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mskeezer 09-15-2006 12:55 PM

KEF owner here. I'm surprised there isn't an "official" thread for us yet.

My system:


Harman Kardon AVR-435
iQ7's up front
2QC on center duty
Q5's bringing up the rear
PSW 2150

Rounding out the gear is my Denon DVM-715 dvd changer(soon to be a Toshiba HD player), and RCA 56 inch HDTV, all connected with Monster Ultra Series speaker wire, interconnects, and banana plugs(sue me, the stuff was on clearance lol).

I'll try to have pics up within a week.

Thomas

SeattleSuburbia 09-15-2006 06:06 PM

There are relatively few KEF owners in the states since they don't market here.

iQ9's FL and FR
iQ6c center
Q50's LR and RR (soon to be replaced with iQ3's maybe?)
iQ8ds surround back
ghetto sub until I can afford something like the SVS 20-39+

david*roy 09-15-2006 09:12 PM

You can count me in this thread. I own the Kef Reference 203 and soon 202C. Great speakers!! For surround speakers I have the KEF Compact!! KEF are great speakers!!

mskeezer 09-15-2006 10:46 PM

I forgot to mention that I have the KEF 1005 system that I plan on using in the bedroom once I get around to putting the rest of the system together. For the size and price I paid, they're amazing little speakers.

The iQ's have been awesome. I've owned a lot of speakers from brands like: Athena, Polk, Infinity, Energy, and countless others. They were all great speakers, but there's just something about the KEFs that I absolutely love. I don't know what it is... They just sound right to me.

ritesh 09-16-2006 05:22 AM

Here's my system,

KEF Q1 at the front
KEF Reference 100 at the centre
KEF Q9s for the surrounds
With the Marantz receiver for now.

The system serves me well for both HT and Music. I have restrictions in the placement of the fronts, and the front-ported Q1 are great for keeping them closer to the back-wall. The Q9s being the closed-box are mounted on the wall.

Ritesh

clrv 09-16-2006 08:17 AM

I love KEF's and not just because I sell them. I honestly think that for the money they are the best bang for the buck

KEF Reference 203 Fronts
KEF Reference 202c Center
4 KEF Q9s for the Surrounds

2nd Room KEF inwalls

obrientwo 09-16-2006 08:17 PM

Debating Def Tech Gems with Mythos 7 center vs Kef 3005s. Your comments please.

Dorn 09-18-2006 08:14 PM

How good are the iQ1s or even the iQ3s for just a simple stereo setup?

Maybe even go as far as the iQ5s or iQ7s.

clrv 09-19-2006 08:47 AM

They are great but if you are able to I would try and go with the iQ5s or iQ7s. I know this is hard to believe but I did have Paradigm Reference 100v.2 in my personal theater(my partner owns a store that sell Paradigms) when I took on KEF I still keep my Paradigms at my house. After hearing the KEF for I while I brought the iQ9s home and I kid you not the iQ9s sounded better the the Paradigms.

I now use the KEF Reference in my personal theater but in MY opinion KEF is ONE of the best bang for your buck.

Dorn 09-19-2006 12:28 PM

After looking at things a bit more, I'm honestly stuck between the iQ3s and iQ5s right now. There's also some other speakers out there I really want to demo (Polks, Boston Acoustics) before I really decided. It's really just a matter of whether I want to go with floorstanding or not. This is in a bedroom mind you, but that's just for the next few months. They may end up being moved into a living room when I move.

kronkite 09-20-2006 08:30 AM

Nice thread - thanks for starting it up.

I have Reference 201s as my main speakers (it's a small room). Using them with an Arcam AVR200. You have to love the "British sound".

I'm planning on adding a center channel but the Reference series models are too big and expensive for me (even the 202c).

Any thoughts on mixing and matching other center channels with the Reference 201? Ideally I'd like to find something slim that would fit underneath a flat screen and that would match the beautiful cherry finish on my 201s (otherwise just matte black).

