It is simply incredible how Q Acoustics can keep producing award-winning loudspeakers. Even though not all of them are receiving awards, they are still getting praise here and there. The Q Acoustics 5040 on the other hand stands among the company’s best loudspeakers ever made.
For such a high-quality pair of floor-standing speakers, you would want to partner the Q Acoustics 5040 with a matching amplifier. Let us now learn more about the Q Acoustics 5040 speakers so as to help us in deciding which amplifier to go for.
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The Merits and Strengths of Q Acoustics 5040
This pair of floor-standing speakers has a distinctive design which on first look, you will know is from Q Acoustics. Their prominent display of the company’s logo does help as well. The two 5″ (125mm) bass driver units of Q Acoustics 5040 will immediately capture your attention. As for the 1″ (25mm) treble unit, it is located right between the bass drivers. These drivers are capable of producing a frequency response of 39Hz to 30kHz (-6dB) which is impressive for a speaker of this price and size.
The recommended amplifier power of Q Acoustics 5040 is between 25 Watts to 150 Watts and has a good speaker sensitivity of 91.5dB. Its speaker sensitivity may be quite high but it is still wise to get an amplifier with ample power. Q Acoustics 5040’s nominal impedance is 6 Ohms with a minimum of 3 Ohms. This spec further indicates we shouldn’t go for low-powered amplifiers. And since the 5040 floor-standers can dig deep into the bass extension, you would want to drive enough power into them.
You don’t need to worry that the Q Acoustics 5040 will be producing exaggerated bass frequencies. The overall sound reproduction has high clarity, allowing us to hear plenty of details including the subtle ones. However, the bass port is located at the back of the speaker cabinet, do make sure you have enough breathing space for the Q Acoustics 5040 when placed inside your listening room. With proper speaker positioning, the Q Acoustics 5040 can project a wide and spacious soundstage.
Their stereo imaging is superb and this helps to create a focused image on the large soundstage. The stereo separation is really good too, you can easily hear each musician on stage with distinctions. Q Acoustics 5040 music delivery is easy on the ears but doesn’t sound dull in the slightest. This means you can play at high volume levels without worrying they may sound harsh. We have prepared a list of the best amplifiers to go with your Q Acoustics 5040 floor-standing speakers. The amplifiers’ price points have been taken into account.
Best Amplifiers for Q Acoustics 5040 Floor-Standing Speakers
Q Acoustics 5040 already sounds rather enthusiastic when it comes to music presentation. If you want to add a bit more excitement then the Cambridge Audio CXA81 will be an ideal amplifier choice to go for. This is an award-winning amplifier with a bold music delivery. Other than just driving your Q Acoustics 5040 floor-standing speakers, the Cambridge Audio CXA81 will glue you to your seat with its powerful music delivery. It has accuracy as well, able to handle most music genres.
The Marantz Model 40n will be one of the best amplifiers to go with your Q Acoustics 5040 loudspeakers. This is an excellent option for listeners who want punchy music delivery without being too upfront about it. Marantz Model 40n has a nice cabinet design which will look great in most listening rooms. The Model 40n integrated amplifier is also an ideal amplifier for modern-day listeners who like to stream their music via services like Tidal, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.
The Cambridge Audio Evo 75 is another amazing amplifier for Q Acoustics 5040 speaker owners who like to stream music. Cambridge Audio Evo 75 has a built-in ESS Sabre ES9016K2M DAC and StreamMagic app for high-quality music streaming via services such as Spotify, Tidal, and more. The Bluetooth with aptX HD is great for listeners who like to stream music from their mobile devices. Cambridge Audio Evo 75 articulate sonic performance will work well together with the Q Acoustics 5040 loudspeakers.
If amplifier power is your main concern, then you might want to check out the Parasound Hint 6. This is an integrated amplifier with up to 270 Watts into 4 Ohms (both channels driven). It would have no problem driving the Q Acoustics 5040 floor-standing speakers and making them sing loudly. The Parasound Hint 6 is also packed with a plethora of features that any modern-day music listener would find useful. Hint 6’s enthusiastic music delivery will complement the Q Acoustics 5040 sound characteristics.
You can also go for power amplifiers if you already have a stereo preamp or pre-out. The Emotiva Audio XPA-200 will be one of the best power amps to go for and it can drive your Q Acoustics 5040 with ease. Not to mention, the XPA-200 stereo power amplifier’s price point won’t break your wallet. For a power amplifier at this price point, the Emotiva Audio XPA-200 is ideally quiet and the overall sound reproduction is not noisy. It does a good job of driving the Q Acoustics 5040 floor-standing speakers.
For Q Acoustics 5040 speaker owners who are planning to use their speakers as front L/R channels of their home theater setup. The Denon AVR-X4800H will be an exceptional AV receiver choice for you. This Denon AVR has sufficient amplifier power to drive the Q Acoustics 5040 floor-standing speakers without breaking a sweat. It also allows the user to integrate not one but 4 active subwoofers. With the Denon AVR-X4800H, you can now watch your favorite movies in powerful surround sound presentation.
You can use this list as a reference when looking for other amplifier brands/models which are not listed here. We do suggest at least auditioning one of these amplifiers together with your Q Acoustics 5040 floor-standing speakers. It will give you a better understanding of how it will sound when partnering with amplifiers from various brands.