A New And More Affordable Range Of Q Acoustics Concept Speakers
Q Acoustics is a British speaker manufacturer that has been making some great-sounding speakers since 2006. Now the company is introducing a new and more affordable speakers as part of its award-winning series of Concept stereo and home cinema range. There are three new models in the range: Concept 30 standmount, Concept 50 floorstander and Concept 90 center channel.
The new speakers use a slew of innovative acoustic technologies and they take their design cues from the more expensive flagship Q Acoustics Concept 300 and 500 models. Audio innovations new to these models have been designed for a high-end audio performance but without the eye-watering price tag.
The acoustic innovations used in the new Concept range are all geared towards designing the quietest cabinets possible that are unaffected by internal and external resonances. The upshot is a range of speakers that Q Acoustics’ claim to deliver a more-focused stereo image, accurate audio and an extended soundstage that brings all the excitement of a live performance into the home.
Introduced in the original Concept speaker range, the Gelcore cabinet construction used on these new speakers is designed to minimise high-frequency noise. It’s a unique design that uses a special gel that never sets. This specially developed adhesive dissipates high-frequency vibrations generated by the drivers and turns that energy into heat so that the audio remains focused.
To ensure that the Concept cabinets are as rigid as possible, Q Acoustics uses Point-2-Point (P2P) internal bracing, a technique that was first used in the Concept 500. The bracing is inside the cabinet and used on the areas that are susceptible to low-end frequency reverberations.
A variation on the hugely effective ‘isolation base’ principle that was first seen on Concept 300 speakers is included in all three of the new Concept models in the form of a sprung baseplate. Two plates are separated using suspension ‘spheres’ that isolate the cabinet from any interference coming from external vibrations. The result is a tighter stereo image.
Tall floorstanding speakers can often be prone to a build-up of pressure inside the cabinet which can cause unwanted standing waves and reverberations. To prevent this, Q Acoustics’ engineers used specially designed Helmholtz Pressure Equalisers (HPETM) tubes inside the Concept 50 cabinet to improve frequency response.
All these anti-resonance innovations enable the loudspeaker drivers to get on with the job of delivering the music without being muddied or spoiled by vibration. Q Acoustics claims that the sound the Concept range produces is unmatched at this price point.
Designed as an integral part of the mechanical structure of the cabinet, both the 5-inch mid/bass and 0.9-inch tweeter drivers have been designed especially for the Concept 30, 50 and 90 loudspeakers. The drive units are attached to a stiff 3mm aluminium baffle plate before being fitted to the cabinet. This technique creates an ideal acoustic seal that dampens vibrations and minimizes structural coupling.
Elsewhere, the tweeter is hermetically sealed and floats on the front baffle, resulting in lower distortion and a lower crossover point. At 30.5mm, the larger mid/bass driver has a voice coil with a motor strength that’s up to 50% better at power handling compared to a comparable driver with 25.4 mm voice coil. Finally, the driver crossover is mounted to the isolation base, protecting it from sound-effecting vibrations and shielding it from the electro-magnetic influence of the drivers themselves.
Boasting the same sophisticated design lines and premium high gloss finish of the top-of- the-range Concept 300 and 500 models, this new and more affordable range of speakers has the signature aluminium front baffle plate that made the original Concept speakers so iconic. All models are available in three finishes: black, silver and white lacquers.
The Concept 50 5.1 speaker package is designed to deliver an exquisite and absorbing home cinema sound. The set-up is comprised of a pair of Concept 50 floorstanders at the front, a pair of Concept 30 standmounts positioned at the rear, with a Concept 90 centre channel focused on dialogue. Finally, Q Acoustics most powerful subwoofer, the Q B12, takes care of the low-end sonics. The Concept series is designed to work in any 2.1 or 5.1 configuration.
Pricing & Availability: All the new speakers are available from the end of October.
- Q Acoustics Concept 30: $1,299 / £899 / €1,199.
- Q Acoustics Concept 50: $2,999 / £1,999 / €2,599
- Q Acoustics Concept 90: $999 / £649 /€849
- Q Acoustics Concept 50 5/1: $6,295 / £4,225 / €5,495 (2x Concept 50, 2x Concept 30 1x Concept 90, 1x QB12)
- Q Acoustics Q FS75 speaker stand for Concept 30: $499 / £375/ €449
- Q Acoustics WB75 wall bracket: $89 / £59.95 / €79