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"All new" KEF Q series owners thread part two

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by KUBBY, Jan 18, 2011.

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  1. Buckster

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    mmm the 900s look very nice indeed - I'm rather tempted - I like the tech videos :)

    I thought they were massive - but I looked up specs of my R3s and the KEFs are similar just a bit wider

    down to a pair of 99.36s, KEF 900s, or discounted Quad 22L2s nw - I need to get out and do some listening

    that said - I use Subwoofer @ crossover of 50 or 80hz crossover depending on my mood (PC-Ultra 13) - so maybe I could get away with a Q700

    whats interesting when I look at a load of the Youtube videos (not for the SQ !! lol) - of the KEFs and other modern speakers, it surprises me how quickly the new speaker cones stop and start, I never see that type of movement on my aging Tannoys- probably partly age, probably partly age of tech, but probably explains the very slow bass and midrange.
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  2. tim68

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    not had speakers and CDQ yet im gonna have to wait till tuesday now

    hey Alan. ive dumped surround sound and just gone for a stereo set-up and run a optical cable to the CDQ from ps3 and just have stereo sound for movies, i dont think ill miss surround sound that much simply because my living room didnt lend its self well for a decent surround sound set-up to get the best out of home cinema, i had to much electronics clutter in my living room and just didnt like it anymore.

    I didnt have enough funds for the monoblocs as well, so at the moment im going to use my old Tag Mclaren stereo power amp and bi-wire the speakers, i may go for monoblocs later, but for now my next purchase will probably be 3DTV

    and thanks for the welcome

    Tim
  3. MamasPapas

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    I agree with this whole-heartedly!

    Hello... I am new to this forum. First post here. Based on the discussions in the old Q900 owner thread, I decided to include KEF Q900 in my candidate list when I went shopping for a new set of speakers and an amp for my home theater setup. I finally decided on 2 Q900 and 1 Q600C, and a Denon AV3311CI amp, and a Definitive Technology 300W subwoofer. I like these Q speakers. I have just ordered the Q800DS as my surround.

    The first movie I played was Star Trek, The Motion Picture. It was good. But when I played GI Joe last week, it was awesome! Action movies like that, fast-paced... sound track music and special effects from start to finish. Really nicely done! I loved the sounds on the Q900's right away. But I also spent time to burn in the speakers as much as I could.

    Some questions:

    I had seen the Malfords video. Actually it was the video that helped the Q900 "wowed" me. In the video the uni-q driver vibrated in and out quite a bit. The music associated with it didn't seem to be too loud. (Or maybe it's just through the Youtube posting I can't sense the true loudness.) For those who are using the Denon AV3311CI amp: when I watch movies, my volume setting usually does not go above 0 db. The sound filled my living room (about 15 ft x 15 ft) pretty well already. At what volume do you guys usually set when you watch an action movie? My uni-q driver and the other 3 woofers hardly seem vibrating at all even at my volume of 0 db. I wonder how loud do I need to turn my amp up to see them go like those in the video. :)

    Another question: Ron or anybody... Why 3 woofers? Are they identical or different? They look very much the same on the outset.

    I agree that the movie sound is very good without the added subwoofer. But I do like to turn the subwoofer on about half way to feel the explosions. LOL. :)

    One more question: from all the pictures of your home setups... you guys all took off the grilles. Is that just for the pictures? Or you all like to have the grilles off?
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    First off welcome to the forums mate :smashin: personally I like it with the grilles off, I like to see it in its glory :devil: pictures of how you have gotten yours setup?

    Have you biamped the 900's?

    cheers
    nev
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    Hi and welcome MamasPapas, if you watch the KEF you tube video post 37 - page 2 of this thread it explains the use of two ABR's (auxiliary bass radiators) with the floorstanders.

    Also THIS will explain in more detail.

    Grills on or off is a personal choice, the majority of the time mine are off as it is rare our three children go into this room.

    Depending on what you are listening to and how loud you are listening to it will depend on the movement of the drivers but remember these are very rigid compared to other speakers, just sit back and enjoy the sound quality, that is what its all about.

