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Just saw an ad on the What HiFi site announcing the availability of Q Acoustics speakers in the US. As such, an owner's thread is now appropriate. Please add your comments regarding any experiences you have had with Q Acoustics products. Here is the info: http://www.qacoustics.com/
 

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Hi,

It will be interesting to learn about US/North American responses to Q Acoustics speakers/products as over here in the UK, they pretty much consistently get Excellent & Best Buy status from various reviews sources for most of their line ups and are a quite well respected company.

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Hello RayGuy

Many thanks for starting this Q Acoustics Owner's thread.

Naturally, we'll be pleased to answer any questions AVS Forum members may have regarding
Q Acoustics models.

Best regards
 

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Hello RayGuy

Many thanks for starting this Q Acoustics Owner's thread.

Naturally, we'll be pleased to answer any questions AVS Forum members may have regarding
Q Acoustics models.

Best regards
Welcome to the colonies! What took you so long? :D

One question, I do not see an option for the 7000i series on the website. Is it coming to the states?
 

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Welcome to the colonies! What took you so long? :D

One question, I do not see an option for the 7000i series on the website. Is it coming to the states?
Hello RayGuy,

We didn't expect a question so fast :)

Regarding the 7000i Series speakers? The answer is we hope to introduce this model to the US market in the future. The United States is a very sophisticated consumer market, so introducing Q Acoustics products here is a big step for us. We're moving slowly because we don't want to make any mistakes and we presumed (perhaps wrongly) that the 'traditional' models would be the most popular.

We're very pleased to report that, even though we've been trading for less than one week, the 3020 and 3050 models are already selling very well - with the M4 soundbar in 3rd place.

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Hello RayGuy,

We didn't expect a question so fast :)

Regarding the 7000i Series speakers? The answer is we hope to introduce this model to the US market in the future. The United States is a very sophisticated consumer market, so introducing Q Acoustics products here is a big step for us. We're moving slowly because we don't want to make any mistakes and we presumed (perhaps wrongly) that the 'traditional' models would be the most popular.

We're very pleased to report that, even though we've been trading for less than one week, the 3020 and 3050 models are already selling very well - with the M4 soundbar in 3rd place.

Best regards
You are quite right to be cautious. It's a different market with different needs. I just asked about the 7000i because it is a very attractive product, form-factor-wise as well as performance-wise. The AVS crowd may not be it's target market, per se, but there is a lot of call for WAF type products, and the 7000i should be a big player in that market. Apartment dwellers and those with smaller sized HT rooms should be prime candidates for it. Of course, going up against the likes of Bose's advertising budget is a challenge, but like the Cambridge Minx (lots of folks on that thread, if you are interested), there is a market, if you can survive until you create it.

Looking forward to hearing folks' response to your products. Really happy to see another player in the "more treble is not better treble" niche! Don't lose your European Sound roots in pursuit of Klipsch-like "success". Way too much of that in the world already!

Oh, and congrats on the auspicious start!
 

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Ok, I'll bite.

During my last trip to London, I bought 5 Q Acoustics 3000-series speakers from a UK dealer (Sevenoaks in London Holborn) in January 2016, and brought them on the plane back to the US. I kept them in their shipping boxes, swaddled them in bubble-wrap, bag-wrapped 'em, and checked them as luggage. It was quite an adventure, and my spouse thought I was nuts for doing it. She was not entirely wrong. :)

Because I "imported" them 6 months before they opened their US operation, it is entirely possible that I am Q Acoustics' first US customer.

I had not listened to any Q Acoustics speakers live, personally, before buying them, but had read several favorable reviews; notably, Ed Selley's and several others, plus some thoughtful commentary in this and other forums. I felt that Q Acoustics met my key criteria: good sound at a comparatively affordable price point, with excellent wife acceptance factor (WAF).

So, here's the setup:

- Fronts: 2 x 3020 speakers (white)
- Center channel: 1 x 3090C speaker (white)
- Rears: 2 x 3010 speakers (white)
- Stands: 4 3000-series stands (white)
- Subwoofer: SVS SB-1000 (gloss white)

I went with all-white speakers because I like the look. It's actually quite hard to find clean, aesthetically pleasing bookshelf speakers in white, and the Q Acoustics speakers look fantastic. Great build quality, beautiful glossy finish, and with a very solid feel. I liked the magnetic speaker covers, which means four fewer holes in the front.

