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An entire high-resolution wireless audio system, delivering uncompromised hi-fi sound that fits conveniently and seamlessly into your lifestyle.

Q Active excels in three key areas.

Versatile. Sound. Design.

And, of course, Q Active represents the sort of prodigious value for money every listener expects from Q Acoustics.

Introducing the Q Active 200 and Q Active 400 from Q Acoustics.

* Available 2021

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Versatile. Sound. Design.

Bring your audio past and present into the future.

Q Active 200 with turntable and hub

Wireless Connectivity

Each Q Active system includes connectivity for Bluetooth® 4.1, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and UPnP. Q Active is also Roon Ready. “The hub comes in two variants, one that works with Amazon Alexa† or one that is compatible with a Google Assistant-enabled device with Chromecast built-in™.

In addition, Q Active is designed to support your favourite streaming service’s native app - which means simple, straightforward access to the entire planet’s music. Q Active works with Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify and Tidal.

Streaming Options

Q Active Control Hub

Compatible with a Google Assistant- enabled device with Chromecast built-in or works with Amazon Alexa.

Q Active’s hub is the heart of the system and also supports physical formats and converts them into a high resolutions 24bit/96kHz digital file. The hub then streams this high-resolution audio file to the speakers – so any format you want to listen to can be dealt with wirelessly by your Q Active system. Which means high-quality wireless audio performance no matter the source of your music.

* Alexa enabled available 2021.

Q Active hub
Sub Out

Sub Out
The Q Active system delivers plenty of deep, detailed bass. However the hub does offer a subwoofer pre-out for hooking up an additional stand-alone subwoofer.

Turntable

Turntable
The stereo RCA analogue inputs on the hub can be selected for use with a moving-magnet phono stage. So plugging in your record player means all of that lush vinyl sound can be transformed into a digital signal and streamed wirelessly to the Q Active speakers.

Line Level

Line Level
Use the stereo RCA analogue inputs at line level and plug in a cassette deck, a mixer or anything else with an analogue line-level output into the hub. From there it is transferred wirelessly to the speakers, where it is delivered as great-sounding high-resolution audio by the Q Active speakers.

optical

Digital Optical
Disc-players - no matter if it’s a CD player, a DVD player or a Blu-ray player will have a digital optical output. Almost every games console has one too. So there’s nothing to stop you getting any of these sources involved in your wireless high-resolution audio system as well.

hdmi

TV Sound
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) input on the hub - so any TV with a corresponding output can send audio information to the hub without affecting its picture performance. Want your TV sound to be part of your wireless audio system? With Q Active, it can be.

ethernet

Ethernet
Ethernet connectivity provides the option for a robust wired internet connection to Q Active.

Q Active 400 with TV

Multiroom Audio Integration

Whether you choose Chromecast built-in, Amazon Multiroom Music, Apple AirPlay 2, or Roon to organise your multiroom music system, Q Active can be seamlessly integrated into it.

So, no matter if you want the same song playing all over your home, or different music in different zones, or if you simply want your music to follow you as you move around your home, Q Active can be part of your experience.

Streaming Options

Voice Control

If you have an Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, or a Google Assistant-enabled speaker on your home network, it’s easy to control the volume and playback selection of the Q Active system. Simply choose which hub you prefer - the hub that works with Amazon Alexa or the hub that is compatible with Google Assistant-enabled devices with Chromecast built-in. Both versions of the hub can be used with Apple Siri.

With any of these 3 features, you can control your Q Active system with your voice. You can also use the Google Home app or Amazon Alexa app to control your Q Active system.

Built in

Q Active Hub with remote

Your Choice Of Control

In addition to you choice of voice assistant, Q Active can also be controlled using your favorite streaming apps. Or if the TV plugged into the HDMI ARC socket on the control hub is CEC-equipped, use the TV’s remote to control functions like ‘volume’ and ‘standby’. Alternatively use the cabinet mounted volume control features on each Q Active speaker.

Versatile. Sound. Design.

Ground-up, imaginative design delivers uncompromised high-resolution audio performance and exceptional value for money.

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Stunning High Resolution Sound

Audio can be described as ‘high resolution’ if it consists of a digital audio format of greater than the CD-standard 16bit/44.1kHz. Q Active can support wireless streaming with a maximum source resolution of 32bit/192kHz, whether from its control hub via a smartphone or tablet.

