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Q-Motion is moving portable sound systems to new heights

Did you hear the Canadian winter story about the Volvo driver who was knocked unconscious when a frozen squirrel came flying through the windscreen? Apart from winning the “Freak Accident of the year award”, it reminds us that just because something is small and cute, it doesn’t mean it can’t pack real punch.

Now just as a frozen squirrel can become a deadly weapon of mass Volvo destruction, adding multiple voice coils to a bass driver and powering them with multiple amplifiers can give an ordinary bass driver more hit than…  What’s his name… that heavyweight-boxing dude?

These days everybody wants little boxes; loads of punch, big bass, with vocals that make it all the way to the back of the room, and it all has to fit in the boot of a Volvo? That sounds like the new Quest Q-motion system.

The new Quest Engineering Q-Motion System
The new Quest Engineering Q-Motion System

Designed for mobile DJs and small band gigs, the Quest Q-motion range is a new multi-function, ultra-compact, full-range, powered speaker system. Available in passive and powered options, in this edition of Filter let’s take look at the three-piece powered system.

The new Quest Engineering Q-Motion System Sub
The new Quest Engineering Q-Motion System Sub

The heart of the system is the L600 Sub bass, comprising one custom-built, Quest 15-inch, multi-coil bass driver powered by two 320-watt amplifiers. It is tuned for extended bass response and is quite amazing for such a small package The L600 sounds like a real sub-bass and has the SPL output to match.  Most small powered bass systems go “thud” rather than “doof”, with a mass of muddy frequencies most sound guys EQ out. In a shootout the L600 powered bass will give a serious challenge to any 15-inch powered sub on the market, regardless of price in both output and uniform low frequency intelligibility.

Q-Motion System Sub from behind, when in position up off its castors
Q-Motion System Sub from behind, when in position up off its castors

The fun doesn’t stop there; the mid/HF response is where most of these micro systems fall over. There are quite a few on the market that sound great when demonstrated with a CD in a shop, but most of them really struggle to get live vocals across a room with some background noise.

Close up of the controls on the sub
Close up of the controls on the sub

Like all Quest speakers, vocals are where the Q-Motion system really excels. A purpose-designed HF driver matched to a Quest wave-guide really puts some “zing” into the top end without nasty peaks or resonances.  The highly efficient multi-purpose 8-inch two-way high/mid boxes can also double as a monitor wedges, while a pair of fully discrete and self processing 150-watt power amplifiers gives them the horse power to keep up with the sub-bass.

The new Quest Engineering Q-Motion L108 Mid-High Box
The new Quest Engineering Q-Motion L108 Mid-High Box
The new Quest Engineering Q-Motion L108 Mid-High Box from behind
The new Quest Engineering Q-Motion L108 Mid-High Box from behind

The whole system is protected by multi-stage limiters with status indication, yet is so simple to set up and operate. Swivel castors on the sub let you roll it in the door, connect two Speakon leads for the high/mid boxes and you’re running.  Best of all, when we tell you the price, even a frozen squirrel would get motivated.

 

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