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 ‚Äď 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.