I'm considering:
* iQ series center channel
* KHT series (but they are very shiny)
* Older/discontinued models?
* Other manufacturers? (e.g., Canton)

Any thoughts/suggestions?

Ritesh, where did you find your Model 100? How does it match with the Q1s?

Thanks!!!

clrv 09-20-2006 09:24 AM

kronkite, what % do you use your system for(HT, multichannel Music, 2-Channel Music).

That is going to big a big part on mixing although I don't recommend it but sometimes you can get by with it.

kronkite 09-20-2006 04:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by clrv View Post

kronkite, what % do you use your system for(HT, multichannel Music, 2-Channel Music).

That is going to big a big part on mixing although I don't recommend it but sometimes you can get by with it.

Thanks, Clifton. I mostly listen to stereo music right now, but I'd like to get more into home theater since I'm buying a new TV. My room isn't so big, so I'm hoping for something compact.

By the way, I see from your website that you also have the 201s -- nice choice. ;^) Which subwoofer is that? How do you like it?

clrv 09-20-2006 05:20 PM

Noproblem, for 2 channel music the center is not that big of deal, but for me in HT it is one of the most important speakers.

As far as the 201s all I can say is total bliss.

The sub is a DD15. If you want the walls to raddle this is the sub for you.

I will be selling most of my demo equipment in the next few weeks so anyone interested e-mail me.

ritesh 09-20-2006 08:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by kronkite View Post

Nice thread - thanks for starting it up.
Ritesh, where did you find your Model 100? How does it match with the Q1s?

I am in Australia, got it from Secher Audio. The rationalle for buying it was that most sound for HT comes out of the center and thus I thought of spending a bit more and getting this one. It was my first ever system, looking back now, I should have probably tried Q9c, the matching centre. I guess I am just lucky that the model blended-in alright.


Quote:
Originally Posted by kronkite View Post

Nice thread - thanks for starting it up.
I have Reference 201s as my main speakers (it's a small room). Using them with an Arcam AVR200. You have to love the "British sound".

I'm planning on adding a center channel but the Reference series models are too big and expensive for me (even the 202c).

Any thoughts on mixing and matching other center channels with the Reference 201?
I'm considering:
* iQ series center channel
* KHT series (but they are very shiny)
* Older/discontinued models?
* Other manufacturers? (e.g., Canton)

Any thoughts/suggestions?


Thanks!!!

In the older discontinued models, you could try the Reference 200c (the next model up from the one that I have which is reference 100c).

I suspect it might blend in very well with your reference series speakers. The reviews seems to be good for it as well.

I wouldn't recommend, trying to match the centre with another manufacturer, or trying out the KHT series, that would be quite different to your mains.

Good luck, and let us know how you go.

cheers,

Ritesh

fourml8r 09-21-2006 04:21 PM

i must be the old guy in the group (but i'm only 40!!!!). i have a pair of 105.3 reference series bought off ebay ($1,000) and a pair of 104.2 reference series my dad gave to me (Circa mid 80s) but these still kick butt.

other equipment is a yamaha 2600 (Just got it), samsung sacd/dvd audio player, hughes HD Directv receiver and an infinity 360 center channel, 57" Toshiba Cinea RPTV, psb subsonic 6i sub.

pretty soon the basement home thearter will be done and this equipment (Not TV) will go into the new space along with a projector (possibly sony vpl-hs60) and a 106" carada screen.

Deathwish238 09-21-2006 04:45 PM

My first setup:
KEF KHT2005.2
Denon AVR-3805

I've been quite happy with it. KEF made me the audiophile I am today. However, sadly I'm not as fond of some of their newer speakers.

cpu8088 09-21-2006 05:55 PM

do you know if kef now owned by taiwanese?

SeattleSuburbia 09-22-2006 10:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by cpu8088 View Post

do you know if kef now owned by taiwanese?


