Round base: If this prohibits your placement, they are probably not placed for best sound. The laws of physics are as they are and 'fashion' won't change them. The depth of the soundstage is superb, and the speaker?s energy and extension in the lows add to its allure. Why on earth was this done? The result is the Concept 500 ($5999.99/pair), first seen in the UK in 2017 and recently made available here. The Concept 500's woofer has an impregnated/coated paper cone, a rubber surround, and a large (35mm) voice-coil wound with a double layer of copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW). To achieve this, Q Acoustics formed a truly talented team with many years of experience in the design, engineering and manufacture of world-class loudspeakers. Q Acoustics Concept 500. Neither of those KEF or Revel speakers have ... Do not avoid these speakers (counterpoint). If someone is willing to spend $8k to $10k, Revel Ultima Gem2 and KEF Reference one bookshelf speakers are other possible choices, which have 3 drivers each. Concept 500 is the culmination of Q Acoustics continual evolution and refinement resulting in what we believe is sonic perfection. Cabinet Plinth: The cast aluminium base of the Concept 500 is designed without large flat areas or additional adornments to discourage unwanted acoustic reflections. These constrained layers convert cabinet vibrations into heat. The driver configuration is only part of the design. The bracing in the Concept 500 consists mainly of cross-bracing between the sidewalls rather than the more conventional shelf braces. hifinext.com Q Acoustics Concept 500 The Q Acoustics brand is so young that many remember the year of its birth – 2006. Concept 500 is the culmination of Q Acoustics continual evolution and refinement resulting in what we believe is sonic perfection. Dec 24, 2020 #65. Far better not to buy narrow squeaky speakers in the first place as you still have to find room for the subwoofer(s). Previewed at the Munich High End show in May, this most advanced of Q-Acoustics loudspeakers is a culmination of work done by designer Karl Heinz Fink to build a high end speaker at a real world price, that being £3,599. Concept 500 is the culmination of Q Acoustics continual evolution and refinement resulting in what we believe is sonic perfection Designed to appeal to discerning audiophiles, the Concept 500 achieves a perfect balance between art and science. Q Acoustics Concept 500: $5999.99/pair I also would trust more to manufacture with long time experience than any newcomer on the demanding market. You may not. This cross-bracing, which Q Acoustics has trademarked P2P (point to point), is used primarily near the top of the cabinet, where all three drivers are. ... toward the rear helps ensure that they are set up correctly. Crossover: Great care has been taken in both the design of the crossover and the selection of high grade components, to introduce virtually zero noise and distortion. Pay now with address and payment details stored in your Amazon account. Multiple coats of lacquer have then been added to give a deep piano gloss finish. The bottleneck in performance of most 2 driver speakers (apart from the recording) in most rooms is usually due to these reflections, which is also the reason for why most speakers to sound remarkably similar to one another when auditioning in hi-fi stores when placed at the same height and in the same room. For me, gloss-black chrome would look better with the darker finish. FEATURES 1x 28mm soft dome tweeter 1x 165mm mid/bass driver Quoted sensitivity: 84dB/1W/1m (8ohm) Read the full review in April 2019 issue 448 It is a loudspeaker that is at once, stylish, contemporary, fine-sounding and astonishingly accurate. Check out Q Acoustics website for details :-) ........... Q Acoustics was founded in the UK in 2006, but has appeared on the radar of US buyers only in the last few years. This makes the new Concept 500 both room-friendly and an easy load to drive, allowing amplifiers to deliver their best performance. Product: Q Acoustics Concept 500 Price: £4,000 Origin: UK/China Type: 2-way floorstanding loudspeaker Weight: 42kg Dimensions (WxHxD): 400 x 1,150 x 350mm. Naim_The_Dragon March 3, 2020, 11:30am #21. vic575: No, I didn’t take my CD player, I said I took some of my own ‘CD’s with which I am extremely familiar’, some recordings/music. Also the science and R&D behind the cabinet design ensures that these "such small sized" drivers perform far beyond