Originally Posted by Veda
But your opinion needs to be taken with a grain of salt as you've sold KEF's in the past or at least a big fanboy. Your iQ has been modded as well. The CBM-170 is super flat so why won't you recommend it? Something against ID if I remember...
Yep, sold Kef, also sold B&W,JM Labs, Wilson, Revel, Paradigm, Dunlavy, Vandersteen, Magnepan as well as quite a few others.
Also, I dont own any iQ speakers, modded or otherwise(XQ's are what I have along with a much older Ref series).
Ive actually recommended 170's, I like Ascend products, but a pair of iQ30's for around $400 shipped, vs the 170's for $375 shipped, i'd take the iQ's hands down. As flat as the 170's midrange is, the iQ30 is that much better along with its imaging, and it uses the XQ UniQ driver, its a single pointsource speaker, so it has natural advantages. its bass extension without question is vastly superior as well you will get useable bass down to 40hz out of it, and on top of it, its a front port design, so it will have better placement flexibility without boomy/muddy bass, especially near boundaries. For $25 bucks more, yeah, its a much better bang for the buck speaker. And on top of that, its aesthetically alot more pleasing to look at IMO on top of it all, not the basic "box" look thats the norm.