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post #331 of 6604
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Originally Posted by Benniator View Post

You could always stay HK and get a 247. You chose the 2005s over the 3005s? I'm guessing the price difference was the deciding factor, yes?

Yes it was. But I think for movies the 2005 sounded a little better to me. This system is going to be for 100% movie use.
post #332 of 6604
Well I have bad news. I was moving my speakers this weekend and I felt a bulge on the sides of one of my Ref 205s. The wood is starting to push out and separate. It almost feels like it is where a brace inside is expanding and pushing out on both sides. The speakers are bout 2 years old and I sure hope they are covered under warranty.
post #333 of 6604
I put together my system 10 years ago. I listened to KEFs at a place that is no longer in business and found them relatively cheap via the internet

Front: KEF Q65
Rear: KEF Q55
Center KEF Q100

I absolutely love them! The transition from high to mid range is seamless. Wonderful sound. Too bad my wife won't let me crank them too loud!
post #334 of 6604
Do the KHT2005.2 have to use the Kef 2005.2 speaker stands? Do they fit other 3rd party speaker stands?
post #335 of 6604
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Originally Posted by speeeedy View Post

Well I have bad news. I was moving my speakers this weekend and I felt a bulge on the sides of one of my Ref 205s. The wood is starting to push out and separate. It almost feels like it is where a brace inside is expanding and pushing out on both sides. The speakers are bout 2 years old and I sure hope they are covered under warranty.

Oh lordy, is it possible the speaker was kicked? I'm pretty sure all KEFs have a 5 year warranty, so you should be OK.

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Originally Posted by djay_supreme View Post

Do the KHT2005.2 have to use the Kef 2005.2 speaker stands? Do they fit other 3rd party speaker stands?

Welcome to the world of proprietary speaker components. I know the 3005s can only use KEF stands and I can't imagine the 2005s are any different.
post #336 of 6604
Hi friends

My name is Mario, I'm from Brazil and I need some help from you. My speakers set is all KEF:

Front: Q11
Center: Q10c
Rear: QCompact

The uniQ drive of one of Q11 is damaged after a fall. The official dealer in Brazil doesn't have this part, then I am looking for it through the internet.

Could you inform me the contact of the KEF Authorized Centers in USA, please?

Thank your for your special help.

Mario
post #337 of 6604
[quote=Benniator]Oh lordy, is it possible the speaker was kicked? I'm pretty sure all KEFs have a 5 year warranty, so you should be OK.


I talked to Kef today and they said they should be covered but I need a proof of receipt and that just to ship the box cost 200$. He did say that I might be able to send him pics via email and they can send the cabinet to Vegas and have a vendor change it out. Oh by the way, to have the speaker sent both ways 800$ I new my 205s were heavy but holy crap!

And the speakers was not kicked. The wood it bowing outwards and cracked. On one side i is cracked vert and on the other it is horizontal.
post #338 of 6604
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Originally Posted by LUIS - RS View Post

Hi friends
Could you inform me the contact of the KEF Authorized Centers in USA, please?
Mario

Mario: Try this (you might try faxing them):
KEF America
KEF AMERICA, Inc.
10 Timber Lane,
Marlboro, NJ 07746
Tel: (732) 683 2356
Fax732) 683 2358
www.kefamerica.com
post #339 of 6604
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Originally Posted by speeeedy View Post

Well I have bad news. I was moving my speakers this weekend and I felt a bulge on the sides of one of my Ref 205s. The wood is starting to push out and separate. It almost feels like it is where a brace inside is expanding and pushing out on both sides. The speakers are bout 2 years old and I sure hope they are covered under warranty.

OUCH!

Do you still live in Vegas? You didn't move to or from a more humid environment or anything like that, did you? Have the speakers ever been in a really moist location like a basement?
post #340 of 6604
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Originally Posted by LUIS - RS View Post

Hi friends

My name is Mario, I'm from Brazil and I need some help from you. My speakers set is all KEF:

Front: Q11
Center: Q10c
Rear: QCompact

The uniQ drive of one of Q11 is damaged after a fall. The official dealer in Brazil doesn't have this part, then I am looking for it through the internet.

If you have to, you can buy some Q1s (if you can find them) and use its UniQ driver. It should be identical to the Q11's UniQ driver.
post #341 of 6604
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Originally Posted by sivadselim View Post

OUCH!

Do you still live in Vegas? You didn't move to or from a more humid environment or anything like that, did you? Have the speakers ever been in a really moist location like a basement?

Nope! Been in Vegas my whole life. He said it shouldn't matter if they were moved anyway becouse they are treated.
post #342 of 6604
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Originally Posted by Benniator View Post

Welcome to the world of proprietary speaker components. I know the 3005s can only use KEF stands and I can't imagine the 2005s are any different.

Oh well...should I be surprised about this?

Since the 2005s aren't new, the only place I'm able to find these stands is vanns.com. Surprisingly, Circuit City (where I bought the speakers) only carries 3005 stands. Any other sites?
post #343 of 6604
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Originally Posted by djay_supreme View Post

Oh well...should I be surprised about this?

