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QAcoustics Q7000 | Speaker package | £800
It’s been rather a hectic five years for Q Acoustics. At the start of 2006 the company had yet to launch its first product; by the end of 2010 it had won multiple What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Awards and established itself as a leading light in the budget speaker arena. So it’s hardly surprising that Q Acoustics is now going toe-to-toe with some of the industry’s biggest brands in one of the most competitive markets of all: style speakers.
Beautifully made and finished There’s certainly no doubting the Q7000’s showroom appeal. The five identical, glossy (black or white) satellite speakers are cast from aluminium and are slim, sturdy and beautifully finished. Each has
We threw it in at the deep end with the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack to the Skynet Edition Blu-ray of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. This is a disc that’s brought some seemingly promising speaker packages to their knees, but the Q7000 stands up to the provocation without flinching. Its soundstage is expansive, coherent and rigorously focused, effects are sited with absolute assurance and detail levels are sky-high. Tonally the Q7000 is neutral, but while it remains
Q Acoustics has hit the performance bull’s-eye as comprehensively as it has with the design integrated cable management, mildly fiddly speaker-cable binding posts and stands that can be swivelled to turn into wall brackets. Filling each enclosure to capacity is a pair of 75mm coated-paper mid/bass drivers, one either side of a 25mm ring radiator tweeter. The subwoofer is investigated in a little more detail over the page, so for now we’ll restrict ourselves to saying it’s a neat and compact design housing a 25cm paper cone and 250 watts of analogue amplification.
The market’s not short of affordable, self-consciously ‘stylish’ speaker packages, though – what separates the men from the boys is performance. And here Q Acoustics has hit the bull’s-eye almost as comprehensively as it has with the Q7000’s looks.
relatively uncoloured it has no difficulty describing texture, and is as capable of delivering nuance as it is thundering along with the biggest bangs. High frequencies are crisp and attacking without spilling into hardness (unless you wind the volume around to antisocial levels), and the midrange is explicit and packed with character. Despite being identical to its four partners, the centre channel has no problem projecting dialogue ahead of the general tumult.
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The Q7000 is available in gloss black or white finishes – and we think it looks great in either