Quad L-Subwoofer Subwoofers

2.5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Amplifier Power Output: 300W
  • Input Impedance: 10k Ohm
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz - 90Hz
  • Bass: 12" 300mm

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by zulumax a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I have had the Quad 22L's and 11L's for over a year and finally added the Quad L sub. I wrote a review on the 22L and mentioned that I would be adding the sub later. Well I now have the whole set including the center channel. I don't listen to surround mode for music and only listen to the 22L's and the sub for critical listening. Sometimes I turn the sub off when listening to music that does not have any bottom octave content. The 22L's do quite well on thier own, but adding the sub just added another dimension to the lowest octave and fundemental. Most times you can't even tell it is on until there is a sound in the lowest register that the 22L's don't produce with authority and weight. DVD movies especially have low bass that you feel more so than hear. Bass response for a 12" woofer is quite quick and detailed.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Turntable Treasures.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Keith Partington a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Having read several good reviews of this sub-bass unit my partner and I decided to buy one for our main living room system, based primarily on Quad’s reputation as a hi-fi manufacturer and the reviews by owners of this unit. We decided to purchase it by mail order from Weymouth Hi-Fi, England, UK, at a price of £700 which included the shipping. Although we have three excellent dealers who give outstanding service near where we live (Audio T, Sounds of Music, and Sevenoaks Sound and Vision, all in Tunbridge Wells, Kent) as we are shortly relocating we decided to use this opportunity to sound out dealerships in the area that we shall be relocating to, hence our choice of Weymouth Hi-Fi as the people to purchase from.

The system into which the Quad integrates comprises of a Linn Ikemi cd player, Linn Wakonda pre-amp, Myryad MA-240 power amp (an incredible amplifier), and Castle Harlech S2 speakers (superb speakers), with van den Hul interconnects and Townsend Isolda speaker cables. This is a lovely musical system for virtually all kinds of music ranging from solo vocals, contemporary new age to classical and rock, detailed, powerful in output, yet realistically musical, like almost having the performers in the room with you. It is, however, a little light on bass at lower volume levels with some music sources, particularly pre-electronic-percussion seventies rock music. Although there are very many good sub-bass units on the market, what helped decide us in favour of the Quad unit was the fact that it isn’t necessary with this one to grope around down the back of the unit to adjust levels, this is done by remote control. Wake up manufacturers out there, this is the 21st century, we don’t expect to still be groping around down the back of units to make such simple, but necessary adjustments, why not more units with front panel controls (or remotes )?

Sadly, although the unit sounds nice (with the low pass filter set at 55Hz it integrates perfectly into the main system), and with its black piano finish looks like a product of Bosendorfer, we have found the after-sales service ethos of Quad to be very poor, and this is also reflected through their dealer, Weymouth Hi-Fi. Within days after its set-up into our system the unit commenced making popping noises through its speaker when the volume was being turned up or down. This is an intermittent fault, but is independent of the main system, still occurs when connected into our completely independent second/backup system, and the Quad still does this when disconnected from any system altogether. Though these do not appear to be speaker-threatening noises at this point, clearly no speaker in a music system should be exhibiting popping noises on volume adjustment! I phoned the dealer on a Friday afternoon after carefully monitoring this for three weeks and was promised that in the course of the following week they would arrange for a replacement to be delivered and the faulty one collected at the same time, thus ensuring continuity of use. This, of course, is in line with what most of us who have several decades of experience in purchasing and using such equipment would consider normal service at this level of product. On the Monday however, the dealer phoned again, completely reneging on the previous arrangement and informing me that Quad required the unit’s problems to be first verified by the dealer, then sent to them, then a replacement would be sent to the shop for despatch to me by courier. Even assuming that there was no delay in the intermittent fault exhibiting itself, this would mean being without a replacement for at least a week, and possibly much, much longer. I suggested to the dealer that, rather than sit on the unit waiting for the intermittent fault to reappear they might consider sending it to Quad directly for electronic testing! This was something that they hadn’t thought to suggest to me! In the end my partner and I have decided to keep the unit and see how things develop.

Although I have been buying and using hi-fi products since 1981, I have only previously needed backup from manufacturers and dealers on two occasions, once from Myryad and once from Cyrus. Both were absolutely faultless in their immediate response, as were their respective dealerships, Sounds of Music, and Sevenoaks Sound and Vision in Tunbridge Wells. Needless to say, this kind of response has – over the years – helped to consolidate the inclusion and enjoyment of additional Myryad and Cyrus components in our two systems. By contrast, Quad’s response to this is that of a mass production consumer level manufacturer, not that of a quality level hi-fi company. Similarly, their dealership has proven to be equally lacking in quality support, best summarised by my partner’s statement, “…Weymouth Hi-Fi clearly don’t stand behind what they sell!”

This is all rather sad, and must obviously bias my review greatly of what - in other respects - seems to offer the promise of being a good performer. However, the long-term future reliability of the unit appears to be in question. I hope not, as we keep good equipment in our systems for many years. The Quad is used as a bass reinforcement/extension speaker and only at fairly gentle levels. Within this context it is excellent for the job, and this applies whether listening to music by Andreas Vollenweider, David Arkenstone, Genesis, Patty Larkin, Hope Sandoval, Kate Bush, or Joaquim Rodrigo. The choice of switching levels for the low pass filter is easy and effective, simply by pressing the button on the remote control, as is selection of phase (either 0 or 180). The resultant selections are indicated cleanly and clearly in large bright red numerals on the front display panel for a few seconds, then disappear completely until a new selection of level or filter setting is selected. One design omission is that the unit does not come out of standby automatically on receiving an input signal, but must first be switched into use by the remote. This is minor for us, but might be significant if used in a home cinema system.

Under the circumstances, as the reliability of the unit has yet to be proven I can’t offer much of a rating either for the product or the value for money.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1260.00

Purchased At:   Weymouth Hi-Fi, Engl

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