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Surround speaker recommendation for KEF Q100

Hello,

I have Kef Q100 for front left and right, and I am building a 5.1 system. I would like to know what will be good rear speakers to go with Q100s?

Also, I have PB-1000 as my sub.

Thanks!
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Hello,

I have Kef Q100 for front left and right, and I am building a 5.1 system. I would like to know what will be good rear speakers to go with Q100s?

Also, I have PB-1000 as my sub.

Thanks!
You can get a pair of Q300's up front and move the Q100's to surround or another pair of 100's. We need a working budget if you're looking for something cheaper.

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You can get a pair of Q300's up front and move the Q100's to surround or another pair of 100's. We need a working budget if you're looking for something cheaper.
Ah ok, I was trying to keep it within $200, but if it is better to stick to Q100 for both front and rear... or do Q200 for front and move these Q100 to rear, then I can wait for a bit and increase my budget.
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Ah ok, I was trying to keep it within $200, but if it is better to stick to Q100 for both front and rear... or do Q200 for front and move these Q100 to rear, then I can wait for a bit and increase my budget.
The surround speakers only provide ambient sound and background music which amounts to 10-15% of the soundtrack at best. The surrounds are the least critical pieces of a 5.1/7.1 setup. You can get a pair of used speakers for $20-25 from Craigslist or your local pawn shop to use for now. When budget allows, get a pair of Q300's and move the Q100's to surround duty.
It's always best to have the same speakers all around, though you won't miss anything crucial in the movie using cheaper speakers (I certainly don't) until budget allows for an upgrade.

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The surround speakers only provide ambient sound and background music which amounts to 10-15% of the soundtrack at best. The surrounds are the least critical pieces of a 5.1/7.1 setup. You can get a pair of used speakers for $20-25 from Craigslist or your local pawn shop to use for now. When budget allows, get a pair of Q300's and move the Q100's to surround duty.
It's always best to have the same speakers all around, though you won't miss anything crucial in the movie using cheaper speakers (I certainly don't) until budget allows for an upgrade.
Ah ok, thanks! Another question, I havent bought a center channel yet, I would like to understand how important they are and I was looking at KEF Q200C and they seem pretty expensive(~$400). Are they worth the price tag? or should I look at something else?
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Ah ok, thanks! Another question, I havent bought a center channel yet, I would like to understand how important they are and I was looking at KEF Q200C and they seem pretty expensive(~$400). Are they worth the price tag? or should I look at something else?
To be honest, I thought the same thing. I was using a different center with my Q100's and it just didn't sound right and the sound quality was not even close to the Kef. The Q200c wasn't cheap but it made a huge difference. The sound is very clear and detailed and I don't have to keep reaching for the remote during quieter scenes. For me it was a huge upgrade and I have absolutely no regrets buying the Q200. YMMV
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Ah ok, thanks! Another question, I havent bought a center channel yet, I would like to understand how important they are and I was looking at KEF Q200C and they seem pretty expensive(~$400). Are they worth the price tag? or should I look at something else?
Yeah, that's why I tell folks to not get sucked in by some manufacturers' pricing on stand mount speakers because if they want a center some are just ridiculously priced just as you found out.

$400 for a center to pair with "budget' stand mounters is beyond ridiculous...but if it was me, and googling around indicated the center at least performed well, I'd bit the bullet.

It's one of the main reasons I end up recommending Q Acoustics so much to be honest.

No $400 centers there.

Even if you buy their $1200/pair towers they only ask $270 for the center.

Dennis Murphy is the same way with his Affordable Accuracy monitors; he doesn't screw you on the center.

Neither do HSU or Ascend.

Mind you my main HT speakers' center was something like $600 back in the day when the towers were $1150/pair!

But at 60lbs and with two 7" woofers at least I didn't feel I was too screwed over.

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Ah ok, thanks! Another question, I havent bought a center channel yet, I would like to understand how important they are and I was looking at KEF Q200C and they seem pretty expensive(~$400). Are they worth the price tag? or should I look at something else?
If you end up getting another set of Q100s for the surrounds, I suggest you test one as your center instead. You may like that just fine (assuming you can fit it properly).

If you just want inexpensive surrounds, I'd say get the $50 Dayton Airs, $50 Insignias at Best Buy or hunt CL for cheapo $20-$30 speakers.
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Yeah, that's why I tell folks to not get sucked in by some manufacturers' pricing on stand mount speakers because if they want a center some are just ridiculously priced just as you found out.

$400 for a center to pair with "budget' stand mounters is beyond ridiculous...but if it was me, and googling around indicated the center at least performed well, I'd bit the bullet.

It's one of the main reasons I end up recommending Q Acoustics so much to be honest.

No $400 centers there.

Even if you buy their $1200/pair towers they only ask $270 for the center.

Dennis Murphy is the same way with his Affordable Accuracy monitors; he doesn't screw you on the center.

Neither do HSU or Ascend.

Mind you my main HT speakers' center was something like $600 back in the day when the towers were $1150/pair!

But at 60lbs and with two 7" woofers at least I didn't feel I was too screwed over.
Yeah, I had auditioned a few, but at the end we liked Q100s the most(though their center is pretty expensive compared to $300 for Q100).

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If you end up getting another set of Q100s for the surrounds, I suggest you test one as your center instead. You may like that just fine (assuming you can fit it properly).
Yes that is a good idea, but in case we end up liking Q100 as a center, is there a way to buy a new single Q100, because I have always seen them being sold in pair?
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Yes that is a good idea, but in case we end up liking Q100 as a center, is there a way to buy a new single Q100, because I have always seen them being sold in pair?
Someone in another thread stated their local store would be willing to sell them just one, so you can try small audio shops around you, but in general I think it probably wouldn't be so easy. You could also try to hunt down a single one on CL/eBay I guess (again, probably not common either).

Or try to find someone else here who wants to use it as a single too, and you guys split the costs.

There is also the option of 6.1 if you wanted to go that route. Probably not a great option, but better than letting the extra Kef just sit in a closet somewhere.
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If you end up getting another set of Q100s for the surrounds, I suggest you test one as your center instead. You may like that just fine (assuming you can fit it properly).

If you just want inexpensive surrounds, I'd say get the $50 Dayton Airs, $50 Insignias at Best Buy or hunt CL for cheapo $20-$30 speakers.
Agreed, the Uni Q arrangement is probably just fine laid on its side...but do they sell them individually is the question.

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