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Down to PSB, Paradigm, and KEF

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have narrowed down my speaker choice down to three speakers. The system will be the LCR powered by a Yamaha A710 in a 19x14 room. I normally listen to about 60/40 music/movies

My choices are:
PSB T2 with Imagine Center
Paradigm Studio 100 with CC590 center
KEF Q900 with center.

The PSB and Paradigm speakers are the same price and the KEF's are about $1000 cheaper. I haven't listened to the KEF speakers but could do their 2 week in home trial. Should I try the KEF speakers or go with the PSB or Paradigms?
post #2 of 15
My first choice from within that group would definitely be the PSB speakers.

I have another suggestion though; Try the Gallo Acoustics CL-3 and CL Center, which would run about $2400 direct from Gallo. They will give you a 60-DAY FREE trial in your home. if you return them you pay NOTHING (they pay the return shipping and a full refund). Once you hear them, I do not think Gallo will have to pay the return shipping...rofl.

In any case...free is good...lol.

I have the CL-3 speakers, and they are exceptional in several ways. They have bass that seems impossible for their size (definitely at least equal to the PSB T2) and a unique Gallo tweeter that is quite excellent and has remarkable dispersion characteristics. They make music sound really really nice, and have punch too.

The Absolute Sound did an in-depth article on them last July/August and then expanded it with a 5.1 system review at avguide.com recently.
Edited by commsysman - 12/21/12 at 12:19pm
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
I just looked at the Gallo speakers. I don't think I will go with them. I am not a fan of how they look and will not work with the room.
post #4 of 15
Of those speakers, I find the Kef to be the most attractive. They look more sleek and intimidating.

I haven't heard any of these speakers yet, but I am eyeing them.
post #5 of 15
Tough call. Your best bet is always to listen to them and pick what you like best. Listening in your own room is ideal but not always very practical.

The KEFs have the best dispersion (making them more friendly to a variety of rooms), but they have some midrange cone breakup problems not fully addressed by the crossover that can impart a little harshness on some material.

The Paradigms probably have the best bass and can go pretty loud.

The PSBs are probably the smoothest, maybe the most "refined."

I don't think you can really go wrong with any of them, so it's really a personal call you'll have to make, based on sound, looks, price, whatever.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
The PSB and Paradigm I can only listen to at a dealer. KEF I have no dealer around me so trying in home is the only option. At $4000 for the Paradigm and PSB and $2499 for the KEF I kinda feel like they would be worth trying.
post #7 of 15
You can get the Kef Q900's for $675 a piece on Accessories4less.com. Not sure if that will help your decision any.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Do you know if they do a in home trial?
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Louquid View Post

You can get the Kef Q900's for $675 a piece on Accessories4less.com. Not sure if that will help your decision any.
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Originally Posted by bcarroll01 View Post

Do you know if they do a in home trial?

Accessories4less also has the two Q series centers. They do 30 day trials but with a 15% restock fee. I believe though the Q900's have free shipping at the moment. (Return shipping would cost you.)
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for letting me know. Ill give it more of a look.
post #11 of 15
"Return of FREE SHIPPED ITEMS
ALL items that are shipped for free, either by promotion or default, will be assessed a 10% restocking fee or the cost of the shipping charges (lesser of the two) to cover original shipping and processing charges incurred by Accessories4less. Returned merchandise must be postmarked no later than 7 days after we provide you with a Return Authorization Number."

I would call to get clarification on this, but with their prices they should certainly be a consideration. $1350 for a pair of Q900s is a fantastic price.
post #12 of 15
If you are really willing to spend up to 4 grand, consider the Kef R700. I think they retail for $3600. I heard them at the same place as the Studio 60s and liked the Kef better. I think the R line has quite a bit better engineering and drivers than the Q line. Check it out.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by NewHTbuyer View Post

If you are really willing to spend up to 4 grand, consider the Kef R700. I think they retail for $3600. I heard them at the same place as the Studio 60s and liked the Kef better. I think the R line has quite a bit better engineering and drivers than the Q line. Check it out.

I second that, I went through R300, Q900 and now have R500. While Q900s have a couple things they do better, the R500 is a definite step up. If R700 with R600C center will get you over the budget I think R500s with R200c still worth the extra $$$ over Q900s.
post #14 of 15
Is the R500 a step up from the R300 given that they are cheaper than the R300?
post #15 of 15
The price of the R300 is $1800 while the R500 is about $2600. The R300 is the bookshelf sized pair
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