Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy
The key word here is "most people", which are probably not exactly very experienced seasoned critical listeners who can exactly pinpoint the difference in midrange directivity.
"Most people" are most likely casual music listeners who probably pay more attention to the actual music content, not differences in midrange pattern. Furthermore, they probably listen to mostly compressed pop/ rock MP3 music streamed from their iPads which aren't precisely the most neutral type.
Sure, more experienced seasoned critical listeners may be able to tell such discrete differences, but probably not most people.
I fall into the "most people" category, not exactly experienced but a critical listener. There was definitely a difference between the Q300 and the Philharmonics
In a small room where the Q300 were originally intended, at low volume the Q300 were good, but not a lot better than my Mordaunt Short monitors. I had a difficult time with positioning sufficient to provide a sweet spot or evaluate the soundstage they later proved to be capable of in my larger room. IMO these are not the greatest for nearfield listening. In a large room at low volume they were just ok, but once the volume was kicked up above "the wife is in the house" level I was impressed. While I'll stick to the Philharmonics when I really want to enjoy acoustic, live or classical/orchestral recordings, nothing I played on the Kefs disappointed. Bass was really a surprise for their size, and I had no problem with midrange - this may be due to the space, a greatroom with high ceilings and 12" hand-hewn logs, pine-provided room correction. The most discerning reviews I'd read before purchase indicated the only shortcoming was the tweeter, so I was listening for it, relieved to find that transitions were handled well and absent any overly bright characteristics (which I'm sensitive to). Maybe because I went straight to an external 200w amp and bypassed my receiver altogether, I dunno. Overall I was impressed with their ability to deliver detail regardless of genre (at normal listening volume). It's hard not to be nitpicky of several things after adopting Philharmonics as your primary 2-channel speakers, so I'll just skip on past any further remarks on drivers and move right into imaging. OK, maybe I'll fast forward a bit more
Truly, imaging was great, nothing to complain about, and the soundstage was both wide and impressively accurate as I walked around the room, not diminishing significantly until well off axis. Lots of fun.
If you listen at low volume, if you plan to sit less than 8' away, if you're sensitive of midrange directivity shift
there are probably better speakers out there for $500. Otherwise, these are likely to please. I wanted inexpensive speakers for a room that is seldom used unless I escape with a book, these proved worthy of graduating into the "family listening" room. The cool part is I now get to go speaker shopping again. Yippee!
Partial list of audition tracks, if interested (all FLAC, sorry ADTG
Sting - Brand New Day/Peter Gabriel - Power of the Heart/Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing/The Verve - Lucky Man/Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - #41 (acoustic, Live at Luther College)/Paul Oakenfold - Dread Rock/Rage Against the Machine - Wake Up/Baaba Maal - Ndelorel & Daniibe/Noir Desir - Le Vent Nous Portera/Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Master and Slave/George Gershwin - Pastime Rag No. 3/Henryk Gorecki - Miserere/Rimsky-Korsakov:Scheherazade (London Philharmonic Orchestra)- ...The Sea and Sinbad's Ship/Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake, Op. 20 Act II