I shopped for speakers a year ago and ended up torn between the KEF Q900 and the PSB Image T6. They are both wonderful speakers. I didn't think the Q700 was nearly as good though. I have the older KEF iQ9 speakers in my den at one house, and I like them much better than the Q700.
I ended up buying the PSB Image T6 speakers, but it was a very close call one way or the other. I love them , but I am sure the Q900 would have been great too.
The Q900 has enough really low bass, below 30 Hz, that you can pretty much forget about a subwoofer, which could be a big advantage to a lot of people. The T6 has good bass, but doesn't go quite as low.
The interaction between the amplifier and the speaker, and your acoustics, are the largest variables in speaker performance. I would ONLY do the final audition at home in your system. Anything else is pretty much a waste of time. You won't know what you are buying until you hear it interact with your amplifier and your room. If your local dealer won't work with you on that, there are online dealers that will give you 30 days to audition and return.
Also, the Q900 is going to be a somewhat more difficult load for any amplifier than a lot of others. What are you going to be driving them with? You should pull up the Stereophile review on them and look at the frequency response vs Impedance curve for them. You should do that for any speaker you are considering.
I know nothing about that model Paradigm speaker.
Originally Posted by lifeisbeautiful
Yes. I can't find a dealer who carries both Kef Q700/900 and Paradigm Monitor 11 so that I can A/B them. The problem is, each of these guys have different pre-amp+amplifier and listening to them on different days is not helping me.