There’s a new agent for Q Acoustics loudspeakers in New Zealand. LNZ Ltd., an Auckland based importer and distributor is now handling the brand. While I was looking over the range of sub sats, stand mounts and floorstanders at the LNZ showroom today, I was shown a product that displays some simple but innovative thinking.
At this point to set the scene for Q Acoustics’ Q-TV speaker system, I’ll pause to mention my brother. I generously donated my Denon/Polk Audio home theatre system to him (ok I wasn’t using it at the time) but he rejected the floorstanders because they took up too much room. The rears were never installed where they belong because there was nowhere to put them, ditto the sub, so he ended up with the rears being used as mains on the shelf next to the flat panel TV with the centre speaker sitting underneath on a lower shelf.
Eventually, the speakers were returned to me because even this moderate installation was too much. I’ve subsequently been pushing him to buy a soundbar of some description because the sound from his ultra-slim LED TV is woefully thin and lifeless. In-wall speakers won’t work in his lounge and there’s no way that he’d be bothered with them in any event, the same applies to in-roof speakers.
Another alternative for him and other people who can’t or won’t run separate speakers along with their TV is Q Acoustics’ Q-TV, which is basically a TV stand with built-in amplified speakers and a subwoofer. You just mount the panel to the Q-TV using the supplied hardware and the TV’s VESA mount holes (although there is an option to wall mount the whole lot). Sound from the TV is then passed to the Q-TV via RCA, 3.5mm minijack or optical inputs and either controlled from the TV’s remote control or via the supplied remote as appropriate. No speaker cables, no stands or wall brackets, it’s more or less plug and play.
The two adjustable side mounted speakers (sealed designs with passive radiators) poke discreetly from the side of the panel, while the “subwoofer” or woofer to be precise is hidden round back. The speakers are a wide dispersion design, while the woofer uses what’s described as “Force Canceling” technology to minimise vibrations and resonance. There’s 25 watts being fed to each speaker and 50 watts being sent to the woofer. The Q-TV even features digital “lip-sync” adjustment.
Two models are available – the Q-TV2, which suits 30” – 42” panels and the Q-TV2X, which suits 42”-50” panels. RRP is $849.
More information can be found at www.demoroom.co.nz
Definitely a product that will be going into the review queue.