I am going stereo to 5.1 and so I'm adding two rear speakers. I like the look of the IQ9 but have not heard them. I did hear the Monitor Audio RS8 at $1399 at pair, and they sound nice. Over $1,600 with tax and shipping. Then I got hot for the IQ9 just based on how they look and what people say about them. Available for $1198 total. Then I read about the XQ5 and I like the way they look even more. They are available in the wilds of Montana for $1800 per pair and you don't even have to drive vans there to get them. People seem to really like them, including in this thread. The hyper-tweeter on top seems to make a big difference. Bowers and Wilkins has one on top of their stand mounted 805S speakers at $2500 per pair. I'd sure love to hear a comparison of the B-W 805S against the KEF XQ5. So now I am "decided" on the XQ5s. Please will any owners weigh in here on how they sound. Someone was selling a pair of the "graphite" ones (shiney black) on Audiogon and they look beautiful. I'd buy the matching KEF XQ2C center channel speaker at the same time. It seems expensive at MSRP $1199.80, but you can find it in Montana too for a "mere" $699.80. Vans will be involved in that purchase too, but not by you driving them. I have mighty Allison Ones as front mains, now $5,300 per pair. I'll drive all this with either an Emotiva pre-pro and power amp, or the upcoming Onkyo Tx-NR905 receiver. So let's hear from you XQ5 owners and XQ2C owners. I'm at least 50% music, especially the utterly fantastic, stunning fidelity Aix Records DVD-As www.aixrecords.com
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Originally Posted by pbarach
Has anyone ever heard the XQ5's and how they compare to the iQ9 or the preceding Q7/Q11?