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Since Peter Walker founded the business in 1936, all Quad products have displayed an originality in design, born from a full and proper understanding of every aspect of sound reproduction. A world leader in audio amplifier and electrostatic speaker design, Quad has, over the years, made a major contribution to the improvement of sound quality. This contribution has been recognised by awards from around the world including the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement in 1978 - the only one ever presented to an audio hi-fi equipment manufacturer.


Year Title Product / Awarded To Region
1969 Design Council Award 33/303/FM3 UK
1976 Design Council Award 405 UK
1978 The Queen's Award For Technological Achievement 405 UK
1978 Gold Mecury International Award   Mexico
1978 State Of The Art Award Stereo Sound Magazine ESL-63 Japan
1982 State Of The Art Award Stereo Sound Magazine ESL-63 Japan
1983 Prix de Michel Coanda For Peter Walker Peter Walker France
  Federation of British Audio - Design and Finish Award   UK
  Federation of British Audio - Outstanding Product Award   UK
1984 Federation Of British Audio - Power Amplifier Of the Year 402 UK
1985 Hi-Fi News & Record Review - Lifetime Achievement Award Peter Walker UK
  What Hi-Fi? - Best Tuner Under 250 FM-4 UK
  Outstanding Services To Industry Peter Walker UK
1986 Test Of Time Award 405 UK
1988 Golden Ear Award - The Absolute Sound ESL-63 UK
1989 Most Reliable Product Range - BADA   UK
  Silver Medal Award - Audio Engineering Society   UK
  Joseph Leon Award Peter Walker France
1990 OBE Peter Walker UK
1992 British Hi-Fi Awards - Best Preamplifier 66 UK
  Stereophile Product Of the Year ESL-63 USA
  Best of the year - Audio Art Magazine 34/306 Taiwan
1993 Diapason d'Or  CD-67 UK
1993 Best Buy - Hi-Fi Choice Magazine CD-67 UK
1994 Business Sponsorship Incentive Scheme Award   UK
1995 Eisa European Amplifier of the Year 77 Integrated Europe
1995 Gramaphone Magazine - Best of 1995 77CD + Integrated UK
1996 British Hi-Fi Awards - Best Complete System 77 Series + 10L UK
2000 Hi-Fi News Greatest Hi-Fi Product Of All Time ESL-57 UK
  Diapson d'Or  ESL-989 France
2001 Golden Ear Award - The Absolute Sound ESL-989 USA
2002 Golden Ear Award - The Absolute Sound 909 Power Amplifier USA
  What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision Product Of The Year (Loudspeakers) 11L UK
  The Absolute Sound - Golden Ear Award Quad 909 USA
  The Absolute Sound - Golden Ear Award ESL-988 USA
  WHF? Sound and Vision - Product of the Year 11L UK
2003 WHF? Sound and Vision - Product of the Year 11L UK
  Hi Fi News/British Federation of Audio - Best Separates System  99 Series + L Series UK
2004 Hi Fi News/British Federation of Audio - Best Separates System  99 Series + ESL988 UK
  Stereophile - Product of the Year ESL-989 USA
  Stereophile - Component of the Year ESL-989 USA
  WHF? Sound and Vision - Best Buy Subwoofer under £900 L-sub UK
  WHF? Sound and Vision - Best Buy Stereo Speakers 11L UK
  WHF? Sound and Vision - Product of the Year L-surround UK
  WHF? - Product of the Year (Full-size Speaker Package) 12L / L Cen / 11L / L Sub UK
  Diapason D'Or - Product of the Year ESL-989 France
  Home Theatre Awards - Best of Excellence Award Elegante UK
2005 WHF? Sound and Vision - Best Buy Subwoofer under £900 L-sub UK
  Hi Fi Choice - Best Buy Subwoofer L-sub UK
2006 Diapason D'Or - Product of the Year ESL-2805 France
  Stereophile - Product of the Year ESL-2805 USA
  Swing Journal Jazz Component Award - Best Overseas Component Speaker for Jazz Sound ESL-2905 UK
  MJ Magazine - Highly Recommended Amplifier Award 24P Japan
  MJ Magazine - Highly Recommended Loudspeaker Award ESL-2805 Japan
2007 Hi Fi Choice - High-End Loudspeaker of the Year ESL-2905 UK
  The Absolute Sound - Golden Ear Award ESL-2905 USA
  The Absolute Sound - Product of the Year ESL-2905 USA
  StereoPlay - Product Test Award ESL-2905 UK
  CES - Design Innovation and Engineering Award ESL-2905 USA
  EISA Best Product Award (Audio Achievement) ESL-2905 EU
2008 Hi Fi Choice Awards - Best Loudspeakers £2000-£5000 ESL-2805 UK
2010 Hi Fi News Yearbook 2010 - Highly Commended Award QII Classic Integrated UK
  Hi Fi News Yearbook 2010 - Vintage Hi Fi Award ESL-57 UK
  Hi Fi World - 5-Globe Award / Group Test Winner Quad 909 UK
  Hi Fi World - 5-Globe Award QII Classic Integrated UK
  Hi Fi Video Test - Recommended Award Elite Series Holland
  Hi Fi Voice POY Awards - Loudspeaker of the Year ESL-2905 Czech
  Home Theater - Top Pick Award L-ite LCR Sound Bar USA
2011 Hi Fi News - Highly Commended Award Elite Series UK
  Stuff - 'Icon' Award QII Classic Integrated UK
  Hi Fi Choice -Recommended Award Elite Pre/Mono UK
  Hi Fi News - Highly Commended Award Elite CDP UK
  Hi Fi World- 5 Globe Award 11L Classic  UK
2012 Hi Fi News - Highly Commended Award 12L Classic UK
  Hi Fi News - Highly Commended Award      QSP UK
  WHF? Sound and Vision -4 stars QSP UK
  WHF? Sound and Vision -5 stars ESL 2905 UK
  Hi Fi News - Highly Commended Award QSP UK
  Hi Fi News - Highly Commended Award 12L UK
  Hi Fi News - Highly Commended Award ESL-2912 UK
2013 Hi Fi World - 4-Globe Award ESL-2812 UK
  WHF? Sound and Vision Five Stars ESL-2812 UK
  Hi Fi World - 5-Globe Award QMP UK
  Hi Fi Choice -Recommended Award 23L UK
  Hi Fi News - Highly Commended Award DMP and Monos UK
2014 Hi-Fi World - 5 Globe Award Quad Vena UK
  Hi-Fi Choice - 5* Award Quad Vena UK
  Hi-Fi Choice - Integrated Amplifier Group Test Winner Quad Vena UK

 

 

 

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