"Q Acoustics' 3020i speakers improve on the original in almost every way"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Q Acoustics' 3020i speakers improve on the original in almost every way
If you're after a compact affordable book shelf speaker that looks great and performs just as well, there's no models that come to my mind before the new Q Acoustics 3020i.
The $299 3020i is a significant update on the existing 3020 with upgrades including a much longer cabinet and a simpler rear panel.
While the original binding post looked cool, it meant that speakers had to sit out pretty far from a wall The new design is much cleaner.
The speaker is roughly eleven inches square by six inches wide and it will still fit in a tighter space than many other bookshelves can.
The Q acoustics feature a five inch driver and a D-coupled tweager.
The cosmetics have been given a shine with a metallic driver surround, and a now seamless cabinet.
The speaker box itself has also received more attention with better internal bracing for less interference.
Given the changes in the design, it's no surprise that the new speakers sound different, too.
Where the 3020s were bright, exciting speakers, the [UNKNOWN] are more laid back.
They offer a smoother mid range and enhanced bass.
They also sound bigger and more powerful than before.
For the money, the 3020i is an attractive compact and well performing speaker.
However, if you are looking for more authority at the price and don't mind a larger cabinet, you could try the ELAC Debut B6.2 instead.
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