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KEF - Current & Potential Owners
« on: June 02, 2011, 17:38 »
Hi,

From all the posting, seem not so much discussion & interest about KEF speakers.

Therefore start this thread for current & potential owner(s) to share info like what amp, source(s) and cables are being use to run your speaker(s).
Of course if possible to include helpful tips & tricks for the current & potential owner(s) as well.

http://www.kef.com

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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 18:01 »
 ;D Let me start the ball rolling  ;D

Used to run KEF KHT3005SE with Onkyo 608 for 5.1 setup in my living room of about 12 fts by 12 fts.
Didn't quite like the bass (not solid enough).  Got myself a Rythmik F12SE sub.
Didn't quite like my old BR player (not detail enough for HT & music).  Got myself a Oppo BDP93.

But there is still lacking something - the soundstage was not that "wide" & the music is not that "full".
Went out to listen to tradition bookshelve & floorstander speaker.  Found out that what I'm looking for can only be coming out from floorstanding speakers.
But there are so many makes/models to choose from + not all are that easy to drive (at least from an AV amp).

Finally landed myself with Kef Q700 & the Q600C thinking of using the Kef 3005 egg speakers for the 7.1 setup.
Was also considering then to get the Q500 i.s.o. Q700 because of my relative small listening space.  But lucky decided on the slightly bigger Q700 which to me sound better & suprising not boomy in my living room.

Recently, sold my Onkyo608 (the 2nd hand mkt for this amp is quite good because of the high demand) & get myself a Onkyo3008.
The 3008 together with the Q700 - the SQ move up by another step.
Am now quite happy with my setup (at least for now) - until the next upgrade ........ maybe an intergraded amp with HT bypass + a DAC ??

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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 18:09 »
My friend got the iQ9 to replace his front Eggs and upgraded the Center to the Q600C. Damn good speakers. Also coaxial in design like Thiels.
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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011, 17:42 »
Some reviews of the Kef speakers to share.
Although the Q700 didn't get good review from "What HiFi" :'(, but who care ..... I still like the SQ from my current setup  ;D

http://hifireviews.posterous.com/tag/kef

http://www.whathifi.com/search/apachesolr_search/?filters=tid%3A368%20type%3Ahcmproduct%20tid%3A880&solrsort=created%20desc

There are really many good reviews on the Kef 3005 Egg Sat. & Snail Sub 5.1 system  ;D :o ;D
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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2011, 20:04 »
I had just upgraded my Wharfedale 9.1 diamond last month. Got the Q300 instead + Q200C due to size constraint of my 3m x 4m bedroom. Also switched my AVR from Denon 2309 to 4311. Sticking with Velodyne CHT-12Q sub and Wharf 9.SR for surrounds. Happy with the SQ so far from this setup.

Considering to switch the surrounds to some KEF speakers later but not sure if there will be any major differences.
KEF R300, KEF Q300, KEF Q200C, Wharfedale Diamond 9.SR, SVS SB-2000
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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2011, 15:49 »
Have anyone use the KEF HTF7003 Soundbar?? Looking for soundbar solution as it match well with Flat Panel LCD/LED TV.

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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2011, 20:47 »
Heard the KEF 201/2 at the shop.. sounded pretty decent but no idea of the price.
Actually pretty curious about the Blade but probably never going to hear it in Singapore.

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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2011, 11:34 »
Now I'm officially 9.2 since last weekend   ;D ;D
Yet to calibrate the system - but think will do it this weekend.

A DIY power amp (2x250W into 8 ohms - class D).
KEF 3005SE minus the center SAT for the surround + 1 sub.
1 pair of Emotiva UAC 6.2 ceiling speaker for the extra surround (actually the SQ is quite good, surprisingly).

Front view :-


Back view :-
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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2011, 14:56 »
Im using KEF eggs but my subwoofer psw2000 spoiled. Whats the recommended sub for these speakers?

I plan to get B&W PV1 but really ex.


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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2011, 15:44 »
Im using KEF eggs but my subwoofer psw2000 spoiled. Whats the recommended sub for these speakers?

I plan to get B&W PV1 but really ex.

