Used - Quadral Chromium Style 8 Loudspeakers
Here we have a used pair of speakers skilled in the art of making music. Whether it's Rock, Blues, Jazz, Solo Voice, Reggae or Classical, these speakers demonstrate an innate musicality that is rarely achieved by speakers at twice the price.
Speakers in very good condition apart from some slight micro scratching on the tops of both speakers
where the owner had used a non microfibre cloth to polish. (Only noticeable in direct sunlight.)
Sides and front as new. c/w Box and manual.
Noel Keywood - Hi Fi World Says;
We were very impressed by the Style 8s. Reviewer Martin Pipe has now inherited our Quadral Wotan
VIIIs and he is very impressed with their smooth, yet accurate presentation, graced by wonderful treble
from a ribbon tweeter – a perfect reviewers tool.
The Style 8s on review here offer a similar experience. They are supremely neutral in their sound
and Quadral have, if anything, slightly lowered output from the tweeter so it hardly makes itself known.
Yet it does. I used the Style 8s a lot over months of listening, with a wide variety of amplifiers – and
always I could detect the razor sharp delineation of highs that ribbons bring; cymbals positively shimmered in a lovely clear light, each tap of stick against brass picked out with military precision. No matter how good domes can seem, they never quite match a good ribbon.
Now, every loudspeaker engineer is, or should be saying in his head "ah, but what about integration?", because ribbons don't go low enough to well match cone drive units, a reason for their avoidance (as well as cost!). For this Quadral use a titanium coated midrange unit that reaches up smoothly
to meet the tweeter, and our impedance curve shows they crossover quite low down, at around 3kHz,
where wavelengths are long, so easing potential problems. As a result the Style 8 is consistent in its
forward sound over a good range of ear height. It is well integrated.
By engineering in good integration with no midrange crossover dip Quadral have ensured the
Style 8 is insightful and delivers strong detail, yet by keeping tweeter output in check they have also
ensured these 'speakers are smoothies over the long term. I was consistently struck by their sophistication in this respect; at no time did I feel one part of the audio spectrum was out of alignment with
another part. Nor did I hear any zing or rasp from the drivers that in themselves have well damped
cones of neutral character.
Down in the bass department, the Style 8s go low, very low, covering subsonics right down to
20Hz. And they are well damped, so play a bass tune. They don't have the slam of bigger cones; a
pair of giant Tannoy Westminster GRs reminded us, with their 15in Dual-Concentrics, but then you can
get Style 8s into your lounge!
What this loudspeaker has is conspicuous balance and sophistication, allied to superb imaging
across a wide soundstage – I loved their sound. Audition before all else, I suggest.
Hi Fi World - Full Review Link
CHROMIUM STYLE unites form and function in to an incredibly convincing sound experience. The elegant cabinet fulfils highest design standards and their rounded sides reduce sound divergence through the sound conduction. Hand-polished high gloss varnishes complete the noble overall impression, turning a ‘loudspeaker’ into a premium ornament in your living room. Technically the CHROMIUM STYLE is also convincing. The sophisticated ribbon tweeter stands out for crystal clear heights. Titanium coated polypropylene diaphragms provide the highest linearity and a high-fidelity sound.
CHROMIUM STYLE reproduces music and surround-sound with the most maximum of dynamics. Thanks to the bass reflex tubes with trumpet flanging, even deep movie grumble is displayed with ease. The outstandingly detailed manufacturing finds its finish in a diligent gold-plated connection terminal, so that high–end lovers will also have fun with this series.
|Nominal/music power (W)
|Frequency response (Hz)
|Crossover frequency (Hz)
||155 mm Ø Titanium-PP
||2 x 180 mm Ø Titanium-PP
|Size (w x h x d) in cm
||100,6 x 20,85 x 34,35 cm
|Weight in kg
||ca. 22,14 kg