Bringing speakers from UK to India (Q Acoustics)?

Hanniel Johnson

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Hello everyone!

Hanniel here. I am new to the AV segment. I am looking to setup a home theater in my bedroom. I am based in Chennai and after a bit of research, I have decided to go with Q Acoustics 3030i and 3090ci for LCR and 3010i as surround with QB12 as sub. Local dealers are quoting me around two lakhs for the setup. Interestingly, the same is being sold as a package in the UK for 900GBP (Rs.90k approx.). I travel frequently to the UK but I have never brought anything of value from the UK to India other than chocolates (haha). Is it legal to bring the speakers from the UK to India by simply putting it in the checked luggage? If not, is there any proper way to do it? The price difference seems to be too good to ignore.

Also any suggestion of better products for my soon to be setup is always welcome. These speakers are going to be paired with Denon x1800h AVR.

Thanks!
 
You can bring speakers in a checking bag. I have brought a pair of speakers from Europe without any issues, even without the original package. But talking LCR, surrounds, and subwoofer, I don't know if you can make it. or bring LCR in one time, and next time think about surroundings.

I think you can get a good deal for Q acoustics in India itself, and you can buy a 5.1 setup at a time without worrying about duty-free. But if you are looking for B&W or other high-end speakers, they are worth carrying from the UK compared to Indian prices. (I could suggest you bring the B&W 5.0 package from the UK and buy a subwoofer here.)
 
I've brought all my Hi-Fi gear from the UK.

Trick is to remove all original packging and pack it the large plastic containers you get from places like B & Q. You can hand it in as fragile item during check-in and it will get loaded separately onto the aircraft. Goa airport never bothered checking, not too sure re process at lager city airports.
 
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You can, no issues. Just ensure it doesn't look like a purchase, rather personal belonging by removing factory packaging. Customs aren't usually bothered by such petty stuffs though there's a threshold of 50k per pax.
 
Hello everyone!

Hanniel here. I am new to the AV segment. I am looking to setup a home theater in my bedroom. I am based in Chennai and after a bit of research, I have decided to go with Q Acoustics 3030i and 3090ci for LCR and 3010i as surround with QB12 as sub. Local dealers are quoting me around two lakhs for the setup. Interestingly, the same is being sold as a package in the UK for 900GBP (Rs.90k approx.). I travel frequently to the UK but I have never brought anything of value from the UK to India other than chocolates (haha). Is it legal to bring the speakers from the UK to India by simply putting it in the checked luggage? If not, is there any proper way to do it? The price difference seems to be too good to ignore.

Also any suggestion of better products for my soon to be setup is always welcome. These speakers are going to be paired with Denon x1800h AVR.

Thanks!
Bringing speakers from the UK to India is legal, but you'll need to declare them at customs since the duty-free limit is Rs. 50,000, and anything above that will incur customs duty. You can definitely pack them as checked luggage, but make sure they're well-padded and check the airline’s weight restrictions, or consider shipping them to avoid damage. Always double-check if the warranty is international or region-specific. Your setup with Q Acoustics and the Denon x1800h is excellent, but do also consider brands like KEF or Monitor Audio, and maybe an SVS subwoofer for that extra punch. Make sure to audition them if you can. Good luck with your setup!
 
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