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Kef or Energy speakers for Anthem MRX500???? Help me choose

I am planning a home theater set-up with an Anthem MRX500 driving old Energy speakers I own:

Fronts are E XL 26: 37 - 20khz and 94db
And Center EC200: 45-22khz and 90db

My dad just gave me his more recent KEF and wonder which ones I should use for best results:

Fronts Kef IQ5: 43-40khz and 88db
Center Kef IQ2C: 70-40khz and 89db

The home theater is not set-up yet and before I complete the set-up and am able to test, I would like people's opinion on the best speakers.

For the surrounds I do have the matching Kef or Energy

On paper Energy wins on more Bass but Kef on highs.
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Which sounds better to you? The Energy are more efficient so require less power to be at a set volume, but which sounds best?
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Which sounds better to you? The Energy are more efficient so require less power to be at a set volume, but which sounds best?
I can't connect them yet, but wondered if based on specs one was an obvious choice. But I did always loved my old Energy speakers
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That's the thing about speaker recommendations..
Everyone likes something different.

I run for cover with Klipsch speakers and
Don't like Polk speakers either. But, both
Are very popular speaker lines.

It's best if you listen for yourself.
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Not familiar with the KEFs, but I bought the e:XL 26s back in the late 90s. I was still a teenager, but I thought they sounded pretty good at the time. I kept them up until a few years ago when I decided to give the Energy RC-70s an audition. There was no comparison - the 70s were better speakers period and were virtually the same price I paid for the e:XL-26s more than 15 years earlier.

Bottom line, the e:XL series might be acceptable if you're only used to budget-based sound, but once you hear something better, it would be hard for most people to keep them as a primary speaker. Their re-sale value is very low also.
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It's best if you listen for yourself.
Agreed.

Sorry, but asking for opinions on an Internet forum for which speaker sounds better when you can listen to them yourself? Well, that's the last thing you should do

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Fronts Kef IQ5: 43-40khz and 88db
Center Kef IQ2C: 70-40khz and 89db

I can't connect them yet, but wondered if based on specs one was an obvious choice. But I did always loved my old Energy speakers

The home theater is not set-up yet and before I complete the set-up and am able to test, I would like people's opinion on the best speakers.

On paper Energy wins on more Bass but Kef on highs.
On paper specs are not worth much - when given a chance, I would at least hook-up
and test the KEF IQ5 out - they do have a nice overall measured frequency response.

Plus test your Energy also - you may be surprised at the overall sound results.

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You can't go by specs.

Which would you prefer, your Kef, Energy, or these?

Réponse en fréquence (+/- 3 dB) 44 Hz - 40 kHz
Sensibilité (2,83 V / 1 m) 89 dB
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