KEF makes sensible, high-quality, well-engineered loudspeakers. KEF updated the Q models in mid The two bookshelf models and the center-channel are rear-ported bass-reflex designs, while the three floorstanders are 2.
I opted to review the Q floorstander, samples of which arrived finished in Satin Black Satin White is available. The Q measures Augmenting the Uni-Q is a 6. The claimed maximum output is dB -- impressive for a small floorstander. The tweeter is crossed over to the midrange cone at 2. The new Qs benefit from what KEF has learned since their last update of the series, inand from their R-series, LS50, and Reference speakers, all launched since then -- and the main recipient of the improvements is the Uni-Q drive-unit.
This coaxial driver boasts a new cone and rubber decoupler, to reduce breakup, as well as a suspension that increases the control during maximum excursions. Because the Uni-Q driver in each Q model has been tailored to that specific application, the same driver is not used throughout the Q range -- the dimensions of the tweeter and midrange vary. The Q-series woofers are also brand new. The passive radiators, too, have been attended to.
This permits longer and more controlled excursions, which in turn makes it possible for the Q floorstanders to produce deeper, tighter bass than their predecessors. The Uni-Q driver now occupies its own sealed subenclosure. The reduced stress on the Uni-Q yields increased linearity and lower overall distortion.
All of this, combined with upgraded parts in the crossover network and a cabinet made of thicker MDF 35mm on the front baffle, 15mm on the sides and rearmakes the new Q floorstanders very different animals from their forebears. It turns out that I had been sent a pre-production pair that had been demoed at the CEDIA show, and I have been assured that production models do not suffer from this issue.
The cabinet itself is fairly light and hollow, which is about right for this price, as is the single pair of binding posts out back -- my reference KEF R floorstanders have two pairs of posts, for biamping or biwiring. Otherwise, they arrived well boxed, with outriggers and spikes included. Setup was a breeze. I plopped the Qs in exactly the spots usually occupied by my Rs: roughly 8. I toed in the Qs until I could barely see the inner side panel of each speaker, and was happy with the sound.
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The Qs impressed me from the moment I first fed them music. The solo chorister at the center of the soundstage was superbly holographic, sounding pitch-perfect in time and space. The same went for the rest of the choir that fills the soundstage.
What was most impressive was the cohesiveness of the entire track: an enormous soundstage, precise imaging, and a sense of balance to everything the Qs did. I found myself struggling to identify a signature of any kind that the KEFs were imposing on my music. Instead, I heard startling levels of cohesion and uniformity among the tweeter, midrange cone, bass driver, and passive radiators.
To say that the Q is a well-designed transducer is a massive understatement: within their limits, I found them nearly flawless. The Qs could also be played loudly. Feed it more power, though, and it should be able to keep up. The Academy Award-nominated Icelandic composer fashioned a unique listening experience that includes an orchestra and singers making unusual sounds instead of singing words, all in a slow, atmospheric vibe. A speaker this neutral may sound boring to some readers, but not once did I find myself pining for a more euphonic sound.
The Qs were almost as transparent and resolving as my Rs.Forums New posts Search forums. E-Books E-Books Quicklinks. Get our latest product reviews and AV stories emailed to you weekly Subscribe. Product Reviews Loudspeakers Quicklinks. Electronics Quicklinks. AV Accessory Quicklinks.
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Which one do you guys vote for as front floor standers? BriReeves Audioholic. Kaz said:. Flip a coin. AVUser Full Audioholic. MarcG Junior Audioholic. The Q's have limitations in full range with bass heavy music at loud volumes. I discovered this with my Q but crossed over with a subwoofer it's not an issue they can be pushed to ear bleeding levels with a sub.
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You must log in or register to reply here. Latest posts. Yamaha RX-V6A reviews? Latest: Trebdp83 48 minutes ago. Surround speaker options?? Latest: Swerd 58 minutes ago.Accesschanges that. Uni-Qs are coaxial drivers; each one comprises a tweeter operating inside the cone of a midrange or midrange-woofer driver.
