Q Acoustics Active 200 and 400 wireless speakers tune in

Wireless streaming options aplenty with these new high-end active speakers

Q Acoustics Active 200 and 400 speakers
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British audio specialist Q Acoustics has unveiled a new active speaker range - the Q Active 200 and the Q Active 400 are designed to offer wireless music streaming from pretty much any source.

The Q Active 200 and 400, as the name suggests, are active speakers - so they don't need to be connected to an amp or an existing hi-fi system.

However, it's not the speakers themselves that handle the music sources - they connect wirelessly to a central Control Hub, which has a plethora of inputs, both physical and digital, for you to get your music playing.

The Airplay 2 enabled systems - which can be configured to work as Chromecast devices or to be compatible with Alexa (in 2021, at least) - play nicely with the major music streaming services including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify and Tidal – and there's a native app you can use so you don't have to switch between different streaming services. Spotify Connect is also on board.

The Q Active range also acts as a UPnP media player, so it can grab and play high quality digital audio files directly from your PC or a NAS drive.

On the back of the Control Hub you'll find inputs for HDMI ARC, optical and analogue and there's also a subwoofer output.

In terms of audio quality 200s boast a pair of 2.25-inch BMR drive units and a rear-firing 4.5-inch long throw subwoofer. There are six discrete amplifiers on board.

The 400s bump the power up from 280W to 440W, with two extra amplifiers and a pair of those rear-firing 4.5-inch subwoofers.

The good news is that Q Acoustics - unlike many other audio brands (we're looking at you Sonos and Bose) - is making their system both Google Home (Chromecast) multi-room and Alexa multi-room music compatible.

You can also use them as part of an AirPlay 2 multi-room audio system too, of course.

The Q Active 200 will go on sale next month, priced at $1,999. The 400 follows next year, price to be confirmed.

You'll be able to buy them on Amazon or direct from Q Acoustics.

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