Q Acous­tics 3050i

Floor­stand­ing Speak­ers of the Year un­der $2000

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The UK-based Q Acous­tics rarely of­fers any­thing other than ex­cel­lent value. In this lat­est ‘i’ up­date of its 3000 Se­ries, th­ese 3050i floor­standers seem a par­tic­u­lar bar­gain, at $1399 for the pair, yet ex­ud­ing a sense of qual­ity even just from their styling. They stand a lit­tle over a me­tre tall, the en­clo­sures hav­ing curved edges where the sides meet the top and bot­tom pan­els. The wrap fin­ish is avail­able in white, black, grey or English Wal­nut, and our re­view speak­ers used the last of th­ese, a su­pe­rior wrap seem­ing in­dis­tin­guish­able from a real-wood ve­neer. It also fully cov­ered the front baf­fle be­hind the small mag­net­i­cally-se­cured grilles. Should you wish to use them with the grilles re­moved, you’ll see the driv­ers are fit­ted with stylish metal rings. It’s a high qual­ity look.

Of course, we’re more about the sound than the look. And it doesn’t lag be­hind. The twin 165mm bass/midrange driv­ers with a 22mm tweeter be­tween them de­liver a de­tail and tone that al­lows a close in­ti­macy when re­quired, but is also able to de­liver a full and driv­ing de­liv­ery with weight and ground­ing on larger more lively ma­te­rial. In our lis­ten­ing the 3050i speak­ers re­mained bal­anced even when played at rip-roar­ing lev­els (and we made a point of part­ner­ing them not only with high-qual­ity elec­tron­ics but with re­al­is­tic lev­els of power, from a mid-price AV re­ceiver, for ex­am­ple, likely the kind of part­ner which many users will give them). They could tame the top-end a lit­tle, use­fully so when a record­ing was a touch too bright. They were de­light­fully com­fort­able with glo­ri­ously recorded jazz, and with fire­works solo pi­ano. Want some speak­ers to pro­duce mu­sic suit­able for head-bang­ing ac­tiv­i­ties? Again, the Q3050i floor­standers de­liv­ered, and only in the more com­plex sec­tions of sus­tained loud­ness did a slight con­fu­sion sur­face in the low and mid tre­ble, show­ing the ul­ti­mate lim­its of a speaker at this level.

But that was only in the thrashiest of mo­ments turned up per­haps too far. It was clear from our time with th­ese speak­ers that they don’t play favourites with with style or genre. The Q Acous­tics 3050i loud­speak­ers pro­vide re­mark­able per­for­mance at a re­mark­able price. More info: www.in­dim­ports.com

JUDGES’ COM­MENT “Their high qual­ity look is matched by their per­for­mance — close in­ti­macy when re­quired, but also able to de­liver a full and driv­ing de­liv­ery with weight and ground­ing.”

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