But when he replaced his Rs with the Qs, he got a surprise:. I was struck by how little difference I heard. The solo chorister at the center of the soundstage was superbly holographic, sounding pitch-perfect in time and space. The same went for the rest of the choir that fills the soundstage.
I found myself struggling to identify a signature of any kind that the KEFs were imposing on my music. To say that the Q is a well-designed transducer is a massive understatement: within their limits, I found them nearly flawless.
However, the LS50 is not a floorstander but a minimonitor -- unless placed on a shelf of some kind, it requires stands. In comparison to the Elac, the KEFs threw out a significantly larger soundstage and were totally uncolored from top to bottom. They were also more transparent to recordings. E-mail: support kef. Network Sites SoundStage! Network portal SoundStage!
Access SoundStage! Australia SoundStage! Global SoundStage! Hi-Fi here SoundStage! Simplifi SoundStage! Solo SoundStage! Ultra SoundStage! UK SoundStage! See all of our videos in one spot. But when he replaced his Rs with the Qs, he got a surprise: I was struck by how little difference I heard.With a Uni-Q mid and treble backed up by a bass driver and two ABRs the Q is built to deliver total musical enjoyment.
KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. With a big bass driver, twin ABRs and Uni-Q driver array the Q floorstander can deliver music and cinema in full effect. The Q 2. If space is limited the Q will not limit your musical enjoyment, a Uni-Q driver and clever port design let it open up the sound. The Q proves that the best things come in small packages. A centre channel needs to perfectly match the home theatre system, Uni-Q technology means the sound is as seamless as the picture.
Dolby Atmos offers the potential for full immersion cinema, the Q50a uses Uni-Q technology to deliver it in full effect. Sign In. Q Floorstanding Speaker Sale.
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Free Full-length magnetic grilles are included and shown in shopping cart with 2 pcs. The Details. Best Buy — Home Cinema Choice, Issue "This Q Series package delivers an outstandingly cinematic and largescale presentation with Atmos highs from well-built speakers.
Related Products. Q Grille. Sold out. Flagship 2. Compact 2. Q50a Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos flexible surround Dolby Atmos offers the potential for full immersion cinema, the Q50a uses Uni-Q technology to deliver it in full effect. Are you situated in? CART 0 Products.The Q series added a tower speaker to the lineup that comes in three different sizes, the Q, Q, and Q The tower speakers have the same interesting technology that the popular Q bookshelf speakers have: a single coaxial midrange driver with the tweeter embedded within the woofer, then an additional subwoofer with two same sized passive radiators.
And this is exactly what they specify on their Q bookshelf speakers that only have this coaxial driver and not the subwoofers. Given all that, as well as the marginally low response floors, these are probably mere 2-way speakers in effect.
The power specs are fairly modest for tower speakers — the larger s would probably suffice in a full sized home theater setting but the smaller two maybe not so much. We suspect these are really designed to work in tandem with surround bookshelfs. The Q series does not contain any subwoofers but KEF does make several of them, any of which would work just fine with pretty much any receiver.
The towers have the same minimalist look as the bookshelfs do. Maybe not quite so empty since the cabinet has to fit 3 additional cones. They definitely have a slick modern look. The stands kind of look like insect appendages but whatever. You might also try snagging an older legacy version of any of these The Q, Q, or Q respectively at a discount if you can find it. Our recommendation: take that cash and buy a nice receiver and some solid bookshelfs with a subwoofer, or a pair of 3 way tower speakers.
Check out the links below for some such alternative recommendations. The best overall budget tower speakers. The best overall budget subwoofers.
Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content About Best-Of Archives search: type query, hit enter Last updated on: Bottom Line: nice speakers that look great, but are just currently way overpriced for moderately powered 2-way tower speakers. See the links at the end for alternative recommendations.Find results that contain All of my search term words Any of my search term words Find results in In the market for a pair of floorstanders, hoping for a 2.
