The sound base category is experiencing a kind of renaissance in 2017, with new models from well-received Media 4 sound bar with the M2 Soundbase., and now Q Acoustics. Though still yet to make a significant splash in the United States, Q Acoustics is nevertheless following up its
The M2 is a compact sound base at 21.6 inches (550mm) and 3.6 inches (93mm) tall that will accommodate most medium televisions (up to 25 kg/55 lbs).The sound base features the same Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drivers as the Media 4 plus a 4-inch-by-6-inch bass driver, all of which are driven by an 80W amplifier.
Both speaker models lack an external subwoofer, but there is an optional 3070 model available. As well as the sub, the “bare-bones” Media 4 also dispensed with an HDMI port, but this last point has been remedied with the M2. It includes an HDMI ARC port, plus optical digital, USB, stereo RCA and a 3.5mm input. The back of the unit also includes a manual three-mode EQ switch to allow for different placements, including putting the unit inside a cabinet.
The M2 is available now for £299/$349, with Australian pricing and availability yet to be determined. Expect it to be in the region of $600, though.
The company also debuted two more products for the US market, the first of which was the M3 sound bar — a more compact version of the Media 4, but which also includes HDMI for £299/$330/AU$600.
The second was a new kind of speaker for the company — the ultra-high end £3,995/$5,999 Concept 500 floorstanders — designed to take on products like the Bowers and Wilkins 702 S2. We had a listen to the Concept 500 and found that it was lot more relaxed compared with the revealing B&Ws but also lacked its rivals’ holographic sound stage.