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KEF Q900 or Revel concetra f12

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I know there are dozens of these post about which speakers to choose. I also know that from reading dozens of post and reviews on different types of speakers that it is really a personal preference on which speaker sounds better. I am asking the question because I am also interested in resell value. I don't plan to buy speakers and resell them but hey you never know when you will have to liquidate.

I only have the option to audition the Revel concentra f12 and I like they way they sound, but they are already 7 yrs old. I don't have the luxury of auditioning the KEF Q900, but I have read several good reviews about them. So my question would be if the KEF Q900 sound as good as the Revel concentra F12 I would rather get the KEF's, but if they don't I will get the revel f12's

I am looking for suggestions from people who have heard one or the other or both. Any input provided would be really helpful.
post #2 of 16
Those are both very good speakers, and the Q900 has awesome bass, which pretty much eliminates the need for a subwoofer.

On the other hand, for $1250 you can get a pair of Monitor Audio Silver RX6 speakers, which are better-sounding than either one IMO.

This has to one of the biggest bargains in audio today.

Stereophile likes them so much that they give them a Class B rating in Recommended Components. Most speakers rated Class B cost

$4000 to $8000 dollars.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the speedy reply and the recommendation of the Monitor Audio Silver Rx6. I just worry about purchasing speakers without being able to audition them. Would you say the bass on the Rx6 is equal or better than that of the Revel f12's?
post #4 of 16
I like the Q900, and I commissioned a nearfield monitor based on its 8" Uni-Q. However, if both of those speakers are the same price it's a no brainer. The Revel is just a much better-built speaker. The KEF has more interesting and higher-tech drive units - most $10k speakers are uncompetitive with the Q900 in that regard, but the cabinet is comparatively awful. The finish is much poorer, and it's not as well-designed, either. Basically, KEF seems to have blown the R&D budget designing those awesome drivers, and then had to trim costs everywhere else. That's why the crossover is rudimentary, and the cabinet finish quality is more in line with the $300/pr Infinity Primus than a Revel.

The Revel is a good, well-rounded speaker, with smooth and flat FR, well-controlled wide horizontal dispersion, more cone area than the Q900 overall (1-5-8-8 vs. 1.5-8-8) and solid bass tuning. If you can get a killer price just because it's an older design, then take advantage of it!
Edited by DS-21 - 9/18/13 at 2:36pm
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for that info! That really helps I didn't know if I should be turned off by the age of the speakers. After I left from auditioning them I didn't know if the sells man was just trying to move them out of stock to make room for the newer models. I can get them both for about the same price with the Revel concentra f12's being about $100 cheaper.
post #6 of 16
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Hi I talked to the retailer and he is offering the Revel Concetra F12 for $999 a pair and the KEF Q900 are $1250 a pair. Is this a good enough deal to take the Revel F12 over the KEF's. I have only had the opportunity to listened to the Revel F12.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by durell81 View Post

Hi I talked to the retailer and he is offering the Revel Concetra F12 for $999 a pair and the KEF Q900 are $1250 a pair. Is this a good enough deal to take the Revel F12 over the KEF's. I have only had the opportunity to listened to the Revel F12.

The F12's original MSRP was closer to the $1.5k range, so I think that is a good deal. In terms of product line age, Revel does not update products as frequently (it seems). The Concerta line is admittedly about 5 years old, but the Performa line went even longer between versions (version 3 was just released earlier this year, and I saw information on the Performa2's dating back to 2005!). I don't think the Concerta series will be updated anytime soon, but who really knows? smile.gif

Good luck with your search!
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post


Stereophile likes them so much that they give them a Class B rating in Recommended Components. Most speakers rated Class B cost

$4000 to $8000 dollars.

The F12's were also Class B rated by Stereophile. I owned a pair for a while and they were excellent speakers.
post #9 of 16
durell81, where do you have Q900 for $1250 a pair? I am after them and amazon list them at $899 single.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi bsinghrana,

I have $550 saved from cash back purchases on my discover card and I can use that through Amazon. So it's not exactly a sale. The revels concentra f12 I am able to get locally at that price.
post #11 of 16
Get the Revels and use the $550 for something else? Seems like a smarter way to go especially if you've heard and like the F12s.

Also, just cos a speaker is old does not mean it's not a good speaker.
Edited by Avgass - 9/19/13 at 6:58pm
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Avgass thanks for the reply! I will probably make a decision today.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
I finally pulled the trigger on the revels. My local dealer had a sale and I was able to walk out with a pair of f12s and a c12. Thanks everyone for the feedback.
post #14 of 16
Awesome. The C12 is a great centre speaker and it's so important to match your front soundstage so getting the C12 at the same time was a really good move. Let us know your impressions once they're all set up at home
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
I have it all hooked up and I used the extra money to snag a sherbourn pa 2-160. I really like the way it sounds.
post #16 of 16
Good to hear - literally
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