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Q Acoustics’ 5000 Series Loudspeakers Deliver Great Performance With Innovative New Drivers

The Q Acoustics 5000 Series featured new advanced drivers, stiffer bracing, and deliver improved clarity, speed, and detail at prices consumers can actually afford.

2023 Q Acoustics 5000 Series Loudspeakers in Oak

The Q Acoustics 3000 Series has dominated the entry-level category for almost five years for the simple reason that it offers outstanding performance for the money. The Concept 30 that we just reviewed occupies an interesting place in their overall lineup at $1,300 USD but also puts the spotlight on the reality that there is a lot of daylight between the 3000 series and the rest of their products. The new Q Acoustics 5000 Series aims to change all of that with 5 new models that offer a significant uptick in performance without breaking the bank.

Q Acoustics have been designing award-winning loudspeakers since 2006. The new 5000 Series loudspeaker range sits between the entry-level 3000 Series and the Concept Series, while offering the flexibility for both stereo and home theater setups.

EIC Ian White and Jeremy Sikora have the 5040 and 5020 loudspeakers already at home under review and you can read our early impressions of the 5040 here.

Five Speakers

The five new loudspeakers in the 5000 lineup include the following:

  1. 5010 Bookshelf speaker ($749/pair)
  2. 5020 Bookshelf speaker ($899/pair)
  3. 5040 Floorstanding speaker ($1,499/pair)
  4. 5050 Floorstanding speaker (Coming in 2024)
  5. 5090 Center channel speaker ($599 each)
Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speaker in White Angle
Q Acoustics 5010
Q Acoustics 5020 Bookshelf Speaker
Q Acoustics 5020
Q Acoustics 5040 Floorstanding Speakers and 5090 Center Speaker in Black
Q Acoustics 5040 Floorstanding Speakers and 5090 Center Speaker in Black
Q Acoustics 5040 and 5050 Loudspeakers in Oak without Grilles
Q Acoustics 5040 (left) and 5050 (right) in Oak

Core Features

Basic Design: At their most basic, the Q Acoustics 5000 speakers incorporate a 2-way bass reflex design with rear-facing port(s), but there are additional refinements that are intended to improve performance and add additional styling. 

C3 (pronounced ‘C-cubed’) Continuous Curved Cone design for the mid/bass driver provides smoother high-frequency integration with the tweeter and superior bass dynamics. The mid/bass driver is also designed to accommodate increased power handling (up to 50% over comparable drivers from other brands). The stylish design also includes a dark acrylic baffle that mirrors the minimalist C3 Continuous Curved Cone™ profile. 

Q Acoustics 5050 Tweeter Closeup
Q Acoustics 5050

New Tweeter Housing: Borrowing from the Q Acoustics Concept Series with modification, the 5000 series uses a new housing for the high-frequency (tweeter) driver. This housing hermetically seals and mechanically isolates (floats) the tweeter from the front baffle to protect it from internal cabinet pressure and resonances from the mid/bass driver.

P2P: The 5000 series speakers also incorporate Point-2-Point™ (P2P) internal bracing. This stiffens the cabinet to minimize low-frequency vibrations while improving stereo imaging and the soundstage.

HPE: For the 5040 and 5050 models, Helmholtz Pressure Equalizers (HPE™) are used to reduce internal pressure and standing waves. 

QED XT40i Cables connected to rear of Q Acoustics 5040 Loudspeaker
QED XT40i Speaker Cables (not included) connected to rear of 5040.

Additional Features for the 5040/5050: These floorstanding models come with solid aluminum stabilizers that include top adjustable spikes for easier leveling adjustment. Durable low-profile speaker terminals provide an unobtrusive appearance, enabling the speakers to be placed closer to the wall if needed.

