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Q Acoustics 3020i Speakers £168 @ AudioVisual Online
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Q Acoustics 3020i Speakers £168 @ AudioVisual Online

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Posted 8th Jun
5 Star reviews when reviewed at full retail price of £250. Now knocked down to £169. Cheeeap
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Great price.

Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... quite impractical.
Reviews are helpful...but when it comes to HIFI..try and get a demo..bring some of your own cds ..see and hear the hifi in person before parting with your hard earned money...trust your ears..and you'll enjoy quality hifi for years...most hifi shops have demo rooms...(not sure if coronavirus has impacted on these tho).
Personally I would never buy any hifi without listening to it first in person....but that's just me.
Supanotts186208/06/2020 18:19

Reviews are helpful...but when it comes to HIFI..try and get a demo..bring …Reviews are helpful...but when it comes to HIFI..try and get a demo..bring some of your own cds ..see and hear the hifi in person before parting with your hard earned money...trust your ears..and you'll enjoy quality hifi for years...most hifi shops have demo rooms...(not sure if coronavirus has impacted on these tho).Personally I would never buy any hifi without listening to it first in person....but that's just me.


I'd agree with this if you can get along to a store to test what you are buying.
Thank you for sharing, was waiting for great bookshelves for sub 200£

These fit perfectly
Also worth checking out the monitor audio bronze 1/2 (depending on the space you have available). Great speakers also heavily discounted
These have been this price for a while now (and have already been posted at this price at least once). Having said that, it's a good price. I got richer sounds to price match Peter tyson who have them at 169 plus 5m qed micro cable. RS price match means they beat the price by £5, so it's 164 with 5m free cable. And a real store you can go and speak to if there's a problem.
And good for satellite speakers? Currently have Quad 11L
Excellent speakers.
Audition on and off the official stands
Big difference, and worth the investment.
That's a good price, and you've probably guessed - I bought a pair.
Would these work as additional speakers for an atmos set up? Ive got a 5.1 set up now but looking to add more to it. Saying that, does anyone have a set up using different brands of speakers etc? Can imagine the sound would get distorted
How would these compare sound wise to the Whalfdale Diamond 9.1 speakers please?. Sorry very new to this world and looking for real world advice
Ruffuz08/06/2020 17:51

Great price.Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... …Great price.Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... quite impractical.


Well, people always seem to be looking for more base.
FireBIade20008/06/2020 19:04

And good for satellite speakers? Currently have Quad 11L


Dont think these are better than 11l, but probably different.
Would demo before.
I've got the 3020 (the non 'i') version of these, picked up for £99 delivered from Richer on another deal from here. They're superb for the price, paired up with a Marantz amplifier. The 'i' version I believe comes with an improved cabinet design - this is a good price for these.

As someone has already said, always try to demo audio components with your own music, specially amps and speakers. Speakers which sound fantastic on one amplifier may sound crap on another, similar priced amplifier, due to poor matching - and vice versa. Some years back I took a Sherwood amp I had with me to an RS store and the manager there was gracious enough for me to try it with several of their demo speaker sets. They're also pretty good with exchanges within the cooling off period. I buy 90% of my HiFi stuff from RS, never had an issue with their CS and staff are very knowledgeable on what they sell (for instance, when I purchased a 32-inch TV off them years ago I mentioned to the chap who was assisting me that I planned to use it as a monitor as well, and he had a look at the specs to ensure it had 4:4:4 Chroma sub-sampling which helps with text - learned something new that day).

Heated.
Edited by: "hcc27" 9th Jun
PurplePerson08/06/2020 21:52

Well, people always seem to be looking for more base.



Yeah you don't want them wobbling due to a narrow base.
rev609/06/2020 10:55

Yeah you don't want them wobbling due to a narrow base.


The 3020's I have don't wobble at all
hcc2709/06/2020 11:30

The 3020's I have don't wobble at all



That's because of the extended base.
Be79n08/06/2020 21:04

How would these compare sound wise to the Whalfdale Diamond 9.1 speakers …How would these compare sound wise to the Whalfdale Diamond 9.1 speakers please?. Sorry very new to this world and looking for real world advice


Less rough!! Smoother really if that makes sense.
Ruffuz08/06/2020 17:51

Great price.Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... …Great price.Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... quite impractical.


