Well no news is good news. Quicksand has now been through 3 sets of batteries and have been impressed with what 4 watts can actually achieve with way less than ideal speakers. No it doesn't rock, no it doesn't fill the room and no it doesn't provide all the musical enjoyment I need.
However, for 4 months it performed adequately as both a TV sound system, a background music system and for late night listening to small scale music, a view into the music I have no had since packing up my main system to move last year.
The last month or so I have replaced a passive preamp with my Smash Upped Smash and used with a relatively ordinary multi disc Pioneer CD player I am getting elements of tone and soundstage that I am enjoying and did not think possible at around 90dB.
The Quicksand is obviously a very capable device to let the special qualities of the Smash come through, all be it at rather modest volume levels. I look forward to digging deeper into it with headphones and uniting it with my fathers Goodman Axiette II's some day.
The Smash on the other hand will be spending time in my main system, if I ever get it up and running again.
Thanks for keeping me sane and interested in audio and looking forward to take my previous system to a new level.