Quad Reference ESL-2805 loudspeaker Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Full-range, floorstanding, electrostatic loudspeaker. Membrane: ultra-low-mass (0.5gm), tensioned, split into 4 elements. Frequency response: 37Hz–21kHz, –6dB. Sensitivity: 86dB/2.83V/m. Nominal impedance: 8 ohms (4–15 ohms variation). Rated input level: 10V; program peak for undistorted output, 40V; permitted peak input, 55V. Distortion at 100dB at 1m: 1.0%, 50–100Hz; 0.5%, 100Hz–1kHz; 0.15%, >1kHz. Operating supply voltages: 110–120V AC; 220–240V AC.
Dimensions: 41" (1040mm) H (plus feet) by 27.4" (695mm) W by 15.2" (385mm) D. Weight: 76.6 lbs (34.8kg) net, 91.5 lbs (41.6kg) shipping.
Finish: Lancaster Grey, uprights and tensioning rod; gloss black, top panel and base; black cloth grilles.
Serial Numbers of Units Reviewed: 001349, 001350.
Price: $10,000/pair. Approximate number of dealers: 34.
Manufacturer: Quad Electroacoustics Ltd., IAG House, Sovereign Court, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon PE29 6XU, England, UK. Tel: (44) (0)1480-447700. Web: www.quad-hifi.co.uk. US distributor: Taiga LLC, 310 Tosca Drive, Stoughton, MA 02072-1516. Tel: (781) 341-1234. Fax: (781) 341-1228. Web: www.taigallc.com.

Quad Electroacoustics Ltd.
US distributor: Taiga LLC
310 Tosca Drive
Stoughton, MA 02072-1516
(781) 341-1234

mrplankton2u's picture

Your review was an absolute pleasure to read - a lot of interesting details and insight into what has made this speaker so special for so many years. Thanks!

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shakey's picture

I recently read a post online that Quad introduced new speakers, the 2812 & 2912, at the last show in Munich. Would you know if the 2805's will be discontinued?

camadeco's picture

The US importer, Taiga LLC has closed shop. At this time, Liberty Trading, run by May Audios' Canadian counter-part is the sole NA importer. Also, prices have increased.

camadeco's picture

It would appear that the 2805 are still available

fremontxianren's picture

This may be a moot point since no one seems to be paying attention to these speakers these days. I have had quality problems with the Quad 2805 speakers made in China. I had to return the speakers to the manufacturer three times and the problem is still not resolved, and they want to charge me for repair. I find it incredible that the manufacturer would not take back a clearly defective product.

labarkeer's picture

I am still using the original Quad ESLs, purchased in 1976. I have no intention of "upgrading". I don't have NZ$19,000 for the latest ones anyway!