Summary: With the ability to rip high-res music to PCs today, no one should be satisfied with the kind of speakers that typically come with PCs or Macs. On the contrary, solid-quality, self-powered mini-monitors are de rigueur, and so far, I haven’t heard the equal of the Quad 11Ls. They provide a broad and deep soundstage, their treble is clear and bright, but not too forward, and their bass/midrange is full and round.
Excerpt: You may remember my review of the Spendor-made Quad 10L loudspeaker of a couple of years ago. How I came from indignation - the heresy of a non-ESL Quad! - to sheer love for that performing tiny tot.
Excerpt: It's been eight years since we first laid eyes on Quad 's 11L. That first generation was terrific, blitzing all-comers for a few years. We were less taken with the second-generation model, which improved on the original in some areas while losing balance in others. The Classic is new and improved, and is a determined attempt to recapture the magic of the original. Superb build, even handed tone It gets off to a great start.
Pros: Impressive neutrality, control and detail resolution, terrific build and finish, relatively unfussy about positioning
Cons: Presentation lacks the sparkle to truly engage the listener