Q Acoustics announces Concept 300 speaker

When an idea becomes a concept.

by Andy Bassett
British audio specialists Q Acoustics launches the Concept 300 standmount speaker which features leading-edge acoustic and Tensegrity speaker stand technology.
Q Acoustics introduces the Concept 300, which incorporates and refines many of the design features that made its flagship Concept 500 a success.

Audio design innovations include:
  • Dual Gelcore™ cabinet construction
  • Internal P2P™ (Point to Point) bracing
  • Tensegrity tripod stand
  • Isolation base suspension system
  • Spring-tension fitted drivers
  • New stylish silver and ebony dual finish

The cabinet construction employs the same Dual Gelcore approach and internal P2P (Point-to-Point) bracing found in the Concept 500. This comprises of three individual layers which are separated by a non-setting gel. This bespoke adhesive dissipates the high-frequency vibrations generated by the moving drivers as heat, to maintain performance. The P2P bracing is fitted to interior areas of the cabinet susceptible to low-end frequency reverberations and helps to further eradicate sound-degrading internal vibrations.
Q Acoustics announces Concept 300 speaker

The unique and striking Tensegrity tripod stand also further reduces the transmission of vibrations by providing a stable support system for the speaker. Constructed from aluminium rods and thin stainless-steel cables, this self-supporting structure has its constituent elements subject to either compression (tubes) or tension (cables) and is never subjected to bending forces. The outcome is a low surface area that eliminates radiating sound and reflections.

Please note the loudspeaker and Tensegrity stand are not sold separately.

Q Acoustics announces Concept 300 speaker

The new isolation base plate system, integrated into the bottom of the Concept 300 cabinet, connects the speaker to the stand in a way that minimises vibrational energy and which maintains an accurate audio performance. Not only does it securely anchor the cabinet to the stand but provides a flexible suspension system.

The entire mass of the speaker rests on four springs, damped using a special material called Sylodamp. This polyurethane elastomer, tailored to the mass of the speaker, converts any vibrational energy in the springs into heat. The result is a controlled bass response and improved stereo imaging.

Q Acoustics announces Concept 300 speaker

The Concept 300 preserves its flagship looks and keeps the facade free from unsightly bolt-heads by holding the mid/bass driver unit in place from behind by strong spring-tensioned retaining bolts. Not only does this remove the need for vibration-attracting decorative trim to hide the screws but it keeps the torque constant with no adjustment needed throughout its lifetime, thereby maintaining a consistent performance.

By using the wide-dispersion high-frequency driver and isolating mount developed for Concept 500, the 300’s tweeter is protected from sending or receiving unwanted vibrations which allows it to be mounted close to the mid-bass driver, enhancing integration and improving timing.

The Q Acoustics Concept 300 combines real wood veneers with multiple gloss lacquer in a new Silver/Ebony finish which gives a premium feel. It joins the Gloss Black/Rosewood, Gloss White/Oak finishes and all are available (including Tensegrity stand) from March 2019, priced £2,999 / €3,749 / $4,499 (SRP).
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