Q Acous­tics De­buts 3000i Loud­speak­ers Prom­ises More Bang For The Buck

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Q Acous­tics has re­vamped its pop­u­lar 3000 loud­speaker range, with the 3000i who says the new line-up is its most re­fined yet.

CEO of Q Acous­tics says the sale of floor stand­ing speak­ers was “com­ing back” he said that the cat­e­gory was wit­ness­ing growth. Key he said was “great de­sign” and “ex­cel­lent sound” which Q Acous­tics has a rep­u­ta­tion for.

While the in­com­ing mod­els look cos­met­i­cally sim­i­lar to what has gone be­fore, they boast some sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing trick­led down tech­nol­ogy from the brand’s high-end Con­cept 500 loud­speaker.

Im­prove­ments may be it­er­a­tive, says brand di­rec­tor Alex Munro, but they have had a big im­pact.

“Mul­ti­ple, rel­a­tively small gains have ended up giv­ing us a far su­pe­rior per­for­mance,” he says. “When you do an in­dul­gent prod­uct like the Con­cept 500, you can trickle them down to more af­ford­able prod­ucts, by find­ing the bits that work the best.”

The cab­i­net de­sign is ac­tu­ally com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the 3000 se­ries, re­veals Munro. “The baf­fle and back are built-in, rather than added on. We’ve dou­bled up the baf­fle thick­ness too.” All the new mod­els also ac­com­mo­date ba­nana plugs.

“Mul­ti­ple, rel­a­tively small gains have ended up giv­ing us a far su­pe­rior per­for­mance,” he says. “When you do an in­dul­gent prod­uct like the Con­cept 500, you can trickle them down to more af­ford­able prod­ucts, by find­ing the bits that work the best.”

We’ve had an early lis­ten and think these could be the best value speak­ers you’ll hear all year.

Most ob­vi­ously, these new mod­els are slightly big­ger than their pre­de­ces­sors, taller and 25 per cent deeper. This in­creased phys­i­cal vol­ume bol­sters low-end per­for­mance. Rather clev­erly, the tweet­ers in the 3000i se­ries have been de­cou­pled us­ing a sus­pen­sion sys­tem, to nul­lify any vi­bra­tions that might in­ter­fere with sonic imag­ing.

The coated pa­per mid-bass woofer it­self has a newly de­vel­oped rub­ber sur­round.

The range is po­si­tioned as both a bud­get-priced two chan­nel so­lu­tion as well as a scal­able multi-chan­nel home cin­ema propo­si­tion. In terms of de­sign and fin­ish, they punch above their weight. Avail­able in an English Wal­nut (not ac­tu­ally wal­nut at all), Graphite Grey, Car­bon Black or Arc­tic White, a chrome bezel sur­rounds each driver, adding a de­signer flour­ish.

For desk­top au­dio users, Q Acous­tics of­fers the en­try-level 3010i. This af­ford­able book­shelf model is ide­ally part­nered with com­puter au­dio sources. It sports a 22mm tweeter and 100mm mid-bass woofer. The slightly larger 3020i is a bud­get Hi-Fi speaker, al­beit one that looks a lot more ex­pen­sive than it ac­tu­ally is. It sports a big­ger 125mm woofer.

Top­ping the new squad is the 3050i floor­stander. With twin 165mm woofers, it can be planted on spikes or rub­ber feet. The new floor­stander also fea­tures P2P (Point to Point) brac­ing, orig­i­nally de­signed for the Con­cept 500.

To re­duce the in­flu­ence of stand­ing waves within a floor-stand­ing cab­i­net, which can colour the sound, Q Acous­tics’ de­sign team have em­ployed be­spoke HPE (Helmholtz Pres­sure Equaliser) tubes in­side the 3050i’s cab­i­net.

Home cin­ema fans can add the 3090i cen­tre chan­nel speaker, with twin 100mm woofers and tim­bre-matched tweeter, and slim­line 3060S ac­tive sub­woofer, to com­plete a 5.1 pack­age. There is no Dolby Atmos en­abled speaker in the range.

The sub­woofer adopts a Sonos-like de­sign and fea­tures a 200mm driver and 150W am­pli­fier. It can be po­si­tioned close to, or even mounted on, a wall. The cen­tre chan­nel is de­lib­er­ately the same width of AV com­po­nents, to help those that want to mount their speaker within AV fur­ni­ture.

Q Acous­tics is ad­vis­ing re­tail­ers to of­fer three cin­ema bun­dles. The en­try level 5.1 col­lec­tion com­prises four 3010is, plus a cen­tre and sub­woofer. A step-up swaps out two 3010i for a pair of 3050i floor­standers.

The big­gest pack at­tempts to cater for Atmos en­thu­si­asts by adding Q Acous­tics in-ceil­ing speak­ers and adds a sec­ond sub­woofer.

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