The UK audio company Q Acoustics has excelled itself with these insanely beautiful and terrific-sounding new speakers called Concept 300. I am a huge fan of Q Acoustics’ speakers and have a pair of its Concept 20 bookshelf ones in my audio retinue, but the official stands for these, which I didn’t go for, are unusually quite ugly. The Concept 300s’, on the other hand, are cool Manhattan-loftworthy tripods – and they are not just for show. A loudspeaker’s biggest challenge is to ensure that all the vibration taking place is musical rather than serving to rattle the teacups. The tripod legs of the Concept 300 stands are braced in a very specific way to stop vibration making its way down to your floor and, if you have an apartment, to your downstairs neighbours.
The result is a sound much bigger than you would expect from speakers of their size (40cm x 35cm x 22cm). I found the Concept 300s a little harsh at first when playing female vocalists, but the bass on the industry-standard speaker-torturing track, Massive Attack’s Inertia Creeps, sounds like it’s from a much more substantial, hidden source.