Our res­i­dent au­dio ex­pert Chris Haslam re­views four new hi-fi prod­ucts to help you get the most from your clas­si­cal mu­sic lis­ten­ing

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BOOK­SHELF SPEAK­ERS Q Acous­tics 3010 £159

If you’re in the mar­ket for a pair of com­pact book­shelf speak­ers, and your bud­get doesn’t stretch be­yond ‘lim­ited’, then look no fur­ther than the Q Acous­tic 3010. They’re not new, but a re­cent price drop means you’ll be pushed to find a bet­ter sound­ing speaker for the price.

They might be small (23.5cm x 20cm), but the scale of the per­for­mance punches well above their weight. They’re pre­cise, bal­anced and punchy, serv­ing up a clear mid-range, and while noth­ing this small will make the room shake, there’s a sat­is­fy­ing kick to the bass.

How do they achieve such good re­sults? Firstly, de­spite the di­men­sions, the cab­i­net is well built and weighty, help­ing to keep the res­o­nance to a min­i­mum, while the small tweeter speaker is de­cou­pled from the rest of the cab­i­net to help re­duce vibrations from the bass unit.

Fi­nally, they look great, and again, the fin­ish is flawless for £159. My re­view sam­ple was in classy wal­nut, but they look equally good in the range of other fin­ishes, in­clu­c­ing a white lac­quer, matt graphite, a black leather ef­fect and a clas­sic black lac­quer. qa­cous­

the price is right: the Q Acous­tics 3010 is un­matched for value

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