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General thoughts on Velodyne, KEF and Dynaudio?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Joe Hsu, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. Joe Hsu

    Joe Hsu Well-Known Member

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    So basically I magically landed a sales job at the local store (Gramophone, if you're local to SE Michigan), so I'm really excited, being only 21 and having such a cool job. (It beats my office jobs) Now, I'm trying to absorb as much information as possible, between reading literature and training sessions, but I know that HTF is the perfect place to get a good grasp of what people think about certain manufacturers. We carry Velodyne, KEF and Dynaudio (plus Paradigm, but I've done enough reading on them for my own purposes, so no worries there), and I was wondering what you think from previous auditions. So far, it seems like the KEFs are rather on the bright side, with that "hypertweeter" really stretching the freq range, whereas the Dynaudios seem a little more subdued and warmer. I haven't had much chance to test them out with music I know, that's what I'll be doing tomorrow.

    Thanks for any input, in advance, I want to be the best salesperson I can be, assuming I can wipe this grin off my face. [​IMG]

    P.S. I was able to sit in our theater room for a bit...set of Revel Studios (I think that's the line), with matching surrounds, center and sub...now that was fun. As was fiddling with the Velodyne Digital Drive 18" sub...that sucker POUNDS.
     
  2. Jon_Welker

    Jon_Welker Well-Known Member

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    You're right on with the KEF XQ line, especially the XQ5's. Now, the KEF Reference line is not as bright and has a much smoother sound to it. Actually, I like the Reference line a whole lot, and wouldn't mind picking some up, but then there's that price thing coming into play. Anyway, good luck and have fun!
     
  3. ThomasW

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    John S Well-Known Member

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    I can vouch for Velodyne subs absolutely.

    I was blowing subs right and left til, nearly 3 years ago now, I bought a 15" Velodyne. That was one of my all time best HT decisions to date.
     
  5. FrantzM

    FrantzM Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    I am Dynaudio fan. They are difficult to beat at their respective price point. They are accurate to an extent, I am not too sure the Kef or many other speakers are. This company is really producing great products across the line.

    Frantz
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti
     
  6. Jesse Sharrow

    Jesse Sharrow Well-Known Member

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    I work at soundtrack in colorado springs, and I love the kef's. I was all prepared to get a set of XQ5's, XQ3's and an XQ2C. But I got a killer deal on a set of Boston Acoustics VR-950's.
     
  7. Joe Hsu

    Joe Hsu Well-Known Member

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    We actually only seem to carry the Studio and regular Q series...they had the XQs a year ago, but it must've conflicted with something else (we won't be carrying Paradigm Signatures probably, says the manager, due to them being close to the Dyns and Kef Studios...bah)
     
  8. Jon_Welker

    Jon_Welker Well-Known Member

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    FYI, KEF doesn't have a Studio series, and as for not carrying anything above the Q series line if KEF is so-so. These put out some sound and will fill a room no problem, but I've found them to be a little on the harsh side (just my opinion). Really the Reference line will run with just about anything else under $10K for a pair.
     
  9. Joe Hsu

    Joe Hsu Well-Known Member

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    yeah, you're absolutely right...I own studio 40s, so I tend to replace "studio" with "reference" and vice versa...gotta stop doing that.

    Not easy, with the store carrying both lines [​IMG]

    I might have a big sale coming up soon, so that'll be really exciting, since I only just started...just hope I don't screw it up.
     
  10. george king

    george king Well-Known Member

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    Joe,

    A couple of things. Congrats on the new job, Gramaphone is a great store. I grew up in West Bloomfield and went to high school at Cranbrook, and so I know the area REAL well.

    I was a long time Kef owner until I went DIY. That said, the Kef ref 205 were the first or second best set of speakers I have ever heard (the other was some Green Mountains), and they are competitive with anything up to $10K. They do list for around $8K though

    Good luck.
     
  11. sharpjd2001

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    Joe Hsu,

    Any experience with the KEF KHT5005.2 system? Looks interesting to me but I can't find a dealer nearby to audition it. Any thoughts? Let me know if your store sells them. I'm in Indiana so I could get them from you and ship them here. Thanks in advance.

    Sharpjd2001
     
  12. Greg Gable

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    Velodyne, KEF, Dynaudio and Paradigm all have some fine products. Congrats- that should be a fun job!
     
  13. LanceJ

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    FYI: did y'all see the date of the original post?
     
  14. Greg Gable

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    lol...that's funny, I was just looking at the last post and followed right along. Oh well, I am bored anyway...

     
  15. vm8444

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    great job mate ,,
    congrats ,,


    I think electronics really plays a role here when it comes to sound ,,.
    and yes it is true your stereo is as good as its weakest link ,,so matching the correct decent amps with speakers really helps achieving a lovely sound with paradigm ,studios series,I like nad ,,amps.or recievers.,,with decent cables [aq]

    kef ,spkers,nad and marantz sound lovely with em ,,not bright at all ,,the new xq series .,,
    so I say have fun ,,play around with the equipment when not busy and enjoy,,
    always remeber its really about the sound.

    peace vm
     
  16. MaxL

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    !!![​IMG]

    let's read all of the posts before we chime in, maybe being repetitious or otherwise saying things unnecessarily.
     
  17. MikeNg

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    That's funny! Thank you Sharpjd2001 for raising the dead (thread)!
     

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