A comparatively younger model on the earth of hi-fi, Q Acoustics has been producing funds hi-fi since 2006. We first heard the corporate’s merchandise with the distinctive bolt-on Q-TV 2 speaker and have been happy when the model lastly gained US distribution final 12 months.
Whereas opponents resembling Elac and Bowers & Wilkins are shifting to a extra “thrilling” sound, Q Acoustics goes the opposite manner. The 3020 was a reasonably vibrant speaker, however the up to date 3020i presents a refined sonic design with a smoother midrange and deeper bass. This makes it a a lot better match for the usually skinny sound of many AV receivers.
Whereas the E Debut 6.2 value the identical and sound higher, they’re larger and extra generic-looking than the 3020i. When you want a pair of audio system for a smaller system, these infants provide loads for the cash. The Q Acoustics 3020i can be found now for $299, £249 or AU$599.
Staying small by going deep
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The larger the speaker, the extra air it might probably push and (in gross basic phrases) the higher it sounds. However not everybody has room for a set of floorstanders, like Q Acoustics’ 3050i, and even giant bookshelves just like the Elacs, of their front room.
The 5-inch woofer of the 3020i helps preserve the audio system compact at 6.7 inches huge and 10.9 inches excessive. Their largest dimension is definitely depth — 11.1 inches — which creates a 25 per cent improve in quantity on the mannequin earlier than it. The field itself presents one thing Q Acoustics calls P2P bracing for much less cupboard vibration.
The woofer is paired with a 22mm (zero.86-inch) decoupled “Excessive Frequency Driver” with a large encompass, which the corporate claims presents a wider stereo picture than earlier than.
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The cosmetics are a little bit flashier than earlier than, with a metallic encompass on the woofer and a seam-free cupboard with a vinyl wrap (black, white or walnut) that additionally covers the entrance of the speaker. The audio system include magnetic grilles, which is a welcome addition at this value.
Whereas the unique binding posts regarded sort of cool, they have been a little bit impractical. By mounting the terminals flush on the brand new variations and eliminating the scooped-out part, the audio system have higher structural integrity and can slot in even tighter areas than earlier than.