Since the 2005s aren't new, the only place I'm able to find these stands is vanns.com. Surprisingly, Circuit City (where I bought the speakers) only carries 3005 stands. Any other sites?

Nope. Vann's is the only place I found them as well. I feel your pain. I had to buy two pairs of 3005 stands.
post #344 of 6604
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Originally Posted by djay_supreme View Post

Do the KHT2005.2 have to use the Kef 2005.2 speaker stands? Do they fit other 3rd party speaker stands?

I believe they must use the KEF stands
post #345 of 6604
I am looking into picking up a set of KEF iQ7's or PSB T45's has anyone had any experience with both of these? Pros vs cons? Its a tough choice!
post #346 of 6604
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Originally Posted by sivadselim View Post

You are correct; the iQ1 is the comparable speaker to the old Qcompact. I have never directly compared any of the Q series speakers to the new iQ series speakers. Because each of those, the Qcompact and iQ1, is the smallest speaker offering in each series, I would expect the difference in sound to be less than the difference might be between any of the other comparable, but larger, speakers in each series. The speakers are very similar, although not identical, cosmetically, and since they are so small, the difference is probably also less pronounced than the difference between the comparable, but larger, speakers in both series.

You may want to look on Ebay or for an audio discounter who still has the Qcompacts in stock. I occasionally see new Qcompacts being sold on Ebay. If you really want to match your current Q series speakers, you may actually find it easier to find a pair of the slightly larger 6.5" driver Q1s (or maybe even a higher speaker in the series, like the 6.5" driver Q3 towers, 5.25" dual-driver Q4 towers, or 6.5" dual-driver Q5 towers), in which case you could move your current Qcompacts to surround duty.

Otherwise, I wouldn't worry too much about mixing the new iQ1s, which you would probably want to use as fronts, with your current Q series speakers. You may not have a choice.

If you do web searches, you may get lucky and find soemone who still stocks the Qs. For example, is a dealer who may still have some.

Thanks for your suggestion. I got a pair of iQ3 as front speakers and iQ1 for side surrounds. Moved the Qcompacts to rear surround for a 7.1 setup.
Now answering my own question. iQ1's are taller than Qcompacts, by a couple inches. The front and the top views are very similar with grill on. So they don't look too bad as a set.
The performance is incredible for this setup. I'm no audiophile but can tell good sound from bad and it sounds far better than the hts1005 speakers I was using for surrounds before.
post #347 of 6604
Hi,
I'm very new here and a novice audio enthusiast.
I got interested in listening music ever since I was given a system from my brother that I found out costed a fortune.
He gave me ref 205, and also a center speaker as well as rear speakers. (all of them were kef speakers...I don't remember the models numbers off hand.)
The speakers came with Lexicon systems. ( I believe they were LX-7, MC-8, and RT-10)
Until now, I didn't know listening music can be this fun and soothing.

Anyway, my question is that what is the diffrence between ref205 and new ref205/2 besides the price?
Is old ref205, which I like, a really good one in the speaker industry?
And where can I find a good review for my old ref205?
I've tried search on the web without any success.

Please help....
Thank you in advance.....
post #348 of 6604
The old 205's were notorious for bursting into flames and consuming whole neighborhoods.

From the Wall Street Journal:



...then they heard the "pop" again the speaker caught fire.

"We just stared at it, not believing what we saw." said Williams. "Then I got the family together and ran out of the house."

Within minutes the Williams' house had been engulfed by flames. The fire quickly spread to neighboring houses and by the time the fire department had arrived, half of the block had been consumed by the inferno...

...not an unusual occurrence. At least 500 similar incidents have been recorded and 67 people have lost their lives when their KEF speakers caught on fire...

...Marjorie Castock, a KEF spokesperson, saying that KEF Reference series may have "fire issues" but that their "superior sound makes up for any such niggling details."

Andrew Williams echoes her sentiments.

"Oh, I'll definitely be replacing my speakers with more KEFs." he said as he leafed through photos of his burned house. "I mean, they sound awesome. What's a little fire hazard, anyway?"...




I suggest getting rid of those speakers immediately. Send them to me. I'll take care of them for you.
post #349 of 6604
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Originally Posted by huhging View Post

Anyway, my question is that what is the diffrence between ref205 and new ref205/2 besides the price?

Have you even looked on the KEF website for an answer to this question?

There is a huge and obvious design difference between the old REFs and the new REF/2s. The REF/2s no longer have a hypertweeter. The new REF/2 tweeter is apparently able to cover those frequencies that the hypertweeter used to cover. This not a subtle difference. What this does is "re-unite" those frequencies that used to be produced by separately located drivers, the tweeter and hypertweeter, back into the single UniQ array's tweeter, the result of which should be better symmetrical, single point source dispersion.
post #350 of 6604
Hey all,
I currently have 10 year old Q65s as my front surrounds and Q55s as my rear surrounds. I moved two years ago and my theater room (living room) is not conducive to having free standing rear surrounds. One is actually sitting on an electronic piano (and my wife mentions it regularly!). I'm thinking of getting some bookshelf type kefs that I could mount in the corners or at least have them be a little less obtrusive.

