Q Acoustics Floorstanding Speakers – Concept 500 (Pair)
From the 3000 Series to the Concept range, Q Acoustics has your requirements covered when it comes to floorstanding speakers. With advanced audio technology from our flagship models employed throughout each range and available in various high-end finishes, you will find a pair to suit your style and budget.
Founded in 2006, Q Acoustics quickly built a reputation for designing and manufacturing class-leading loudspeakers. 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. It is a loudspeaker that is at once, stylish, contemporary, fine-sounding and astonishingly accurate. It couples low directivity with wide bandwidth, good sensitivity and sensible impedance. This makes the new Concept 500 both room-friendly and an easy load to drive, allowing amplifiers to deliver their best performance.
To create a stereo soundstage which gives as good an impression of width, depth and height as that found in a live performance requires high quality drive units, a well designed crossover and an accurately constructed cabinet. 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. A combination that resulted in a state-of-the-art loudspeaker worthy of any high-end system.
- The High-end Concept 500 Floorstanding Speakers adopt advanced, innovative technologies to deliver pure audio excellence and a sensational sound stage.
- 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.
- Three separate layers filled with a non-setting gel, which dampens the cabinet walls and converts higher frequency vibrations into heat for better performance.
The speaker cabinet is constructed in three separate layers. The gaps between the layers are completely filled under pressure with a compliant form of non-setting gel. The two constrained layers effectively damp the walls of the speaker cabinet by converting higher frequency vibrations into heat, which is then dissipated harmlessly within the damping gel.The graph (left) shows how the cabinet
performs in the mid-band frequency area from 500Hz to 2kHz. The blue line shows the amount of unwanted sound energy produced by the wall of a conventional loudspeaker cabinet. Any erroneous boost or cut in level at this frequency can affect the perception of musical timbre and contribute to listener fatigue. You can see from the trace of the red line how the addition of Dual Gelcore™ technology significantly reduces the ability of the speaker cabinet to interfere with the accurate reproduction of the source material
The Concept 500 is available in five stunning finishes to ensure that they fit perfectly into your listening environment. Gloss Black and White finishes show Concept 500 in a minimalist form, a seamless addition in busy design environments. Dual finish Gloss Black / Rosewood, Gloss White / Light Oak and Silver / Ebony finishes use real Italian veneers at the rear giving an understated and effortlessly stylish nod to Concept 500’s high end speaker credentials.
“The sum-up is pretty simple: the Concept 500s are nothing short of sensational value for money, and capable not only of revealing exactly what your system is doing, but also embarrassing some pricier rivals.”
Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product Award
“This is an outstanding speaker that shows an all-round depth of talent that would be impressive even if the price were considerably higher. Its ability to remain transparent so that you can simply get on with enjoying the music is something that Q Acoustics can be very proud of, as it redefines expectations at the price.”
Hi-Fi Choice, 5 Stars, Recommended Award
“…the Q Acoustics Concept 500 is special….I doubt that, once they’ve entered your listening room, they’ll ever leave.”
“For the money, there are no better floorstanding speakers you can buy. In fact, you’d have to spend thousands more for any improvement – and even then you might only see improvement in certain areas.”
Trusted Reviews, 5 Stars, Highly Recommended Award
“The Concept 500s prove Q Acoustics can compete at all levels. They’re superb speakers for the money.”
What Hi-Fi?, 5 Stars
“The Concept 500 sets an incredible benchmark at £4,000. This is also one of the most impressive demonstrations of applied technology I’ve seen in a while…Q Acoustics has built another speaker that is the new standard to beat.”
AVForums, 10/10, Reference Status Award
“These glossy new speakers, selling at just under £4,000 a pair, sound like a £20,000 product…they sound five-star near perfect. The bass was juicy and rich, but not silly and overdone. Fleetwood Mac, in particular, sounded amazingly alive – close your eyes and you could almost believe they were playing in front of you. These are truly top-class speakers for a mid-market price”
Financial Times, How To Spend It
“Mainstream speaker makers often struggle when they move upmarket, but not Q Acoustics. The Concept 500 is an audacious new floorstander employing highly optimised drivers and cabinet…This loudspeaker sounds refined way beyond its price, with a neutral yet musical performance.”
EISA, Best Product
“…it’s frankly a life-changing experience hearing the soundstage on the 500s because it doesn’t come with the consequence of added piles of resonance on the music…It keeps pace with some of the best speakers I have heard well above the price point of the Concepts…It’s been a good while since I’ve been able to fall in love with a boxed speaker…when you take resonances very seriously and wrestle them into submission and what you get is the performance in the room…I love these speakers – phenomenal.”
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