What’s the story?

The Q Acoustics Media 4 is a simple soundbar. It has a couple of analogue inputs, an optical input for your TV, and aptX Bluetooth. That’s it. No HDMI, no extra sound modes, no wireless subwoofer.

The bar’s wonky trapezoid design has been crafted to accommodate a large, elliptical driver that acts as an internal subwoofer. It’s one tidy, if oddly-shaped, package.

Sure, it doesn’t look like much. And yet, this ₹45,000 soundbar has won a What Hi Fi? Product of the Year Award two years in a row.

Any good?

It’s clear why the second we start listening: the Media 4 is ridiculously good. The sheer musicality of its performance is incredible, combining subtle detail, powerful dynamics and precise surround effects with confidence and ease.

The smooth and lively sound masks just how much control it has over the ebb and flow of a demanding soundtrack. Voices are clear and crisp. It’s not the biggest spread of sound, but we don’t care because we’re far too engrossed in its performance.

It’s hard to argue when you get such great sound for a reasonable price. You’ll need to make the right space for the Media 4, but you won’t regret it.

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