SLS Audio QS1000 Home Theater System

by Wootbot

Among all the masterpieces Quincy Jones has produced – Thriller, The Color Purple, the Sanford & Son theme, Rashida Jones – could this SLS QS-1000 Surround System be the most masterful yet? Do its award-winning ribbon tweeters, 8” long-throw woofer, and Dolby Digital DTS 825 Watt amp/receiver add up to the greatest achievement in a lifetime filled with greatness?

Of course not. This is Quincy Jones we’re talking about. The musician, arranger, and producer who worked with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald… all before he turned 30. The dude almost has a Grammy for every day of the month: 27, at last count. Sorry, audiophiles, but no sound system in the world can top what Q’s done over the past 50-plus years.

But just about anybody else would be thrilled to have this system serve as their epitaph. With the SLS QS-1000, Jones teamed up with high-end speaker geniuses SLS to develop a 5.1 surround audio setup that destroys the typical home-theater-in-a-box limitations. And at about 100 pounds, one that probably destroys the backs of many a deliveryman, as well. As sharp and clear and powerful as a crystal battleaxe, the SLS QS-1000 will spoil your ears for going to the movies.

And as usual with Jones’s work, the critics went wild. Team Xbox reviewers called it “the bargain of the century” and said “I find it hard to believe that you could spend $500 any more wisely”. And that was when it cost $500. At half that price, it’s the bargain of this century and the next.

It’s not like us to gush like this. But it’s hard to work up our usual sardonic glee over something that’s actually a jaw-dropping product at a brain-melting price. OK, how’s this: curse you, Quincy Jones, for finding yet another way to remind us of our own inadequacy.

Warranty: 1 Year SLS Audio

Authorized for SquareTrade Extended Warranty


  • Pure digital sound with absolute clarity and detail
  • Developed by Quincy Jones and SLS using the same proprietary ribbon technology the pros do
  • The Q Line Silver System’s planar ribbon driver equipped speakers deliver unprecedented detail and clarity unavailable in traditional audio packages
  • Razor sharp soundstage dramatically enhances all of your favorite material from DVDs to CDs and rivals system realism found previously only in commercial cinemaplexes
  • Features DTS and Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and Dolby Pro Logic surround sound processing
  • Owner's manual here


  • Power output, stereo mode, 6 ohm, THD 0.7%, 40 Hz~20 kHz:  2×100 W
  • Total harmonic distortion, 6 ohm, 100 W, 1kHz:  0.09%
  • Intermodulation distortion 60 Hz : 7 kHz=4 : 1 SMPTE, 6 ohm, 100 W:  0.1%
  • Input sensitivity, 47 kohm Line (CD, TAPE, VIDEO):  200 mV
  • Signal to noise ratio, IHF “A” weighted Line (CD, TAPE, VIDEO):  92 dB
  • Frequency response Line (CD, TAPE, VIDEO), 20 Hz~50 kHz:  +0 dB, -3 dB
  • Output level TAPE REC, 2.2 kohm:  200 mV
  • PRE OUT (Front, Center, Rear, Subwoofer), 1 kohm:  1.0 V
  • Bass/Treble control, 100 Hz/10 kHz: +10 dB
Power Output:
  • Total system power: 1200 watts peak, 875 watts RMS
  • Front power output, 6 ohm, 1 kHz, THD 0.7%:  125W + 125W
  • Center power output, 6 ohm, 1 kHz, THD 0.7%: 125W
  • Rear power output, 6 ohm, 1kHz, THD 0.7%: 125W + 125W
  • Subwoofer, 100W


  • Sampling frequency 32, 44.1, 48, 96 kHz
  • Digital input level: Coaxial, 75 ohm 0.5 V p-p; Optical, 660 nm -15~-21 dBm


  • Tuning frequency range 87.5~108 MHz
  • Usable sensitivity, THD 3%, S/N 30 dB 12.8 dBf
  • 50 dB quieting sensitivity, mono/stereo 20.2/45.3 dBf
  • Signal to noise ratio, 65 dBf, mono/stereo 70/65 dB
  • Total harmonic distortion, 65 dBF, 1 kHz, mono/stereo 0.5/0.8%
  • Frequency response, 30 Hz~15 kHz +3 dB
  • Stereo separation, 1 kHz 42 dB
  • Capture ratio 4 dB
  • IF rejection ratio 4 dB


  • Tuning frequency range 520~1710 kHz
  • Usable sensitivity 500 V/m
  • Signal to noise ratio 40 dB
  • Selectivity 25 dB


  • Power supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
  • Power consumption 200 W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-3/8×5-1/2×13 inches (440×141 x 330 mm)
  • Weight (Net) 21.2 lbs (9.75 kg)

QS-SAT24R (front, center and surround speakers)

  • System type two-way, closed box, magnetically shielded
  • Driver compliment 2×4” polycomposite cone woofer, 1.25” ribbon tweeter
  • Impedence 6 ohms
  • Program power handling 100 W
  • Sensitivity 86 dB/2.83V/1m
  • Frequency range 80Hz – 40 kHz (half space, -6dB)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.5” x 15” x 4.7” (0.115m x 0.38m x 0.12m)
  • Weight (net) 6.3 lbs (2.85kg)

QS-SUB100 subwoofer

  • System type active subwoofer with ported cabinet
  • Woofer 8” optimized long-throw design with composite paper cone and rubber surround
  • Amplifier type Class AB
  • Power 100W RMS
  • Frequency range 28 Hz – 100 Hz (half space, -6dB)
  • Controls Power ON/OFF, Volume (front panel), Phase (0-180 degrees), Auto/ON
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 9.6” x 18” x 19.5” (0.24 m x 0.46 m x 0.5 m)
  • Weight(net) 33 lbs (15kg)

In the Box:

  • (4) QS1000-S Dual 4” two-way satellite speakers w/ 1” PRD100 ribbon tweeter
  • (1) QS1000-C Dual 4” two-way center channel speaker w/ 1” PRD100 ribbon tweeter
  • (1) QS1000-W Powered 8” long-throw subwoofer
  • (1) QS1000-R 1200W 5.1 receiver/amplifier, including color-coded wiring
  • (1) Remote Control