet, but not so the Quad 9AS. To enable optimum performance, maximum internal volume is given over to the drive units, while the amplifier is housed in a cast aluminium chassis bonded to the base of the cabinet. This aids low frequency performance whilst also ensuring efficient heat dissipation
For digital signals, amplification begins with the same high-precision 24-bit/192kHz DAC found in Quad's Elite CD players. All signals are passed, via a low-noise electronic volume control, to twin Class AB power amplifiers tailored to the individual drive units in each speaker: a classic Quad mid/bass unit with a 100mm woven Kevlar cone, plus a newly designed 25mm fabric dome tweeter with a waveguide incorporated into its front plate. These drivers are coupled via a sophisticated Butterworth crossover network, modelled to provide the exact acoustic integration demanded by Quad's speaker engineers.
The incorporation of multiple digital and analogue inputs, pre-amplification and power amplification in a pair of compact speakers delivers obvious space-saving convenience and versatility, augmented by the three bass EQ settings to ensure suitability for a variety of locations. This design approach has benefits in terms of sound quality, too, ensuring short signal paths and perfectly matched amplification thanks to Quad's integrated engineering approach. Each 9AS speaker can be switched into and out of standby via a standard 12V trigger signal, further increasing versatility in a custom installation environment.
Two-way active speaker Two-way active bookshelf speaker Three digital inputs - coaxial, optical and USB RCA and 3.5mm Analogue input 100W per speaker total output (65W LF + 35W HF) Available in three finishes
Warranty information for Quad:
Quad products are designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards. However, if something does go wrong with the product we are here to help. From your date of purchase your product is warranted against faulty materials or workmanship for a period of 24 months.
This guarantee applies to all Quad Products including 5.1 speaker Systems, CD Players, Award winning Bookshelf Speakers, Floor Standing Speakers and Hi Fi Amplfiers and Receivers. Providing you with peace of mind and the assurance of premium Quality.