OPINION ON Q ACOUSTICS 3050i

Foxley

Novice Member
I have a pair of Q acoustics 3050i floorstanders matched to a Marantz PM7000N.
My room is about 7 metres x 5 and the speakers are more or less at the centre of the longer side of the room. I am free to move them well away from the back wall so I have tested them in many different positions.
I am not carried away by their sound. I had other Q acoustics and I bought them blind but these seem to lack weight and depth. I would say that their sound is kind of thin, a bit flat. On high definition recording of jazz music they are ok but other music is just flat (any pop, rock in particular...)
I have also tried them with a subwoofer. There is improvement but what is lacking is not the very deep end it is actually the mid to low! That is what makes them sound thin.
I have other systems with Focal, Quad and Tannoy speakers but unfortunately in other homes and I cannot test them in comparison but Focal (Chorus 816) and Tannoy definitely have more body.
Different rooms sound differently but I dare to say that this is not the reason.
Marantz should not have a thin sound so I have come to the conclusion that it must be these 3050i

Any comments through experience with these speakers?

One key point: I want speakers that have a decent presence also playing at reasonably low volumes.



Have a great day!
Tony
 

wine man

Active Member
I know What hifi gave these a good review back at launch but my personal thoughts were that it was a big blunderbuss of a speaker. Are you able to return them or is it too late?
If you have tried a variety of positions I don't know what else to suggest.
 

FRFT

Active Member
I briefly heard the concept 20 and that impression sounds like what I heard from them. Lacking in bass below 200hz, wouldn't be surprised if it's a qacoustics thing. I've never heard any of their other speakers so can't comment on that
 

password1

Distinguished Member
Qa Concept 40s are a step up from the 3050i..think of them as baby versions of the Concept 500s. Sound good at all volumes as long as you don't place them close to a wall as they have large rear ports.

The Concept 40s have bespoke drivers with improved motor assembly / larger more powerful magnets than the concept 20s.
 

gava

Active Member
Hard to say really. I haven't owned the 3050i, but I had a pair of 3020s which seemed to have a lot of bass for their size, and my Concept 300s are pretty decent, though I use the bungs as the ports can be boomy if too close to the wall.

It could be your room having an effect. Also worth trying with the bungs in because that can tighten up the bass nicely.

The other possibility - sounds obvious I suppose and perhaps you have tried, but just turn up the bass a bit on the Marantz.
 
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Deleted member 824153

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I know What hifi gave these a good review back at launch but my personal thoughts were that it was a big blunderbuss of a speaker. Are you able to return them or is it too late?
If you have tried a variety of positions I don't know what else to suggest.
I agree. I found them very flabby and woolly. If your speakers are brand new, they’ll need some running in. They will sound thinner straight out of the box.
 

Helix Hifi

Well-known Member
3050i, the floor standing ones? If so how does the spikes/soft feet option work? I assume there are soft feet that you can use that protects the floor. I can’t seem to find any info about that online.
 

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