British audio expert Q Acoustics today announced its first-ever active speakers: the Q Active 200 bookshelf speakers and Q Active 400 floorstanding speakers.The business says it
has developed the Q Active range”from the ground up “, with the express intent of providing a high-resolution system that can play music from any source– TV, network music banner, smart device, laptop, and even a turntable.
You can link to cordless sources using Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, Roon and Spotify Connect, too.
The Q Actives support all music streaming services such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify and Tidal. You can play and manage music directly from each platform’s native app, which need to keep the experience fuss-free and reputable– ie. without the requirement to download any additional apps.The speakers can likewise run as a UPnP media gamer capable of streaming your digital audio library from a computer or NAS drive.For wired sources, the Control Hub uses
an HDMI ARC input, an optical digital input, an analogue input and a subwoofer output. You can also plug your turntable into the Hub thanks to the built-in moving magnet phono stage.The Control Hub links to the Q Active speakers via a cordless connection where all incoming audio (Max Source Resolution 32bit/192kHZ)is transformed to 24-bit/96kHz hi-res audio. The cordless design indicates the Control Hub can be put out of sight(and totally free from the tangle of speaker cables)behind a TELEVISION, in a cupboard or on a rack. A remote control is likewise consisted of with each Hub.Q Active supports voice control by means of Apple Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and can form part
of a multi-room speaker group utilizing AirPlay 2, Roon, Google’Chromecast built-in’or Amazon ‘Works with Alexa ‘. The Q Active Control Hub will be available with Google Chromecast incorporated at launch, while the Amazon Alexa-supported variation will be readily available in early 2021. Both Q Active 200 and Q Active 400 speakers feature twin Balanced Mode Radiator(BMR)drive systems in a balanced out configuration, therefore guaranteeing a large noise dispersal. A switch at the back of the Q Active speakers lets you designate left or best channels, while another informs the speakers where they are
placed in a room– close to a wall, in a corner, or out in totally free space. This info enables the Q Actives to tweak their bass shipment to suit their positioning.< source type ="image/webp "alt="Q Acoustics Q Active 200" class="lazy-image-van optional-image"onerror ="if(this.src & & this.src.indexOf('missing-image. svg
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waveguide to boast excellent low-frequency bass efficiency. There are six amplifiers squirrelled away inside the casework to power the Q Active 200, resulting in an overall power output of 280W. The Active 200 can likewise be mounted on the optional four-legged Q FS75 floor stands– motivated by the Concept 300’s Tensegrity stands– however you’ll need to purchase them separately, for ₤ 349 ($499/EUR419 per pair, main photo).
The Q Active 400 floorstanding speakers have the exact same BMR drive system arrangement as the Active 200, but feature eight amplifiers, with 440W of total power output.Q Acoustics tells us that the crucial distinction with the Q Active 400, besides its taller cabinet size, is that it includes two rear-firing 4.5 in subwoofers: one at the top of the cabinet, one at the bottom. It’s claimed that this set-up helps to neutralise any internal standing waves and minimize undesirable vibrations for cleaner, tighter bass.The speakers are readily available in two surfaces: matte white and matte black.The Q Acoustics Q Active 200 with Google Cast is priced ₤ 1,499( $1,999/ EUR1,999 )and will be readily available from November 2020 at Amazon, qacoustics.co.uk and qacoustics.com Rates for the Q Active 400 isn’t yet understood, but they ought to launch in January 2021. MORE: Read all our Q Acoustics reviews What Hi-Fi? Awards-2020 winners revealed Amazon Prime Day 2020: dates, information and best early offers