Q Acoustics Concept 50 Floorstanding Speaker Review & Comments

stranger

Well-known Member
Thank you for the review Ed
Could you not fit a pair of spike inserts into the base if the 'boomerang' is too big for you/your setup? I know it would probably void the guarantee.
 

Nick74

Distinguished Member
Thanks for the review Ed.

I'm not sure about the chrome rear spike mounting, as either an aesthetic or practical choice, but then I haven't seen these speakers in the flesh.

I personally find chrome tacky (it makes me think of taps and radiators - and I'm not sure the word I want springing to mind when staring at a £2k set of speakers is "plumbing").

None of that would deter me from auditioning these speakers if in the market. Nor would I suggest I couldn't be won over by their sonic capabilities in a way that allowed me to put this unusual design choice to one side.

I think the thing with Q Acoustics speakers is that, when playing at the lower end of the market, they often punched above their rivals. The law of diminishing returns perhaps makes that a harder feat in this price range.
 

Yorkshire AV

Active Member
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Thank you for the review Ed
Could you not fit a pair of spike inserts into the base if the 'boomerang' is too big for you/your setup? I know it would probably void the guarantee.
They don't come with the feet installed -I'm always worried on the carpet when speakers have a narrow foot-layout about them potentially toppling over (any tall loudspeaker for that matter).

If you used the feet position holes - it'd be very narrow indeed. I wouldn't recommend it that's for sure. I'll photograph our demo set in the morning to show you how close it would be!
 

Onlythesound

Well-known Member
Aesthetics will always be in the eye of the beholder but in terms of stability, I wouldn’t mind betting they’d be rock solid as the stands for their Concept 20 (similar configuration) and the feet on the Concept 40 (3 feet) seem to do the job well.
 

RugbyAl

Well-known Member
Nice review, I bought the Concept 30s a few weeks back (after demoing them against LS50s, kef R3s and Wharfedale Lintons).

Saw the Concept 50s, and they're a fantastic looking pair of speakers but they're not designed to be rock solid on their stands. The speaker crossover is mounted to a baseplate which is isolated from the rest of the speaker cabinet, the stands are fixed to this baseplate and thus also isolated from the cabinet itself. If you push the top of the speaker, it is allowed to rock from side to side with the stand still level on the floor.

All this is designed to isolate the cabinet from outside influences. To match this, the drivers are isolated from the cabinet.
 

Onlythesound

Well-known Member
Nice review, I bought the Concept 30s a few weeks back (after demoing them against LS50s, kef R3s and Wharfedale Lintons).

Saw the Concept 50s, and they're a fantastic looking pair of speakers but they're not designed to be rock solid on their stands. The speaker crossover is mounted to a baseplate which is isolated from the rest of the speaker cabinet, the stands are fixed to this baseplate and thus also isolated from the cabinet itself. If you push the top of the speaker, it is allowed to rock from side to side with the stand still level on the floor.

All this is designed to isolate the cabinet from outside influences. To match this, the drivers are isolated from the cabinet.
QA have really thought about this. I love ‘em.
 

pressure

Well-known Member
Nice review, I bought the Concept 30s a few weeks back (after demoing them against LS50s, kef R3s and Wharfedale Lintons).
I’d be grateful if you could share your subjective impressions of how the 30s compare to those speakers. I’m considering all these models for a future upgrade to a cinema / music system.
 

RugbyAl

Well-known Member
I’d be grateful if you could share your subjective impressions of how the 30s compare to those speakers. I’m considering all these models for a future upgrade to a cinema / music system.

I plan to in the next few days, will add to the Concept 30 thread though as its better suited there.
 

theo cupier

Active Member
Saw the Concept 50s, and they're a fantastic looking pair of speakers but they're not designed to be rock solid on their stands.
Speaking as the owner of a pair of Concept 500, I can confirm that if you happen to bump into them, you're the one that recoils. They just stand there, looking at the walls of your house scornfully and wanting to teach it a few things about build quality.
 

Gaslight

Well-known Member
I own a set of Q’s Concept 300’s and they are handsdown the best speakers I have ever owned… and I have owned probably in excess of 30+ sets in my lifetime and much more expensive ones.

If you want a ‘lifer’ speaker then you can't go wrong with Q Acoustics.
 

Call me Candy

Distinguished Member
Hmm.
It looks like a penguin.
 

manicminer1

Standard Member
I recently purchased a pair (excellent service from Yorkshire AV as ever) of Concept 50 speakers. I've been a life-long hi-fi follower and have been through many iterations of all sorts of equipment - from 'budget' to 'serious'.

I've upgraded from a pair of Concept 40 speakers, which have been relocated to the cinema room.

A few months ago, I auditioned a series of floorstanding speakers in the £3k to £5k range. The result of that was my intention to purchase the Concept 500's, acknowledging that they were a bit bigger than I wanted, but their performance was outstanding.

Note that my requirements include a room friendly size - ruling out may of the more substantial options (Quad Z4 for example).

I've noted some comments on the 'chrome' outriggers, but in reality, these speakers look superb in the flesh (mine are in the piano black and the finish is excellent) and the chrome is really not significant - if it is such an issue for some, then plastidip is the answer!!

Instantly upon installation, it was very obvious just how much of a step-up the 50's are compared to the 40's. Clarity and soundstage are a massive improvement, and that is before any running in.

I should disclose that I have a pair of bespoke stereo active sub-woofers (I know, often frowned upon in the UK hi-fi world but these are high end, 10" sealed units which are extremely fast, powerful and 'silent' in terms of integration). They transformed the performance of the 40's, and the same applies to the 50's, albeit the 50's are much improved on their own in terms of bass roll-off. I opt to use the foam port bungs (as they are quite close to the rear wall) which help to maintain control of the rear port behaviour.

I've not had the opportunity to audition the 50's and 500's together, but from my experience they have very similar 'house style' and the invisible cabinet signature; they seem closely matched in terms of upper and mid-range and soundstage, I'm sure the 500's had greater depth, but not a huge difference.

For the money, the currently available the last few Concept 40's for £499 are a steal. In my cinema room, with a matching Concept centre, they are amazing. However, the 50's are a massive step up and certainly feel worth every penny at a bit under £2k. The 500's were amazing, but they are bigger and still not less than £3.6k.

I'd recommend anyone in the market for svelte floorstanders in the £2k to +£3k range to audition the Concept 50's; from my experience they are the match for many alternatives which are up to twice the price.

Well done Q Acoustics, a real success.
 

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