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 10+ years in the hi-fi industry, she has reviewed all manner of audio gear, from budget amplifiers to high-end speakers, and particularly specialises in headphones and head-fi devices. In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.