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Hi,

I have been looking at various different speakers and have narrowed down to the list below. I would like to get your opinions on the following:

KEF IQ5 (179.99 each)
Polk Audio RTi8 (149.99 each)
Infinity Primus P362BK (195.00 each)
Polk T90s (149.99 each)

If anyone does own a pair of any of these, would appreciate your input and if you have any other suggestion please feel free to reply.

My budget is 200 bucks a piece. I own a Onkyo SR304 to which these will be connected. These will be my first pair of floor standing speakers. I do plan on buying a subwoofer and book selfs some time later.

Primary use is going to be movies follwed by music (Trance, Jazz, Indian Classical, Rock)
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Hi,

I have been looking at various different speakers and have narrowed down to the list below. I would like to get your opinions on the following:

KEF IQ5 (179.99 each)
Polk Audio RTi8 (149.99 each)
Infinity Primus P362BK (195.00 each)
Polk T90s (149.99 each)

If anyone does own a pair of any of these, would appreciate your input and if you have any other suggestion please feel free to reply.

My budget is 200 bucks a piece. I own a Onkyo SR304 to which these will be connected. These will be my first pair of floor standing speakers. I do plan on buying a subwoofer and book selfs some time later.

Primary use is going to be movies follwed by music (Trance, Jazz, Indian Classical, Rock)

Have you had a chance to listen to any of these? What is your impression?
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Im also interested in this. Can anyone help, where can u get the rti8s for 150???
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I have not got a chance to listen to any of these. I live in Manhattan and I am looking for places which have these speakers for demo.

The RTi8s were on sale at frys.com They arent today but keep checking there website.
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All good speakers and all would be recommended by the people who own them because THEY like the sound.

You have to audition and see what you like.

I own KEF iQ1 and love the KEF sound; I've never heard the others but would just get the KEF because I know I like them.

I wouldn't worry about listening to all of them; go hear what you can, if you really like something then buy them, listen and be happy.

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Gotcha, but I was surprised that there are very few KEF IQ5 owners.
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Go to the KEF owners thread, there are lots of them around, especially with this $360 - $400 closeout happening. Lots of people bought iQ7 for fronts when Vanns had them at $400/pr and got iQ5 for rear. I wish I had $400 to spend, I'd upgrade my fronts to iQ5 and send my iQ1 to the rear, but alas...

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In/around the Manhattan area, I'd say 6ave (Long Island or Jersey) for the KEFs, J&R for the Polks, and B&H for the Infinities (and possibly the Polks too).

Things like this are completely subjective, but I have a feeling the KEFs are going to impress the most... 6ave no longer has the IQ towers on their website but they may still have some in store... if you could get a demo/open-box pair at an even deeper discount I'm not sure they could be beat in terms of price/performance (if you like the sound).

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Thanks Stephen, will definitely check these out during the week.

I have a question - Is it necessary to use the KEF IQ5 as rears only?
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A couple of weeks back a friend tried to find the IQ7s in NYC for an audition. She had no luck, but didn't try 6th Ave. She ended up buying the Iq7s blind from Vanns, figuring that in a worse case scenario, she'd just return them. I own RTi8s, but given that I've listened to her system for all of about 10 minutes, I'm very hesitant to give any comparisons on the sound. I will say that I think the KEFs are very well made (as are the Polks) and for the 10 minutes I listened to some jazz material I had with me, sounded excellent. In particular the imaging stood out. My RTi8s seem to have a bit more on the bottom, but again the IQ7s need to be broken in and this weekend's project is to check speaker positioning, mess with the port plug, etc... Suffice it to say, I think both the RTi8s and the IQ7s would benefit from a sub. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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Absolutely not. I wish I could upgrade my fronts to iQ5 from iQ1 (which still sound amazing)

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Do you use them with a sub or just the speakers alone?
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Mine are part of a 5.1 system with iQ2 as centre, 2001.2 as rears and Paradigm DSP-3100 sub.

If you are doing 2 channel I would suggest it being 2.1 ASAP as the iQ5 have 5 1/4 in drivers (not great for reaching really low).

btw. jazz lovers tend to be KEF lovers.

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I use my RTi8s as part of a 5.1 system as well. Front L/R=Rti8s, Center=CSi3, Rear L/R=RTi4s, Sub=SVS PB10. However, most of my music listening is done in either 2.1 or Marantz "pure direct" mode with just the RTi8s.

My friend has the iQ7s set up as just 2.0 with a HK 3490 stereo receiver.
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I have listened to all of these-
My number would be kef and #2 would be infinity. The uni q that the iq line uses works well and sounds natural.
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Would the Onkyo TX-SR304B be a good match with Kef?

I am sorry for all the questions but this is my first time on a forum and buying a home theatre or rather constructing a good home theatre sys.
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The KEFs are fairly efficient, so an SR304 would probably drive them well enough at average levels.

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I'd ask that in the KEF owners thread, more people with KEF/Onkyo backgrounds there then in this thread; I think it should be fine but am no expert.

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I *love* my KEFs. I just finished out my 5.1, with IQ7s and an IQ6c in front, with IQ5s on the side surrounds, driven by an Onkyo 805. When I unpacked the IQ5s, I was a little skeptical; they are TINY for towers. Once I got them hooked up and balanced with Audyssey, I watched my HD-DVD of V for Vendetta in all its Tru-HD glory... those speakers absolutely sing. Clear highs, and plenty of punch down to 80Hz, where my velo sub takes over. I'm hearing stuff in the surround channels I have never heard before. They're truly magnificent little speakers. Absolutely worth every dime at these close-out prices. And they look nice too, with their curved cabinets. My wife commented that she loves the "organic" shape of these towers.

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I am all sold for the KEF IQ5 but I don't think my receiver, Onkyo TX-SR304B will match them.
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Why not?

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I had put up this question in the KEF owners thread as someone suggested and the reply was

"Depends on the speaker and the volume you want.

I think in most cases you would want more power with KEFs. Especially if you go 3-Way.

I don't know if that receiver has enough power to drive KEF iQ5s. I would be concerned running a 3-way on a system that level of receiver. If you are willing to go up in price I think an Onkyo 705 would drive them just fine. Plus you have all the new audio formats and pre-amp outs(which allow you to add an amp later on)
They go for 400 these days so it's bit more in price.

you could also look at an old Marantz receiver. They are usually paired with Kefs"


My problem is I already own the receiver.
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If you are going to listen to the KEFs somewhere make sure it is hooked up to a similar receiver and see if it gets loud enough for you.

Unless you are really looking to blast these, they should be fine with your receiver.

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Nah, I am not looking to blast these. My room is really small 15*12 ft. I would like to fill the room with sound but not blast it.
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