Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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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.