Originally Posted by dftkell
Having both the Q100 and the HTS3001's in your living room, do you consider the HTS's to be the superior overall speaker?
Well, this post will be to some degree an admission against interest - I currently have one of my two KHT-3005SE sets listed on the auction site - but I think the Q100 is generally the better-sounding speaker for most uses. It plays a lot more freely before dynamic compression kicks in (bigger driver, bigger cabinet), renders a more palpable midrange, and has more extended highs. However, the3005SE does image better (in fact, better than anything else I’ve yet heard, at any price or any size, from anyone, though I haven’t heard the LS50 or Blade) in terms of width, depth, placement, and recording-to-recording variability. The 3005SE is clearly voiced warmer as well, with a more pronounced decline in sound power with frequency. Whether or not that’s a good thing depends more than anything else on your listening distance and the overall size of your room. The Q100, by contrast, is voiced hotter on top, and also adds a bit of extra emphasis to sibilant sounds in a recording.
My earlier post only spoke to comparative build quality. The KHT-3005SE looks/feels like a premium product from top to bottom. They are not only well-styled, but well-designed,
too. The Q100 looks and feels…like a speaker whose development budget was blown on a fantastic bespoke drive unit, and therefore required cost-cutting measures everywhere else to meet the desired price-point. To use a car analogy, the perceived quality difference between the 3005SE and Q100 is like the perceived quality difference between a Mini Cooper and the old Dodge Neon SRT4.
FWIW, right now my main system uses two 3005SE “center channels” on the KEF floor stands as side surrounds and two 3005SE main/surround channels on the standard tabletop stands atop a bookshelf as back surrounds. My temporary LCR are Q100’s, though that will change hopefully before the year’s out, and if not early next year. The 3005SE bits will likely stay in my main system even when the mains get much better, because the dynamic demands of surround speakers are low, their spectral balance is perfect for that role, and they look so good.