The parent company is GP Industries.

http://www.gp-industries.com/

cpu8088 09-22-2006 11:07 AM

thanks

not taiwanese but a hong kong based publicly listed company

nathanb 09-22-2006 11:27 AM

i'm looking for a bedroom set, and was thinking about the KEF 3005, monitor radius, def techs, orbs, axiom mini epics, etc.

i've listened to the first 4. i thought the bookshelves were superior to the orbs -- but i truthfully didnt hear much difference between the radius, def tech and KEF (much to the chagrin of my sales associate, who was high on the KEF)

any input? i'm looking to spend not much more than 1500. . .

Deathwish238 09-23-2006 01:35 PM

Go with the KEFs, the wife/gf will appreciate them

greenkawasaki 10-22-2006 01:04 AM

What's your top color choice from the new IQ line if you didn't have to match it to your current furniture.

Mine's the apple, maple, walnut in order.

I've included pictures of the three finishes below. Maple is the lightest, apple is the medium darkness, then walnut is the darkest.
LL
LL
LL

gotchaforce 10-22-2006 03:37 AM

apple looks damn good in person

jazjon 10-25-2006 01:33 AM

Does anyone know a good online deal for KEF speakers? I'm hoping to avoid a bit of the fulll msrp and or taxes expense.

2 iQ9-maple (flr std/each/maple/KEF)
1 iQ6C-maple (center channel/each/aple/KEF/)
2 iQ8DS-mpl (dipole/mpl/pr/KEF)

SeattleSuburbia 10-25-2006 09:57 AM

You won't find much of a discount from any authorized reseller.
I got mine from Vann's, no tax free shipping.

Mark McIntosh 10-25-2006 10:12 AM

Great thread - thanks for starting it up. I have a sub/sat system from Orb Audio for my HT, but when I want to hear some awesome speakers, I turn to my Kef 103.2's. I bought the pair in 1980 when I was in college for $900 and they are still the sweetest sounding speakers. I have tried to replace them many times over, but never hear anything that is not ridiculously more expensive that sound better for music. Cheerio!

jazjon 10-25-2006 11:09 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SeattleSuburbia View Post

You won't find much of a discount from any authorized reseller.
I got mine from Vann's, no tax free shipping.

Thanks,
So far I found amazon at msrp (tax free)
brandnamez is slightly discounted.
They are even cheaper on froogle but then you get into the "cosmetic blemishes" discount. I'd rather have brand new perfect condition of course

dougotte 10-25-2006 12:23 PM

I've had this setup for about the past 2.5 years:
Q11 mains
Q10c center (duh!)
Q1 surrounds
JBL PB10 sub

These are not iQ. The finish is cherry. I love them. The room is a big challenge, but they sound great for music and HT. I'm sure they would sound even better if proper placement were possible. As it is, the soundstage is incredible - it wraps around the side walls almost to the back wall.

The JBL is fine for HT, and I don't listen to much music w/ a .1 channel, but it sounds good when I do.

In fact, I've been focussing on upgrading my basement 2ch system for the past year or so. Although it has better components, the speakers (rebuilt vintage 1981 EPI 100Vs) are still too harsh and forward. When I go upstairs and put in the same music, I'm pleasantly surprised how good it sounds w/ the KEFs. I guess as I age, I'm preferring a more "relaxed" sound than the bright, ultra-detailed sound I preferred in my youth.

Regards,
Doug

McCall 10-25-2006 12:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SeattleSuburbia View Post

There are relatively few KEF owners in the states since they don't market here.

iQ9's FL and FR
iQ6c center
Q50's LR and RR (soon to be replaced with iQ3's maybe?)
iQ8ds surround back
ghetto sub until I can afford something like the SVS 20-39+


They have been marketed and sold in the US for Many many years, KEF 105's were my first love.

My dedicated home theater is all KEF except for the center which is a B&W and a Velodyne Subwoofer.


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