Films might be watched on the setup occasionally, but are secondary.KEF Q series speakers - Richer Sounds
Originally I was looking at the Klipsch RPF, the high sensitivity and strong low frequency response appealed to me, but I have absolutely no where I can listen to these before taking the plunge. I hear mixed reports about the brightness of the horns, which have scared me away from purchasing them blind before I can listen. I love the copper colour woofers though. I visited a nearby store and found a pair of KEF Q recently: These guys really, really surprised me with their bottom end, despite the relatively average 44Hz or so quoted on their spec sheets.
I enjoyed them. Given this experience, I'm swayed toward this guy, and it's 8 inch woofer equivalent, the Q I figure bigger is better - Right? Better sensitivity, better bass response? Is there a downside? Is there a point where the speakers are just too big for a given room size?
Does anyone have experience with low end reproduction on similar size speakers with similar wattage? Q vs Q - I see quite a few reviews for the Q and these tend to be quite favourable, but barely any for the Q Is there something I'm missing? I've read something about the Q's larger tweeter having dispersion issues but find little evidence to back that up. Couldn't find any matches when searching for these models here - Apologies if the new thread wasn't the way to go, but keen to hear your thoughts.
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Hanz Wetzel rates the highly and reckons the should be better. I'd not seen this, but unfortunately this seems to fall into the category that I've seen amongst most web resources where they've reviewed the Q, but haven't had any first hand experience with the Q The only direct review I've found anywhere online for the Q was part of a larger HT setup review here:. Q Floorstanding Speaker. I adore the Q towers. They are, quite honestly, the best KEF Q Series speakers ever made, blending clear, transparent vocal tones and room-pressurizing bass.
For stereo music, they can pretty much do any genre, from hip-hop to rock n' roll to classical to electronic dance music. Toss in a single or dual-subwoofer setup, and the Qs are almost unstoppable. I found a little bit of ear fatigue at extended reference level listening and only at high volumesbut some or much of that could have been due to lower-quality audio bitrates found on many streaming services.
Drop down to -5dB or dB with lossless or uncompressed or analog audio, and you can play the Q floorstanders for hours. Tempting, but I feel uneasy making a purchase based off one first-hand review!
They are almost too big for a room like the one mentioned by the OP. If your room is that small I wouldn't consider the Qs.
The KEF sound best with a fair bit of power and that just isn't possible in a small room with those drivers. They also sound best with a more powerful amp than the one mentioned by the OP. If you have similar circumstances the smaller Klipsch towers Klipsch RPF might make more sense, if you can accept that they are a less neutral speaker.
FWIW, this generation of their tractrix horn is not harsh at all. I'm not an expert on these things, but with that setup I think you'd get better results bi-amping rather than bridging.Deals Amazon deals Bargain threads Classified adverts.
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Wurz66 Novice Member. Hi, I'm in the market for a phono set-up from scratch. After looking at reviews these two seem like good options. I appreciate one is a floor stander and the other will need stands. I don't really have a preference. Listening to some of this stuff might be difficult, I only have a Richer Sounds locally although I'm going to have to travel to listen to a deck and amp by Rega anyway.
What else should be on my short list that doesn't exceed this price point? Cheers for any opinions. It's hard to recommend sometimes because certain Amps have certain sound ect and certain speakers do to, if both are bright for example your system may unbalance to to bright. Specifics aside q acoustics make fantastic value speakers. Others to try- monitor audio bronze 2 Q acoustic concept 20s You have not said size of room and that can be an important deciding factor.
Thanks for the response. It will probably go in the lounge but possibly the dining room. They are both quite big rooms about 17" x 17" and 16" x 15" with high ceilings and linked by 2 sliding doors. But I only really want it for phono so having an in-built phono stage is a bonus.
I have a Rega amp driving KEF speakers and they are well suited.