Quadral Platinum Plus Two, 1.600 Euro
If you have a somewhat capricious amplifier with great potential, you have to rely on loudspeakers that offer it optimal deconvolution conditions. The Quadral speakers of the old Platinum series were such speakers. Although they didn’t look like much, they could be linked together to create wonderfully harmonious, elegant systems that sounded much better than the sum of their parts. Does this also apply to the successor series Platinum Plus?
The Platinum Plus Two are compact loudspeakers for all rooms in which adult floorstanding loudspeakers cannot be accommodated. The Platnum Plus Two has a thick-walled, relatively large-volume cabinet that just fits on a sideboard and cuts a very good figure there in white or black lacquer. The speaker is equipped with a 15.5 cm bass driver with a metal cone and an elegant ring radiator tweeter that, like the bass, comes from Quadral’s own development. And which the developers believe to have a ludicrously high upper cut-off frequency of 48 kilohertz – not directly audible, but at least a good omen for a clean, precise reproduction even in the listening range. A crisp toggle switch on the rear allows a sensitive adjustment of the high-frequency dose by plus/minus 1 dB. In the test, the switch remained in the neutral position because the speaker plays absolutely coherently right from the start.
The Platinum Plus Two needs space and some distance to the wall for optimum results, because its bass is powerful and, given its dimensions, is almost irritatingly low – not a compact speaker trick bass, but serious, mature bass.
The illustration is also adult: really wide, neatly staggered and snaps into place right away without long active listening. A sound with precision and power, a fully-fledged alternative to floorstanding speakers. And best of all: The Rega Brio amplifier gets along splendidly with the Quadral speakers right from the start, which can be seen from the fact that it surprisingly clearly distanced itself from the Edwards.
Review MINT OUTPUT 05/18