Originally Posted by Synomenon
Finally got a chance to unbox and setup my Concept 20s. Disappointed in the messy "finish" around the edges of the front where the grill makes contact with the glossy paint: I've tried wiping it off with a damp micro-fiber cloth and a pre-moistened cleaning cloth and none of it will come off. Am I being too picky?
I empathize with you, Synomenon. My gloss white Concept 20s present a similar issue.
It seems to me that these marks originate with the speaker grills. Currently, I cannot determine whether these marks are ink or dye or small abrasions. Below the woofer, about 5mm below the metal plate, you may also notice a thin, darkish outline that matches the shape and position of the speaker grill.
I'm curious: did your speakers arrive with protective slip sheets in place?
I tried to gently remove the marks with a cotton swab and soapy water—no luck. I'm apprehensive to try to remove the marks with rubbing alcohol, i.e., isopropyl alcohol.
By the way, you are not being too picky. Why? In one word: expectations. "The secret of Q Acoustic success is very simple: People choose Q Acoustics loudspeakers because they deliver an unrivaled combination of excellent sound quality and first-class finish at a very affordable price," according to Q Acoustics. Professional reviews also note the Concept 20's excellent build quality and finish.
Still, the Concept 20s are fine little loudspeakers. I enjoy them. My Q100s generally remain unused.