Q Acoustics’ new wireless speakers look ideal for small apartments that want big home theater sound

The Q Acoustics M40 speaker system in walnut positioned in a dimly lit room with grey walls and tasteful decor.
(Image credit: Q Acoustics)

British audio tech company Q Acoustics has unveiled the new M40 wireless speakers with a discreet, tower-like design that promise to fill your home with hi-res sound without investing in big and bulky loudspeakers.

The M40 micro-tower speakers follow in the footsteps of the Q Acoustics M20 HD wireless music system, which we rated highly back in 2022 for its “loud, lively and lovable” sound. 

Fast-forward to 2024 and Q Acoustics has put its past expertise and latest sound technologies into the new M40 audio system. It can support many different music sources and is powerful enough to deliver full-scale sound. 

But what makes it stand out against the competition of the best wireless speakers is the fact this pair of speakers aren’t designed to stand out. They’re not obtrusive or bulky like some rivals, but instead boast a minimal, classy design in a black, white or walnut finish that should appeal to most people. 

Why we’re excited about the Q Acoustics M40 wireless speakers 

The Q Acoustics M40 wireless speakers pictured in black, walnut and white finishes.

(Image credit: Q Acoustics)

We’ll need to test the Q Acoustics M40 audio system ourselves to see if these impressive-looking tower speakers deliver the audio quality we’re expecting from the best stereo speakers in a range of different environments. But for now, there are several reasons we’re excited to try them and think they’ll be a hit for anyone looking to upgrade their home audio system.

The design of the Q Acoustics M40 has major appeal. At just 71cm (27.95 inches) tall, these tower speakers are incredibly compact – especially considering the powerful sound they’re capable of pumping out – and they have 2 x 100 watts of built-in amplification, which means no extra boxes are required for them to work.

This means not only do they look good and will be unobtrusive in a range of different environments, but they might work well for anyone looking for an audio system to suit a smaller or more awkward space who hasn’t had look with large speaker systems so far.

Sound-wise, Q Acoustics promises a “powerful, precise and engrossing sonic performance”. The company says there’s a C3 Continuous Curved Cone design within the mid/bass driver. This is what’s going to deliver smooth tweeter integration, as well as outstanding, controlled bass performance.

The Q Acoustics M40 speakers boast high-resolution, reliable wireless streaming via Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD compatibility and aptX Low Latency technology. This means high-resolution sound (up to 24bit/48kHz) can be streamed from any compatible device.

Because the speakers work with many connectivity options, you have the freedom of using the M40 with any sound source, whether that’s a TV, games console, turntable with a built-in preamp, CD player, set-top box, network streamer or subwoofer if you want big, booming sound.

The system is designed to be easy to set up. You can assign the powered speaker as either the left or right channel for easier access to the mains, and an EQ switch tells the system if the speakers are positioned against a wall in the corner of a room so the audio performance can be optimized.

The Q Acoustics M40 speakers are available now from qacoustics.com for $999 / £749.

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Becca Caddy

Becca is a contributor to TechRadar, a freelance journalist and author. She’s been writing about consumer tech and popular science for more than ten years, covering all kinds of topics, including why robots have eyes and whether we’ll experience the overview effect one day. She’s particularly interested in VR/AR, wearables, digital health, space tech and chatting to experts and academics about the future. She’s contributed to TechRadar, T3, Wired, New Scientist, The Guardian, Inverse and many more. Her first book, Screen Time, came out in January 2021 with Bonnier Books. She loves science-fiction, brutalist architecture, and spending too much time floating through space in virtual reality.