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5.1 Speaker Dilemma Kef Q Series?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Andy Dee, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. Andy Dee

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    I am having a real nightmare deciding on which Speakers to buy.
    The speakers have to perform well musically but they can't have the physical presence of the Evo 3B setup.

    I have heard the Genies and was quite impressed , and the other half loves the look of them. In my mind i was sold, and it was just about sourcing them.

    Then i read the reviews od the Q4's, with a Q6c center Q Compacts and a PSW2500 Sub, which were excellent.

    The good news is that the other half liked the looks of the Q4's and i explained the dimensions of them as she was ok. The bad news is that no-one local has them in stock.

    Will i be dissapointed if i don't audition the Kefs before purchasing the Genie's?

    Now that we have agreed that either size will fit into my front room, and finacially either will fit into my budget (with a Yamaha AX750 Se) are there major plus points from the larger Kef's?

    Cheers

    Andy
     
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    Andy,

    I am using the Q7 system, with Q7 fronts, Q9c, 2 pairs of Q2ds and the 2500 sub. This system is driven by a Denon 3805, and the room is large. These sepakers sound superb in my room, so depending on your room size, I would recommend the Kef range.
     
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    I've got the Kef Q4 main speakers - they're great!! got an oldisd yammy av amp too...they work really well together...but as always, try to get a demo if you can...
     
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    Andy - I've ordered the Kef Q package you're thinking of (Q4's; Q6c; Qcompact; PSW2500), I've ordered it with a Yamaha 750SE and they arrive on Friday.

    I was in a similar situation to you, Genie's or Kef's. In the end it came down to how important music was to me. Whilist the Genie's were very good for music for a sub/sat system, there was no comparison compared to the midrange offered by the Q4's. Once I found out that I could get the package for a similar price to the Genie's (£810) there was no contest in my mind. :thumbsup:

    Anyway, I'm eagerly awaiting the Friday delivery, the only annoying thing is that the rear stands have been delayed so I won't get to set it up properly until next weekend :mad:
     
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    By the way, i managed to get the Kef's plus the Yamaha 750SE for £1190 (incl delivery) from Hi Spek in case your interested :)
     
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    Thats an excellent price. Might have to take a trek up to the St Albans store and have a listen.

    What stands did you get for the Qcompacts?
     
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    Given the size of the compacts, I narrowed it down to 2 choices:

    - Partington Ansa 100 (£100)
    - Apollo A1/9 (£60)

    Both stands are 100cm tall and have a small top plate. I eventually went for the Apollo stands mainly due to price.

    I ordered them from superfi although they have low stocks at the moment.
     
  8. Andy Dee

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    Thanks for the help.



    I finally made a decision and picked up the Kefs in Silver last night. I ended up up at Sevenoaks who were excellent. They couldn't quite price match, but had a good go and saved me a 200 mile round trip.

    Must say the Kef's looked beautiful, but by the time i had finished connecting 20 banana connectors, running all the cable and setting up the Yamaha AX750, it was 11.30 pm so i didnt get time to fully audtion anything.

    Roll on the weekend. ;)
     
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    Andy Dee... Will you be able to post some pics of those silver speakers once installed?
    I have not seen them in a room before and am concidering them or the maple ones... :devil:

    Thanks
    Greg
     
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    Nice work Andy - which Kef's did you end up getting in the end?

    I should be having mine delivered today, although they still haven't arrived :mad: I'll be hooking up mine to a Yamaha 750 too, it'll be interesting to hear how you get on.

    Let us know your impressions.
     
  11. Andy Dee

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    I got the same package as you i think.
    Front Q4's
    Center Q6C
    Surround QCompacts (not decided on stands yet though)
    And PSW2500 Subwoofer.

    Only had a couple of problems during the setup. The banana connectors should push into the Speaker posts. I managed to dislodge a small piece of plastic which prevented one speaker doining this.
    Also During the Automated setup, the Test results indicated that the Front had the polarity reversed ( can't remember the error code) But they weren't. :confused:
    I was very particular when Making up the cables and plugging it all in.
    I think i read that mic placement can cause this error message to pop up on the tests.

    *Greg Sa*
    "Will you be able to post some pics of those silver speakers once installed?"


    Sure, will have something up over the weekend. :)
     
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    Yep, that's exactly whenat I've gone for.

    I'm still waiting on the delivery, two hours left. If they don't deliver today...

    I'll be ... :censored: !!!!!
     
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    Andy, great to see that you ordered the Kefs, they won't disappoint.

    As always, am interested in how ppl have their subs set up, I can never seem to satisfy myself with the sub and have tried various models. I opted to stay with the PSW2500 cos of its subtlety. I think it has a great sound.....BUT having said that, am always wanting to sound better.

    I have set the crossover on my amp to 80hz, and I think the sub is set at around 100hz with the phase switched off.

    Let me know how you get on with it.

    EDIT!!! I forgot to mention that those plastic bits on the binding posts are supposed to be removed to allow access for 4mm bananas. Also, I get the out of phas message when trying to auto-calibrate my Deonon 3805. I know loads of other owners who experience this problem. I have never once been able to successfully set up my amp AUTOMATICALLY

    MOSE
     
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    And there I was thinking I wouldn't have to do any work with my setup :devil:
     
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    Woo! They just arrived :clap:
     
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    Done a bit of shopping around and found the Q4's for £330. Not as cheap as Hispek but at £330 I can get them delivered :)

    Very soon I'm going to have the Q4's, Q6C and Q1's all for £600. No money left for a sub :(
     
  17. Andy Dee

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    The maple ones do look nice as well. I had silver speakers previously and they seemd to sit with the TV better.

    Here are some quick snaps as i was setting up. I may have to rearrange the room, and i definately want to bracket the Q6C to the rear wall. It seems overbearing in its present location.

    www.mecanet.co.uk/qef/q4.jpg
    www.mecanet.co.uk/qef/q4_2.jpg
    www.mecanet.co.uk/qef/2500.jpg
    www.mecanet.co.uk/qef/q6c.jpg
    www.mecanet.co.uk/qef/qseries.jpg

    Hope that helps
     
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    NIce setup Andy :thumbsup:

    I'll post some pics of mine when I've got it up and running. It's taken me all day but I'm still not there :blush:
     
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    Hey Andy...

    Thanks very much for posting the pics :) They look very good! :thumbsup:

    Now choosing between the maple and silver is going to be even more tricky!
     

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