Far from minimal, the changes made over the 2000i Series (the firm’s existing budget speaker, on sale till the end of 2015) more than justify the new model number: the cone material of the twin 16.5cm mid/bass drivers has been changed from a paper/mica mix to a paper/aramid composition – aramid fibre (better known as ‘Kevlar’) strengthens the cone and makes its behaviour more predictable. According to Q Acoustics, that ensures more natural tonality.
Interestingly, the 25mm tweeter now uses a diaphragm that combines the design elements of the ring radiator and dome to improve treble performance. The tweeter is decoupled from the main cabinet by butyl rubber, isolating it from the detrimental vibrations of the cabinet.
The crossover uses higher-grade components, too, which supposedly limit distortion and reduce phase problems at the crossover point.
Last but not least: the cabinet. Made from 15mm MDF panels with dual-layered 20mm top plate and an even thicker front baffle, it’s been further braced to control resonances and increase stiffness.
Q Acoustics has also moved the bi-wire terminals from underneath the cabinet to the rear panel. You won’t hear us complaining: coincidentally, that makes them more accessible, too.