Instead of buying the standard 5.1 cinema pack (which includes 4 3010s), I was persuaded by what I'd read to select the 3020s for the fronts, with 3010s for the rears. As for the subwoofer, I didn't go with the Q Acoustics 3050. Most of the writeups for the Q Acoustics 3050 subwoofer suggested that it didn't go especially low. Also, the 3050 subwoofer (at least, at the time I was looking at it) was meant for the UK market, which meant that it shipped with a UK plug. I did buy a US "figure-8" power cable, which would have worked just fine (the subwoofer does 110V). However, I'd discovered the SVS SB-1000 subwoofer, liked the reviews and commentary, and bought that instead.

The rest of the setup includes my Pioneer VSX-1020 AVR. I ran the MCACC calibration and hand-tuned the subwoofer settings. Because the speakers have a nominal impedance of 6Ω, and the run around the edge of the room is 30+ feet, I wired them with 16 AWG cables (from GLS Audio) and Sewell banana plugs. The living room they are in is half-glass, with hardwood floors, about 20' x 13' (275 square feet). The glass, obviously enough, reflects quite a bit of sound. I toed the speakers in a bit towards my "sweet spot" listening position.

Ok, so that's the setup. They look great. How do they sound?

Take what I'm about to say with a grain of salt for two reasons... first, I had not been in the market for speakers for 15 years, and what these speakers replaced was not that great (4 Cambridge Soundworks satellites and a BassCube 10). I'd been used to bad sound. The second reason, of course, is good old confirmation bias... we tend to like what we buy. Human nature!

That aside, my impressions of the speakers are very positive. Before setting up the subwoofer, I listened to the 3020s in 2-channel mode and played a few personal "reference" recordings to see how they'd do without any subwoofer assistance (Duke Ellington "Typerturbably Blue"; Miles Davis "Freddie Freeloader", Milt Hinton "Jon John"). The bass response on the 3020s was better than I expected... the brochure says 64 Hz (about midway on an upright bass) but it felt a bit lower. After setting up the SVS with an 80 Hz crossover, it sounded fantastic.

The midrange was really nice, very clear. The high notes and percussion, in particular, sounded terrific. Songs like Massive Attack's "Paradise Circus" really show the speakers off to good effect. Stereo imaging is pretty good, but then again, I've been spoiled: when I was a lot younger a friend of mine invited me over to listen to some Miles Davis on his Quad ESL-63s, and the pinpoint imaging of those speakers dropped my jaw. These are not anywhere near that precise (obviously), but considering my modest setup, they do a fine job. I am very pleased with the sound.

I used "The Force Awakens" on Blu-Ray for my 5.1 test. It's a great demo disk in general, and it sounded terrific on my setup. The 3010s are good rear speakers; certainly, they are a huge step up from my old ones. The space battle scenes were immersive, dialogue was crystal clear, and the scenes with deep bass kicked ass. The bass response is a testament to the SVS sub, which works very well with these speakers. It's a really good-sounding movie-watching setup.

Overall, I am quite delighted with my purchase. I would recommend them highly. The look great, and sound great. Putting it another way: every time I get in my car and turn on the radio, or plug in my phone, or listen to my phone's speakers, I am now irritated in a way that I wasn't before — because it all sounds muddy or dull by comparison.

My only gripe with Q Acoustics is: what took you guys so long to come to the US?
 

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Thank you for that

Hi arjav

Thank you so much for your wonderful post.

We can tell, from the way it's written, that you're obviously a person of high intelligence, great sophistication and exquisite taste. We suspect you're also very good looking. (Too much? :) )

We agree you're almost certainly the first person in the US to have Q Acoustics, so we're absolutely delighted to learn you're so pleased with them.

There's no doubt the SVS subwoofer is excellent and a perfect match with the Q Acoustics speakers. Many music and movie lovers in the UK use this combination.

One small point regarding Three Dimensional Soundstage. The 3020 is actually capable of producing startlingly good results (depending on source material etc.) We see you are using the 3000 Series speaker stands. It's worth double checking that the floor spikes correctly adjusted and tightened. May we also ask if you are using the rubber spike covers? If you are, please remove the rubber covers. They are there to prevent people scratching themselves when assembling and positioning the stands. The instruction manual also implies you can use them to protect floors. That is true, but, because it reduces the rigidity of the speaker and stand combination, it degrades soundstage and dynamics. Removing the rubber covers makes a big difference.