But they sound good For mine, I replaced 1010s with them, and they're balanced on the original stands... -They are a little obtrusive. I'm about to change my main TV unit and wall-mounting the TV at which point I'll lose the stands and put them on the unit, they're not overly sensitive to angle to create a decent sound stage.
5lab08/06/2020 18:38

Also worth checking out the monitor audio bronze 1/2 (depending on the …Also worth checking out the monitor audio bronze 1/2 (depending on the space you have available). Great speakers also heavily discounted


I choose these over Bronze 2s,if I was listening to purely stereo sources, I'd have been potentially swayed to the Bronze's. But my focus is predominantly on HD cinema audio and gaming. For music I generally use headphones (or I'd get shot).
Ruffuz08/06/2020 17:51

Great price.Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... …Great price.Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... quite impractical.


...because they are "i's"......

the i denote additional bass. Hence the need for a different design.


for starter books these are okay, good value I guess for this price but they are incredibly muddy. Don't expect detail from these.
Ruffuz08/06/2020 17:51

Great price.Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... …Great price.Still don't understand why they had to make them so deep... quite impractical.


Comparing the 3010 and 3020, the 3020 has a slightly larger cabinet speaker (only an inch deeper, in fact), can put out a bit more power, and costs about £50 more.

I've been browsing bookshelves lately, so I can assure you that the foot depth of the 3020 is perfectly normal and fine to fit on one.

The smaller one doesn't remotely wobble, double-tee-eff.
Be79n08/06/2020 21:04

How would these compare sound wise to the Whalfdale Diamond 9.1 speakers …How would these compare sound wise to the Whalfdale Diamond 9.1 speakers please?. Sorry very new to this world and looking for real world advice


As good as they sound, if you go to a shop and compare them with other speakers, what really stands out is how beautifully made they are versus the MDF finish of basically everything costing less than 4 figures. The difference is absurd, call me shallow but I have to stare at these things all day so it's an easy tie-breaker.
EndemicAlarm09/06/2020 15:52

Comparing the 3010 and 3020, the 3020 has a slightly larger cabinet …Comparing the 3010 and 3020, the 3020 has a slightly larger cabinet speaker (only an inch deeper, in fact), can put out a bit more power, and costs about £50 more. I've been browsing bookshelves lately, so I can assure you that the foot depth of the 3020 is perfectly normal and fine to fit on one.The smaller one doesn't remotely wobble, double-tee-eff.As good as they sound, if you go to a shop and compare them with other speakers, what really stands out is how beautifully made they are versus the MDF finish of basically everything costing less than 4 figures. The difference is absurd, call me shallow but I have to stare at these things all day so it's an easy tie-breaker.


This is 3020i, and its much bigger than 3020.
And no, this is not standard depth at this price range.
madel7909/06/2020 14:09

Less rough!! Smoother really if that makes sense.


Yes it does and thanks for the reply, how about the bottom end/bass?. I feel the 9.1 pushes the 90 to 110kHz a little to much making it feel rather muddy. Do these drop that little bit lower/cleaner in your experience?. That’s what I’m looking for which I know is hard in a bookshelf speaker. As always thanks.
EndemicAlarm09/06/2020 15:52

Comparing the 3010 and 3020, the 3020 has a slightly larger cabinet …Comparing the 3010 and 3020, the 3020 has a slightly larger cabinet speaker (only an inch deeper, in fact), can put out a bit more power, and costs about £50 more. I've been browsing bookshelves lately, so I can assure you that the foot depth of the 3020 is perfectly normal and fine to fit on one.The smaller one doesn't remotely wobble, double-tee-eff.As good as they sound, if you go to a shop and compare them with other speakers, what really stands out is how beautifully made they are versus the MDF finish of basically everything costing less than 4 figures. The difference is absurd, call me shallow but I have to stare at these things all day so it's an easy tie-breaker.


Totally agree that the look is almost as important as the sound!. Thing is the 9.1s look stunning also imo
Be79n10/06/2020 02:26

Yes it does and thanks for the reply, how about the bottom end/bass?. I …Yes it does and thanks for the reply, how about the bottom end/bass?. I feel the 9.1 pushes the 90 to 110kHz a little to much making it feel rather muddy. Do these drop that little bit lower/cleaner in your experience?. That’s what I’m looking for which I know is hard in a bookshelf speaker. As always thanks.


In my case these go to the subwoofer...but I also tried it at my stereo system and they needed a bit of eq on a marantz
Ruffuz09/06/2020 16:15

This is 3020i, and its much bigger than 3020.And no, this is not standard …This is 3020i, and its much bigger than 3020.And no, this is not standard depth at this price range.



