Why a Beloved Audio Company Is Changing Its Tune on Speaker Design

The Q Active 200, the first Q Acoustics active speaker, shows how the audio landscape is shifting.

Every speaker, no matter size or shape or quality or cost, is either passive or active. It either relies on an external amplifier somewhere else in your stereo system, or packs all the hardware it needs to play inside its own body. For 15 years, Q Acoustics has made some of our favorite passive bookshelf speakers, like the affordable 3020i and the well-loved Concept 20, exclusively.

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