If you (understandably) wish to protect a cherished floor, please simply place a small metal disc under each spike. Small coins are perfect for this purpose.

Many thanks again,

Best regards

Q Acoustics
 

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This year I took the plunge here in Australia, and upgraded to Q Acoustics speakers from previous Sonys, Eltacs and Wharfedales I'd had in the past.

I went for 3050s as the main fronts and surrounds, a 3090 centre, 3070 sub (later purchase - the Eltac and Sony subs were too weedy against the new speakers), and 3010s as the height/presence/ceiling Atmos/DTS:X speakers. I know the 3050s as surrounds was a slightly odd choice, but we have a cat and a dog, and them playing chase through a speaker stand gave me nightmares! I feel confident the 3050s will stand up to their antics.

It's the first speakers I've had that I loved the sound and my husband liked the appearance. In recent years, I'd lost out ;) For once, we were both in agreement and they have been a brilliant investment. The only argument is over the grille - I'd rather not have it on, he'd rather have it on. I've let him win that one. The recent upgrade from a Denon AVR-X2200 to a Yamaha RX-A2050 has further lit up the speakers and they've really come to life.

Anyone thinking about going the Q Acoustics route, I can heartily recommend them. The almost too good to be true reviews do have some basis in fact for once! I'm glad I took the plunge on the brand I'd not heard of, but had stellar reviews from magazines and users rather than a big name I'd heard of and had very pretty looking speaker cones (yeah....). It doesn't matter whether we are throwing movies & TV at them, or grand opera or pop, they handle it all with great aplomb. Even the more unfavourably reviewed sub works great and sounds great once it's been calibrated properly and not just whacked in and hope for the best.
 
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Hello Vollans,

Thank you for choosing Q Acoustics - and also thank you for posting such positive comments about your speakers - it's greatly appreciated.

Because we don't have the vast marketing budgets of some of our competitors, we very much rely on the 'word of mouth' comments from satisfied Q Acoustics owners to spread the word about our speakers.

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Q Acoustics
 

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Well, it worked! I had originally only planned to replace the front, centre and surround speakers, but the old subs and heights sounded so thin after that my budget rapidly became "what budget?". I'm hearing stuff I never heard before in tracks and videos I've watched a thousand times before.
 
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Hi arjav

Thank you so much for your wonderful post.

We can tell, from the way it's written, that you're obviously a person of high intelligence, great sophistication and exquisite taste. We suspect you're also very good looking. (Too much? :) )

We agree you're almost certainly the first person in the US to have Q Acoustics, so we're absolutely delighted to learn you're so pleased with them.

There's no doubt the SVS subwoofer is excellent and a perfect match with the Q Acoustics speakers. Many music and movie lovers in the UK use this combination.

One small point regarding Three Dimensional Soundstage. The 3020 is actually capable of producing startlingly good results (depending on source material etc.) We see you are using the 3000 Series speaker stands. It's worth double checking that the floor spikes correctly adjusted and tightened. May we also ask if you are using the rubber spike covers? If you are, please remove the rubber covers. They are there to prevent people scratching themselves when assembling and positioning the stands. The instruction manual also implies you can use them to protect floors. That is true, but, because it reduces the rigidity of the speaker and stand combination, it degrades soundstage and dynamics. Removing the rubber covers makes a big difference.

If you (understandably) wish to protect a cherished floor, please simply place a small metal disc under each spike. Small coins are perfect for this purpose.

Many thanks again,

Best regards

Q Acoustics
Hi, Q Acoustics!

Thanks for replying to my post, and for the compliments. Everything you said about me — good taste, refinement, intelligence — is true, but there is some controversy about how good looking I am. Some say I have a face for radio.

In answer to your question: I had previously taken the rubber feet off of the speaker stands. I have not tried the coins under the spikes, but I might if the house-cleaners keep moving them around, as they seem to do, every few weeks. :)

Also: I did not mean to imply that the soundstage for the 3020s was poor. It is quite lifelike, and higher-quality recordings show it off to good effect. It is no shame, however, for it to be judged inferior to the soundstage of speakers that originally retailed for $6,000 a pair! I agree with poster 'vollans' — I am hearing things in my recordings and videos that I did not know were there.

I wish you much success in the US market.
 

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arjav -

So I'm curious about your transfer. Was there any delays or questions or inspections? What about customs and taxes?

