Originally Posted by Skid71
OT - do/can you use banana plugs for the satellites? What gauge are you running? The (very few) reviews I've read suggest the sub was somewhat finnicky to setup. What has your experience been?
Would you mind commenting more on the quality and sound your KEF's. I'm about ready to jump. Just wanted the final shove.
What was the name of the site you got the extra two satellites from?
Sorry for going OT.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
I use banana plugs on my receiver side but not on the speaker side I have these speakers wall mounted so no room for banana plugs. They are sealed over on the back and dont allow for banana plugs out of the box.... BUT....Someone said on forums before you can pop the cap off the back and use a banana plugs on them (use sharp knife and pop it off).
The sub is no big deal to hook up.. hunt the web for the pdf manual if you have problems ..... the sub is called KEF HTB2 if you wanna google info on it. This is a editors commentary on the sub that comes with 3005 setup. http://reviews.cnet.com/subwoofers/k...-32317403.html
The satellites to the KEF 3005 set on its own are called 3001's. I bought my extra 2 speakers here. A scratch and dent site. http://www.accessories4less.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi
One was scratched on the foot and one was perfect... its random what you will get from them, but this company seems pretty good and another user here on forums got a whole kef 3005 set here without problems. There stock fluctuates on KEF speakers but (right now) it seems they got stock again of the black and silver kef 3001 sats.
I was unsure if mini satellites were the right choice for me. Lets face it small speakers get no love. However, what sold me.. is when i found out what I was looking at is not 1 speaker in each little pod. Its 2 speakers. A lil patent they deemed "Uni-Q" where they sit a tweeter inside the center cone of the mid range speaker. Also 100 watts handling and 80hz on the low end is what sold me. Once I plugged them in... I was blown away for the amount of sound they make. I think if I was using these in a big vaulted ceiling living room I would opt to go another route and get big towers (and another higher powered amp). However, I used these in a medium sized bedroom and they are WAY loud for this space. The sub is surprising with its bass response, I thought it was going to suck. I find the need to crank up my Auyessey adjusted subwoofer db setting to get the extra kick though (like everyone else).... but this sub you really need to do it.
They don't have a small sound and when you get a really loud punchy movie the sub and sats come together great. A VERY movie-esque experience. At around 75% volume I cant carry on a conversation without screaming.
I love these speakers but there are A LOT of quality speakers out there. I bought these for several reasons (in order of importance). Easily wall mountable (there base can be used as a wall mount bracket or foot stand either or), CNET rated them higher then any other speaker setup, they look great which makes it easier to wall mount them, there power handling was PERFECT for the 705, they were small speakers which I needed for my bedroom theater setup.
I would say carefully ask yourself if these are similar reasons why you want those speakers. Also some other users have told me on forums that the KEF 2005's sound nearly as good and are 1/3 the price tag (I would like to hear them to confirm that.. thats only regret if I have any...they certainly share the same specs but their physical speaker design is very different, but both do use Uni-Q)
If I had to score these speakers myself.
Sound Clarity 9/10
Sound Imaging 9/10
Bass Strength 7/10
This is KEF's site if you wanna read more http://www.kef.com/ht3000/index.htm
I dropped about 1800 bucks on a 7.1 setup of these speakers. For that money a LOT of other options can be bought. Be sure you do your homework so you are happy for the money you spend. Having said that... I LOVE these speakers paired with the 705... amazing sound.