Quad 99 Preamplifiers

4.71/5 (7 Reviews)


Product Description

pre-amplifier control unit with phono MM,MC and remote.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by audiomarc1 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Very well made preamp with "state of the art" digital volume control running in the analog domain. Functions can be controlled via remote or front panel. 5 inputs, 1 output, and MM/MC phono stage which is supposed to be of very high quality.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Goodwins High End



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Sage a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I love my little quad. Great features, flawless operation. I find imaging is great, very detailed but doesn't sound at all analytical or what you might expect "detailed" to sound like. Rather, it has incredible presence, especially in the midrange and lower mids, and allows you to hear deep into the space of the recording without strain - almost like every instrument has its own amp. Imaging is great, imo - palpable would be the word. Vocals have incredible presence and purity with no bloating on the low end or hardness up top. Bass is very solid, if perhaps a little sluggish - but that could be my speakers in my small room - very good control in the bass, though perhaps not as "taught" as some preamps (which i suspect is a coloration on their part). Treble doesn't jump out and definitely isn't harsh - but is sweet, transparent, delicate even. If your idea of audiophile is limited to realistically hard, dynamic cymbal crashes, this may not be the preamp for you - but on the other hand, the sound is totally un-hard and un-fatiguing, even with crappy recordings. The quality of the treble is hard to describe. Blows away everything in its price range, with the possible exception of the adcom 750, which i haven't heard. but the adcom lacks remote and tilt controls.

Input sensitivity selection is nice feature - and i swear, some recordings sound better with the sensitivity set at 100, some better at 300. it's kinda like having two preamps in that respect.

i love it.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   internet



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ronkent a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I would not profess to having auditioned a bunch of pre amps before settling on this one. In fact I did not audition any other pre amp. Reading the review by Paul Seydor in TAS is what got my attention. I can say that I have used some very fine equipment in my home and this is one fine little pre amp(maybe not SOTA but very very good and extremely user friendly). However when you factor in the features that it has including a very fine phono stage (it replaced a stand alone unit), along with very usuable tone controls, balance control,adjustable input sensitivities for each input and a very nice remote, it is hard to go wrong. Now that the price has come down I think it would be hard to find a better pre amp with the features this one has for anywhere near the price.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   galen carol audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phillip Evans a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have the 909 and 99 preamp. The tonal quality is excellent. Not quite as open as the Quad valves (which I could not afford).
I use the musical fidelity A3 cd (I found it gives a little more detailed sound than the 99 cd player) with 989 speakers.
This combination is wonderful

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1650.00

Purchased At:   Hi Fi corner Edinbur



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeff D a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
With 200 hours of playing time behind us, we are hearing a detailed, slightly warm, midrange-accented, dynamic presentation. Burn-in seems nearly finished; the occasional bursts of "extra" reverb or hollowness have ceased. We're very pleased with the sound. This preamp has tamed our very live room. Nothing else for the price touched it. We do wish that we had a few more low volume settings; the McCormack beat this product in that regard.

Associated Equipment:
REGA Planet 2000
McCormack DNA-125 pwr amp
JMLab Electra 915.1 speakers
Audioquest interconnects
Alpha-Core Goertz MI2 speaker cable

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   Hi-Q Audio/Video




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