There's a lot a claptrap talked about the speakers. There's no bass, they say, and they beam the treble. Quad state that their frequency response is asymptotic to 45 - 18000 Hz. So they are good to 45 Hz which is born out in practice to my ears. They have a very full sound and DO NOT LACK BASS. If you are pipe organ fan and like lots of bass pipe frequencies coming through then augment them with a a sub bass unit but it needs to be very fast to keep up with the Quads. As to the beaming; well its much less obvious in practice. I regularly sit off axis and experience absolutely no problems with the Quad tone controls flat.
I must be admitted they strike a particular presence in domestic circumstances with comments like "are they heaters" but I have then across the corners of the my 5 x 4 metres room and they look to my, admittedly biased eyes, OK.
Forget the claptrap, there's nothing to touch them even today. They are fantastic!!