Originally Posted by gajCA
Wow, that's some stiff competition for the Concepts.
But your reaction is the same as mine when I compared the Concept 20s to my Martin Logan LX16s and older model B&W CM1 Concept 90s which in their day were three times the price.
The Concept 20s were every bit as good.
Some have opined that the Concept center might be a weak link due to its relatively small size but I'm glad to hear that you, just like pro reviewers, have not found that to be the case.
If you are crossing the Concepts over to a sub no real need to use the bungs unless they are placed very near a wall or the center is in a cabinet.
Thanks for the comparison to the NHT C3s in particular as they measure very very well.
I think the Concept 40s, especially when on sale, are a real sleeper of a speaker.
I'm going to guess that toeing in the speakers will sound better, especially if the side walls are close by.
Yes, I think I picked out three very good speakers for home auditioning, and given the constraints of a harried schedule, feel the Concept 40s won out. In a different space, with a different setup (an external amp, for example), and perhaps with the passage of time, I might have felt differently, but at least for now the Concept 40s are the right answer.
Yes, I was unsure about the center speaker. It's so tiny it looks like a toy sitting between the 40s, like one of those portable BT speakers, lol. I couldn't imagine how they'd carry the weight that's demanded of a center channel speaker. I was quite surprised when they first came on though. Maybe at higher volumes they'll lose some their composure, but at my listening levels which tend to run between -30 to -15 dB depending on content and if I have Dynamic Volume turned on or not, they're quite impressive.
I still have the RSLs here so I'm borrowing the sub from there to use with the Concepts, and I'm crossing over at 80 Hz. The rear of the speakers are 12" away from the wall and the nearer of the two is 4.5' away from the side wall. So I should unbung the holes then? (Forgive my not-so-subtle reference to Beavis and Butt-Head.)
Originally Posted by gajCA
And yes, Q Acoustics always has holiday sales/black friday sales in the US and I have seen the Concept 40s as low as $800/pair at those times.
This year likely $850 or so is my guess.
The quality of construction is first rate BTW.
Here are some photos I took of the Concept 20s when I tested them a few years back, (my friend has them now).
I was going to ask you this same question. I paid full price for the Concepts: $1050 for the 40s and $325 for the center, plus tax. If they do offer a sale on Black Friday, I hope they'll be willing to adjust the prices for me.