Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier
The Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier was one of the first products to come off the production line at a time when Quad had just been taken over by the Verity Group who also owned Mission and Wharfedale. Launched in 1996 at the same time as the Quad 77 CD player, the Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier was also Quad's first ever integrated amplifier.
Not content with just producing a run of the mill integrated amplifier, Quad ensured the Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier was a very radical design that employed an microprocessor to control volume, balance and input switching digitally. The Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier had just 2 line inputs and a tape loop and there was no phono stage. It was also one of the first products to make use of Quad's system bus that allowed other Quad 7 series equipment to be connected to the Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier via a computer ribbon cable that linked the Quad equipment together via a serial port. This was something that angered hi-fi purists as the QUADLINK on the Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier carried audio,data, and power signals on the same cable which could never be described as audiophile.
The Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier pictured above actually came a few years later after the initial launch and features a different finish to the first batch which were a rather dull dark grey colour with a silvery blue fascia. Whether Quad thought using a carbon fibre effect fascia would "sex up" the Quads is anyone guess, but the original look was very uninspiring and very plasticky and there was no argument the version 2 look was definitely an improvement and gave the Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier more clout.
The Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier also did not take advantage of Quad's patented current dumping circuit and instead employed a very simple but stable class A/B output stage which generated about 80 watts per channel into 8 ohms.
The Quad 77 Integrated Amplifier was in production from 1996 to 1999 and won 'European Amplifier of the Year' in 1997. In total 5000 units were produced before the Quad 7 series was replaced by the Quad 9 series,
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