Q Acoustics M2 soundbase is a soundbar beater

posted on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 by Steve May

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Q Acoustics has launched its first soundbase. The M2 is a low-profile audio system for TVs, which combines two 58mm Balance Mode Radiator drivers with an integrated subwoofer, for full-range sonics.

The soundbase market was floundering until the recent launch of the Sonos Playbase, which thrust it back into the limelight.

The M2 is intended for both TV movie viewing and music listening, and offers individual modes to that effect. A MoviEQ function can be activated to emphasise the bass further and enhance movie soundtracks and video game action. Inside CI had a preview of the new speaker and was impressed with its power and stereo spread.

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M2 Rear Panel

Jonathan Bennett, Q Acoustics director of marketing, says the use of BRM speaker technology enables it to deliver a 180-degree spread of sound, removing the classic listening sweet spot. He also maintains that the greater volume of the soundbase enables it to produce a deeper sound than the average soundbar system.

A TV can either be placed atop the unit (it holds sets up to 25kg), but is slim enough to be slid onto a shelf within AV furniture. A three-mode equaliser switch on the rear of the M2 alters the bass levels to reflect the M2’s surroundings. The M2 measures 550 x 93 x 338mm (W/H/D).

The M2 connects to a screen using HDMI ARC; users can control volume using the standard TV remote control. There’s also an optical digital audio input, stereo phonos and a 3.5mm stereo jack.The speaker has Bluetooth aptX built-in, with support for NFC pairing. 

Power output is rated at 2 x 20W for the front facing drivers, with 40W going to the subwoofer.

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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