Q Acoustics 5010: Bookshelf Speakers

Compact bookshelf speakers with advanced design


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Elevate Your Acoustic Experience

Imagine a soundscape that envelopes you, rich in detail and bursting with life, all emanating from a pair of speakers so elegantly designed they become an extension of your living space. The Q Acoustics 5010 bookshelf speakers are not just audio equipment; they are the embodiment of acoustic innovation and style, tailored for the discerning listener who seeks both auditory excellence and aesthetic charm.

Design That Speaks Volumes

The Q Acoustics 5010 speakers are crafted with a contemporary flair that complements any room's decor. Their compact size belies their powerful performance, making them a perfect fit for spaces where every inch counts. Available in a range of sophisticated finishes—Satin Black, Satin White, Santos Rosewood, and Holme Oak—these speakers are designed to blend seamlessly into your home environment, or stand out as a statement piece, depending on your personal style.

Cutting-Edge Acoustic Engineering

C3 Continuous Curved Cone Technology

A groundbreaking innovation, the C3 Continuous Curved Cone, forms the heart of the 5010's mid/bass driver. This unique design minimizes diffraction and enhances clarity, ensuring that every note is reproduced with absolute precision. The result is an off-the-scale performance that brings your favorite tracks to life with an authenticity that has to be heard to be believed.

High-Frequency Driver Innovation

The high-frequency driver of the Q Acoustics 5010 is a masterpiece of engineering. Hermetically sealed and mechanically isolated from the front baffle, it delivers crystal-clear highs without any interference from cabinet vibrations. This meticulous attention to detail ensures that from the softest whisper to the highest soprano, you'll catch every nuance.

Cabinet Technology Straight from the Concept Range

Drawing on the flagship Concept range, the 5010's cabinet is designed with innovative technology that minimizes resonance and enhances sonic purity. The baffle front is laminated with butyl rubber and black acrylic trim, serving as an effective damping layer that suppresses any unwanted vibrations, delivering a sound that is both focused and free from distortion.

Unparalleled Versatility

With the Q Acoustics 5010, you have the freedom to place your speakers in a way that suits your space without compromising on sound quality. Whether positioned near wall boundaries or on a stand, these speakers adapt to their environment while maintaining their exceptional performance. The rear-firing port, complete with foam bungs, allows for fine-tuning based on placement, giving you control over the bass response.

Speaker Placement Made Simple

Achieving the perfect audio setup is straightforward with the Q Acoustics 5010. For an optimum listening experience, position the speakers 6.5' to 13.125' apart, forming an equilateral triangle with your main listening spot. With tweeters at ear level, the speakers' wide frequency response and detailed audio playback are maximized, immersing you in a sound that is as accurate as it is enthralling.

Compatibility and Integration

The 5010 speakers are designed to work in perfect harmony with the Q B12 Subwoofer, offering you the option to extend the bass response for a truly full-range audio experience. This compatibility ensures seamless integration and the potential to further enhance your home theater or music system.

Thoughtful Accessories and Connectivity

Easy Magnetic Grille

The magnetic grille included with the Q Acoustics 5010 is not only easy to use but also adds to the sleek appearance of the speakers. When it's time for a listening session, the grille can be effortlessly removed to reveal the speakers' sophisticated drivers.

Binding Post Terminals

The binding post terminals on the 5010 accept bare wire and banana plugs, accommodating up to 12AWG. This flexibility in connectivity allows for simple and secure connections to your amplifier or receiver, ensuring that setup is as painless as the listening experience is pleasurable.

Key Specifications at a Glance

  • Speaker Type: 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker
  • Tweeter: 1" Soft-dome Tweeter
  • Woofer: 1 x 4.5" Continuous Curved Cone Woofer
  • Frequency Range: 56-30k Hz
  • Sensitivity: 86.3 dB
  • Crossover Frequency: 2500 Hz
  • Power Range: 15-90 watts
  • Impedance: Nominal 6 ohms (Minimum 3.3 ohms)

The 5010 Experience: Pros that Promise Performance

  • Discreet and Compact: Ideal for any space without sacrificing quality.
  • Off-the-Scale Performance: Experience sound that defies expectations.
  • Genuine Advancement in Driver Design: Hear the difference with the C3 Cone.
  • Excellent Dispersion: Enjoy well-controlled frequency response.
  • Reduced Harmonic Distortion: For a pure and precise sound.
  • Stylish Finishes: Choose a look that fits your personal taste.
  • Accurate and Balanced Sound Reproduction: Hear your music as the artist intended.
  • Versatile Placement Options: Tailor your setup to your environment.
  • Wide Frequency Range: From deep bass to soaring highs, nothing is missed.

Embrace the Dreamedia Difference

At Dreamedia, we understand that a home theater is more than just technology—it's an experience. We stand ready to help you design a system that not only includes the remarkable Q Acoustics 5010 speakers but also perfectly matches your space and preferences. Our expertise ensures that from consultation to installation, your home audio journey is in capable hands.

