AVS Forum banner

21 - 40 of 1736 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
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
Hi Steve!

Thanks for the quick response. The Concept 500's are out of my price range but I'm looking forward to seeing them. I've seen those reviews and agree that it's hard to find a negative thing said about the 3050's. I think What HiFi even docked the Wharfedale Diamond 230's a star because of them! I'm hoping to make a decision soon on speakers and Q Acoustics is the front runner. I've subscribed to this thread and am hoping more owners share their thoughts.

Thanks again!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Does anyone here own Concept 40 floor standing ones? I'd love to hear comments/reviews from owners compared to other brands they have owned.

Are Q acoustics speakers carried by any stores in the US? Your website seems to have a restocking fee which is deterring.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
175 Posts
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.
Sorry, but surely I must win that prize...I hand-carried (yes, they were heavy!) a pair of beautiful glossy white 2050i floor-standers back with me in October 2013! :D I'm a Brit but live and work in Seattle now and was working for a UK-based company back then so was taking frequent trips back home. I just couldn't resist bringing a pair home!

I also went through the whole tax thing but the retailer (Forum Hifi) closed down before they were able to issue the tax refund to my credit card :-( Still, I'm happy with them.

I have them paired up with a Rythmik sub (I forget which one) and a Cambridge Audio 551R AVR. There's not much to to not like about it but I do find the center stage a bit muddy sometimes. That's the reason why I came back on here actually since I was looking on your website yesterday and noticed that you now ship to the US!

What would be your thoughts on pairing up the 3090c with the 2050is? I was thinking of getting one to go on top of the tv with this guy.

Thanks and good to see you guys over here! :)
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
21,721 Posts
Does anyone here own Concept 40 floor standing ones? I'd love to hear comments/reviews from owners compared to other brands they have owned.

Are Q acoustics speakers carried by any stores in the US? Your website seems to have a restocking fee which is deterring.
Currently testing the Concept 20 bookshelves and even without a sub I'm liking what I'm hearing a lot, though I've got 70 more hours of breakin to go.

Great bang for the buck, if you like somewhat neutral treble you will like these speakers.

If you generally play music at relatively low levels then my Martin Logan LX16's are better for that but at higher than background levels the Concept 20's are impressing after just 3 hours.

Listening to "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats right now on them and even without a sub the punch is there and there is a solid soundstage with zero sibilance.

The cabinet construction is the real deal just as advertised on their website.

Right now I'm going to say the Concept 20 gives me B&W sound quality at about 1/2 the price.

I've owned B&W speakers since the mid 80's.

Also have Martin Logans and Ushers in the house.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21,721 Posts
Does anyone here own Concept 40 floor standing ones? I'd love to hear comments/reviews from owners compared to other brands they have owned.

Are Q acoustics speakers carried by any stores in the US? Your website seems to have a restocking fee which is deterring.
You did notice that those $1,200/pair speakers are currently on sale for $900, right?

I'd still get a sub with them though; if for music one that plays down to 30hz would be fine, if for movies 20hz would be the goal.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18,328 Posts
What would be your thoughts on pairing up the 3090c with the 2050is? I was thinking of getting one to go on top of the tv with this guy.
I'm currently auditioning the 3090 along with the C20 and 3020. Just had about an hour on the 3090 last night since I was mostly listening to music, but the 3090 seems like a pretty decent center so far.

Unfortunately it doesn't come in any color other than Graphite, according to the QA website, so it won't match your white towers.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
175 Posts
Unfortunately it doesn't come in any color other than Graphite, according to the QA website, so it won't match your white towers.
That's exactly what is holding me from ordering one right now! I'm hoping it might match the bezel on my Samsung plasma but I'm going to be hooped if it doesn't.

EDIT: It does actually come in other colours. It just means a trip back home to pick one up though! :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21,721 Posts
That's exactly what is holding me from ordering one right now! I'm hoping it might match the bezel on my Samsung plasma but I'm going to be hooped if it doesn't.

EDIT: It does actually come in other colours. It just means a trip back home to pick one up though! :D
PM Steve and see how he can get you the color you want even though it is not a stock US item yet.

He's got some pull as he is essentially the person that "voices" all of the speakers and they don't get finalized until he gives the OK.

