Q Active 400
Versatile. Sound. Design.
An entire high-resolution wireless audio system, delivering uncompromised hi-fi sound that fits conveniently and seamlessly into your lifestyle. And, of course, Q Active represents the sort of prodigious value for money every listener expects from Q Acoustics.
Each Q Active system includes connectivity for Bluetooth 4.1, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and UPnP. Q Active is also Roon Ready.
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.
The hub comes in two variants, Google “Chromecast built-in” or Amazon “Works with Alexa” enabled*.
Q Active Control
Available as a ‘Chromecast Built-In’ OR ‘Works with Alexa’ hub*.
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.
Ethernet: Ethernet connectivity provides the option for a robust wired internet connection to Q Active.
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.
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.
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.
Turn Table: 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.
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.
Multiroom Audio Integration
Whether you choose Google “Chromecast built-in”, Amazon “Works with Alexa” Multi- Room 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.\
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, whether from its control hub or via a smartphone, tablet or the like, at a huge native 24bit/96kHz. Q Active can also play 32bit/192kHz audio files from an appropriate source, downsampling them to its native 24bit/96kHz resolution before wirelessly delivering them to the speakers.
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 four in each Q Active 400 floorstanding speaker) is controlled by its own individual, specifically selected amplifier.
Using a total of eight discrete amplifiers, with a total of 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.
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 400 features a pair of rear-firing 114mm / (4.5in) subwoofer delivering fast, deep and beautifully organised bass 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.
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, Q Active speaker 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 available in the market today.
|Max Source Resolution
||(Per Speaker) H x W x D: 825 x 320 x 290mm (32.5 x 12.6 x 11.4in) incl. spikes & stabiliser
||35Hz to 20kHz (-6dB)
|Mid Bass / Driver
||2 x BMR 58mm (2.25in)
||2 x 114mm (4.5in)
||Un-boxed weight (per speaker) 17.5kg (38.5 lbs)