So I finally got my KEF KHT 3005 system. It took its time getting here but seems like it was worth the wait. Started unpacking the box as soon as I got home. First of all the whole thing is heavy for a satellite speaker HT system about 69lbs to be precise. And the whole thing is packed really well. I mean the satellites are a pair in the boxes and the Sub and center have their own individual box and all of them are in a big box to keep it all together. Open up the Center first and it is wrapped in the nice suede like material (a sign of good things to come ) The first impression is the speaker it looks stunning!!! And I mean stunning! the finish is a nice gloss kind of like a shinny new car finish with the new car smell to match J The grills are magnetic and can be removed in a sec. I decide to remove the grills, as I like the metallic tweeter look (I like shinny objects ). Center has rubber base that can be attached to it along with a wall mount bracket. I had already increased the height my Pio Plasma to accommodate the Center from the specs I read online. I start unpacking the satellites and they are attached to their table stand, which can be easily converted to a wall mount. I have bough the matching stands that KEF makes as well so I decide to remove the base/wall mount brackets. All goes ok except the inserting the wires into the stands you have to make sure you insert them side ways as otherwise you will have hard time getting them all the way through. I had checked with the dealer earlier so I got my 16 gauge cables from Monoprice earlier as anything bigger will not fit the stands.. Now its time to get the Sub out. It is heavy to say thee least and has soft sides so you have to make sure you follow the instructions on how to unpack it correctly. Besides it is really well packed in the protective cloth/suede. Comes with 3 kinds of power cords (1 for Asia, Europe and North America) 1 extra fuse and three legs so it can be put on the floor horizontally as well. By the way if you figure out how to mount these legs PM me as the manual doesn't say a single thing about them. And I don't want to poke around with the shinny sub. Now I hook it up to my Pio Elite and we are ready to go. First comes the Revenge of the Sith as I want to check the Speakers with the THX settings. Everything seems ok except I mixed up the rear speaker wires despite the labels I put on the, Tsk tsk can't let this excitement get the best of me. So its back to the changing of wires. About 5 minutes later I a ready to go again. The cross over for Sub seems Awkward so even though the Manual says I should set it to 80hz I decide to try 100Hz and then go all the way up to 150 (your setting might vary depending on the room size) Now comes the real test I decide to watch the initial attach sequence in Revenge of the Sith and the initial impressions are above average. No I go back to the Receiver and so more tweaks. Back to the opening sequence again the sound is crystal clear and Bass is astounding. Now mind you this is not a full size speaker but I think this is as good as you can get in my opinion on a satellite set. Dialogues are crystal clear and have that nice ting to them. And did I mention how gorgeous they look yes they look absolutely stunning some of the most beautiful sound creatures I have seen. Mesmerizing, spellbinding etc. etc. They should really have a high WAF. Now I have spent about 5 hours in installation and have office to go to i decide to call it a day. Will do a more detailed test later this week. Meantime watch out for some pictures of this gorgeous setup soon.
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8/16/06 at 8:04am