Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: The Land of Enchantment
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I recently got back in to the A/V hobby after taking a 10-12 year break, and decided to start with a simple 2.1 system. I've owned Polk, Paradigm, Infinity, and B&W. I started looking online at ID companies and went to local stores listening to everything I could. I checked out Elac, Martin Logan, NHT, B&W, Def Tech, Klipsch, and KEF. I was impressed with many of them, but the ones that really stood out for my particular tastes were the KEF Q100s. I am still amazed at the quality for the money and they are KEF's entry level speakers. I got a great deal on an open box pair and set them up as well as the room would allow.
For the .1, I ordered a Dayton Audio Ultimax 12" woofer and a Behringer 1000dsp amp. I've built many a sub back in the day based on Adire Audio's Shiva and Tempest, so I'm looking forward to getting my feet wet again with a new build. My longer term plan is to get a pair of KEF R300s for the fronts and the R200c center, and move the Q100s to the rear. I will then build a new, small refrigerator sized sub based on the Ultimax 18, as my girlfriend allows. This small system will be a good way of acclimating her.
I've had a lot of fun getting back into this hobby again learning new things and relearning things I've forgotten (with the help of the many great members of the AVS forum). I've pulled out music I haven't heard in years and enjoyed the simple pleasure of just sitting and listening. The KEFs are so clean and articulate and throw out such an immersive soundstage. Again, it blows me away that these are KEF's entery level speakers. I can't wait to experience the sound of speakers deeper in their line.
"Rock and roll is alive and alright" Sloan