the realms of what you imagine they should. The gently dished front plate around the tweeter appears too modest to act as a waveguide. The Concept 500 speakers achieve a perfect balance between art and science. In a bid to support the speakers better, the futuristic-looking three-pronged prism … Comments made: "you will never get good bass from speakers of such a small size". Mid/Bass Drivers: The Mid/Bass voice coil has an uncommonly large diameter of 35mm which allows increased ‘shove’ and higher power handling - as well as reducing compression. It is a loudspeaker that is at once, stylish, contemporary, fine-sounding and astonishingly accurate. But I have no reason to doubt the claim. To the point where for a lot of music, I do not need to worry about using my subwoofer (Paradigm Studio Sub 12). The Concept 500 enjoys the most extensive use yet of Q Acoustics’ Gelcore technology. The ubiquitous lower midrange/ upper bass dip. They will be just as good and you will save 4000 dollars. (I listen to all music types including EDM, Metal, Classical, Organ music, etc.) In one of those, I do see the dip in the same place, and does your post answer my question about the typical appearance of this dip in the measurements? Thursday, May 4, 2017. floorstanding loudspeaker. And as I said, many manufacturers do it. ... besides the JBL L100 Classic, what else is available that fits the mold of a tweeter + single ~5" mid-range + single 10"+ woofer? I liked it. I guess if you stand behind your speakers all the time as you listen, then you can certainly enjoy the red veneer. Concept 500 is the culmination of Q Acoustics continual evolution and refinement resulting in what we believe is sonic perfection Designed to appeal to discerning audiophiles, the Concept 500 achieves a perfect balance between art and science. The Q Acoustics Concept 500 has all the makings of an outstanding speaker, most notably for its impressive implementation of the brand’s proprietary technologies. Another component that allows for less vibration and coloration is the cabinet construction. The cabinet walls comprise triple layers of MDF, separated by a proprietary, nonsetting gel that Q Acoustics calls Dual Gelcore. Forum Donor. I'm not sure what conclusion I'm supposed to be drawing. According to Q Acoustics, it comprises parts of very high quality, including premium polypropylene capacitors, and a Mundorf air-core inductor so heavy that it's secured to the bottom of the cabinet—though I didn't take it apart to confirm this! This is fabulous news for the canny audio enthusiast but is tricky terrain from a commercial perspective. Magnetically attached grilles are included. Q Acoustics Concept 500. It is a loudspeaker that is at once, stylish, contemporary, fine-sounding and astonishingly accurate. Customer service is great and so is their "no risk" return policy. The speaker sits 45.3" high, but only 7.8" wide and 13.8" deep—it shouldn't look overbearing in a room of medium to large size. Have a question? We take a closer look. Sometimes a clean, rectangular box with a nice veneer all the way around is the best. Setup Idiotic. It is a loudspeaker that is at once, stylish, contemporary, fine-sounding and astonishingly accurate. Most reviews reach a similar conclusion. Concept 500 is the embodiment of elegant design, compatible with a contemporary living space and not specific to any particular style of interior. Can't do strong bass: Bass was VERY healthy and tight. It had excellent dispersion despite a wide baffle, but it also had surprising bass extension and weight given its 5-inch driver. I think the best way to understand the difference is just to get as much experience as possible and listen to deepest depth. One thing is for certain. The gaps between the layers are completely filled under pressure with a compliant form of non-setting gel. When the review samples arrived in two huge, well-padded, double-thick cartons tied to a shipping pallet, I wondered what I'd gotten myself into. Všechny informace o produktu reproduktor Q Acoustics Q Concept 500, porovnání cen z internetových obchodů, hodnocení a recenze Q Acoustics Q Concept 500. The build quality is nothing short of first class. The main reflection being the floor- "floor bounce cancellation" and the side walls. I’m a fan of Monitor Audio but more recently have been massively overwhelmed with the step up in quality on some of the Q Acoustics stuff. The construction/design is top notch... see the whitepaper at