Q Acoustics Concept 40 - What are they?
Q Acoustics Concept 40 - What do they look like?
Q Acoustics Concept 40 - What inside them?
Q Acoustics Concept 40 - Setup
Q Acoustics Concept 40 - How do they sound?
However it wasn't just the cabinet design that impressed and the two-drivers also played their part, resulting in a well rendered mid-range and a nicely integrated crossover with the lower frequencies. The Concept 40 could deliver a decent amount of bass extension, although not as much as some of its larger competition. The higher frequencies are also well represented by the tweeter and these meshed perfectly with the excellent mid-range performance. These factors all combined to deliver a well balanced sound that complimented the wide open delivery and transparency.
We use Limehouse Blues by Arne Domnerus as a test of the speaker's ability to create a three dimensional sound field and place instruments within that space, whilst The Gates of Dafos by Mickey Hart is an excellent percussion piece that the Q Acoustics' handled with speed and agility. All these tests showed that the Concept 40s were capable of delivering a detailed stereo image with a wide dynamic range and real control, resulting in a clarity that was able to distinguish individual instruments well. The innovative construction came into play again, keeping the performance clear and focused.
This sense of transparency was especially apparent on orchestral pieces, where the Concept 40s were able to handle the complex arrangements effectively, retaining a cohesive structure to the overall sound. We enjoyed the performance of the Q Acoustics so much that we found ourselves dipping extensively into our back catalogue. Whether we played The Smiths, Don Henley or Nick Cave, the Concept 40s handled them all with great verve, producing a sound that could easily compete with speakers that cost considerably more.
Q Acoustics Concept 40 - Video Review
Q Acoustics Concept 40 - Any Issues?
- Enjoyable and exciting sound
- Refined and transparent performance
- Excellent bass extension
- Nice build and finish
- Flexible positioning
- Great price
- Nothing at this price
Q Acoustics Concept 40 Speaker Review
Are they worth buying?
The Q Acoustic Concept 40s prove that you don't need to throw a fortune at a problem like cabinet resonance to come up with an effective solution. All that you need to do is find an innovative way to approach the problem and the results will speak for themselves. Building on the success of the concept 20s, the floor-standing 40s use the same Gelcore construction to deliver a wonderfully transparent and enjoyable sound that is better than speakers costing considerably more. The excellent build quality and tripod stand add to the feeling of superior performance, which makes the £999 asking price all the more attractive.
What are the alternatives?
It's difficult to think of a pair of speakers that can compete with the Concept 40s for the price but if you're prepared to spend a bit more you can get comparable performance. Certainly the Monitor Audio Silver 8 speakers we reviewed recently offered a similar performance, whilst also having a more refined design and build quality. The Silver 8s also boast a three-way driver, a bigger sound and more bass presence but they're also £400 more expensive. All of which gives you an idea of the value the Q Acoustic Concept 40s offer, making them a definite Best Buy.
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