Kef 5005

KEF 5005's to buy or not?

  • I've auditioned and will BUY them.

    Votes: 1 9.1%
  • I've auditioned and will NOT by them.

    Votes: 5 45.5%
  • I have them and would buy them again.

    Votes: 4 36.4%
  • Much better sounding kit for less -- Please Comment--

    Votes: 1 9.1%

  • Total voters
    11
  • Poll closed .

PC Nut

Active Member
If you had £1200 to spend on speakers would you by the 5005's
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Ill just vote for myself. Obviously not well rated on these forums at least you could have voted option 4.
 

Stellavision

Active Member
I auditioned them and did not buy them. I had the tall order of wanting to replace my Mission M74i floorstanders with satelites, so getting the full sound I was after was difficult. In the end I went for the much more expensive Kef KHT 9000's.
I also demo'd B&W VM1's and I think they were pretty similar in performance to the 5005's, and push come to shove may think the B&W's pose better value at about £25 less per satelite.
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Thanks for the comment Stellavision. I would like the 9000's but can't justifiy the cost for my room size. I know i will regret not getting the 9000's but find that they are a little on the large size for a room of 15' by 12'.
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Stellavision. Can i ask what amp you are using and do you use a seperate sub as well. You have got me thinking that maybe they are not ott for my setup. Thanks PC Nut
 

Stellavision

Active Member
I am using a Pioneer VSX-D2011 and a B&W ASW750 subwoofer.
All sounds great IMHO.
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Prehaps i will audition them, and rethink my home setup.
Stellavision last question if you wouldn't mind:
Can you say what sort of level of volume you are running these at for standard music ie quater/half volume the reason i ask is in order to get good musicalilty from them do they sound loud. As the neighbours might turn against me if that is the case. Or do they sound good at low volumes as well.
 

Stellavision

Active Member
For general listening my pioneer is usually on -20 to -25 db.
They sound good at all levels, but if you are not using a sub I found the bass has little more kick at higher levels say around -15 db
The combination I am using, ie: sub/sat sounds great quiet but can really kick ass at higher volumes.
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Thanks Sv-- ive added to my list of must audition.
 

miniman

Novice Member
My room is 12' x 11' and I think i'm getting the 9000 ace's, but i'm going to listen to the flat panel b&w's too.
P.s Barrie can't wait for your review on the kefs once you have them bedded in and set on the stands/wall.
 
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cmo

Guest
Kefs are fairly average in performance and IMO require a forward sounding amplifier to bring them to life.

For the money I would audition the MA Radius - 3 x R180 with 2 x R90 (or R180) + sub which I beleive is about the same cost - I'll think you'll find the performance is a lot better.

Of course it is personal taste.
 
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wookie

Guest
Kefs are fairly average in performance and IMO require a forward sounding amplifier to bring them to life.
Have you listened to a full 7.1 brace of 9000ACE?
These speakers need flagship receiver/high current seperates to do justice.
 

Stellavision

Active Member
Mine certainly don't sound average, partnered with a Pioneer VSX-D2011, 4 Mission M7Ds and a B&W ASW750 subwoofer.
I wouldn't pay £500 per speaker for something I thought was 'average'!
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Thanks for the info cmo, i have read some info on these can you say what sort of size the 180/90's are. I am currently looking at MJ Acoustics Subwoofers (100 ref) any thoughts on this choice.

Wookie: have you demoed these, Amp wise would an AX5 be upto the job of the 9000?
 
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wookie

Guest
I have demo'd these with a Pioneer 10i and a Denon Avc11sr.
Both sounded superb.....

I wanted to try them with Arcam AV8/P7 but ran out of time.
Still saving up the pennies for the front three 9000's.
 

PC Nut

Active Member
We have a tie for first place any more votes:
Poll comes to an end soon
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Radius 225, they look worth considering (Slim design for plasma)
any info on pricing CMO
 
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cmo

Guest
PC Nut,

I had a listen to these the other day and they sound pretty good -slightly larger design than the R180 - don't recall the price as the're not available yet although the floorstanding R270 are about £500 pr so I would guess the R225 are about £400 pr or £200 each which is very reasonable given the cabinet quality and drive units used.

At this price point you're approaching M&K K7 territory which are always popular although probably not as good value for money.
 

PC Nut

Active Member
CMO, Thanks for the info i shall keep a lookout for these locally
as size is crucial to her indoors giving the nod... if you know what i mean.
 
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Rudkin

Guest
I'm using the Kef 5005's in a 7.1 set up with Q5's as front right and left. I'm driving it all with the Denon 3805 and the sound is pretty damn good. For mid priced dual purpose music/movie set ups I reckon there hard to beat. Just my opinion and I auditioned lots of kit. Take a listen and make your own mind.
 
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cwoj

Guest
I bought the 9000's too....they sound sooooo sweet.... Great engineering even if they are a little too hard to mount on the wall !!
 

David_of_Surrey

Novice Member
If you know where to look the the Kef 5005 can be found at £898 not sure if that includes the floor stands though. you need to check some of the big retailers that have £call. one problem is that you will have to travel to collect them as they wont ship. should have mine this weekend!
 

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