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KEF vs. Triad

Out of my area of expertise on in wall speakers. I can get the following and need opinions.


KEF Ci100QL-THX for $490/each for a LCR
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Triad Mini LCR for $550/each.


For surrounds


KEF Ci160QS for $1,100 for 4
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Triad Mini Sat. for $1,200 for 4


Let's not squabble over a $100 here or there, what I'm looking for more than anything whether one of these brands/model selections is vastly superior to the other. It's for what will ultimately be in a 5.2.4 or potentially 7.2.4 room. What we are debating here is the in wall speakers before we throw the ceilings in. This is going to be more movie/sports watching than music.
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I'm probably biased but Triad crafts their hand-made speakers in Portland, Oregon. They have *very* ridged, sealed enclosures and they sound wonderful. Triad will color match the paint to match your walls. KEF is a mass-market brand with many models built in China.

The Mini is usually designated for smaller rooms. Unless your room is over 3500 cubic feet, I would consider Bronze LCRs instead.

If you like I can email you the Triad room size guide.

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I'm probably biased but Triad crafts their hand-made speakers in Portland, Oregon. They have *very* ridged, sealed enclosures and they sound wonderful. Triad will color match the paint to match your walls. KEF is a mass-market brand with many models built in China.

The Mini is usually designated for smaller rooms. Unless your room is over 3500 cubic feet, I would consider Bronze LCRs instead.

If you like I can email you the Triad room size guide.

So it sounds like you like the Triads, just a different version of the LCR.
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Dawn is a Rep for Triad Speakers. There is a Triad Thread, check it out she has plenty of knowledge about the speaker line.
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Dawn is a Rep for Triad Speakers. There is a Triad Thread, check it out she has plenty of knowledge about the speaker line.

So the Triad rep likes the Triads. Good to know.
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There would be a real problem if I didn't like them. :-)

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Do you have a link for those KEF Ci100QL-THX anywhere and specs? I can't seem to find them even when I Google. Odd.
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So the Triad rep likes the Triads. Good to know.

I've been in your shoes recently and am buying inwall speakers and considered both KEF and Triad. I bought and just received an inwall Triad Sub (not installed yet) and was absolutely shocked/pleasantly surprised by how sturdy and HEAVY it is. Did I say heavy? Yes. I have no affiliation but damn that's a well built speaker.
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I've been in your shoes recently and am buying inwall speakers and considered both KEF and Triad. I bought and just received an inwall Triad Sub (not installed yet) and was absolutely shocked/pleasantly surprised by how sturdy and HEAVY it is. Did I say heavy? Yes. I have no affiliation but damn that's a well built speaker.

Isn’t that because they come with wood backer boxes?

Mdf is heavy lol.

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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I've been in your shoes recently and am buying inwall speakers and considered both KEF and Triad. I bought and just received an inwall Triad Sub (not installed yet) and was absolutely shocked/pleasantly surprised by how sturdy and HEAVY it is. Did I say heavy? Yes. I have no affiliation but damn that's a well built speaker.

I'm genuinely interested in how that works out. Sub location is damn near everything and I'm curious how that sounds and to decide where to put those. As I'm helping my friend make decisions one of them is to either do in wall Triad subs or have a couple out in the open he can move around. HSU, Rythmic, PSA type subs.
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Isn’t that because they come with wood backer boxes?

Mdf is heavy lol.
The whole sub is a rectangular box ~ 33x14x8. So yes, being MDF it was heavier than I expected when I initially tried to lift it out of the box.
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The internal bracing on these products is very impressive as well. Super solid construction.

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I'm genuinely interested in how that works out. Sub location is damn near everything and I'm curious how that sounds and to decide where to put those. As I'm helping my friend make decisions one of them is to either do in wall Triad subs or have a couple out in the open he can move around. HSU, Rythmic, PSA type subs.
I'll post an update how it turns out; I'm still a few months away from construction completing. True, a floor Sub can be moved around and is less expensive (for similar performance) but the idea of having it "hidden" in the wall has really grown on me. Ceiling was an option also but the wall is more simple for installation and maintenance if anything ever went wrong (easier to repair drywall at knee-level). It's a Great Room, not a dedicated HT so the idea of eliminating floor standing speakers is more appealing for us.
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