Comparing Elac B5.2 and Q Acoustics 3020i

Lowest price found: £229 Show listings
Lowest price found: £179 Show listings
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Elac B5.2 ranks #3 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
10.0
Amazing
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Q Acoustics 3020i ranks #2 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
10.0
Amazing
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews

Experts recommend Q Acoustics 3020i more than Elac B5.2

As of 3 Aug 2022, experts prefer Q Acoustics 3020i over Elac B5.2, but both Speakers have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Q Acoustics 3020i received 5 recommendations: from The Master Switch (19 Jan 2022), Pitchfork (19 Nov 2020) Wirecutter (28 Jan 2022) and 2 others. By contrast, Elac B5.2 received only 1 recommendation from What Hi-Fi (8 Jul 2022).

Rank Change Price Speakers
The Master Switch
SoundGuys
Pitchfork
What Hi-Fi
Rolling Stone
T3
Wirecutter
Max Your Home Time
Gear Patrol
HiConsumption
1
- £179
Q Acoustics 3020i
5
-
7
-
-
-
1
1
8
-
22
N/A £229
Elac B5.2
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
-

Curious to see this month's entire Bookshelf Speakers ranking? It's here

About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 8 Jul 2022 What Hi-Fi ranked Elac B5.2 as #2
    Rank Speakers Comment
    ... ... ...
    #2 out of 11 Elac B5.2
    Arguably the most capable budget standmounters we’ve heard.
    ... ... ...
  • On 19 Jan 2022 The Master Switch ranked Q Acoustics 3020i as #5
    Rank Speakers Comment
    ... ... ...
    #5 out of 18 Q Acoustics 3020i
    Best Bookshelf Speakers for Vinyl
    ... ... ...
  • On 19 Nov 2020 Pitchfork ranked Q Acoustics 3020i as #7
    Rank Speakers
    ... ...
    #7 out of 13 Q Acoustics 3020i
    ... ...
  • On 28 Jan 2022 Wirecutter ranked Q Acoustics 3020i as #1
    Rank Speakers Comment
    #1 out of 5 Q Acoustics 3020i
    The best passive bookshelf speakers
    ... ... ...
  • Max Your Home Time ranked Q Acoustics 3020i as #1
    Rank Speakers Comment
    #1 out of 10 Q Acoustics 3020i
    Best Overall and Best Bookshelf Speakers Under 300
    ... ... ...
  • On 7 Dec 2021 Gear Patrol ranked Q Acoustics 3020i as #8
    Rank Speakers
    ... ...
    #8 out of 11 Q Acoustics 3020i
    ... ...

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 92 expert endorsements of the May rankings, Q Acoustics 3020i outranks Elac B5.2. This is not to say that Elac B5.2 is a bad option. Like Q Acoustics 3020i, it is recommended by experts, but less.

Made up your mind? Ready to dive in?

Customers like Q Acoustics 3020i and Elac B5.2 about the same

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Elac B5.2
Q Acoustics 3020i
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Both Q Acoustics 3020i and Elac B5.2 have very similar amazing customer reviews.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling speakers receives a consumer score of 9.3 (amazing). Both Elac B5.2 and Q Acoustics 3020i receive customer reviews that average out above that median threshold.

Elac B5.2
In comparison:
Elac B5.2 ranks #3 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
10.0
Amazing
Q Acoustics 3020i
In comparison:
Q Acoustics 3020i ranks #2 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
10.0
Amazing
Median best-selling Speakers
In comparison:
BIC America DV62si ranks #38 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
9.3
Amazing





Q Acoustics 3020i is more popular than Elac B5.2

It's fairly safe to say that Q Acoustics 3020i are more popular speakers than Elac B5.2, based on their 300+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Elac B5.2 and Q Acoustics 3020i often consider Dali Spektor 2, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Elac B5.2 and Q Acoustics 3020i
Dali Spektor 2 £228
In comparison:
Dali Spektor 2 ranks #13 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
9.9
Amazing
3 expert recommendations
Fluance SX6 £150
In comparison:
Fluance SX6 ranks #19 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
9.7
Amazing
No expert recommendations Cheaper More Popular
Edifier R1850DB £160
In comparison:
Edifier R1850DB ranks #45 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
9.2
Amazing
No expert recommendations Cheaper More Popular
Sonos One £229
In comparison:
Sonos One ranks #53 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
Go to rankings
8.7
Great
No expert recommendations More Popular
Find the best speakers in Speakers Finder
Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Q Acoustics 3020i is mentioned by key experts in Aug 2022, while Elac B5.2 is not.
Rank Change Price Speakers
The Master Switch
SoundGuys
Pitchfork
What Hi-Fi
Rolling Stone
T3
Wirecutter
Max Your Home Time
Gear Patrol
HiConsumption
1
- £179
Q Acoustics 3020i
5
-
7
-
-
-
1
1
8
-
2
- £299
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2
1
2
9
7
-
-
-
5
-
-
3
- Check price
Kef LS50
10
-
-
1
-
7
-
-
2
-
4
- Check price
Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2
3
-
-
3
-
5
-
-
6
-
Show all rows
Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [5]

