Q Acoustics Concept 500 loudspeakers have been awaited with a certain amount of trepidation. Due to some production issues, their arrival was delayed. After that, because the packaging is so vast, the sales guys could not get them in the (large estate) cars to demonstrate to dealers. In the end, we took a gamble and bought a pair. Can they really be as good as claimed?
It transpires that the answer is a straightforward ‘yes. . . and some’. In fact the laws of physics seem to have been challenged too. In our mid-sized dem room, the the bass performance, in terms of resolution, extension and control is genuinely remarkable and belies the apparent simplicity of the design. Big ported speakers don’t sound like this. But then speakers don’t generally have their drivers so effectively isolated from the cabinetry either. The overall resolution and lack of colouration is impressive. They are easy to drive too and make a splendid pairing with the new Naim Nova. Mind you, playing a NAC-N 272 / NAP 250 pairing will instantly make a case for itself too.
As a predominately budget brand, making their mark in a more demanding and sophisticated area of the market requires them to excel in all respects. It’s a bit like Skoda’s transition to becoming a quality car brand. Q Acoustics have always built very clever products. Here, they are building on their existing skills and aiming to exceed the sonic expectations at this price level while building something striking and luxuriously finished.
Sure enough, as with most loudspeakers, there are ‘marmite’ aspects. Whilst reaction to the styling has been mixed, so far, at least, their sound quality has been universally appreciated. We have them on permanent demonstration. Pictured here in white. Ours are black.
By the way, the physical construction / finish quality is very high indeed and those controversial circular bases are die cast aluminium. Nothing is flimsy!
Price is £3995 with the wood / lacquer split as pictured and £3599 in straight black or white lacquer.