B&W 805, Kef 201, Infinity Kappa 200?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Jesse Sharrow, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. Jesse Sharrow

    Jesse Sharrow Supporting Actor

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    Anyone have an opinion of these? Best bang for the buck? THey are in order of price... at least what I can get them for. The B&W'S are about $1200 a pair. The kef's about $1000 and the Infinities are about $600.

    I love the way they all sound and I am pretty sure Im gonna do a sunfire Ultimate Reciever for any of them (200X7). Is that over kill? I think My best bang for the buck is gonna be the infinities. But I just want some opinions.
     
  2. Philip____S

    Philip____S Stunt Coordinator

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    I can't say I understand your prices, as Kef Ref 201 are $3500 a pair list, and I thought the B&Ws were fairly expensive as well. If you are talking about used or single speaker pricing it makes a little more sense, but still seems low. Anyway, I actually spoke to Kef about power requirements and have asked many installers the same question, and 200 wpc is overkill, especially into 8 ohms. The Ref 201 don't need more than 150 wpc and Kef told me they wouldn't recommend 200 wpc channel primarily as the speaker dips below 8 ohms and goes as low as 3.2 ohms. An amp capable of 200 wpc into 8 ohms can probably do 350 wpc or so into 4 ohms, so you can see how much power the speakers are actually getting. I looked at the same speakers and am in the process of getting a Kef setup.

    My two cents.
     
  3. Jack Dotson

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    I haven't heard the KEF's so I can't comment on them, but I have heard the Infinities and the 805's and IMO it's not even close, 805's hands down. I don't own the 805's, but my center speaker is a HTM-2 which is really just a 805 on it's side, and I couldn't be happier. BTW, if you've got a chance to pick up the 805's for $1200 that's a really good price. But on the other hand you could also pick up a set of Maggie 1.6's used. :)
     

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