Originally Posted by bengapotash
I have a pair of black Qcompacts as front speakers and same size center (Q2?) in a HT setup. I am trying to get matching surrounds. Qcompacts are not sold anymore and I think new iQ1's are the same. Can anyone comment on their differences, look and performance? Thanks.
You are correct; the iQ1 is the comparable speaker to the old Qcompact. I have never directly compared any of the Q series speakers to the new iQ series speakers. Because each of those, the Qcompact and iQ1, is the smallest speaker offering in each series, I would expect the difference in sound to be less than the difference might be between any of the other comparable, but larger, speakers in each series. The speakers are very similar, although not identical, cosmetically, and since they are so small, the difference is probably also less pronounced than the difference between the comparable, but larger, speakers in both series.
You may want to look on Ebay or for an audio discounter who still has the Qcompacts in stock. I occasionally see new Qcompacts being sold on Ebay. You may also want to check at audiogon.com. If you really want to match your current Q series speakers, you may actually find it easier to find a pair of the slightly larger 6.5" driver Q1s (or maybe even a higher speaker in the series, like the 6.5" driver Q3 towers, 5.25" dual-driver Q4 towers, or 6.5" dual-driver Q5 towers), in which case you could move your current Qcompacts to surround duty.
Otherwise, I wouldn't worry too much about mixing the new iQ1s, which you would probably want to use as fronts, with your current Q series speakers. You may not have a choice.
If you do web searches, you may get lucky and find soemone who still stocks the Qs. For example, HERE
is a dealer who may still have some.