From his e'mail to me:

"I hope it won't come as a surprise to learn that I'm particularly proud of Q Acoustics speakers. Launching its first products in 2006, it has genuinely shaken up the UK market and now sells in more than 60 countries around the world. I've been part of the design team and have 'voiced' every model to date. I have absolutely no technical knowledge whatsoever, but have been privileged to work with the world leading loudspeaker design team led by Karl-Heinz Fink in Essen, Germany. I simply tell them what I want the speaker to sound like. Karl-Heinz and his extraordinary colleagues are the technical geniuses that make it happen. The industrial design and styling is done in the UK. The technical design is carried out in Germany."
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
74 Posts
What would be your thoughts on pairing up the 3090c with the 2050is? )
Hello swinnydon

Thanks for letting us know about your Q Acoustics experience. The photograph looks great :)

The 3090C will work extremely well with your 2050i speakers. However, as Zorba922 has pointed out, we are currently only shipping 'Graphite' color models from Atlanta. As you know, we do sell 'Gloss White' versions in the UK. So, if you are interested, I'll try to find out what the cost and delivery times would be for Gloss White.

Very best regards

Steve

Q Acoustics

PS. I am concerned that the 3090C would be too heavy to balance on a shelf that simply rests on top of your TV. I would strongly recommend that any centre channel was positioned either on the furniture immediately in front of your TV or on a shelf rigidly fixed to the wall above the TV.

PPS. I can see from the image that you have a beautiful wooden floor. Are you using the 2050i's floor spikes? If you are not (or are using the spikes with the rubber spike covers), then using the 'naked' spikes - correctly adjusted and locked - will give you a big improvement. You might even decide you don't need a center channel speaker after all :)

If you understandably wish to protect that floor, simply place a small metal disc beneath each spike (small coins are perfect for this).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
As much as I do have honest trepidation about how Q Acoustics return policy works, with the shipping and restocking fees and all the other various minutia (speakers still have their tags on?) enumerated on the Q Acoustics website, after doing about a metric ton of research, I still decided to go ahead and pull the trigger last night on the 3020 bookshelf speakers through Amazon.

I wish that it was an Amazon Prime item, which in case of performance not living up to expectations, would have at least given me a sense of peace about taking the gamble that I could return it hassle free. This is something Q Acoustics really need to look into. Of course, if it was a Prime item, then I suspect the cost of the item to increase possibly by 10-15% (don't quote me on that though as Fluance speakers are the same price on their site as well as on Amazon Prime).

I had narrowed my choices down to the 3020, the HVL-1, Elac B5 and Fluance Signature bookshelf speakers. All of these speakers seem to have their share of excellent reviews, and it was extremely difficult for me to come down to a single choice, especially without being able to audition them all. I was in all honesty leaning hard toward the Fluance, especially with their 30 day no hassle audition, but something kept niggling me in the back of my head about the 3020s. As the flow of money isn't always steady, parting with even this much which I know is a paltry sum in the hi-fi world, isn't particularly the easiest thing to do. So I honestly hope that the Q Acoustics don't let me down.

Anyway, yes, I'm a bit scared. I am genuinely hoping that I made the right decision. I fully admit that I'm not on the level of a lot of other posters here, but I do think my money is just as good and I trust my ears. So my fingers are crossed. The 3020s should arrive by Sept. 2, and I will be posting my impressions and reviews as they go along.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
175 Posts
PPS. I can see from the image that you have a beautiful wooden floor. Are you using the 2050i's floor spikes? If you are not (or are using the spikes with the rubber spike covers), then using the 'naked' spikes - correctly adjusted and locked - will give you a big improvement. You might even decide you don't need a center channel speaker after all :)

If you understandably wish to protect that floor, simply place a small metal disc beneath each spike (small coins are perfect for this).
Thanks Steve. I shall give you a shot then hit you up if I decide I still need a center speaker...in white!

It won't fit in or under the cabinet under the TV unfortunately and until I know for sure it's the speaker to keep (I'm sure you know about upgraditis!), I'd not be wanting to drill holes in the wall behind it!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
74 Posts
after doing about a metric ton of research, I still decided to go ahead and pull the trigger last night on the 3020 bookshelf speakers through Amazon.
I am genuinely hoping that I made the right decision. The 3020s should arrive by Sept. 2, and I will be posting my impressions and reviews as they go along.
Hello Bobby,

Firstly, thank you for choosing to purchase a pair of Q Acoustics 3020 loudspeakers.

You will of course understand that I'm not neutral in this matter; but I'm completely confident you will be delighted by the appearance, build quality, styling and, most important of all, the sonic performance of your new 3020 speakers.

Frankly; correctly sited and with a decent amplifier and source material, I think you're going to be astonished at how good they are.

I very much look forward to your impressions and reviews.

