KEF Owners Thread
Well I’m back with an updated report on my Q150s. I don’t like them, I preferred my cheap BS22s.
There is, indeed, a strange gap in the mid or upper bass region, above the 100hz crossover, where these speakers are completely and utterly anemic. With some music they sound thin, gutless, and boring - rock and even some of my favorite (Mannheim steamroller Christmas) sound like they’re missing half the band.
Don’t get me wrong, the Q150 are extremely detailed and clear sounding, great for *some* music like acoustic guitar, and vocals are excellent too. They’re in a different league than the BS22s in those categories - however - overall they’re just boring sounding speakers when it comes to “fun” music.
I don’t know if it’s the “British sound” or something else, but there is a real, obvious, lacking frequency range with these speakers that when I set my sub to 200hz crossover is improved greatly. However I think the problem extends beyond 200hz because they still don’t sound as full as the BS22s even with the crossover set that high. And of course that’s high enough where the bass starts to get localized to the sub so it doesn’t fix the problem anyway, it’s just a good way to test what I’m hearing.
Anyway it’s a big disappointment to me, I really wanted to like these speakers and I almost convinced myself they were better. But in the end, for me they’re not. They’re boring sounding, analytical, clear but gutless. And the problem is not solved with a sub. If I had to estimate I’d say the problem zone is 100-250hz. Just a guess based on my amateur testing.
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