their website. I’m a fan of Monitor Audio but more recently have been massively overwhelmed with the step up in quality on some of the Q Acoustics stuff. The white gloss finish has been attractively paired with pale oak and the black gloss with deep rosewood. The answer was clear. Funny that you mention frequency response. Dec 24, 2020 #65. o2so said: It couples low directivity with wide bandwidth, good sensitivity and sensible impedance. SIGN UP FOR EXCLUSIVE UPDATES, NEW ARRIVALS AND INSIDER-ONLY DISCOUNTS. Product: Q Acoustics Concept 300 Price: £2,999 Origin: UK/China Type: Two-way standmount loudspeaker Weight: 14.5kg Dimensions: (WxHxD) 220 x 355 x 400mm. I have visited Dali manufacturer headquarter in Hobro/Denmark some years ago. The Concept 500 is equipped for bi-wiring or bi-amping with terminals which can accept bare wires, spades or 4 mm banana plugs. If you MUST have fashion (at the expense of sound quality) just buy the lowest priced Sonus Faber speakers instead, they will go well with your Gucci loafers. I bet you haven't even bothered to find the frequency response graph of these speakers. While the brand has been attracting a lot of press with it’s more reasonably priced offerings, the Concep… British Sound at its Best! I had to spend almost 2x to beat them and that was as much about preference than really being better. Product: Q Acoustics Concept 500 Price: £4,000 Origin: UK/China Type: 2-way floorstanding loudspeaker Weight: 42kg Dimensions (WxHxD): 400 x 1,150 x 350mm. vic575 March 2, 2020, 8:35pm #1. This might be familiar territory for those who review multi-hundred-pound speakers costing five or six figures per pair, but not for me. To reduce distortion, there are an aluminum inductance-compensation ring and a copper cap on the pole piece. The appearance has been pared-back to be as clean looking as possible, with rear-mounted mid / bass drivers keeping the baffle uncluttered and embedded magnets securing the grille so no fixings are visible. Q Acoustic’s Concept 500 is an outstanding first foray into high-end audio for the British brand. This year, Q Acoustics has been all about its new 3000i range, but the big news at the end of 2017 was the arrival of the flagship Concept 500 – their most advanced and costliest loudspeaker yet. The drive-units are secured to the cabinet from the rear by being attached, under spring pressure, to the cross-braces. It is a loudspeaker that is at once, stylish, contemporary, fine-sounding and astonishingly accurate. Same price for Revels and Magico, but 40% less for Q Acoustics… At the moment my options are these cassianos, a pair of Magico s1, Atc scm 40, or the Concept 500. The resulting sandwich is more inert than an equivalent thickness of single material. You will NEVER get good bass from speakers of such a small size and that there are two merely makes what bass there is (and everything else until the tweeter takes over) louder, it doesn't create a lower frequency response. Page 69 Concept 500 è stato sviluppato da Q Acoustics in collaborazione con Fink Audio-Consulting e IDA, con i quali è stata instaurata una partnership che, fin dallo sviluppo del primissimo altoparlante, dura da più di 10 anni. This seems like a poorly thought-out -- and completely unnecessary -- choice in an otherwise well-designed loudspeaker. The mid/bass driver is a 165mm impregnated/coated paper cone with very low resonance thanks to its high-performance rubber surround. ANY speaker can sound "bad" without careful setup and yes, hotel rooms are especially limiting. Q calls this Helmholtz Pressure Equalization (HPE). Their finish, while polarizing, is not gimmicky or fashionable. Not because of the cabinet or the drivers or even the tripod stand, although that is radical from a design perspective. To ensure they perform at their best, standmount speakers should be placed on stands – at this level, it’s an absolute must. As for the near-field measurements (1.5 metres or 50', averaged across 30 degrees) of the Q-Acoustics 500, of which done by a man who knows how to properly measure loudspeakers in-room John Atkinson, the small dip in the midrange (~450hz) is most likely caused by the losses at those frequencies as a characteristic of the width of the baffle i.e 'baffle step' and 'baffle diffraction'. Looking at Q Acoustic 500 I can say that impedance/phase response does not promise any good advantages from these nice looking drivers. What would you go for, in a room that is 5x3.7x3.5m? Q Acoustics has