I had a chance to spend several hours today listening to KEF speakers including the Reference 201/2 and R300 and R500. I also listened to the Blade which was very impressive, but out of my price range.
I was contemplating purchasing B&W 805D, but someone on this forum suggested KEF 201/2. I was pretty impressed with the 201/2 particularly the base considering the small size of the speaker. I need to go back and listen to the B&W 805D to see how it compares to the 201/2. My gut tells me that the B&W may sound better in mid range and highs, but KEF has much better base and is perhaps a better all around speaker. I am planning to use it in a 5.1 system that is 70% HT and 30% music.
Much to my surprise was how much I liked the R500. They are the smallest floor standers in the R series line up. Considering they cost about $2600 vs the 201/2 price tag of $6000, I was very impressed.
I was looking for a bookshelf speaker for WAF purposes. But considering cost and sound quality of the R500 I may be persuaded to go with R500 if I stick with KEF.
I am interested in anyone's experience with the KEF R500.
I am also interested in any feedback of similar or better sounding small sized floor standing speakers for under $4000. A few brands that are on my watch list are Paradigm, Monitor Audio, Focal and Revel.