Elevate your listening experience with the Q Acoustics 5010 bookshelf speakers. Whether you're an audiophile, a casual listener, or simply seeking to enhance your home's ambiance, these speakers promise to deliver an unrivaled acoustic performance wrapped in a package of sophistication and style. Discover the harmony of form and function with the 5010s, and let the music speak for itself.


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  • C3 Continuous Curved ConeTM design in the mid/bass driver ensures smoother high-frequency integration with the tweeter and superior bass dynamics.
  • Sophisticated, clean and contemporary design with dark acrylic baffle motif mirrors the minimalist C3 Continuous Curved ConeTM profile.
  • Available in four stylish finishes: Satin Black,Satin White, Santos Rosewood and Holme Oak.
  • With a design taken from the Concept series but in a new housing, the high-frequency driver is fully hermetically sealed and mechanically isolated from the front baffle to protect from internal cabinet pressure and resonances from the mid/bass driver.
  • Ground-up mid/bass driver design delivers increased power handling.
  • Point-2-PointTM (P2P) internal bracing stiffens the cabinet to minimise lower frequency vibrations, while focusing stereo imaging and improving soundstage

Q Acoustics 5010: Bookshelf Speakers Review


The Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers offer a compact and stylish solution for those seeking high-quality audio in a smaller form factor. With a design derived from the Concept series and innovative cabinet technology, these speakers promise exceptional performance and sound reproduction. In this review, we will delve into the design, performance, user experience, and limitations of the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers to help you make an informed decision.

Key Features and Specifications:- Compact bookshelf speakers
- Stylish finishes: Satin Black, Satin White, Santos Rosewood, and Holme Oak
- High-frequency driver with hermetic sealing and mechanical isolation
- C3 Continuous Curved Cone mid/bass driver
- Innovative cabinet technology from the flagship Concept range
- Vibration suppression with butyl rubber and black acrylic trim
- Carefully vented inner chamber for improved performance
- 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker
- 1" Soft-dome Tweeter
- 1 x 4.5" Continuous Curved Cone Woofer
- Frequency Range: 56-30k Hz
- Sensitivity: 86.3 dB
- Crossover Frequency: 2500 Hz

Design and Build Quality

The Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers impress with their compact size and stylish finishes. Whether you prefer the Satin Black, Satin White, Santos Rosewood, or Holme Oak variant, these speakers will blend seamlessly into any space. The design, derived from the Concept series, showcases a new housing that not only looks elegant but also contributes to improved performance.

One notable design feature is the hermetic sealing of the high-frequency driver, which isolates it from the front baffle. This ensures enhanced performance and reduces any unwanted vibrations. Additionally, the baffle front is laminated with butyl rubber and black acrylic trim, effectively suppressing vibrations and further improving the overall sound quality.

The Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers also incorporate innovative cabinet technology from the flagship Concept range. This technology, combined with a carefully vented inner chamber, helps to improve the performance and seamlessly integrate the speakers into your audio setup.

Performance and Sound Quality

When it comes to performance, the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers truly stand out. The genuine advancement in driver design is evident in the audio reproduction they offer. The speakers deliver excellent dispersion and a well-controlled frequency response, ensuring a balanced and accurate soundstage.

One of the key advantages of these speakers is their reduced harmonic distortion, resulting in a clean and detailed audio experience. Whether you're listening to music or watching movies, the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers faithfully reproduce the sound, capturing the intricate nuances and delivering an immersive experience.

With a wide frequency range of 56-30k Hz, these speakers allow for detailed audio playback, ensuring that you don't miss out on any subtle elements of your favorite music or movies. The mid/bass driver's C3 Continuous Curved Cone design further enhances the speaker's performance, providing deep bass dynamics and damped low-end sound.

User Experience and Versatility

The Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers offer a user-friendly experience, starting with their compact and stylish design. These speakers can easily fit into any space without overpowering the room, making them ideal for smaller living rooms, bedrooms, or offices. The choice of four stylish finishes allows you to select the one that best suits your personal style and existing decor.

The magnetic grille of the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers is a thoughtful addition, making it easy to remove and attach the grille whenever desired. This feature not only simplifies the process of cleaning or adjusting the speakers but also adds to the overall aesthetic appeal.

Versatility is another strong suit of these speakers. Their compact size and design allow for flexible placement options. Whether you want to position them on a bookshelf, desk, or wall-mounted stands, the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers can adapt to your preferences. However, it's worth noting that these speakers do not come with a built-in mounting bracket for wall installation, so additional accessories may be required.

Limitations and Missing Features

While the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers offer impressive performance and a user-friendly experience, there are a few limitations and missing features to consider. The lower sensitivity rating of 86.3 dB means that these speakers may require a high-output amplifier to achieve optimal performance at higher volume levels. It's important to ensure that your audio setup can adequately power these speakers to avoid any potential audio distortion.

Another limitation is the lack of a built-in mounting bracket for wall installation. If you prefer to mount your speakers on the wall, you will need to purchase separate wall mounts or brackets. Additionally, for those seeking enhanced bass depth, the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers may benefit from the addition of a subwoofer.

One area where the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers could improve is in providing more detailed information about other technical specifications and performance metrics. While the frequency range and sensitivity are provided, there is limited information on aspects such as power handling or impedance, which could be useful for those seeking a more technical understanding of the speakers.

