Should I pull the trigger on KEF Reference One?
I had an opportunity to demo the KEF Reference One speakers. In a word - Magnificent!!!
I have been looking for a bookshelf speaker with a small footprint and these speakers delivered. The sound stage was wide and the speakers were articulate. The dynamics were huge and the overall sound and build quality were outstanding. Each speaker weighs in at over 40 pounds.
So what am I waiting for?
The speakers don't come cheap with an MSRP of $7500 a pair. They are just coming to market and none of the normal hif fi reviewers have had a chance to review the speakers let alone write about them. The most important factor is how the speakers sound to me and to me they sound great. However, I would be greatly disappoined to find out in six months that the rest of the world has a more dim view of these speakers.
I will be using these speakers in a 5.1 setting with Reference One for LR duties and the Reference 2c for center channel duties. I will be using LS 50 for surround duties.
Has anyone had a chance to hear these speakers first hand or to hear from someone else who has listended to these speakers? What are your impressions?