Went to BBuy. Listened to B&W 606 and 607 (new model bookshelve's), Martin Logan MO15 (smaller bookshelves). I liked the Martin Logan much better so [email protected]
Then I went to a local store and listened to the Same Martin Logans compared to KEF R300 and R3 bookshelves. The KEF's blew away the Martin Logans.
I listened to hi-fi music thorough the brand new KEF R300 bookshelves, and older R3. They were both awesome, I couldn't really tell the difference without spending more time with them. Then a movie (older KEF R3 only) and they were really, really sweet. Powered by a Marantz SR8013 in stereo only.
I can get the R3's from them for $1300, the new R300 for $2000. I'm thinking of getting the R3's.
2.1, 2.2. or 3.2 max is where I want to be. It almost seems like I'd be fine with the KEF's set up 2.1 for movies and music... If I get the KEF R3 I may need to get the matching center now because its the old series. They have reference KEF Center 2c for $700. So $2000 for the R3 fronts and center combined.
Has anyone compared the KEF R3's (or R300) to Ascend's 1 or 2? Or SVS Ultra?
I feel like with the Ascend reputation I should try them out but could they really be better than the KEF R3 or R300?
Do they sound the same?
Also, I don't think 2 subs would be warranted with the KEF's because they had really good base in HT even without the sub.
Edit: Crutchfield has the R300 on sale now for $1,300. Regularly $1,800.