Best regards

Steve Reichert

Q Acoustics
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
My Q Acoustics 3020s came in today from Amazon, so I thought I'd post a few, quick, initial impressions. Unfortunately when I ordered, I didn't notice that there was also a listing where I would have received free QED stereo cables with my speakers, and by the time I did notice, my speakers had already shipped. So I can't comment on the cables, their quality, or if they make any difference in sound. I should have been more careful when making my order, or possibly ordered directly from Q Acoustics as they are offering the cables free as a part of a package with the speakers. Sigh... live and learn.

Anyway on to the impressions....

Wow they are small! I knew they would be, but I didn't think they'd be quite this small. That works for me perfectly though as I'm using them for a desk setup. They are larger than my Micca MB42x speakers, a smidge taller, wider and about 30 percent deeper. I chose the American Walnut finish, and as such, they look handsome enough. Build quality seems to be good and though they are light, do have a nice bit of heft considering their size.

As far as sound impressions go, remember this is just my quick, first blush thoughts, there are a few things that immediately stand out.

1. The soundstage is beautifully wide and the imaging seems precise and articulate. This is quite the little tweeter. That said, it is quite bright. My Micca MB42xs are thought to be bright speakers, but the 3020s are quite more so. These will never be mistaken for dark speakers. Great clarity and detail but they can be a bit fatiguing.

2. They are small, and thus there really isn't much in the way of sub bass extension. Though I've been testing them in 2.0, I do think, and quite adamantly at that, that the 3020s are best mated to a subwoofer. I'm not a basshead, but I like a good, tight rumble where there should be one. If there is one real criticism I have to make in regards to the lower frequencies, lower mids on down, is that so far the 3020s lack body. These speakers for all their clarity and space, lack richness. This lack of richness and body, leaves the sound a bit sterile in some ways.

So far, only a couple of hours of listening time in, the tweeter can work some magic, if quite bright. The midwoofer leaves something to be desired. I'm not sure how long the recommended break in is for these, but I'm hoping the highs calm down a tough and the mid-lows on down gain some heft in the process.

I will post again with more impressions as I accumulate more listening time. If any of you have any questions, feel free to ask!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
74 Posts
My Q Acoustics 3020s came in today from Amazon, so I thought I'd post a few, quick, initial impressions. Unfortunately when I ordered, I didn't notice that there was also a listing where I would have received free QED stereo cables with my speakers, and by the time I did notice, my speakers had already shipped. So I can't comment on the cables, their quality, or if they make any difference in sound. I should have been more careful when making my order, or possibly ordered directly from Q Acoustics as they are offering the cables free as a part of a package with the speakers. Sigh... live and learn.

Anyway on to the impressions....

Wow they are small! I knew they would be, but I didn't think they'd be quite this small. That works for me perfectly though as I'm using them for a desk setup. They are larger than my Micca MB42x speakers, a smidge taller, wider and about 30 percent deeper. I chose the American Walnut finish, and as such, they look handsome enough. Build quality seems to be good and though they are light, do have a nice bit of heft considering their size.

As far as sound impressions go, remember this is just my quick, first blush thoughts, there are a few things that immediately stand out.

1. The soundstage is beautifully wide and the imaging seems precise and articulate. This is quite the little tweeter. That said, it is quite bright. My Micca MB42xs are thought to be bright speakers, but the 3020s are quite more so. These will never be mistaken for dark speakers. Great clarity and detail but they can be a bit fatiguing.

2. They are small, and thus there really isn't much in the way of sub bass extension. Though I've been testing them in 2.0, I do think, and quite adamantly at that, that the 3020s are best mated to a subwoofer. I'm not a basshead, but I like a good, tight rumble where there should be one. If there is one real criticism I have to make in regards to the lower frequencies, lower mids on down, is that so far the 3020s lack body. These speakers for all their clarity and space, lack richness. This lack of richness and body, leaves the sound a bit sterile in some ways.

So far, only a couple of hours of listening time in, the tweeter can work some magic, if quite bright. The midwoofer leaves something to be desired. I'm not sure how long the recommended break in is for these, but I'm hoping the highs calm down a tough and the mid-lows on down gain some heft in the process.

I will post again with more impressions as I accumulate more listening time. If any of you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Hello Bobby,

Many thanks for those first impressions.

One small thing, and I apologize if you've done this already, but when you say a combination of things like: "soundstage is beautifully wide" and "lower mids on down, so far the 3020s lack body", this might point to the speakers being out of phase.

