Originally Posted by pase22
Given the fact that the Q900's in question have damage, I would pass on that particular pair.
The Q900's will have more bass, a little more oomph and play louder but difference in SPL will be marginal. Over the years I've had big Cerwin Vega (comparable to the SL 12) some Kenwood speakers with 12" drivers and a few others not worth mentioning. Though none of them can compete with the Kef's, I've found that the big drivers can shake the house with bass and volume but I get clearer mids and highs with the smaller drivers which I actually prefer since my subs can handle the bass and shake the house if I wanted to. I'll most likely get Q500's when I'm ready to complete my setup.
You can always go down to Visions and listen to the Q900's and decide for yourself which you prefer.
I ended up going down to visions and made them play Hotel California on the Q500's, Q700's and the Q900's. Once with the Yamaha receiver that I currently have and then with an adventage model.
findings. - the 900's have more bass and a "larger" sound, the 700's and 500's a little less each time.. which was to be expected. the quality between my V-381 receiver and the adventage A-860 receivers made the most difference of all. although on paper the amps power output are pretty close, the difference in sound was undeniable.
I am not convinced that the Q900's are worth the extra money --- if you don't plan on cranking music to the point that your ears are ringing when you turn it back down the Q700's-900's are a waste of money.
for most people the 500's would be fine (I am also using 2 subs at home)
For Home Theater don't even bother looking at the Q200 - just get the Q600. That's the real gem in the Q line of KEF speakers.
I'm sure I could have left the Paradigm monitor 7's that I used to use as my left-right speakers and been equally satisfied but those Q's are just so sexy looking. It's still tough to beat those old paradigms (I moved them to the basement for my computer system and they impress me always.)
I realize I should have gotten a higher level receiver but what's done is done. Once I get my moneys worth out of that Yamaha V-381, I'm definitely going to throw some more money into a better receiver (I do like listening to music at ear bleeding levels) but for now it's nothing to complain about either.