This means any source plugged into the hub will be converted to an information-rich 24bit/96kHz digital format before it’s streamed to the Q Active speakers, and the top tier of any high-resolution music streaming service will be streamed at this resolution too.

The result of all this painstaking and uncompromised engineering is extraordinary musical accuracy and amazing audio quality. Q Active delivers a sonic performance way beyond its price.

Q Active applification

Active Amplification

In a traditional, passive audio system there is one amplifier. It drives two speakers, which will have a total of at least four drivers. In the Q Active system, each driver (there are three in each Q Active 200 speaker and four in each Q Active 400 speaker) is controlled by its own individual, specifically selected amplifier.

Using a total of six (or eight) discrete amplifiers, with a total of 280 (or 440) watts of power to drive the Q Active system means each individual driver receives its own carefully regulated amplification. As a result, Q Active is able to control each driver with accuracy and finesse which in short, means Q Active sounds bigger and more precise than you might think possible.

Dynamic Widescreen Sound

Q Active doesn't look unique simply for the sake of it. Q Acoustics wanted Q Active to deliver a widescreen sound with no compromise in stereo focus or soundstage, and specified Balanced Mode Radiators (BMRs).

BMRs allow Q Active to deliver outstanding sound quality across your entire listening area, rather than restricting it to the ‘sweet spot’ of more traditional driver arrangements. And, in addition to this widescreen presentation, BMRs deliver seamless midrange performance. Because they operate all the way down to 150Hz, where they hand over to Q Actives’ subwoofer driver, there is no midrange crossover distortion and, consequently, completely clean and uncoloured midrange performance.

Offsetting the BMRs in the Q Active cabinet serves a function, too. It allows for a degree of fine-tuning in your listening room, as it’s possible to position the BMRs to the inside or the outside of the cabinets.

Standard Drivers Standard Drivers
BMR Drivers Standard Drivers

Powerful, Controlled Bass

The back of an ordinary loudspeaker isn’t usually worthy of discussion. But, as is surely obvious by now, Q Active is far from an ordinary loudspeaker - and that goes for the rear of its cabinet too.

Q Active 200 features a rear-firing 114mm / (4.5in) subwoofer delivering fast, deep and beautifully organised bass. Q Active 400 features a pair of the subwoofers in order to double down on the low-frequency action.

The subwoofers fire onto a fixed 'Wave guide' boundary to ensure that the bass response of Q Active is always perfectly controlled - no matter where in your room you decide to position the speaker.

base driver

Fixed Boundary Wave Guide

bass rear

Versatile. Sound. Design.

A complete high-resolution audio system that looks as unique as it sounds.

Q Active 200

Stunning Ground-Up Design

Rather than attempt to fit one of its existing loudspeaker designs with electronics, Q Acoustics has designed Q Active from the ground up with the express intent of delivering an utterly uncompromised high-resolution audio system that looks as good as it sounds.

Q Active 400

Unrivalled Acoustic Engineering

Meticulous attention to detail has produced a compact, high-performance system that makes a distinctive visual statement - but every element of Q Active has been engineered to deliver the best performance possible.

As well as the panoramic, widescreen sound delivered by the BMR arrangement and the deep, controlled bass served up by the carefully specified and positioned subwoofers, Q Acoustics has paid painstaking attention to the way the Q Active cabinet contributes to the system’s outstanding sonic performance.

Q Active Bracing

Balance and Rigidity

‘Dart’ bracing is in both the Q Active 200 and Q Active 400 cabinets to provide essential stiffness to the cabinet and equally helpful mechanical stability to the rear-firing subwoofer units.

In Q Active 400, careful positioning of the two subwoofers means standing waves inside the cabinet that might colour the sound are effectively neutralised to give a powerful linear bass response.

Q Active 400 fireplace

Tuned For Your Environment

Unlike most loudspeakers, Q Active is tuned to perform to its maximum potential no matter where in your listening room it’s positioned. And unlike most loudspeakers, Q Active is remarkably forgiving of less-than- ideal placement. Its driver configuration means it’s one of the most flexible, as well as one of the best-sounding, speakers you can buy at any price.

