Q Acoustics Concept 300 loudspeaker review: Grand sound in a compellingly intriguing package

    Do you consider in levitation? Spend a while with Q Acoustics Concept 300 and also you may. These bigger-than-your-averagebookshelf audio system ship dynamic, detailed, wide-open performances rivaling opponents a number of occasions their measurement in a vogue that may increase the hairs on the again of your neck.

    And that’s not the one function that may set your spidey sense tingling: The Concept 300 make an architectural assertion even whereas completely silent, because of their ingeniously designed stands. These audio system will look proper at house in a modern, trendy residing house resplendent with low-slung furnishings, floor-to-ceiling home windows, and buffed wooden floors. Just kidding. They additionally regarded nice within the plaster-walled household room of my 170-year-old city dwelling.

    The Concept 300 seem like typical two-way bookshelf audio system from the entrance, measuring 8.6 inches huge and 14 inches excessive. View them in profile, nonetheless, they usually look something however typical—stretching again 15.75 inches in depth. My two-tone overview models got here in a high-gloss silver end with an ebony wooden veneer accent on the rear. You can order yours in that end, black with rosewood veneer, or white with oak veneer.

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    The excessive proximity of  the Concept 300’s tweeter and mid-range/woofer end in a seamless frequency crossover.

    Q Acoustics’ Tensegrity speaker stands—included within the audio system’ $4,499-for-the-pair price ticket—are boxed individually and arrive pre-assembled. That’s factor, because the stands’ industrial-looking building is like nothing I’ve encountered: Tripods with stainless-steel legs held in place by vertical and—on the base—horizontal metal man wires.

    Famed architect Buckminster Fuller launched this light-weight load-bearing design as an enormous outside sculptural set up in early 1950s London. Q Acoustics has shrunk the idea to a 28-inch-high assemble that likewise affords power with out a lot mass. More importantly, the design impeccably isolates the stands from the audio system, in order that they don’t contaminate the audio system’ sonic copy by resonating in sympathy with the cupboards they’re supporting.

    A spring-loaded suspension system hidden inside the underside of every speaker to the stands and contributes to that isolation. Visually, the audio system—housing tightly aligned wide-dispersion drivers (1.1-inch dome tweeters and 6.5-inch mid/bass) and a rigorously calculated crossover—appear to drift about their stands. All this, mixed with less-is-more enclosure bracing contained in the MDF cupboard partitions, and polyurethane elastomer sandwiched in layers between the cupboard partitions, contributes to the sense that the music itself is floating throughout the Concept 300.

    q acoustics concept 300 image 3b Jonathan Takiff / IDG

    The Concept 300 are wired for bi-amping, though I didn’t take a look at them that method. Bolts tighten the mounting bracket panel to the enclosure to remove any whiff of vibration between the 2 supplies.

    The suspension system affords a secondary profit that Q Acoustics doesn’t convey up in any respect: Should somebody brush up towards one of many enclosures, the speaker will rock a bit, however the stand beneath will stay rock regular—regardless of the latter part’s mild weight (8 kilos, 10 ounces). Q Acoustics says this three-legged creature will sit extra securely on uneven flooring any four-legged stand.

    Listening exams and conclusion

    While the extremely environment friendly (90dB sensitivity) Concept 300 can put out prodigious quantities of sound with a minimal of simply 25 watts of amplification, I jumped at an invite to check the pair with Naim’s Uniti Nova, an all-in-one audio streamer with a Class A/B built-in amplifier that delivers 80 watts per channel.

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