Originally Posted by arshishb
I think I can do it in my Yamaha RX-A1000. I will double check tonight unless I have been in some audio illusion all this while.
@sivadselim & ntrain96 can you provide guys provide some feedback on the center placement based on the pic I provided the previous page? Would like to get the most out of my center.
This audio illusion that you are referring to is called "Phantom Center", it means that, when listening 2 channel stereo (for example: Direct Audio), your 2 front speakers should emulate the sound of the center speaker as well (if placed and seated correctly). I've done this trick many times to my wife and friends and when I stand up in front of the center speaker, they still hear sound "coming" from me, they are pretty impressed, they can't believe the center speaker is not playing any sound at all. This is how the record companies mix the tracks for true stereo audio.
You should have an option in your receiver for "All Channel Stereo", this guarantees to make all the speakers sound at the same time, try that and let us know.
Originally Posted by arshishb
To answer ntrain & romeo:
I called AC4L for the missing the plugs & wall mounts & I received a package from Kef in 2 days with the parts. I think I spoke to Mark & when I conveyed my problem, all he said was "No problem, I will send kef an email & it will taken care of". Took 2 mins of my time.
As for the products being new, before ordering I called to ask that they mean by "open box" & the lady put me on hold to check stock. She came back stating that the they are all new & they state open box so that they can advertise a cheaper price than MSRP. When the boxes arrived they were factory sealed, you know those huge staples that are on some of these boxes? I think they were there, dont have any box with my anymore to double check.
I'm not saying that the issue you had could not be solved, I'm just saying that in your place I would not say that I got a brand new item just because the seller told me so by the phone, specially if it was published like open box sale and when there are missing parts from the boxes. Those staples are easily put back together or just done again. The fact is that you received incomplete items.... Happily you solved it fast.
When I called them before my purchase, they told me almost the same story, they told me that 3 of the 4 speakers where completely new and the other one had a "small dent", but they were sending me their "best pairs". The fact was that 1 of the 3 was not new at all and the other one with the "small dent" turned out to be a HUGE crack that compromised the whole enclosure/cabinet. So I got stuck with 1 unusable XQ30, 1 used and scratched XQ30, and 2 "like new" XQ20's. What I do have to thank them is that because of that whole fiasco I ended up buying a pair of brand new XQ40's from Vanns at half price, and I just have to say: WOW! Great speakers!!! So I'm glad I got the XQ40's, they are such an improvement over the XQ30's.
Finally I just want to clarify that I am not implying that they only sell crap, because the fact is that they don't, or they would be out of business a long time ago, take ntrain's side of the story for example, he's always had a great buying experience with them; sadly I did not and I am not alone on this ride..... Anyway, my point on bringing this up is to try to make you aware of the possibility that you could be one of the misfortunate ones that got a defective unit from them, like I did. Just trying to help you explore all the angles here. KEF IS a great sounding speaker brand and you should be bragging about them like you did with the Q300, not "settling" with the sound them.