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Hi-Fi Choice|December 2021
This bookshelf speaker provides attractive sound and connectivity at a competitive price. Cliff Joseph just wishes it had wi-fi
Cliff Joseph

DETAILS

PRODUCT Q Acoustics M20

ORIGIN UK/China

TYPE Bluetooth standmount loudspeakers

WEIGHT Powered speaker: 5.5kg Passive speaker 5.1kg:

DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 170 x 279 x 296mm

FEATURES

1x 22mm tweeter

1x 125mm mid/bass driver

Inputs: RCA; 3.5mm aux; USB-B; optical

Bluetooth 5.0; aptX HD/Low Latency; AAC

DISTRIBUTOR Armour Home

WEBSITE qacoustics.co.uk

Q Acoustics recently launched its Q Active range of speakers, packed with wi-fi, voice control and other zeitgeist-surfing digital features. The speakers are pretty expensive, though, starting at £1,500 for the entry-level Active 200, so the company has produced a more affordable alternative in the shape of the M20, which comes in at barely one-quarter of the price.

It is designed with a focus on versatility, the company describing it as a general-purpose system for: “music, movies and gaming”. That versatility begins with the compact design of the twin speakers, which are small enough to sit easily on a bookshelf, on either side of a TV or even on a desk alongside a computer. The build quality doesn’t reveal any obvious indications of compromise, with smart, matte-black cabinets, smoothly curved corners and sturdy and rigid construction that uses Q Acoustics’ proprietary ‘point-to-point’ bracing in order to reduce vibration and distortion.

Each speaker includes a 22mm decoupled tweeter, 125mm midrange driver and a passive bass radiator, providing a claimed 65W output (per cabinet) and frequency response of 55Hz-22kHz. The entire system is controlled and driven by the primary, powered speaker, which houses the 130W amp and provides pass-through power for its matching passive partner. The power cable provided for the primary speaker is 1.8m, while the one that connects to the passive speaker is 4m. One nice touch is the switch on the back of the primary cabinet that lets you assign it to either the left or right stereo channel, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding a convenient power socket when setting up. There’s an EQ switch as well, which lets you adjust the bass output depending on whether placement is close to a wall, in a corner or in a free-standing position on a desk or using the optional stands (£160). And, mindful of that 55Hz low-end, there’s additionally a rather handy subwoofer output.

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