Its a compact speaker package featuring five stylish satellites that can be dotted discreetly around the room, working in tandem with an innovative active subwoofer. But dont get it twisted the 7000i is no shrinking violet. A metal cover at one end can be removed to reveal a bank of sockets and controls, including volume and crossover frequency dials, phase inversion and auto power switches, plus left/right RCA inputs.And when Smaug frantically chases the dwarves through the chamber, breathing fire and stomping on the ground as Howard Shores thrilling score ramps up the drama, the 7000i handles the chaos with an assured hand. You can also bend it back to create a wall mounting bracket.
Of course you can get a bigger and more imposing sound from floorstanders but as compacts go this is pretty much as good as it gets. They sit above and below a 25mm ring radiator tweeter, which is backed by a Neodymium magnet. Its not forced or shouty, but not too laid back either it sits right in the sweet spot between the two. The centre speaker is identical to the other speakers except it’s turned on its side.
Their infinite baffle enclosures are made from cast aluminium, with internal damping helping to eliminate cabinet resonance.Q Acoustics 7000i VerdictThis stylish compact speaker package is hands down the best weve heard for the money.SEE ALSO: Best Surround Sound SystemsQ Acoustics 7000i DesignWith curvy, pill-shaped cabinets that look like big Tic-Tacs, the 7000i LR satellites are incredibly stylish and beautifully made.Q Acoustics 7000i PerformanceThe 7000i system delivers outstanding sound quality, even more impressive than top-notch systems like the KEF E305, Quad L-ite Plus and DALI Fazon Mikro.
The 7000i is the best-sounding speaker package weve heard at this price, blessed with an easy-going, open tone but with enough power, scale and bass punch to make movies sound exhilarating. Nowhere is this more apparent than the epic showdown between Smaug and the dwarves inside Erebor when the dragon bellows YOU WILL BURN! his words sound big and authoritative, filling fill the room with their sheer volume and depth.The subwoofer also plays a major role in this sensational performance, delivering on its promise of dynamic, well-integrated bass. Theyre available in black or white matt finishes and both versions look stunning.
In fact, wed say its the finest-sounding compact system weve heard at this price. That makes it less dependant on room position to get the best performance in theory you get a well-integrated, non-directional sound no matter where you put it. You can even mount it on the wall using an optional bracket. Theres plenty of style behind the substance too.
Every effect emerges clearly with terrific clarity and attack, but theres no distortion even when you turn up the volume to neighbour-bothering levels. This little lot will set you back well under a grand, and having tested the companys delectable Q-BT3 speakers were optimistic that theyll deliver impressive sound quality for the money. At 240mm high by 100mm wide, they can be perched on shelves or TV stands without requiring a massive reshuffle. With this inherent openness and neutrality, the system simply holds up a mirror to the material and invites you to jump right in.
The 7000is delectable pill-shaped satellites, with their clever pivot stands and sumptuous build quality, will add a touch of class to any living room without hogging much of your precious space. Built into a recess on the bottom is a pair of metal push-clip cable terminals, which are small and tricky to access, while a cable management system neatly guides the wire through a slot at the back. Fire up The Desolation of Smaug on Blu-ray and the system displays big dynamics and an astonishing sense of scale for such diminutive speakers. Its stirring stuff.
Pick one up and you instantly feel its heft and solidity, easily justifying the asking price, plus there are virtually no visible joins or seams apart from the sturdy metal grille, which can be pulled off if you wish. The MDF bodywork is chunky but resolutely sturdy and the high-quality matt black/white finish matches the satellites perfectly. Again the systems tone serves songs well, resulting in a natural and crisp presentation that exposes new layers and textures within albums we know inside out. Bangs and explosions are deep and heavy, while rhythmic beats are handled with outstanding agility.
The benefits of this driver tech, says Q, are a wide dynamic range, low distortion, ultra fast transients and smooth, detailed high frequencies.SEE ALSO: Quad L-ite PlusWhats more, it conjures up a wide, enveloping soundstage with accurate placement and flawless panning between channels.The 7000i is arguably even more impressive when playing music.Q Acoustics 7000i DriversEach 7000i LR satellite features a pair of bespoke 75mm ultra long mid/bass drivers, with cones made from lightweight coated paper and a rubber surround.
It really is that good.What stands out is the 7000is easy, truthful tonal character. But the real story here is Q Acoustics internal firing design, which fires bass against a heavy, rigid sounding board that deflects it evenly into the room through a grille running along the top and side edges of the enclosure.The subwoofer packs a 200mm high excursion bass driver and a 150W Class D amplifier.
Should I buy the Q Acoustics 7000iAbsolutely. Skip to any rowdy action scene and the 7070Sis bass notes pack plenty of thump but no overhang.The 7000i is Q Acoustics answer to the age-old dilemma of how to squeeze a set of cinema speakers into your living room without a taking up acres of space, b compromising on sound quality or c leaving an irreparable hole in your bank balance. Lets find out if thats the case.
The 7070Si subwoofer is a little different from the norm, eschewing the common cube shape for a rectangular enclosure that looks a bit like a suitcase.SEE ALSO: DALI Fazon MikroCleverly, each speaker has a built-in ball joint stand that lets you adjust the speaker to the required angle. Curved corners bring a sense of elegance missing from many subs. You can also buy matching floor stands for the satellites, which will set you back 125 a pair.
Next, read our KEF E305 review. But best of all, the subwoofer fuses with the satellites so naturally that its hard to tell where it ends and the speakers begin. Just like the cabinet, the stand itself is curvy and elegant, plus the mechanism is smooth and robust. Human dialogue is clear and laden with detail, while high frequencies sound beautiful the light jingle as the dwarves tumble down the piles of gold is a particular highlight.
But the best part for space-conscious buyers is the satellites unobtrusive size. Theres terrific fluidity, cohesion and balance right across the frequency spectrum, not to mention an excellent sense of rhythm. Any comment guys?