|Warranty length||2 Years|
Tone adjust: bass and treble filters; Quad Tilt
Line-level inputs: 4x RCA (inc. tape loop)
MM/MC phono input
Outputs: 1x pre-out (RCA)
Quad system connections: Quad Link; Amp Bus
Supplied with Elite system remote handset
Dimensions: (WxHxD): 321x70x310mm
Quad Elite Pre forms a high end heart of any system, and a great deal of work has taken place to enhance its musical transparency beyond that of the 99 series predecessor. This has been achieved by careful component selection and re-tuning of the signal path, whilst maintaining the advanced facilities that are unique to Quad’s solid-state preamps, including Quad Link and Amp Bus connectivity (see below), bypass-switchable filter adjustment for bass and treble, and Quad’s unique ‘Tilt’ control that tailors the entire frequency response to suit the user’s preferred balance.
The Elite Pre is packed with technical innovation including noiseless solid-state signal switching and digitally addressed analogue volume and balance controls, which track both left and right channels with exceptional accuracy (better than 0.1dB). A highly specified phono stage is provided for turntables, too.
About Quad Elite
Individually, each Elite component has been engineered to perform at the top of its class. Combine them to form a complete high-performance music system and the standard they set is higher still. Their smart, understated looks and compact dimensions are both practical and pleasing to the eye, while Quad’s proprietary Quad Link and Amp Bus technologies ensure perfect synergy between every Elite component, optimising sound quality and simplifying system connectivity and control.
The Quad Link system bus is used to connect the Elite CDS CD player and Elite FM tuner to the Elite Pre preamp. It carries the audio signal in fully balanced form, plus system commands enabling all three components to be controlled via a single remote handset. Similarly, Amp Bus delivers balanced audio and control signals between the Elite Pre preamp and Elite Stereo or Elite Mono power amps.
Several power amps may be daisy-chained via Amp Bus, giving the user the option to bi-amp or even tri-amp with ease. All Elite components (except the Elite FM) also provide conventional RCA sockets, for connection to components from other brands.
The Elite pre/power is well worth consideration but lacks the sonic cutting edge to worry the class leaders. Quad encourages owners to stack these products. It even provides proprietary cables for signal, control and mains to make things neat as possible. However, use the components this way and performance takes a notable dip in terms of detail and transparency. Despite all that, we shouldn't forget this pair gets many things right sonically, and that no alternative can better its feature count. So, while this duo doesn't blow us away, we still think it's worth a serious look. (What Hi-Fi Magazine)