Kef Q series...(must read)

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  1. ArthurJ

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    Anybody who has never taken the time to audition these speakers, DO SO. You owe it to yourself. I went into my local shop, who primarily carries Kef and Paradigm. Being the big Paradigm fan I am, and my relationship with the owner, I flicked on the Anthem Pre-amp, and started to listen to the 20's V.2 series. I saw the Kef Q3's sitting there, with no previous desire to audition them, I thought what the hell. My god was I missing some of the nicest sounding speakers I have ever heard in the sub $1400 range. It gets better, they can be had cheaper online, A LOT cheaper. In fact I thought they sounded a lot nicer then the Paradigm Studio 60's. They were both side by side, powered with the exact same pre-amp/amplifier. I switched continuously with a broad range of music. From metal to soft rock, classical to hip-hop. The dispersion was a lot broader then that of the 60's. The midrange was smoother and more detailed. They got a heck of a lot louder then the 60's with the exact same power, and I found them to not stress as fast as the Studio 60's under louder listening conditions. The Kef's also had a HECK of a lot of bass for a single driver floor stander, more so then the 60's. Paradigm is still one of my favorite companies, they always will be. And I know everybody has there own listening tastes, that's what makes home audio so much fun. The 60's are a mighty fine floor stander indeed, and I cant wait to hear the V.3's. But anybody who has yet to audition the Kef's, PLEASE give them a chance, I was blown away at how well they performed, there probably my favorite "mid-priced" floor stander at the moment, and I am most definitely buying a pair in a month or so.
     
  2. george king

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    Kef's are wonderful speakers, and I have always preferred them to Paradigm or B&W. One thing though. They are not single driver speakers, rather a co-axial design in which the tweeter is mounted in the acoutic center of the woofer. That is why it looks like they only have 1 driver.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. ArthurJ

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    Yes, I am aware of this...


    I should have worded it differently, I meant as in a 2 way...
     
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    How much are the Q3's you speak of? I sure love the looks of them.
     
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    I just listened to the Q3s today and I was very disappointed. I am also a fan of Kef speakers, I used to own a pair of Reference 3s, but the Q3s sounded dull, lifeless and coloured. I tried them in two different rooms with different setups but those qualities remained. I was shocked, especially since I've heard the KHT egg speakers and thought they were great. I'll probably give them another try, or maybe a different model in the Q series, since I find it hard to believe they are as bad as they sounded today.
     
  6. ArthurJ

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    JustinDR, Thank you for your honesty....


    Just to add, when I was comparing the Q3 to the 60's the source was a Anthem 2 channel pre-amp and the amplifier was a big Bryston 2 ch (150watts x 2)
     

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