This is easily done ( we've all done it :) ) especially if you are using 'bare wire', that is cables that have not been pre-terminated with color coded red and black plugs. May I ask you just to re-check the connections at both the speaker and amplifier ends of your speaker cables?

best regards

Steve Reichert

Q Acoustics
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
One small thing, and I apologize if you've done this already, but when you say a combination of things like: "soundstage is beautifully wide" and "lower mids on down, so far the 3020s lack body", this might point to the speakers being out of phase.

This is easily done ( we've all done it :) ) especially if you are using 'bare wire', that is cables that have not been pre-terminated with color coded red and black plugs. May I ask you just to re-check the connections at both the speaker and amplifier ends of your speaker cables?

Q Acoustics

Hey Steve,

Just in case, I went and checked all the connections, as you advised. I use banana clips mostly so everything is color coded and in phase, so that checks out. I went and made sure the banana clips fit snuggly into the terminals, red into red, black into black. Checked that the clips themselves are screwed properly. Where I use bare wire to run through the pass through of my sub, I made sure that the white lined side (which I use to correspond with the red plugs) are in the red terminals, and the unmarked side in the black. Everything is secure and as it should be.

For anyone interested, I've uploaded some pics to illustrate the size difference between the 3020s and the MB42xs.

Thanks,

Bobby
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
21,721 Posts
hi Steve,
what receivers do you recommend for the concept 40s?
I'm tempted to try out the concept 40s but the restocking fee is a deterrent.
I am testing the Concept 20's which are rated 2db less sensitive than the Concept 40's; I'm comparing them to LX16's which are rated by Martin Logan as being 4db more sensitive than the Concept 20's.

Using an SPL meter and pink noise I found the Concept 20's to actually deliver louder sound at a given volume level with pink noise of +2db so my conclusion is that either Martin Logan is very optimistic with their sensitivity numbers or Q Acoustics is very conservative.

In either case the Concept 20's are easy to drive and my 50 watt NAD7250PE has no problem whatsoever playing them to very loud levels so any amp of reasonable power, (50+ watts) should have no problem driving the 40's in a medium sized room in my opinion.

You mention their restocking fee which has come under some criticism here on AVS and they have now removed that and replaced it with a "30 day hassle free return" policy.

You are still responsible for paying the return shipping fee but there are some "catches" you should be aware of that make the "hassle free claim" not quite what it implies...but certainly better than you pay return shipping+15% restocking...at least on the face of it.

"In the event you are dissatisfied, please contact us via email ([email protected]) or phone (855-279-5070) within 30 days of receiving your item(s) to initiate a return. Our customer service department will issue a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number so that we can ensure proper tracking of your return.

Once we receive your RMA request, we will issue an email that includes RMA instructions regarding how and where to ship the returned item(s). Any returns shipped to us without an RMA number will be refused at time of delivery. Please check your spam/junk mail folder for the RMA email if you do not see it within one business day.

US: Customer must contact us within 30 days of delivery to request a return. Product must be in resalable condition. Customer is responsible for return shipping.

Canada: Customer must contact us within 30 days of delivery to request a return. Product must be in resalable condition. Customer is responsible for return shipping.

Refunds will be credited back to the original method of payment in the amount of your original purchase price for the returned product, less any shipping and handling charges. Refunds are usually reflected on your card account within 4 weeks of QAcoustics receipt of your return."


I've had the Concept 20's for a few weeks now and while only 40% broken in, had I purchased them, I would not consider returning them!

They are a great bang for buck speaker.

Of course I will be returning them when the loan from Q Acoustics extended to AVS members, (which only Zorba and I took them up on), is over as the LX16s were only purchased a few months back and I am happy with them also...plus they are paid for! :p

Had I not bought the LX16's to upgrade my secondary listening area, which is 2.1, I'd definitely have kept the Concept 20's.

I might keep the VERY nice Concept 20 speaker stands though and while expensive they seem to be worth ever penny of the suggested purchase price.

Sadly the 25% off offer on the Concept 40's is now gone.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
74 Posts
You mention their restocking fee which has come under some criticism here on AVS and they have now removed that and replaced it with a "30 day hassle free return" policy.

You are still responsible for paying the return shipping fee but there are some "catches" you should be aware of that make the "hassle free claim" not quite what it implies...but certainly better than you pay return shipping+15% restocking...at least on the face of it.
Hello everyone,

As gajCA has already pointed out in his post, we've now revised our sales 'terms and conditions' and have removed the previous 're-stocking' charge. Naturally, we hope this will mean even more potential customers will consider purchasing Q Acoustics.

This change has happened as the direct result of feedback from you guys - so a big thank you to everyone who contributed.

Best regards

Steve Reichert
Q Acoustics
 
21 - 40 of 1736 Posts
Top