Q Active arrangement

Speaker Arrangement

Q Actives can be positioned with the BMRs either on the inside or the outside of the cabinets, allowing perfect audio reproduction no matter if you're sitting close to the speakers or far away from them. There’s a simple switch on the back of each Q Active speaker to designate it as either the left- or the right-hand channel.

Q Active rear

Boundary Setting

A second switch allows you to tell the speaker exactly where it’s positioned in relation to the room - close to a rear wall, in a corner, or out in a little free space. This information allows Q Active to fine-tune its low- frequency response in order to deliver the best possible sound no matter the circumstances.

Two Stunning Finishes

Both Q Active 200 and Q Active 400 are available in a choice of finishes - matte white or matte black. Both finishes are flawlessly applied, both are gently reflective of ambient light, and both will enhance the interior decor vocabulary of any home.

Q Active 200 Stand-mount

White Black

Q Active 400 Floorstander

White Black

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Augmented Reality is available on mobile or tablet devices.

Supported devices: iOS 12+ and Android™ 8.0+ with ARCore 1.9 support.

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Q Active Stands

Tensegrity Stand

Q Active 200 can be specified with a bespoke stand. Inspired by the ground-breaking Tensegrity stand developed by Q Acoustics for its high-end Concept 300 loudspeaker, the Q Active 200 stand minimises resonance from the floor to the speaker cabinet (and vice-versa) thanks to its remarkable low-mass, low-reflectivity design. And in addition to its acoustic benefits, the stand’s minimal design is the perfect visual complement to Q Active 200’s unique looks.

Stands sold separately.

Tech Specs

A detailed description of the design and materials used to make our Q Active Loudspeakers.

Unboxing of the Q Active Speakers

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Q Active Specifications

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Acoustics
Enclosure typeReflex (ported)
Full range driver2 x BMR 58mm (2.25in)
Subwoofer (high excursion)1 x 114mm (4.5in)
Crossover frequency150Hz
System frequency response (free boundary)46Hz to 20kHz (-6dB)
Power (per speaker)
Continuous power100W
Peak power280W
Power requirement
Voltage range100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Weight and dimensions
Un-boxed weight (per speaker)7.5kg
Dimensions (per speaker) H x W x D284 x 170 x 290mm (11.2 x 6.7 x 11.4in)
Dimensions on stand H x W x D922 x 286 x 338mm (36.3 x 11.3 x 13.3in)
Wireless connectivity
Hi-Res Wireless Link frequency5.8GHz
Audio playback
Sample frequency96kHz
Bit depth24bits
Max Source Resolution32bit/192kHz
Acoustics
Enclosure typeReflex (ported)
Full range driver2 x BMR 58mm (2.25in)
Subwoofer (high excursion)2 x 114mm (4.5in)
Crossover frequencyTBC
System frequency response (free boundary)TBC
Power (per speaker)
Continuous powerTBC
Peak powerTBC
Power requirement
Voltage range100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Weight and dimensions
Un-boxed weight (per speaker)17.5kg
Dimensions (per speaker) H x W x D825 x 320 x 290mm (32.5 x 12.6 x 11.4in) incl. spikes & stabiliser
Wireless connectivity
Hi-Res Wireless Link frequency5.8GHz
Audio playback
Sample frequency96kHz
Bit depth24bits
Max Source Resolution32bit/192kHz
Power requirement
Voltage range100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Weight and dimensions
Un-boxed weight (per speaker)0.5kg
Dimensions (per speaker) H x W x D40 x 180 x 112mm (1.6 x 7.1 x 4.4in)
Wireless connectivity
Bluetoothv4.2 Low Energy
Wi-FiIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n and 802.11ac compliant
Hi-Res Wireless Link frequency5.8GHz
Remote control2.4GHz
Audio playback
Codec formatsAAC , WAV, FLAC, MP3, Vorbis, WMA & ALAC
Sample frequency8 – 192kHz (depending on codec)
Bit depth8 – 24bits (depending on codec)
Wired connectivity
Digital optical96kHz/24bit Toslink
Digital HDMI96kHz/16bit ARC (2 channel)
Analogue (set to line level)300mV/18kΩ
Analogue (set to phono MM)2.6mV/47kΩ (RIAA Equalised)
Subwoofer output1.20V (0-300Hz)

* Available 2021

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