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Whether you choose Google “Chromecast built-in”, Amazon “Works with Alexa” Multiroom Music, Apple Airplay2 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.
If you have Google Home, Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri smart speakers on your home network, it’s easy to control the volume and playback selection of the Q Active system. Simply choose which of the formats you prefer.
The control hub is available in a choice of either Google ‘Chromecast Built-In’ or Amazon “Works with Alexa’ – both can be used with Apple Siri, and then use these mic-equipped smart devices on your network to control your Q Active system. You can also use the Google Home, Alexa app on your mobile to control the Q Active system.
As well as your choice of Google “Chromecast built-in”, Amazon “Works with Alexa” or Apple Siri voice control, Q Active can also be controlled using the app of your favourite streaming service. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enclosure type: Reflex (ported)
Full range driver: 2x BMR 58mm (2.5in)
Subwoofer (high excursion): 1 x 114mm (4.5in)
Crossover frequency: 150hz
System frequency response (free boundary): 46hz to 20khz (-6dB)
Continuous power: 100W
Peak power: 280W
Voltage range: 100 - 240 VAC, 50/60hz
Unboxed weight (per speaker): 7.5kg
Dimensions (per speaker) H x W x D: 284 x 170 x 290mm (11.2 x 6.7 x 11.4in)
Dimensions on stand H x W x D: 922 x 286 x 338mm (36.3 x 11.3 x 13.3in)
Hi-Res Wireless Link frequency: 5.8GHz
Sample frequency: 96kHz
Bit depth: 24bits
Max Source Resolution: 32/192kHz
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