We need to talk about the technology within the Q Acoustics 3050i floor standing speakers in order for the rest of this review to make sense. The speakers have some rather interesting tech stuffed inside them, and built into their glossy cabinets. It’s always exciting to try out a new pair of speakers and especially from a well-known company like Q Acoustics, so today we have the pleasure to review one of their latest floor standing speakers, the 3050i.
Although we weren’t able to review the predecessor of this series, the famous 3000 range, which had received praising comments and high scores for their performance the new 3000i range that is being replaced with promises to take what was already good and improve upon it.
But let’s start our Q Acoustics 3050i review to see if these speakers are as good as they seem.
All three drivers are located on the top half of the cabinet, packed in close. It makes for an eye-catching look, and it really does help that the build quality of the speakers is excellent.
They are heavy, at 40 lbs each, and the construction is clearly of high quality.
We did find that they had a slight tendency to tilt when placed on an uneven surface, like the big shaggy carpet we have in our testing room.
However, as you’ll see in the Accessories section, Q Acoustics planned for this.
The speakers are available in a variety of colors, including Graphite Grey, English Walnut, Carbon Black, and Arctic White.
Ours came in Carbon Black and the glossy finish looked great in our testing room. It also didn’t appear to pick up fingerprints easily, which is something we appreciated.
The rounded corners and subtle design highlights, like the chrome bezels around each driver, really gave the speakers a premium identity.
Overall, the design and build quality get two thumbs up from us. The sound isn’t perfect, but these speakers look great.
The Performance of Q Acoustics 3050i
We connected the 3050i as the front channels in our Onkyo receiver and used the built-in calibration system to balance all speakers in our home theater before we start our movie testing.
When it comes to testing floorstanding speakers there are 2 films we usually try.
The first being the 4K UHD version of Saving Private Ryan as it comes with an energetic Dolby Atmos track, perfect for any speakers testing.
Obviously the most iconic scene couldn’t be other than the landing of the Allied Forces on Omaha beach.
From the first moment when the camera shows the soldiers in the marine boats, you get a sense of the audio qualities of the 3050i speakers.
From the marine engines, the waves hitting on the metal boats or artillery shells falling on the distant background the 3050i managed to reproduce all information faithfully.
When the soldiers reach the beach and the real mayhem starts the speakers manage to keep very good control of everything happening in each scene.
We noticed that the speakers were a bit strong on the bass but this didn’t bothered us at all as this didn’t come at the expense of the highs which were clear and well defined.
When the German machine-guns were ripping through the American soldiers you could hear their characteristic trumping metal sound very clearly reproduced while other sound effects were of equal quality.
There is a lot going on in this scene and the 3050i manage to reveal a lot of details that you usually cannot hear in low end speakers.
Q Acoustics has really created a very good overall and balanced speaker and Saving Private Ryan was a film that proved that to us.
Artillery strikes had the necessary oomph, machine-guns and weapons in general felt real while environmental effects like rains drops or the scratching tank tracks in the distance during the last battle of Ramelle created an expanded soundstage to all directions.
Moving on to our music testing we chose a selection of FLAC tracks as usual with different rhythms and tunes that we streamed to our receiver.
The 3050i revealed immediately a rare agility in the lower end something that was evident from the start but at the same time the vocals were very solid and clearly defined.
Overlapping instruments were masterfully managed by the speakers giving a good sense of space while sudden shifts in dynamics never made them loose their grip.
Pushing the speakers into higher volumes didn’t reveal any distortions and the cabinets were able to deliver sound that was clear and very detailed.
Q Acoustics 3050i are budget-friendly speakers that can definitely perform like they cost more and in the end, this should be considered a success for Q Acoustics.
The Q Acoustics 3050i’s performance isn’t short of energy.
Echoing their predecessors’ musicality as well as warmth, smoothness and scale, they are also clearer, cleaner and punchier than the company’s previous midrange floorstanders.
We start with the wild groove of Jack White’s Corporation.
Its experimental approach feels like it was ad-libbed during a protest march, and the manifold patterns, flitting tempos and stereo interplay make for great tests of timing and rhythmic aptitude.
There’s never a dull moment as the instrumental parts switch between cascading guitar strums and solos, playful bass lines and various African drum patterns, while the vocals consist of shrieks between sparse lyrics.
The 3050is keep it all in check, clocking different dynamic signatures and tracking overlapping instruments in a spacious, orderly soundstage so that nothing feels like a mere footnote.
It’s an interesting delivery, and the QAs demonstrate their adaptibility as we jump between genres.
Even with Gas’s Rausch – whose ambient sounds could easily be deemed uninteresting when heard through dynamically flat speakers – the Q Acoustics have the subtlety to pick out textures and discern dynamics without combing over intricacies.
With effortless concentration they ride the piece’s undulating waves of techno beats, taut and punchy and punctual through the 3050i’s woofer.
The Q Acoustics’ ability to anchor the deepest, most foreboding notes allows them to communicate threat and peril effectively.
Q Acoustics should be congratulated for providing so many sonic goodies for the price here.
The combination of midrange transparency and bass strength is pretty irresistible while all genres of music are treated with a sense of respect by these speakers.
They never impose themselves upon the soundstage, they just allow the strengths of that piece of music to venture forth in a natural manner.
The Q Acoustics 3050i speakers look good, they sound. What more could you ask for?
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions we have already answered so you don’t need to worry about the product. We really hope we answered some of your questions!
QUES: Are small speakers as good as large ones?
ANS: Yes. All the speakers within each ‘Series’ have the same sound characteristic.
For example; the 3010, 3020 bookshelf, and 3050 tower speakers have the same tonal balance, but the power handling and bass extension increases as you go up the range.
QUES: Will the loudspeakers I use for my new home theater system sound good when listening to music?
ANS: Very definitely yes! All Q Acoustics speakers are simply designed to be great speakers. That means they produce outstanding results for both music and home theatre.
QUES: Why is the bass in my Media 4 soundbar so low?
ANS: If the soundbar is placed on a flat surface you must make sure the supplied rubber feet are installed so the subwoofer can perform correctly.
QUES: What receiver or amplifier works best with Q Acoustics loudspeakers?
ANS: There is no specific brand. Q Acoustics speakers will produce great sound when matched with any good quality amplifier or receiver.
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