Furthermore, there is no mention of wireless connectivity options or compatibility with other devices. If you're looking for speakers that offer wireless connectivity or the ability to connect to smart home systems, you may need to explore alternative options.


In conclusion, the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers offer a compact and stylish solution for those looking for exceptional audio performance in a smaller form factor. With their genuine advancement in driver design, excellent dispersion, and well-controlled frequency response, these speakers deliver accurate and balanced sound reproduction.

The compact and stylish design, easy-to-use magnetic grille, and versatile placement options make the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers a user-friendly choice. However, it's important to consider their limitations, such as the lower sensitivity rating and the absence of a built-in mounting bracket for wall installation.

Overall, the Q Acoustics 5010 Bookshelf Speakers are a solid option for those seeking a high-quality audio experience in a compact and stylish package. They are well-suited for smaller rooms and can be integrated seamlessly into any space. However, if you require wireless connectivity or have specific technical requirements, it may be worth exploring other options.


  • Design and Construction
  • Bookshelf Speaker Design: Compact and discreet for easy positioning
  • Finishes Available: Satin Black, Satin White, Santos Rosewood, Holme Oak
  • Cabinet Technology: Derived from flagship Concept range
  • Vibration Suppression: Baffle fronts laminated with butyl rubber and black acrylic trim
  • High-Frequency Driver Isolation: Hermetically sealed and mechanically isolated from front baffle
  • Design Inspiration: Concept speaker series
  • Driver Technology
  • Mid/Bass Driver: C3 Continuous Curved Cone design
  • Voice Coil: Large voice coils coupled to substantial magnets
  • Power Handling Increase: 50% over comparable drivers with 25.4 mm voice coil
  • Tweeter: 1" hermetically sealed and mechanically isolated
  • Crossover Point: Lowered for seamless integration
  • Performance and Sound Quality
  • Driver Design: Advancement in mid/bass driver for dispersion and frequency response control
  • Dynamic Range: Improved, especially in bass region
  • Bass Dynamics: Superior deep bass dynamics and tighter, damped low-end sound
  • Harmonic Distortion: Reduced for smoother integration with tweeter
  • Technical Specifications
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf
  • Enclosure Type: 2-way reflex
  • Frequency Response: 68 Hz - 22 kHz
  • Impedance: 6 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 86 dB
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 15 - 75 W
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.8 kHz
  • Additional Features
  • Subwoofer Compatibility: Yes, with Q B12 Subwoofer
  • Terminal Panel: Recessed and hidden
  • Adjustable Spiked Feet: Yes, with rubber caps
  • Policies
  • Free Shipping: Nationwide in the U.S.
  • Return Policy: 30 days
  • Expert Support: Available for assistance
  • Preferred Installers: Network available across the US

Additional Info

Ahead of the curve

The new 5000 series from Q Acoustics is a range of stereo and home cinema loudspeakers that will recalibrate your perceptions of how a speaker can look and sound. By embodying genuine and significant advancement in driver design, the game-changing C3 Continuous Curved Cone™ mid/bass driver elevates the 5000 series beyond any nominal rival. By incorporating the innovative cabinet technology first deployed in the company’s flagship Concept range, the 5000 series is as uncompromised on the inside as it is sophisticated and contemporary on the outside

Sophisticated and contemporary design

The reductive nature of the C3 Continuous Curved Cone’s™ appearance is also reflected in the 5000 series minimalist design, with its sophisticated but contemporary lines leaning towards the elegant form of the latest Concept speaker series. The baffle fronts are laminated with a layer of butyl rubber and black acrylic trim, not only to provide a damping layer to suppress vibration occurring in the baffle, but to offer an eye-catching counterpoint to the cosmetically clean front presentation uninterrupted by any fixings.

Mid/bass driver design

At the heart of the ground-up mid/bass driver design is the C3 Continuous Curved Cone™. The cone’s geometry requires good motor strength for optimal performance. Substantial magnets are coupled to large voice coils to increase motor strength - the result is a 50% increase in power handling and control over a comparable driver with 25.4 mm voice coil. The result is an improvement in the dynamic range of the speaker, especially in the bass region.

High-frequency driver design

Based on the tweeter design principle found in the newest Concept series, the high frequency driver unit is hermetically sealed and mechanically isolated (floating) from the baffle to prevent internal pressure modulations from within the cabinet and adjacent mid/bass driver. The inner chamber is also carefully vented for lower distortion, with a lower crossover point for seamless integration through the crossover region.

C3 Continuous Curved Cone™

A genuine advancement in elements of mid/bass driver design, the C3 Continuous Curved Cone™ profile is the result of extensive research and expert engineering to combine the bass performance benefits of a traditional straight conic cone with the high/mid-range frequency control of a flared cone.

By creating a single, smooth, continuous curve profile, the advantages are clear. Its excellent dispersion, alongside its well-controlled frequency response and reduced harmonic distortion, enables smoother integration with the tweeter. Deep bass dynamics are also superior, with this and tighter, damped low-end sound allowing more flexibility in in placement of speakers near the wall boundaries of the listening room.