taken its proven (and acclaimed) driver technology from the Concept 500 floorstanding speaker and enhanced its performance to perfectly match the requirements of the Concept 300’s smaller cabinet. The Concept 500 pairs point-to-point (P2P™) bracing to deal with low-frequency panel vibrations with Helmholtz Pressure Equalizers (HPE™) to balance out pressure irregularities. It is a loudspeaker that is at once, stylish, contemporary, fine-sounding and astonishingly accurate. The picture would and nearly always does look very different at listening distance. You will never get LOW sub-bass from 6.5 inch speakers but you can very much get tight, punchy, heavy-hitting, accurate bass reproduction from such drivers. Q Acoustics Concept 500 loudspeakers have been awaited with a certain amount of trepidation. There's nothing "fashion" about these speakers at all. Q Acoustics has taken its proven (and acclaimed) driver technology from the Concept 500 floorstanding speaker and enhanced its performance to perfectly match the requirements of the Concept 300’s smaller cabinet. Stortford Hall Industrial Park, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CN23 5GZ. The speakers are delivered with their metal bases, or plinths, firmly attached, rather than the usual "some assembly required.". My outlets are only 15 amps, but that limitation was irrelevant for this review, for which I used only two channels. Gelcore aims to produce some of the levels of inertness and rigidity that can be achieved in very high-end speakers, but at a more terrestrial price point. I drove the Concept 500s with a new Marantz AV8805 surround preamplifier-processor used in two-channel stereo mode, together with Outlaw Audio's new Model 7220 power amp, specified to output 220Wx7 into 8 ohms. The reviewer found their bass to be good, if not great: "Their bass impact wasn't quite as punchy, powerful, and deep as I've heard from a few other speakers in my room, but it was never less than satisfying.". Newsletter. FEATURES 1x 28mm soft dome tweeter 1x 165mm mid/bass driver Quoted sensitivity: 84dB/1W/1m (8ohm) Read the full review in April 2019 issue 448 The High-end Concept 500 Floorstanding Speakers adopt advanced, innovative technologies to deliver pure audio excellence and a sensational sound stage. "The nearfield measurement technique ... results in a peak in the upper bass...". I use big 'traditional' Tannoy ones, which have just the one dual concentric driver, and I don't visualise ever replacing them. Well, but where is musicality? But to be lucky buying speakers for 5000$ you should look elsewhere. Founded in 2006, Q Acoustics quickly built a reputation for designing and manufacturing class-leading loudspeakers. The Concept 500 has become such a model. Why? But during that time the company also been quietly working on a product considerably more upscale, though still affordable in a marketplace now glutted with products at if-you-have-to-ask prices. Please note, this service is not available in all areas. Designed to appeal to discerning audiophiles, the Concept 500 achieves a perfect balance between art and science. The Concept 500 has been developed by Q Acoustics in collaboration with Fink Audio-Consulting and IDA with whom they have built a long-term partnership since working together on their very first loudspeaker project over 10 years ago. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. All in the name of 'fashion'. And these two have to cover both the bass and the mid range. Well, I am Hi-End enthusiast from many years. Same price for Revels and Magico, but 40% less for Q Acoustics… Designing drive-units on the one hand and using them to design an original multiway loudspeaker on the other are distinct and rarely overlapping technical skills—it's much like expecting an electronics designer to create the integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, and transformers she plans to use in an original amplifier. The room is relatively live, but the floor is largely covered with thick rugs. A combination that resulted in a state-of-the-art loudspeaker worthy of any high-end system. It avoids the extreme-mass solutions popular in cost-no-object speakers, but impractical with speakers priced for the real world. Progettato per attirare gli audiofili più esigenti, il Concept 500 raggiunge un perfetto equilibrio tra arte e scienza. The tradeoff, however, was that it was difficult to drive well. 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