96
Total expert reviews: 5
  • with a score: 2
  • without a score: 3
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 5 reviews
96
Lowest score by iiwireviews.com
93

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [15]

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

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews
From Seller:
  • Easy-to-drive 6-Ohm nominal impedance - Compatible with nearly all AV receivers and stereo amplifiers
  • 5-1/4" woven aramid fiber bass driver and 1" soft-dome tweeter delivers deep impactful bass and smooth extended highs for both movies and music.
  • Read more
From Seller:
  • 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
  • Read more
Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
No video reviews linked yet for Elac B5.2.
Review! The Q Acoustics 3020i | Bookshelf Loudspeaker
Review by Zero Fidelity
Popular! 73K views!
Play video review
Q Acoustics 3020i | Bookshelf Speaker Review
Popular! 15K views!
Play video review
Review: Q Acoustics 3020i Bookshelf Speakers
Review by ReadySitGeek
Popular! 19K views!
Play video review
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0858552007073
UPC Numbers: 858552007073
Model Numbers: DB52-BK
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews
General Info
Number of Speakers How many bookshelf speakers are included?
2
1
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
Two-Way
Two-Way
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews
Physical Features
Dimensions
Loading product dimensions...
Loading product dimensions...
Weight

13 lbs
 

12 lbs
 
Indoor or Outdoor Use Can the speaker be used outdoors?
Indoor
Indoor
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews
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
Fiberboard
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
Bass Reflex
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
86 dB
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
46 to 35,000 Hz
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
Yes
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
120 Watts
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
No
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
6 Ohms
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
Yes
Yes
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews
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
1
1
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
Dome
Dome
Tweeter Size Diameter of the Tweeter
1 inches
0.87 inches
Tweeter Material In addition to the shape of the tweeter, the material has a big impact on the type of sound emitted. The two most popular materials are metals (aluminum, titanium, etc.) and soft textiles (silk, cloth ... Show more
Cloth Dome
no data Know this info? Contribute!
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews
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.

Number of Midranges
no data Know this info? Contribute!
0 mids
Woofers

The woofer is the driver that is responsible for low frequency sounds and bass - crucial for well-rounded, booming sound. It is the biggest driver in size, and is usually shaped like a cone. When reviewing different bookshelf speakers, you will often see a measurement in the product name, starting as low as 4” and ranging to 6 ½” or more. This measurement refers to the diameter of the woofer. A general rule of thumb is a bigger woofer means louder, more powerful bass. But, as with any speaker metric, this number alone doesn’t describe the loudness of the speaker and should be taken into consideration with other measurements such as sensitivity, which describes the loudness of a speaker per watt.

Number of Woofers
1
no data Know this info? Contribute!
Woofer Size Diameter of the woofer
5.2 inches
no data Know this info? Contribute!
Woofer Material Woofers are built with a variety of materials, such as paper, plastic, polypropylene, Kevlar, or metal. Some are even made with more unique materials like wood. They key to quality in a woofer materia ... Show more
Woven aramid-fiber cone with oversized magnet and vented pole piece
no data Know this info? Contribute!
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews
Controls
Remote Control Does the box include a remote?
No
No
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
No
No
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
No
No
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
No
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
Yes
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
Yes
No
Other Connections Bookshelf speakers commonly come with speaker wire inputs/outputs to connect your speaker to an AV receiver, which transmits the sound from your TV. In some cases, speakers may come with additional in ... Show more
Speaker wire
no data Know this info? Contribute!
Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews
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
Yes
No
Additional Features Any other features available.
Black Ash vinyl
Crossover Frequency: 2.4kHz
Loading price comparison chart...

Elac B5.2 are a 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 Sonos One or Q Acoustics Concept 20 .

Elac B5.2 are £40.99 cheaper than the average speakers (£269.99).

Q Acoustics 3020i are a very popular and one of the cheaper options. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Dayton Audio B452 or Micca MB42 .

Q Acoustics 3020i are £90.99 less expensive than average speakers (£269.99).

Q Acoustics 3020i: Buy | Customer Reviews

You might also like:

High-rated Speakers in a similar price range.

This website displays data from third party public sources. The data presented is for information purposes only. We can't guarantee correctness and completeness of all the data presented here, and therefore will not accept liability for any issues arising from usage of this data. All Trademarks and Copyrights belong to their respective owners. ReviewFinder is reader-supported - if you click on a link on ReviewFinder and make a purchase, we earn a commission at no extra cost to you.


Copyright © 2022