Originally Posted by AStanton
I'm planning to buy a new set of home cinema speakers soon and I've been reading this site a lot lately for ideas. Speakers is not an area of expertise for me but I've been reading up in the past few weeks.
I have a pretty good idea of what to buy, but before I go and do that I thought I'd see if anyone has some useful input (or warnings).
My house has an open layout, where one section near a wall on the bottom floor is the 'living room'. The total size of the room is about 80 square meters, which should be around 820 square foot. The TV is a high end 55" Samsung LED and the receiver is a Pioneer VSX-S510-s.
My current plan is to go with KEF, mostly due to that they're readily available in Switzerland where I live and that they seem to be getting stellar reviews.
I don't really plan on blasting any extreme volumes here. Great sound at medium volumes is more important to me. Is this setup overkill for me? Probably, but as long as there are no real downsides to that (other than money), I prefer to shoot a little bit above the target.
Am I onto the right idea here with the KEF Q?
Yes. The KEF Uni-q driver is a good idea whose time has always been here. I got into the Q series with a pair of Q15s purchased new in the late 1990s. The go in and out of my store room depending on my needs and whims. I recently dusted them off and took them to the shop of a well-known high end speaker designer who wanted to measure some speakers to build up his database of measurements. He said they were the best speakers he had measured in a long time.
The current top offering in this like is the LS50 which is getting a lot of favorable press. However, the Uni-q basics have remained the same.
In the past I've bought the 'higher end 5.1 bundle' type solutions, which I've come to realize is an oxymoron. This time I want a solid speaker solution that lasts a long time.
Welcome, but forget about the little KEF subwoofer. A system this good deserves more than a 10" woofer can provide. Subwoofers are very location-dependent because shipping is a big part of their cost. I don't know much about the market in your country.
Is my receiver sufficient to drive these speakers? My own, amateur, research seems to indicate that it shouldn't be a problem, but what do I know.
Amp power requirements depend on listener preferences for loudness, listening distance, the environment, and the efficiency of the speakers. Based on your statements and the average efficiency of the KEF Q's, you should be OK with any reasonable AVR.
I also considered getting wall mounts for the Q300's diagonally behind the couch. Is there any disadvantage with wall mounts compared to speaker stands that I should be aware of? It would make the room a little 'cleaner'.
The rigidity of wall mounts depends a lot on the wall. If it is thick masonry then of course it is fine, but if it is flimsy dry wall, then not so much.