Originally Posted by michdys
Hi, I'm so happy to read your messages: I have since about 10 years my father's Kef 104.2 and have since then bought 2 second hand pairs (one of which is the Raymond Cooke biwire edition which I run as fronts now). As center I use a Kef Reference 200C. I am extremely happy with their sound quality and I believe one would have to spend many thousands of $$$ to buy a surround speaker setup that equals this KEF setup.
I'm planning to buy the Oppo 95 (EU, whenever it will be released...) and use the 7.1 outs to my Sherwood P+A965 for multichannel, and the stereo outs to my vintage Luxman pre and power amp.
I think my setup "deserves" a 95 over a 93
Like some other users, the 95 will replace a Denon 3910, which I like a lot audiowise, so I hope the 95 will be an "upgrade" !
PS on a side note, I never tried the "Kube" for my Kefs, is it worth it ?
My 83 replaced a Denon DC 3300 (circa 1986) and Denon DVD 3910 (still in the system). In my opinion back in 2009, I favored both the 3300 and the 3910 for SQ and sound stage until Oppo upgraded my 83 to an 83SE and then my preference leaned on the 83SE. Realizing the 95 is brand new out of the box, I still prefer the 95 to the 3910.
michdys: I removed the Kube from my KEF 107s to determine if the Kube presence or absence was discernible. Then decided to follow Cardas' formula for speaker placement and moved the 107 further away from the side and front walls and placed myself in a nearfield listening position. I had found an article written about using the Kube (or not). The adjustments I made by physically adjusting the position of the speakers and taking cues from the article's suggestions, in my experience, were discernible (I think). The sound stage grew, the bass tightened, the noise floor lowered, the micro-dynamics improved. I left the Kube in the system. The synergy of the Kube and 83SE made my listening experience so rewarding. And typically what has not been recorded well sounds equally unrewarding.
Apologies to all, if this is moving OT, I'll paste the parts of the article concerning use of the Kube here for your attention. And to further mitigate OT, recommend you google Stereophile's review of the 107 which discusses use of the Kube. The review is too long. Information below should help you locate the review
KEF R107 loudspeaker
By Dick Olsher and Various November, 1986
KUBE or Not KUBE?
That is the question, and the 107 answers in the affirmative. The KUBE cuts through several vexing problems that have traditionally compromised subwoofer designs.
Hope the foregoing was useful.