Q Acoustics high end Concept 300 reimagines the relationship between speaker and stand

posted on Friday, 1st February 2019 by Steve May

Loudspeakers  Luxury  Interior Design  High-end 

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

A stablemate to the floorstanding Concept 500, the smaller 300 combines advanced cabinet design with an entirely new speaker stand. This so-called Tensegrity stand uses tripod legs and steel cable to isolate the speaker, both practically and cosmetically. It combats resonance from the environment and gives the impression that the speaker itself is almost floating.

The Concept 300 uses a new Dual Gelcore cabinet construction, plus internal point to point bracing. With three individual layers, separated by non-setting gel able to dissipate high-frequency vibrations. The cabinet features a clever integrated isolation base with spring-loaded suspension system, damped using a special material called Sylodamp. This coupled, with that Tensegrity stand design, means you don't need to use spikes.

Cosmetic design is outstanding. The cabinet features a multi-lacquered finish. To better fit with multiple interior designs, a new silver and ebony finish joins black/rosewood and gloss white/oak models.

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The Tensegrity tripod stand is integral to the Concept 300, and is supplied with the speaker. It’s constructed from load-bearing low-profile aluminium rods, with stainless-steel cables used to maintain their spatial orientation. These look whisper thin but actually have no problem with the Concept 300's 14.5kg weight. Because there’s a low surface area, sonic reflections are minimised. They also look cool as heck. Q Acoustics designer Kieren Dunk told Inside CI that patents relating to the use of a Tensegrity structure with loudspeakers have been applied for.

Emphasising its sophistication, the driver assembly is free of bolt heads. The mid/bass driver unit is actually held in place from behind by spring-tensioned retaining bolts.

The Concept 300 also features a wide-dispersion high-frequency driver and isolating mount, first seen on the Concept 500.

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We had a listen to the Concept 300 at its UK launch, held at Cornflake, and were blown away by the clarity and speed of the new speakers. Stereo imaging is superb, bolstered by a beguiling sense of rhythm. These speakers not only look superb, we suspect they’ll be very easy to live with too.

The Q Acoustics Concept 300 go on sale in March, priced at £2,999 a pair.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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