October 16 2009
So you want amazing cinema sound, but prefer your home entertainment installation to be as minimalist and interior-friendly as possible? (I’m not saying the Loewe Reference, featured elsewhere in this column, is anything other than interior friendly but, in its full glory, it takes up some acreage.)
This extraordinary new TV accessory from UK manufacturer Q Acoustics swiftly enables any 30in-42in flatscreen TV to deliver the nearest thing to home-cinema sound you’ll get without installing an actual home cinema. What’s more, the Q-TV2 is so cunningly designed, incorporating the world’s thinnest known subwoofer (just 38mm deep), that it is practically invisible. The Q-TV2 wraps around the back of your TV, so all you can really see is a couple of comely “ears” peeking out from the sides. With 100 watts of 2.1 stereo, it sounds astonishing. It’s so good, indeed, that you may be able to minimalise your entertainment gubbins even more than you’d planned. The Q-TV2 is well up to amplifying your CD player or iPod to near home hi-fi standard.
So you may find that, unless you’re a certifiable hi-fi aficionado, your TV-plus-Q-TV2 can obviate the need for a hi-fi amplifier and speakers into the (not inconsiderable) bargain. As a certain irritatingly appealing meerkat would say, “Simples.”