Q Acoustics has announced a new addition to its loudspeaker range, the Q-BT3 Bluetooth wireless model.

Packaged as a stereo pair, the Q-BT3 speakers tote a 2 x 50W power amplifier, Bluetooth V4.0 wireless receiver with aptX capability and a 'low-distortion' DAC accessed via an optical input. Other connections are two analogue stereo line-level inputs (a 3.5mm mini jack and one pair of phono sockets). A separate subwoofer output is provided for bass heads.

The 240mm high bookshelf speakers use a 1in silk dome tweeter and 4in coated paper cone midbass driver, and can be controlled via the bundled remote control or the handset of exterior hardware, such as a Sky+HD box. 

Q Acoustics says the Q-BT3 will ‘auto switch’ between inputs when it detects a new signal, providing swift changeover between TV audio via optical and smartphone music via Bluetooth, for example. 

The brand is positioning the Q-BT3 as both a soundbar competior and high-quality stereo solution. Says Alex Munro, channel director at Q Acoustics' parent company Armour Home, 'I believe we can confidently claim that, for most people, the new Q-BT3 will be a brilliant audio solution for nearly every requirement. Connect it to the audio output from your television or set-top box and the Q-BT3 comfortably outperforms typical soundbars – but bring your smartphone into the mix and wirelessly stream Bluetooth signals and it’s transformed into the equivalent of a super-quality modern "mini system".' 

'The new Q-BT3 isn’t a jazzed-up iPod dock or modified table radio in disguise,' adds Munro.

The Q-BT3 will retail for around £400 per pair. Available colour choices are Juice Red, Urban White and Jet black. 

Check out www.qacoustics.co.uk for more info.