Q Acoustics Concept 20 Bookshelf Speaker
Q Acoustics Concept 20 Bookshelf Speaker
Q Acoustics Concept 20 Bookshelf Speaker
Q Acoustics Concept 20 Bookshelf Speaker
Q Acoustics Concept 20 Bookshelf Speaker
Q Acoustics Concept 20 Bookshelf Speaker
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Q Acoustics Concept 20 Bookshelf Speaker

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RM 2,099.00
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Q Acoustics Concept 20

Bookshelf Speakers

Key Features

  • The Concept 20 changes everything. Its revolutionary ‘GelcoreTM Construction’ cabinet means music lovers can enjoy genuine ‘high end’ sonic performance and with the option of either lacquered gloss black, or lacquered gloss white; not only will the speakers sound amazing, they will also look beautiful.
  • Enclosure type: 2-way reflex, Bass Unit: 125mm, Treble Unit: 25mm
  • Frequency Response (+/- 3 dB): 64Hz - 22kHz, Nominal Impedance: 6ohm, Minimum Impedance: 4ohm
  • Sensitivity: 88dB, Recommended Power: 25 - 75w, Crossover Frequency: 2.9kHz
  • Includes: (2) Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers, (2) Speaker Grills, (2) Port Bungs, (1) User Manual

An Innovative Solution

The Concept 20 represents the start of a new era going beyond anything that Q Acoustics had achieved before. It's a beautifully styled product, which we confidently believe provides a level of sonic performance previously thought impossible at its price point. To achieve this extraordinary result, Q Acoustics' design team applied advanced technology to address cabinet resonance, widely recognised as the single biggest hurdle preventing 'high end' sonic performance. This State-of-the-Art, ultra-low resonance and beautifully lacquered cabinet design allows the 125mm drive unit and wide dispersion 25mm tweeter to perform at their very impressive best.

       

Sleek Style Coupled With Award-Winning Performance


Ultra-Low Resonance Cabinet Design

The Concept 20 uses GelcoreTM Cabinet Construction, where two layers of MDF, are separated by a bespoke, resonance absorbing, non-setting adhesive which converts the kinetic energy and disperses it as heat. This substantially reduces distortion and allows the individual drive units to deliver their optimal performance, a pure and uncoloured sound.

Concept Speaker Stands For Optimal Sound

Stunning Sound, Luxury Looks

Even the speaker’s attractive brushed aluminium facia plate is not purely decorative. It’s part of an assembly, which clamps a butyl rubber sheet to the front panel to reduce cabinet resonance still further in the panel facing the listener. It is available in two beautiful multi-layered lacquered finishes in high gloss black and white. Multiple positions are possible thanks to a foam bung, which can be inserted in the rear-mounted reflex port modifying the bass response to suit positioning against a rear wall or close to a corner, to fit seamlessly into your chosen room.

Flagship Bookshelf Speakers

Critically Acclaimed by Industry Experts

These clever bookshelf speakers have won multiple awards including What Hi Fi - Product of the Year, Hi Fi Choice - Editors Choice and AV Forums - Highly Recommended Award demonstrating that these speakers deliver genuine 'high end' sonic performance.

Specifications:

  • Enclosure type: 2-way reflex
  • Bass Unit: 125mm
  • Treble Unit: 25mm
  • Frequency Response: 64Hz - 22kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6ohm
  • Minimum Impedance: 4ohm
  • Sensitivity: 86dB
  • Recommended Power: 25 - 75w
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.9kHz
  • Dimensions H/D/W mm: 265 x 282 x 170
  • Weight: 12kg
  • Sold in: Pairs
  • Finishes available: Lacquered Black Gloss / Lacquered White Gloss

Q Acoustics Concept 20 review BY WHAT HI-FI

Best stereo speaker £200-£400, Awards 2014. Looking for a pair of top class sub-£500 standmounters? Q Acoustics' Concept 20s could well be the answer

Our Verdict 

Best stereo speaker £200-£400, Awards 2014. Looking for a pair of top class sub-£500 standmounters? Q Acoustics' Concept 20s could well be the answer

For GOOD

Impressive clarity, seamless presentation

Pleasing refinement

Excellent build and finish

Terrific stands

Against 

Dedicated stands aren’t cheap (£200), but they’re essential to hearing the Concept 20s at their considerable best

 

 

The idea behind the cabinet design is to silence the enclosure, leaving the sound coming from the drive units alone. The new cabinet brings a number of subtle changes over the Q Acoustics 2020i speakers.

