Originally Posted by commsysman
A "built-in" subwoofer is a very problematical design.
The fact is that the best location for the main speakers is almost never a good location for the subwoofer.
Having them both in the same box does not make any sense at all.
You want a separate subwoofer so it can be located where it works best in the room.
Your prices are certainly interesting; you say you can get 2 pairs of Q700 for $1000, but on the KEF Direct website they are $749 EACH, or $3000 for 2 pair.
I would suggest that you consider the KEF iQ90 speakers, which are excellent and only $449 each at the current discounted price, along with some iQ30 speakers. The Q900 would be way too big for that room.
Where are those prices coming from?
I believe it is an active woofer design, not a subwoofer like GoldenEar of DefTech. I would recommend a listen. It uses the Kef UniQ mid/tweeter so in any case you are on good path, whichever choice you go with.
Main Kef: Reference 205/2 & 202/2c, Surrounds: Kef XQ40, Velodyne Optimum 12, Integra DHC 80.3, Ayre K-5xeMP, Oppo BDP-103, Bryston 4Bsst2, Parasound Halo A31. Second B&W: 685 (3), CCM618, Def Tech Powerfield 1500, Onkyo TX-NR1008, Zone 2 Klipsch AW650.