I mistyped the name, the comparison was correct.

3010i: Dimensions H/W/D: 253 x 150 x 252 mm (10.0 x 5.9 x 10 in)
3020i: Dimensions H/W/D: 278 x 170 x 282 mm (11.0 x 6.7 x 11.1 in)

And I didn't say the speakers were a standard size, I said bookshelves are. And that both should fit on just about any.
EndemicAlarm10/06/2020 09:36

I mistyped the name, the comparison was correct.3010i: Dimensions H/W/D: …I mistyped the name, the comparison was correct.3010i: Dimensions H/W/D: 253 x 150 x 252 mm (10.0 x 5.9 x 10 in)3020i: Dimensions H/W/D: 278 x 170 x 282 mm (11.0 x 6.7 x 11.1 in)And I didn't say the speakers were a standard size, I said bookshelves are. And that both should fit on just about any.


Ahhh standmount speakers are often called bookshelf speakers also.
EndemicAlarm10/06/2020 09:36

I mistyped the name, the comparison was correct.3010i: Dimensions H/W/D: …I mistyped the name, the comparison was correct.3010i: Dimensions H/W/D: 253 x 150 x 252 mm (10.0 x 5.9 x 10 in)3020i: Dimensions H/W/D: 278 x 170 x 282 mm (11.0 x 6.7 x 11.1 in)And I didn't say the speakers were a standard size, I said bookshelves are. And that both should fit on just about any.


Thanks for saving me the hassle of looking up the dimensions myself.

I thought they looked as deep as my 2050i, but not quite. They look 'proportionally' deeper though, being less than an inch shallower than the 2050i, whilst also being an inch narrower.

Sorry. I've bored myself to sleep.
I bought a pair of these with the dedicated stand mounts.

They are lovely speakers but it's very important where you place them in the room. Too close to the wall and the precision and low end clarity gets lost, even with the supplied foam bungs in the rear ports.
Seems to be a good price, just ordered some
Please suggest amplifier for home use. I am very new to such kin of speakers. I have always used PC speaker which comes with inbuilt amplifier
Ashish_Garg25/06/2020 07:13

Please suggest amplifier for home use. I am very new to such kin of …Please suggest amplifier for home use. I am very new to such kin of speakers. I have always used PC speaker which comes with inbuilt amplifier


Are you going to use them with a TV?
If so, get an av receiver (any will do but reputable brands are Marantz, Denon, Cambridge, Pioneer), I've got a Onkyo TX-L50 to save space (7mm of height to fit on a tv unit )

If you don't need to connect them to a TV just get an HiFi Amplifier, they are cheaper
Ashish_Garg25/06/2020 07:13

Please suggest amplifier for home use. I am very new to such kin of …Please suggest amplifier for home use. I am very new to such kin of speakers. I have always used PC speaker which comes with inbuilt amplifier


If you want something very cheap that works just fine you can get a nobsound 100W amplifier for around £30 (I'd recommend buying the amp and 100W power supply separately on ebay). I got one the other day, it's got Bluetooth, aux in and USB in. There's a very slight hiss that comes out the speakers so it's not perfect but other than that the sound quality is very good (you don't hear the quiet hiss when music is playing)

If you're looking for a more expensive amp I know the Marantz pm6006 is good for something like this (no Bluetooth without buying an adapter for the aux jack). My friend has one of those but then you're looking at several hundred pounds.
Thanks Croquetes and Mark_Moorby

I'll mainly use speakers with a bluetooth audio source(mobile or fire stick) and want to have a budget solution.
Mark kindly suggest the nobsound model numbers. Is it mandatory to have separate power supply for nobsound?
Ashish_Garg25/06/2020 15:42

Thanks Croquetes and Mark_MoorbyI'll mainly use speakers with a bluetooth …Thanks Croquetes and Mark_MoorbyI'll mainly use speakers with a bluetooth audio source(mobile or fire stick) and want to have a budget solution.Mark kindly suggest the nobsound model numbers. Is it mandatory to have separate power supply for nobsound?


I have the NS-10G. The Nobsound mini appears to be the same thing without the EQ button (which is rubbish anyway).

The reason I suggested you buy a 100W power supply separately is because the one that is bundled with the amp on amazon isn't powerful enough and overheats (dangerously).

I bought a 12V 8A psu on ebay (12 x 8 = 96W) and that works perfectly.
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