While the internal volume is fairly similar, the speaker terminals are now on the rear panel rather than mounted in a plastic tray at the base of the speaker as on the cheaper model. The Concept 20’s terminals are smart and mounted solidly on a metal plate, just below the rear-firing reflex port.

Overall fit and finish of the speaker is excellent and the choice of finishes is limited to two gloss options, white and black

Q Acoustics has also taken the welcome step of designing dedicated stands for these speakers. They are about 65cm high, and bring the soft-dome tweeters up to ear height, at least when we’re sitting at our listening position.

This is no me-too support. The metal top plate is another sandwich arrangement, with Gelcore providing the filling to produce a well-damped platform. There are three threaded metal discs that screw into the underside of the speaker and locate it correctly on the top panel.

The main pillar is made of MDF and there are three floor spikes to finish things off. The rear two are mounted to a thick glass bracket and are adjustable. The front spike is fixed in place.

The stand’s design incorporates cable management too, and overall fit and finish is good. At £200 a pair, these supports seem expensive when compared with the price of the speakers, but we couldn’t find any alternative that did the job better or represented better value.

If you’re thinking of buying the Concept 20s, consider the stands essential if you want to hear what the speakers can really do.

Sound quality

Q Acoustics Concept 20 stands

It’s amazing just how much difference the new cabinet makes. We’re massive fans of the 2020IS, but these new speakers are really in a different league when it comes to performance (as they should be with the price difference).

Placed on their stands, positioned clear of the back wall, and angled in slightly towards the listening position gave the best results in our room.

While the 26cm tall Concept 20s can dig deeply into the bass for their size, they’re never going to match larger rivals such as B&W's 685s or KEF's Q300s when it comes to bass quantity or absolute dynamic reach. Yet they still sound excellent.

Such is their dynamic verve and clarity throughout the frequency range that we were repeatedly drawn into listening to complete albums rather than the more usual short sections of songs during testing.

The Concept 20s sound all of a piece – seamless in fact – and have a consistency of character from the deepest bass upwards that’s rarely heard at this (indeed any) price.

The presentation is articulate and subtle yet has the punch and attack to satisfy, even when we listen to the likes of The Dead Weather’s 60 Feet Tall. There’s a measured hand when it comes to rhythms, but changes in pace and the underlying momentum of the music is easily heard.

It’s the transparency that impresses most, though. Q Acoustics’ claims regarding that cabinet ring true: there really is the feeling that the enclosure isn’t contributing much to the final sound at all. The result is a high level of precision, excellent definition and the ability to play complex music without a loss of organisation.

The Concept 20s are immensely composed, even when pushed hard, and can fill most rooms with a scale and volume of sound that seems scarcely credible from such a small cabinet.

Another benefit of that cabinet design is stereo imaging: these speakers are brilliantly precise, throwing out a huge soundstage populated by pleasingly focused instruments. With the cabinet not contributing a great deal to the sound, it’s hard to pinpoint the physical location of the speakers within the sound image.

Verdict

Q Acoustics Concept 20 speakers back

Such is these Q Acoustics’ spread of talents that they sound at home with all types of music. They have the insight and finesse to deliver Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with real grace while being more than happy to charge along to the likes of Eminem. How much difference does a cabinet make? When it comes to the Concept 20 we’d say a massive amount.

We’re great fans of the Q Acoustics 2020i speakers, but the Concept 20s show how much more those drive units can do. Looking for a top-quality sub-£500 standmounter? Ignore this one at your peril.

 

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