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Q Acoustics preps £2500 Concept 500 speakers

The Concept 500 features new drivers, a new cabinet design, new plinth, and a whole new price-point for Q Acoustics.

The £2500 speaker on show in Munich wasn't the finished article, though it was close enough to be playing music and on demonstration. Q Acoustics said there would be a few more tweaks to the inside and outside ahead of the launch.

Available in a two-tone finish - white/brown or black/brown - the Concept 500 aims to build on the five-star Concept 40 (£1000), using a thicker, 'Dual Gelcore' cabinet design, a new 28mm tweeter and two, newly-designed, 165mm, rear-mounted mid-bass drivers.

As well as the extra MDF in the cabinet, there's a new circular aluminium plinth that will be integrated with the cabinet for a solid base.

The overall aim is keep resonance and distortion to a minimum, in order to deliver the dynamics and refinement we've come to expect from Q Acoustics, together with deep bass and plenty of scale.

We'll keep our eyes and ears peeled for more information, but expect the Q Acoustics Concept 500 to launch around September and cost £2500 (€3500).

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.