Save $2,000 on Tower Loudspeakers That Take You Inside the Music: Quad Z-3 Features True Ribbon Tweeter, Three More Powerful Drivers, Beautiful Contours, Piano-Lacquered Finish
The profound difference a high-quality, thoughtfully engineered tweeter makes on what you hear can be experienced in full evidence with the Quad Z-3 tower loudspeaker. Available for an unbeatable 50% off list price, the cutting-edge three-way model features the English company's Z Series trademark – an innovative 0.5 x 3.5-inch true ribbon tweeter in a unique sandwich formation – along with three audiophile-grade drivers to play with an openness, airiness, fullness, and liveliness that takes you inside the music at hand. You'll enjoy the power, presence, and robustness that remain the trademarks of floorstanders, but you'll also be treated to richness, sophistication, and outside-the-borders soundstaging uncommon to conventional box designs.
Of course, there's no getting past the striking appearance of Z-3, whose luxurious looks mirror its top-tier fidelity. We cannot overstate the build quality on display here. Measuring 38.06 x 10.56 x 13.44 inches (HWD) and boasting a 50Hz-20kHz frequency response, the 47.4-pound dynamo boasts a gorgeously piano-lacquered, one-piece curved cabinet that gives it remarkable visible consistency and smoothness. Certain to be the conversation piece in any room, Z-3 also counts a 5.875-inch Kevlar cone mid/bass driver and dual 6.875-inch Kevlar cone woofers reinforced by a bass-reflex cabinet with a rear port complete with expansion chamber. The result: Transfixing dynamics, pleasing naturalism, and remarkable accuracy.
Indeed, one of the many sonic benefits of the tweeter pertains to its orientation. Its shape allows for limited vertical dispersion that significantly reduces floor and ceiling vibrations, lending to sharper focus, lessened coloration, and distortion-free playback. Z-3 also comes with a removable magnetic grille and spike feet. Quad's five-year manufacturer warranty and our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee round out a marvel that proudly looks – and sounds – different than the rest.
"Quad's Z-3 floorstander possesses an almost chameleon-like ability to ‘become' the music rather than bend it to its will. Much of this is to do with the 90 x 12mm ribbon tweeter, which is dizzyingly high in resolution and vanishingly low in distortion, bringing a sense of realism to transients and textures that even the best dome tweeters will struggle to match."
– AVTech Awards, Best Floorstanding Loudspeaker
"The Quad Z-3 ticks so many boxes I'm inclined to think it may be one of the very best speakers Quad has ever made. The way the speaker looks and the quality of its build and finish are powerful hooks in themselves."
– David Vivian, Hi-Fi Choice, Editor's Choice and five-star review
Advanced Ribbon Tweeter
Unlike conventional dome treble units where the voice coil ‘motor' is attached separately to the diaphragm, the Z Series ribbon tweeter is both the diaphragm and the motor system. The result is a unique combination of delicacy, smoothness, and hear-through performance that helps make your music sing. While taking influence from the unparalleled success of the Quad ESL speaker, the ribbon itself is engineered to be extremely light and thin, which delivers the startling accuracy and wide coverage for which Quad remains famous. In Z Series, the large 90 x 12mm true ribbon creates an even higher sensitivity and bandwidth, which means better dynamics and an even smoother integration with the midrange frequencies.
Acoustic Filter Bass-Reflex System
The bass section, similar to Quad's original Corner Ribbon, utilizes an acoustic filter bass-reflex system complete with a double chamber filter that eliminates chuffing found in inferior loudspeakers with conventional ports. It also maintains a natural, unforced reproduction right down to the lowest frequencies of a symphony orchestra, producing our signature sound as found in the iconic ESLs.
Woven Kevlar Woofers
In Z Series floorstanders, the advanced ribbon unit is married to an equally high-performance midrange driver with a unique double-roll surround designed to control edge breakup and give equal transparency to the all-important vocal range. Both the midrange and bass drivers feature Quad's woven kevlar cone geometry matched by the double-roll surround for the same smoothness and clarity offered by the ribbon treble unit.