Has anyone had experience with the latest Kef rears/bookshelf speakers? Will they be a good match with my Q65s (which I dearly love)?
post #351 of 6604
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Originally Posted by dmspen View Post

Hey all,
I currently have 10 year old Q65s as my front surrounds and Q55s as my rear surrounds. I moved two years ago and my theater room (living room) is not conducive to having free standing rear surrounds. One is actually sitting on an electronic piano (and my wife mentions it regularly!). I'm thinking of getting some bookshelf type kefs that I could mount in the corners or at least have them be a little less obtrusive.

Has anyone had experience with the latest Kef rears/bookshelf speakers? Will they be a good match with my Q65s (which I dearly love)?

If I'm not mistaken, your speakers have a soft-dome tweeter, not the current aluminum tweeter that KEF uses. The timbre is completely different. I would encourage you to try and give the newer KEFs a listen, see what you think.

If these speakers would be strictly used for HT and not any discreet, multichannel music listening, then matching the speakers timbre-wise will be less important.
post #352 of 6604
I have thought about replacing my speakers, but they're pristine and sound amazing, even after 10 years. The transition from high to midrange is flawless. It was the selling point for me.

So aluminum tweeter sounds different/ I guess I need to find a local dealer. The place I got mine went out of business some time ago.
post #353 of 6604
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Originally Posted by Mikenificent1 View Post

Does anyone know what the MSRP of the Kef Reference 201/2's are? I can't find it anywhere!

$2,500 EACH.... SJ
post #354 of 6604
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Originally Posted by sivadselim View Post

Oh, I bet they would work fine. SANUS has to cover their butt, legally, so they set the max. at 25lbs., which, almost certainly, is well below what the stands is probably capable of supporting. The 25lb. limit also probably isn't just the stand's maximum support limit, but also probably has something to do with the safe weight regarding the stand toppling over. Since you'll need a shorter stand for those XQ3s, being top-heavy isn't as much of a concern.

And, based upon the picture of the base plate, it looks like it will work with a variety of their stands, so maybe another stand would be more appropriate.

Frankly, I wouldn't worry about the difference between 25lbs. and 32lbs., if you wanted to use those stands/baseplate.


I agree. The XQ1s weigh almost 21 lbs each and they aren't even close to toppling over on these stands; a shorter center stem would even increase stability.

Whether they'll catch fire or not, though, I can't say.

Marjorie
post #355 of 6604
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Originally Posted by sivadselim View Post

Wow, thanks for posting that. I didn't even know such a creature existed. I'm surprised SANUS makes such a specific item. How in the world did you discover that?

Google!

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I presume the KEF-specific top-plate just simply replaces the standard top-plate, correct? What are all the extra holes for? Connecting it to different model stands?

Yes, the stand comes disassembled, so its just a matter of putting on the KEF-specific top plate instead of the top plate that comes with the stand. Good guess what the other holes are for, since the plate is suppose to fit other Sanus stands. The KEF-top plate also fits one or more Klipsch speakers, and possibly other speakers as well.

Marjorie
post #356 of 6604
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Originally Posted by vabch22 View Post

I said the same thing, I would have never found something like that. I think the top plate would work, though sadly the stands only support up to 25 lbs. The XQ3's are 32 lbs each. Right now there on some end tables from Target (good suggestion btw) until I find a stand.. if I do.

And thanks for the info mlazoff! I have to run to Lowe's to get some brackets to mount the XQ2 on a shelf. The damn thing is huge.

You're welcome, vabch22. I understand your uncertainly. Just find a place with a good return policy.

Yes, the XQ2 is huge and heavy. My wall doesn't have studs, so I had to purchase a cadenza to store my components. I put the XQ2 on top of that. I couldn't even get the cadenza that had a top speaker shelf, none of them were high enough to handle the hypertweeter!

Good luck! Let us know what you end up getting.

Marjorie
post #357 of 6604
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Originally Posted by mlazoff View Post

I put the XQ2 on top of that. I couldn't even get the cadenza that had a top speaker shelf, none of them were high enough to handle the hypertweeter!

Pesky hypertweeter. I always thought it sounded like a housefly!
post #358 of 6604
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Originally Posted by sivadselim View Post

Pesky hypertweeter. I always thought it sounded like a housefly!

If only Sanus made a KEF-specific cadenza too -- a top with a little hole in the middle for the hypertweeter to peek through.

Any one seen/heard the new XQs?

Marjorie
post #359 of 6604
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Originally Posted by mlazoff View Post

Any one seen/heard the new XQs?

Are they available?
post #360 of 6604
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Originally Posted by SJHT View Post

$2,500 EACH.... SJ

Thanks
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