    Still amazed on how many people are going for the 900's :smashin:

    Alan/Gixer1970
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    I wonder what a pair of Q900's sound like with 3 driven woofers.....:devil:
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    Not a Q900 owner, not enough room, however I got my Q500s, Q200C & HTS3001SE (loaners) until mine arrive (on back order) from HCC in Edninburgh, thanks Dan for the loaners. Spent yesterday afternoon setting it all up, all front speakers bi-wired as suggested here. May bi-amp later as bought too much speaker cable:blush:, watched Casino Royale last night:D
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    anyone know of any good deals on the 900s or 700s ? was reading up on avs thread of people over the pond already being offered 30% of their RRP from official retailers - annoying when its a UK based company - even if the speakers aren't made over here.
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    I know we all like a bargin, but these are worth every pound spent even when full retail price is paid...

    May be a chat with and a visit to Dav1dF . . .

    Alan/Gixer1970
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    :) thanks - would if his company was local

    I'd need delivery too - after seeing your boxes !! no-way that'd fit in my hatch - there the size of my SVS Ultra box !! - which wouldn't even fit in the loft without being flattened lol
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    You're more than welcome to pop in for a listen Buckster - if you wanted them, there's no rules against personally delivering them to you.
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    Great combo!!!!:D

    How they sounding, Audiolover100?:thumbsup:
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    Sounds like a plan, Buckster......they are very friendly in Coventry!!!:smashin:
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    Shame KEF didn't do that on all of the Q floorstanders....but I guess they probably had specific pricepoints to fall under....:rolleyes:
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    I'm sure KEF tried all combinations. I'm assuming they were probably a little bass heavy and detrimental to their detailed, three dimensional image.

    Jack would be the best one to comment on that.
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    thanks - may just do that next time I'm up your way back to my original "home" (Rugby)

    cheers
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    What county you in Buckster ?
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    ABR's seem to work quite well, anyway, I guess.......

    And keep the whole range affordable...:thumbsup:

    Although I'm surprised how many are going for the big Q900's.....some large home listening rooms in the UK, I guess... :cool:
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    "Essex" :) - but see my post above - I'm often Davids way - so next time I may just pop in :)
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    yes one of my big problems atm - is bass booom - and lots of it - partly due to my "slow" Tannoys -partly due to my room and the fact that they are too close to rear walls (about .8m)

    so any speakers without ports at rear will be improvement over what I've got

    the tannoys I'm currently running "port-blocked" - but whillst that removes some of the boom they sound - not sure how to describe it but "constrained".
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    I was really driving the Q900's hard when I took the video, the volume was set at -31db on my Sony STRDB1080 amp :devil:
    I took the grills off just for the pictures :laugh:
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    In my room, the Q500's seem to sound their best 16" away from the back wall (stud)........get closer, and the bass improves, but the detail is reduced....

    No doubt the Q700/900's would need a little more room to be at their best?:confused:
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    The Revolution 3's were nice speakers, I liked them.

    I know manufacturers give foam bungs in order to use them close to a wall, but I've not yet heard a speaker ported speaker sound good when bunged. Let the speaker breathe! I do find it funny when manufacturers design a ported speaker in order for it's sound to be more likeable, and then give you bungs which completely rob the sound of any life!
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    Weird - I usually find stud walls to be quite flexible and don't have much effect on a speaker's sound, especially front ported and sealed speakers.
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    Maybe the fact that this is a kitchen wall makes a difference.......lots of cupboards with heavy items helps it have the characteristics of a brick wall perhaps????
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    Thanks for the welcome Gixer and bluenose, and all your comments.

    I live in California. (Can you guess from my login handle? :) )

    Here we have more living space. And transporting the speaker boxes in our car is not a problem... though ordering on-line, they were delivered by UPS. :)

    I bought this to replace my 15-year old Sony set up. A big jump for me. I am glad that I found this avforum and particularly this thread, which is full of KEF fans and audio/video experts. KEF really makes very nice products.

    I have not bi-amped the speakers yet. I read about it but was not sure what it would do for me. Sorry about my newbie questions as I just got started in the hi-fidelity listening... not realizing how much I had missed in my life. LOL :laugh:

    As for a picture, I will try when I find a chance. Because of the awesome sound effect, it gets me thinking of buying some XBOX grand prix video games or something to drive around the tracks on my 50-inch plasma screen! :laugh:
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    PLEASE, PLEASE.......do yourself and your ears a big favour and biamp or biwire these speakers!!!!!:smashin:

    I think you will love the results for minimum cost......:rolleyes:
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    X2!!!!!!!!!!!! On another note I will be getting a rotel 1565 shortly :devil:
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    Is that a power amp to add to your Onkyo 876?
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