Q Acoustics 3000i Speaker Series Announced
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Q Acoustics has announced its new 3000i loudspeaker series with a total of seven speakers making up the range.
The 3000i series are aimed at both hi-fi and home cinema lovers and carry Q Acoustics traditionally affordable – at least relatively - price tags. Building on the success of the original 3000 series, the new range features audio and design technology taken from the company’s high-end flagship Concept 500 loudspeaker to improve on an audio performance.
Whether looking for an effective stereo upgrade to a hi-fi system, compact bookshelf speakers for tight spaces, floorstanders for larger rooms or a 5.1 set-up to take TV, movies and gaming to the next level, the new range caters for all budgets and living spaces, says the manufacturer. The series consists of the 3050i large floorstander, the compact 3010i and mid-sized 3020i bookshelf speakers with a matching 3090Ci centre-channel speaker and the slimline 3060Si active subwoofer completing a 5.1 surround sound home cinema speaker set-up.
The original 3000 series – recipient of an AVForums Best Buy Award - delivered an open, realistic and powerful soundstage typical of more expensive speakers. Through significant upgrades, both sonically and aesthetically, Q Acoustics reckons it has managed to further enhance this lifelike and dynamic sound.
To deliver a larger-scale sound, the 3010i and 3020i bookshelf models have been designed slightly taller and 25% deeper than its predecessors. This increase in physical volume allows the low-end frequencies to be extended for more powerful bass sounds
The 3000i series also boasts a fresh design, arriving in four finishes – Graphite Grey, English Walnut, Carbon Black or Arctic White – and enhanced with a chrome finish around each driver.
Q Acoustics’ engineers recognise that a meticulously designed enclosure can reduce the structural vibrations that can adversely affect the sonic performance. Taking P2P (Point to Point) bracing first employed in the £4,000 Concept 500 loudspeakers, the new 3000i range now features internal support in areas of the cabinet that need stiffening, including an extra precision-cut top damping panel. The result, they claim, is a more focused, accurate and low distortion fidelity.
The 3050i also benefits from technology first designed for the company’s flagship floorstander. Tall loudspeaker enclosures are vulnerable to increased internal pressure caused by standing waves. These generate unwanted resonances that colour the sound. Q Acoustics’ engineers have employed specially designed HPE (Helmholtz Pressure Equaliser) Tubes inside the 3050i’s cabinet to eliminate these performance-affecting vibrations and maintain a transparent soundstage.
The Q Acoustics 3010i is available in May priced £199 / $249 / €249 (SRP)
The Q Acoustics 3020i is available in May priced £249 / $299 / €299 (SRP)
The Q Acoustics 3050i is available May priced £649 / $799 / €799 (SRP)
The Q Acoustics 3060Si is available May priced £329 / $399 / €399 (SRP)
The Q Acoustics 3090Ci is available May priced £169 / $199 / €199 (SRP)
The Q Acoustics 3010i 5.1 is available May priced £895 / €1,095 (SRP)
The Q Acoustics 3050i 5.1 is available May priced £1,345 / €1,645 (SRP)
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