Thought everyone might like to see what can happen in shipping, if the shipper is sufficiently dastardly.
Backstory: last week I sold a KHT-3005SE set on eBay. I shipped it to the winning bidder via FedEx Ground, in the original KHT-3005SE box, with each speaker inside the original sub-box and Styrofoam clamshell and brown cloth dust-cover. Two days later (the buyer was not far from me), I get a message that one of the speakers sounds like something was broken inside, and only the tweeter worked. Fortunately, at the time of the sale I had two of KHT-3005SE, so I could make the buyer whole. I asked the buyer to send it back to me, reimbursed the buyer for the return shipping, and sent the buyer a different egg. When I received the egg, I picked it up, and sure enough, it rattled. I was curious, so I decided to take the HTS-3005SE egg apart. It was easier than I had feared, meaning I didn't destroy the thing: I used my fiancee's Elchim hairdryer to soften the glue, and butter-knife to remove the rubber baffle coating. Underneath were two hex screws with the same size head as the screw connecting the base or stand to the egg. Undo two screws, and it popped open. Here's what I found:
As you can see, it was jarred so hard that one of the crossover inductors snapped off. I believe that inductor was supported by a zip tie as well as its leads and the glue on the circuitboard, because there was also a broken zip tie inside the egg.
I can only guess that FedEx dropped it hard on the corner above that speaker. Fortunately, the others were unaffected.
I also learned one secret about why the HTS-3005SE egg is clearly deader-sounding than the similarly-sized Tannoy Arena egg (also have four of those) in the knuckle-wrap test: the KEF egg appears to be plastic inside, whereas the Tannoy egg is just the metal shell. (And the 3005's port is the longest I've seen in such a tiny speaker! It goes up, elbows, and extends almost to the front of the egg.)
Also, that's a fairly expensive and complex crossover for a reasonably-priced "designer" speaker. (Though with current neo prices, I suspect they wouldn't be able to design a new speaker with that driver and that crossover at the same price today.) No wonder they measure so smoothly, and sound better than anything else I've heard or seen in their size class at any price. One may quibble about the two iron-core inductors, but remember the size constraints here. Nice job, KEF!Edited by DS-21 - 11/15/12 at 8:55am