Wireless whole-home audio is certainly a “thing,” and everyone wants in on the action. The Optoma NuForce Q7 is one of the latest entries into this crowded field, offering higher build quality than many others. It is said to be the first wireless speaker with a high-grade monocoque aluminum chassis, and its sound comes from two tweeters, two midrange drivers, and a dedicated woofer. Using Qualcomm’s AllPlay multi-room platform, the Q7 provides digital and analog inputs, including Bluetooth.
“We’re excited to be expanding into new categories that allow us to deliver a full range of premium audio experiences to all audiences, from the casual listener to the audiophile,” says Jyri Jokirinta, head of NuForce audio products at Optoma Technology. “Our strategy is to deliver high-quality, expertly designed products that feature the industry’s newest technologies, all at unprecedented competitive prices, and we think the 2017 lineup does just that.”
The Q7 is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of this year for $499. Few other details were provided, though a company rep said the Q7’s quality is on par with the Naim Mu-so Qb, which sells for twice as much. That’s a pretty tall order; the Mu-so Qb provides a total of 300 watts to two tweeters, two midrange drivers, and a woofer with two passive radiators along with a 32-bit processor in an ultra-tough, glass-filled polymer enclosure. I hope to learn more details about the Optoma NuForce Q7, and when I do, I’ll add them to this article.