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If you’re after a traditional-looking, top-performing loudspeaker package for around $3000, Quad’s L-ite package could be the baby.

QUAD L-ITE Speaker Package |$2500| See it: www.quad-hifi.co.uk
For: Satellites are detailed and dynamic; subwoofer integrates well and offers excellent weight and precision
Against: The traditional looks might not suit the style-conscious buyer
Verdict: This is an impressive package that’s a real contender for class-leading status at its price.
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QUAD has downsized its L Series loudspeakers to a more diminutive design. The result of this shrinkage is the L-ite multichannel package.

This is a sub/sat system in the traditional mould. The satellites use a conventional cabinet design, and their build is nigh-on identical to Quad’s Award-winning L Series. The L-ite satellites use a 10 cm version of the L Series bass driver and an upgraded version of its tweeter. All the loudspeakers are magnetically shielded, bi-wireable and are available in a choice of four piano-gloss finishes: black, rosewood, silver or cherry. The last two finishes are specific to this L-ite package and unfortunately there are no plans extend the option to the rest of the L Series.

So, all the signs seem promising, but can the petite Quad system put in a ‘larger than lite’ performance (cough cough)? The subwoofer certainly can: it’s a sensational unit in its own right, capable of delivering bass with great weight and authority. And it also gives the required amount of punch, precision and tautness.

The subwoofer integrates fairly seamlessly with the rest of the system, creating a detailed and atmospheric sound. And after a thorough run-in, the Q-Lite speakers open up to reveal their fine dynamic ability and musical talent. The centre channel produces expressive and natural dialogue during, for example, Alexander, and though it doesn’t gel quite as effortlessly with the other satellites as it might, you’re still in for an immensely entertaining experience. Stereo and multi-channel music sounds as solid and detailed as movies, too.

So, Quad might have downsized with the L-ite package, but the company certainly hasn’t gone downmarket in terms of performance, which is a good job in this fiercely competitive market. If you’re after a traditional-looking, top-performing package this could be the baby.

 


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