Q Acoustics Unveils Stylish New Speaker

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Q Acoustics has reimagined the role of loudspeaker and stand with the launch of the Concept 300.

But the stand also has a practical use - it completely eradicates vibration both downwards from the speaker and upwards from the floor. It combats resonance from the environment and gives the impression that the speaker itself is nearly floating.

The Concept 300 cabinet employs the same Dual Gelcore construction and internal P2P (Point-to-Point) bracing found in the Concept 500. With three individual layers, separated by non-setting gel able to dissipate high-frequency vibrations.

To further reduce unwanted vibrations, Q Acoustics has developed an isolation base plate system, integrated into the bottom of the cabinet, that mechanically "grounds" the speakers.

An example of form following function, Q Acoustic's Tensegrity tripod is a self-supporting structure made of load-bearing aluminum rods and thin stainless-steel cables that "define and maintain the spatial orientation of the rods". The speaker, slated for release in March at $4,500/pair, features a striking silver/ebony lacquer finish over real-wood veneers and an integral tripod created to provide stable support as well as reduce the transmission of vibrations.

The Tensegrity tripod stand is integral to the Concept 300, and is supplied with the speaker. Because there's a low surface area, sonic reflections are minimised.

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We know you're going to ask for it, but Q Acoustics says it's not selling the speaker without the stand.

Emphasising its sophistication, the driver assembly is free of bolt heads.

The Concept 300 has the mid/bass driver unit held in place from behind by strong spring-tensioned retaining bolts, hiding bolts and screws from the outside and keeping the torque consistent without the need to adjust throughout the speaker's lifetime, Q Acoustics claims.

The 2.8cm soft dome tweeter features the wide-dispersion technique and decoupled isolating mount developed for the Concept 500, the latter protecting the tweeter from vibrations, allowing it to be placed nearer the mid/bass driver for improved integration.

We had a listen to the Concept 300 at its United Kingdom launch, held at Cornflake, and were blown away by the clarity and speed of the new speakers. These speakers not only look superb, we suspect they'll be very easy to live with too.

Hailed as its most progressive speaker yet, the Concept 300 is a two-way bass-reflex design said to refine and advance all of the technological highlights of the Concept 500.

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