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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. qacoustics.co.uk
the price is right: the Q Acoustics 3010 is unmatched for value