- Feb 7, 2005
I have been doing a lot of research into picking out speakers for my soon-to-be-completed basement. It is a large room, about 20' x 38' in the open area with smaller areas shooting off of the main room to form a "U" shape. I need a fairly powerful set of speakers to fill that large an area. Today, I auditioned several speakers. Polk Monitor70, Infinity Beta50, several Klipcsh models, Pinnacle Black Diamond, Infinity IL60's, and last but not least, the KEF Q7. I really liked the KEF's. They are very accurate, clear, and detailed, and played at pretty high volumes without distortion. They were powered by a Denon 2805. Overall, I really liked the build quality(the finish was outstanding!),but they are a little pricey ($1450). I wanted to spend under $1200 for a pair. My question is this: How do the Q7's stack up against the Energy Connoisseur C-9's? The Energy's are much less money, and have been getting great reviews everywhere I have been checking. The problem is, I can't find an audio shop that carries the C-9's. I found three places within about 90 minutes from me that sell Energy, but none of them have C-9's in stock. I plan to make the trip to listen to the C-5 and C-7, but they are going to call when they get a pair of C-9's in(I hope). Any thoughts on how these two speakers compare would be appreciated.