If you don't want to post, you can PM me. (I think you can with 2 posts here - maybe 3.)
 

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arjav -

So I'm curious about your transfer. Was there any delays or questions or inspections? What about customs and taxes?

If you don't want to post, you can PM me. (I think you can with 2 posts here - maybe 3.)
Hi Charmerci,

There were two parts to the transfer: getting the speakers out of the UK, and then getting them into the US.

First, the UK bit. There is nothing tricky about taking gear you purchased out of the country, as long as you can figure out a way to check them into your luggage. In my case, I used the original shipping boxes, reasoning that they were well-padded. I didn't even open them. All I did was get them bag-wrapped at the airport (the wrapping is semi-transparent film that gets spun around the packages). I did that partly to protect the shipping boxes from puncture, but mostly so that I could detect if the boxes had been tampered with.

The two other factors I considered were VAT rebate, and insurance. Because I am not an EU resident, I was eligible to get the VAT I'd paid on the purchase refunded (about 20% on top of the retail price). Every EU airport has a VAT-rebate queue, so I got in line and did it. Both the VAT rebate, and the bag-wrapping, took about 30 minutes. No big deal. For insurance, I took a look at the airline's built-in insurance policy and concluded it was good enough.

Second, the US bit. US customs laws exempts citizens from paying import duties on goods purchased abroad that cost $800 or less. The Q Acoustics speakers, after the VAT rebate, cost about $950. Including some other small things I'd purchased, the total for everything was like $1025. Because I am honest, I declared everything on the customs form, and figured I'd have to pay the required 3.6% electronics import duty on the way in.

After I landed, I collected my boxes, verified that nothing appeared damaged, loaded them onto a cart, and rolled up to the customs desk at the exit. I handed the customs agent the form. He looked at me, looked down at the speakers, looked back at me, and asked, "Are those for you?" I said yes; I purchased them on my trip. He looked back at me, said "Thanks for being honest" and waved me through.

In short: it wasn't too hard. But frankly, if I had known that Q Acoustics was planning to open a US distributorship, I would have waited. Ordering from Amazon is much less of a hassle. Still, I am glad I did it, because I learned a lot in the process. I suppose the knowledge should come in handy when I import those Fabergé eggs the next time I fly in from St Petersburg...
 

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It's one of those funny things - I've often found that if you're only a little over the limit and are honest with customs (whatever the country), they often decide it's not worth the hassle of doing the paperwork for a small bit over and wave you through.
 
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But frankly, if I had known that Q Acoustics was planning to open a US distributorship, I would have waited. Ordering from Amazon is much less of a hassle.
Hello everyone,

Thank you for contributing to this thread.

As you will know, RayGuy kindly initiated the thread because Q Acoustics speakers are now available in the US from our new website: qacoustics.com

They are also available from amazon.com , eBay.com and reverb.com

Best regards

Q Acoustics
 

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First off, many thanks to RayGuy for starting this thread and to Q Acoustics for participating in it! I've had my eye on the 3050's for a little while now and have been trying to read as many professional and customer reviews as I can. The main thing I've taken from them is that these speakers have a "rich" sound, which is very appealing to me. I know that it was stated earlier in thread that the company is entering the U.S. market slowly, but I was wondering if any new floorstanders were in the works for the near future, a three-way perhaps?

Thanks for any information that you can provide!
 

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Hi DB 47

Many thanks for considering Q Acoustics speakers.

if you missed it, the very first US review of the 3050 has been published by 'EnjoyTheMusic' and can be seen here:

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0816/Q_Acoustics_3050_Concept_40_Speaker_Review.htm

On the same site, you can see a recent review by the respected British reviewer, Martin Colloms, writing in his 'HiFi Critic' magazine. It's also available from our site:
http://www.qacoustics.co.uk/themes/qacoustics_multi/pdf/qacoustics3050-hificritic.pdf

I'm very pleased to say there are lots more overwhelmingly positive reviews of the 3050 available on the internet.

As to larger speakers: we are working on the 'Concept 500' (we showed a prototype at the Munich show in May). Estimated selling price is around $3000 per pair and we expect to release it early next year.

Like all Q Acoustics speakers; we expect it to be 'truly class leading' (I couldn't resist lapsing into 'marketing speak' for a moment :) )

Best regards

Steve Reichert

Q Acoustics
 

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