Five-star Q Acoustics Q B12 subwoofer goes on sale in November

Five-star Q Acoustics Q B12 subwoofer goes on sale in November
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Q Acoustics has just announced a new subwoofer, the Q B12, which will be available from November in the UK and January in the US. 

Not typically the case for a product that has only just been publicly revealed, we can already vouch for it. The Q B12 has recently received a five-star review from the What Hi-Fi? team for its punchy and powerful performance. “It isn’t just brute force, though: it’s precise, detailed and really rather dynamic,” to borrow a quote from it.

Designed to work within the British brand's Award-winning 3050i 5.1, 3010i 5.1 and Concept 5.1 speaker packages as an upgrade to the older Q Acoustics 3060S sub, but also ready and willing to take place in another set-up, the Q B12 powers its 30cm driver with 220 watts of Texas Instruments TPA3255 Class D amplification.

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The amp’s proprietary PurePath technology works to minimise distortion, while a custom die-cast aluminium heat sink on the rear panel works to keep the sub cool. A 0-180 degree phase switch typically allows the user to optimise integration between the left and right speakers, too.

Q Acoustics has worked to improve rigidity and thus reduce resonances by fitting a ‘dart brace’ to the MDF cabinet, and the option of adjustable spikes and rubber feet caters for both carpeted and hard-surface floors.

The Q B12 can be purchased separately for £499 ($599) in black and white vinyl to match the Q Acoustics 3000i speaker range, or for £649 ($799) in black or white gloss to match the Q Acoustics Concept speaker range. 

The Q B12 also comes as part and parcel of the company’s 5.1 packages, the Q Acoustics 3010i 5.1 Plus (£1049/$1295), Q Acoustics 3050i 5.1 Plus (£1499/$1845) and Q Acoustics Concept 5.1 Plus (£2275/$2999).


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.