Finish Options: Q Acoustics is offering the following finish options for the 5000 line: Satin Black, Satin White, Santos Rosewood, Holme Oak

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Specifications

50105020504050505090
MSRP$749/pair$899/pair$1,499/pairTBD$599 each
DescriptionBookshelfStandmountFloorstandingFloorstandingCenter Channel
Speaker Type2-way Bass Reflex2-way Bass Reflex2-way Bass Reflex2-way Bass Reflex2-way Bass Reflex
Woofer 1 x 110mm
(4.5 in)
1  x 125 mm
(5.0 in)
2 x 125 mm
(5.0 in) 
2 x 150 mm
(6.0 in)
2 x 110 mm
(4.5 in)
Tweeter1 x 25mm
(1 in)
1 x 25 mm
(1.0 in) 
1 x 25 mm
(1.0 in) 
1 x 25 mm
(1.0 in)
1 x 25 mm
(1.0 in) 
Frequency Response (-6dB)56Hz – 30kHz 53Hz – 30kHz39Hz – 30kHzTBD57Hz – 30kHz
Nominal Impedance6 ohms6 ohms6 ohms6 ohms6 ohms
Minimum Impedance3.3 ohms3.3 ohms3.0 ohmsTBD3.2 ohms
Sensitivity (2.83v @ 1 kHz)86.3 dB87.9 dB91.5 dB TBD90.5 dB 
Recommended Amp Power15 – 90 Watts25-100 W25-150 WTBD25-150 W
Crossover Frequency 2.5 kHz2.5 kHz2.5 kHzTBD2.1 kHz
Effective Interior Volume (Litres)5.0 L6.8 L27 L39.7 L7.8 L
Dimensions (HWD)264 x 160 x 263 mm
(10.4 x 6.3 x 10.4 in)
284 x 180 x 293 mm
(11.2 x 7.1 x 11.5 in) 
967 x 361 x 293 mm
(38.1 x 14.2 x 11.5 in)
Includes  spikes and stabilizer
1017 x 386 x 336 mm
(40.0 x 15.2 x 13.2 in)
Includes  spikes and stabilizer
164 x 430 x 243 mm
(6.5 x 16.9 x 9.6 in)
Weight5.6 kg
(12.3 lbs) 
7.0 kg
(15.4 lbs)
18.0 kg
(39.7 lbs) 
TBD8.5 kg
(18.7 lbs) 
2023 Q Acoustics 5000 Series Loudspeakers in Rosewood with Grilles
2023 Q Acoustics 5000 Series Loudspeakers in Rosewood with Grilles

Pricing & Availability

Q Acoustics 5020 standmount and 5040 floorstanding models are available now exclusively from Crutchfield, while the 5010 and 5090 models are expected by May 2023.

Update: Read our in-depth reviews of the 5020 bookshelf speakers and 5040 floorstanding loudspeakers.

Both products have earned 2023 eCoustics Editor’s Choice Awards (see awards for the 5020 and 5040 here).

Home Cinema Packages

In addition to providing a great solution for stereo music listening Q Acoustics also offers the 5000 series in two 5.1-channel home theater configurations (available beginning May 2023). 

Q Acoustics 5010 5.1 Home Theater
Q Acoustics 5010 5.1 Home Theater
  • Q Acoustics 5010 5.1 (2x 5010/pair, 5090 center, QB12 subwoofer): £1,975/€2,495/$2,845
  • Q Acoustics 5040 5.1 (1x 5040/pair, 1x 5010/pair, 5090 center, QB12 subwoofer1): £2,475/€3,145/$3,595
Q Acoustics 5040 5.1 Home Theater
Q Acoustics 5040 5.1 Home Theater

Tip: If you prefer, you can opt for the 3060S Slimline subwoofer instead of the more traditional-looking Q B12 subwoofer. 

Optional Accessories: Available now from www.qacoustics.co.uk, www.qacoustics.com, and local independent dealers.

  • Q Acoustics 3000FSi floor stands (pair) for the 5010/5020 are offered with a white or black finish: £175/€219/$239 at Crutchfield.
  • Q Acoustics WB75 wall bracket (single) for the 5020/5090 are offered with a white or black finish: £59.95/€79/$89 at Amazon.
  • Q Acoustics 3000WB wall bracket (single) for the 5010 are offered with a white or black finish: £22/€27.50/$32.50 at Amazon.
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