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Comparing Bose 301 and Q Acoustics 3020i

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Lowest price found: $349 Show listings
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Bose 301 ranks #13 out of 140. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
Popularity Score
Very popular
Popularity rank: 30 / 207
85%
Consumer Score
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Q Acoustics 3020i ranks #42 out of 140. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
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September 2021 Awards and Mentions Every month we consolidate opinions of key experts for every product category
Nice! Q Acoustics 3020i ranks #2 out of 17 in this month's ranking:
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Total expert reviews: 3
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  • without a score: 3

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93
Total expert reviews: 15
  • with a score: 10
  • without a score: 5
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 15 reviews
93
Lowest score by The Audiophile Man
80

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Consumer score distribution.
Bose 301 ranks #13 and Q Acoustics 3020i ranks #42

Customers like Bose 301 somewhat more

Bose 301, the cheaper option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Q Acoustics 3020i. In our awesomeness score Bose 301 ranks #11 out of 207 and Q Acoustics 3020i ranks #2 out of 207.

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Bose 301 is more popular

It's fairly safe to say that Bose 301 are more popular speakers, based on their 900+ reviews. In our popularity score Bose 301 ranks #30 out of 207 and Q Acoustics 3020i ranks #44 out of 207.

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To consider

Customers who view Bose 301 and Q Acoustics 3020i often consider Q Acoustics 3020i, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Bose 301 and Q Acoustics 3020i
Q Acoustics 3020i $349
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Q Acoustics 3020i ranks #42 out of 140. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Kanto Audio YU4 $300
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Kanto Audio YU4 ranks #25 out of 140. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
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Klipsch RB-61 II $349
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Klipsch RB-61 II ranks #45 out of 140. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 $251
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Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 ranks #36 out of 140. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Very popular
Popularity rank: 22 / 207
89%
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  • Horizontal design fits easily on bookshelves. Spatial Dispersion speaker lens creates a smoother high frequency spatial response and wider distribution of sound
  • Exceptional performance as front left and right speakers in a home theater (best matched with BOSE VCS 10 Center Channel and BOSE 161 Surround Speakers)
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  • Award-winning design heritage to shelf or stand mount to fit seamlessly into your chosen listening room, Larger cabinet increased cabinet volume from previous models delivering a larger scale sound and deeper bass
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EAN Numbers: 0017817305518
UPC Numbers: 017817305518
General Info
Number of Speakers How many bookshelf speakers are included?
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Speaker Design The primary components of a bookshelf speaker are “drivers,” which are the cones that actually create the sound. These cones come in three types: tweeters, midranges (sometimes called mids), and woofe ... Show more
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Two-Way
Physical Features
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12 lbs
 
Indoor or Outdoor Use Can the speaker be used outdoors?
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Indoor
Cabinet
Cabinet Material The cabinet refers to the portion that surrounds and holds all of the speaker elements together - the speaker box, if you will. The most common material is wood, but you’ll also find plastic, fiberboa ... Show more
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Fiberboard
Enclosure Type The type of enclosure, or cabinet, plays a key role in determining the focus of your sound. Do you prefer accurate bass or loud bass? There are two main types: acoustic suspension and bass reflex. Aco ... Show more
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Bass Reflex
Sound Quality and Power
Sensitivity Measured in decibels, or dB, sensitivity measures a speaker’s ability to convert power to volume. Lower sensitivity speakers require more power from the amplifier to achieve higher volumes. Higher sen ... Show more
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88 dB
Frequency Response Range Given as a range in Hertz (Hz), the frequency response is a measurement of the range of sound a speaker can produce. For reference, the human ear can hear a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (shor ... Show more
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64 Hz – 30 kHz
Magnetically Shielded When sound is played through a speaker, an electromagnet is activated using the power from the amplifier to bring the driver forward, and another magnet pulls the driver back. This causes the driver t ... Show more
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Yes
Peak Power Power handling, or peak power, is the highest wattage a speaker can accept from an amplifier before it burns out or becomes damaged. This number is given in watts. It’s recorded by measuring how loud ... Show more
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75 Watts
Powered Speaker What you may not know about bookshelf speakers is that they don’t always work straight out of the box. To power the speakers, you often need a receiver and an amplifier. Amplifiers power the signal th ... Show more
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Yes
Impedance Impedance is a key electrical measurement, provided in ohms. This number describes the electrical resistance provided by the speaker to the power signal sent by your amplifier. A common analogy used f ... Show more
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6 Ohms
High Resolution Audio More and more, musicians and streaming services are offering high-resolution audio playback for music files. Like a TV, your speaker has to be high-res capable to play these high-res files. True audio ... Show more
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Yes
Tweeters

Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes (detailed below) and sizes. Generally speaking, the size of the tweeter is not as important as the shape. But, for some guidance, consider that a larger tweeter (measured by diameter in inches or millimeters) will likely be louder and able to disperse sound over a larger area.

Number of Tweeters
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Tweeter Type Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes (detailed below) and sizes. Generally ... Show more
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Dome
Tweeter Size Diameter of the Tweeter
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0.87 inches
Midranges

Speakers with midrange drivers (i.e., at least three-way speakers) have a distinct advantage over two-way speakers. Adding a midrange driver to the mix allows tweeters and woofers to focus on the sound waves they’re best equipped to produce—high tones and low tones respectively. More specific and focused drivers means more accurate, robust sound. Compared to the other drivers, midranges cover sounds, not surprisingly, in the middle of high/treble and low/bass tones. The human voice and most instruments fall into this range. For more sophisticated listeners, or for those who truly want the best sound reproduction, a midrange driver is crucial.

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0 mids
Controls
Remote Control Does the box include a remote?
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App/Smartphone Control If the bookshelf speaker is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled (or both), you’ll likely be able to control the output through your smartphone or other device. Sometimes, this capability comes with the caveat ... Show more
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Connections
Wi-Fi Enabled Speakers with Wi-Fi connectivity connect directly to your home Wi-Fi network to stream audio from your devices—smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. This may require an app from the brand, such as Yamaha’s ... Show more
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Bluetooth Enabled Speakers with built-in Bluetooth allow you to stream audio content directly from device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) on the speakers. This feature behaves just like any other Bluetooth-enabled d ... Show more
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No
Wired Connections or Wireless Not to be confused with Wi-Fi-enabled speakers, wireless speaker set ups do not require a speaker wire or direct lines to other speakers and the AV receiver. Typically, these speakers require a wirele ... Show more
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No
Speaker Wire Included Speaker wire is the connection used between speakers, amplifiers and receivers. This is a special type of wire that makes an electrical connection and transmits sound signals. You will only use this t ... Show more
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No
Additional Info
ENERGY STAR Certified For the environmentally conscious, choosing an “ENERGY STAR Certified” speaker may be important to you. Technology devices with this label are required to meet certain industry standards as it relates ... Show more
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Additional Features Any other features available.
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Crossover Frequency: 2.4kHz
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Bose 301 are a very popular option in the middle of the speakers price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as MartinLogan LX16 or Klipsch RB-61 II .

Bose 301 are $29 more expensive than the average speakers ($299).

Q Acoustics 3020i are a very popular option in the middle of the speakers price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Klipsch RB-61 II or Klipsch RP-500M .

Q Acoustics 3020i are $50 more expensive than average speakers ($299).

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