I'm using Rythmik F12SE - local new set cost more than 1.5K (but the bass is deep, clean & tight :) )
Think that there is one selling as 2nd hand on this forum.

or

can try Hsu Research VTF 10' or 12' sub (but have to buy on-line).

If you want a more nicer + less boxy/smaller sub but with a good tight bass - then maybe have to go to KEC to get MiniVee range (got 8' & 10', I think).


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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2011, 15:47 »
I'm loving my 3005se set up with a pioneer amp and an Oppo BDP

My first foray into home theatre so am naturally very happy!

Samsung UE46 B8000
Oppo BDP 93 Multi Region
Toshiba EP30
Pioneer VSX-LX 1021
KEF 3005 SE
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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2011, 23:46 »
NEW KEF - R Series.  Between XQ & References range.
Still no detail info yet, but can read general info at the web : http://www.kef.com/gb/newrelease/rseries



From the web:-

Featuring many of KEF’s latest innovations in premium hi-fi and home theatre loudspeaker technology, the all-new R Series makes genuine audiophile standards of entertainment more affordable than ever before. Stunningly fluent new Uni-Q driver arrays combine with potent new bass drivers and many ingenious refinements to create a rich, spacious sound image of such accuracy that it approaches the benchmark standards of KEF’s legendary Reference Series.

The new Uni-Q MF/HF driver array is a masterpiece. Midrange response is amazingly fast and clean, thanks to a braced magnesium/aluminium alloy cone, with KEF’s Z-flex surround smoothing the transition to the front panel and a sturdy die-cast aluminium chassis that prevents resonance being transferred to the cabinet. At the acoustic centre of the midrange cone is the sophisticated vented tweeter that endows KEF Blade with such startlingly pure HF response. With a large neodymium magnet and a computer-optimised dome structure so stiff that it operates pistonically over its entire working range, the upper registers are articulated with flawless precision – and to capitalise on Uni-Q’s point source characteristics, KEF’s ‘tangerine’ waveguide helps to disperse the higher frequencies evenly across a wider angle to flood the room with an intricate and refreshingly natural soundfield. Operating together as a single, perfectly integrated voice, the array as a whole delivers a sweet, accurate sound of unprecedented clarity.

The new bass driver is equally impressive. The combination of a massive vented magnet assembly and a large, lightweight aluminium voice coil driving a light, stiff and strong hybrid cone assures clean, deep and uncompressed bass output with superb dynamics and power handling.

Inside the cabinets (in a choice of classic Piano Black and real wood veneer finishes in Rosewood or Walnut) every single component confirms KEF’s technology leadership. Computer-designed crossovers allow the level of each driver to be fine-tuned for a smoother, flatter response. Constrained layer damping panels prevent cabinet vibration from muddying the mid-range and bass – even the airflow through the reflex ports is managed using computational fluid dynamics to optimise acoustic integrity.

With nine timelessly handsome models including three assertive floorstanders, two bookshelf speakers, two fully-specified centre channels, dipole surrounds and a matching subwoofer, the all-new R Series represents a decisive step forward in the enjoyment of music or film. By incorporating the high end technologies of KEF Blade in a classically elegant format, it gives serious audiophiles phenomenally accurate reproduction that neither adds to nor subtracts from the original recording: refined, spacious and exquisitely detailed. For those whose appreciation of true audio excellence outstrips their bank balance, it’s the perfect buy.

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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2011, 17:07 »
hi guys, just got my KEF 3005SE to pair with the Pioneer LX75.
Are the monoprice speaker cables good enough? Thinking of ordering their 12AWG OFC ones...

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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2011, 23:09 »
hi guys, just got my KEF 3005SE to pair with the Pioneer LX75.
Are the monoprice speaker cables good enough? Thinking of ordering their 12AWG OFC ones...

I think I still have quite some amount left from the surround wiring earlier - but have to find where exactly I store them to :(
Another one for your refereces - try Blue Jeans Cable.  http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/speaker/
IMO, should be good & cheap as well.

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Re: KEF Speakers - for Current & Potenial Owner
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2011, 16:42 »
any of you running this as 7.1? thinking of adding 2 more satelites..