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Kef Eggs/Yam RXV630 1st Impressions

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Brick, Feb 13, 2003.

  1. Brick

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    This is a first posting and is my first impressions of the new gear I put together yesterday.
    Like many of you out there I agonized for months over what to buy, reading all the reviews surfing for best prices etc. The criteria was it had to complement the styling of our living room give a good all round sound and stick to a budget of around £1000.(Wife very insistant here!).
    I bit the bullet and bought the Yamaha RXV630RDS from Richer Sounds £319.95 and the Kef 2005 package for £599 (Having also considere Mission FS1/FS2). I used QED original cable for the connections.
    First impressions of the Eggs are that they are beautifully put together although slightly larger than I had expected and I.m not sure whether the centre speaker looks OK on top of the TV (Sony KV28FX60) THe Sub Woof is also great looking and it seemed criminal to hide it behind the TV but limited options here due to the shape of the room.
    Having set up the Rx to enable the Coax i/p for DVD and all the speakers set to small I tried the test tone facility to test them out. I was very disappointed to find that it was not actually a tone as such, just siomething that resembles white noise. The level from each speaker was about right but not sure if this is a fault with the Rx?
    I then tried a CD using the L/R phono i/p and selecting CD on the Rx. The Sound is certainly different from conventional Stereo L/R speakers and it takes a while to adjust the sudwoof to obtain a good balanced sound.
    Then went on and put LOTR's SE dvd in the player (Sony DVPNS700) The Rx did it thing and automatically set the receiver to DD and the 6 speakers sprung into life. THe seperation and clarity was excellent and the film really took on a new level of enjoyment.
    I have tried all the various DSP modes but I find that it actually sounds better with the processing switched off. It just sounds more natural? I would be intersted to see how other owners use these facilities.
    You really have to drive the speakers hard to get the best out of them, but even at low levels the sound fills the room with an ambiance that the TV speakers could never achieve.
    I guess the speakers will take a while to run in but overall I am very pleased and for the money are excellent value.
    Still have to convince my wife that £1000 was money well spent but kids absolutely love it.
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    Good choice- and £600 Kef setup is bargain. The Kef's are better than the Missions (flat panels cannot outperform standard drivers)

    The test is a white (or pink?) noise- it's not broken.

    I don't use any DSP's- stereo for CD, Dolby Pro-Logic & Dolby Digital- not Dolby Digital Stadium etc etc. It does ruin the sound.
    Enjoy it!

    :)
     
  3. neilybealy

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    did you get the amp from richer sounds online or did you go into the shop to get it at that price?

    also, is that the titanium version?
     
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    That the cheapest I've seen the eggs for - was that Richer Sounds too?
     
  5. briandzo

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    hi , i too am a newbie.
    recently bought the eggs package as well.
    currently i have no amp though.
    im awaiting the denon 3803 to arrive in the shops.
    thus far ive connected the eggs to my new widescreen
    telly. its the toshiba 32zp18q.
    this came with surround speakers.
    so ive replaced them with the eggs at the moment.
    and i am driving the woofer with the phono outputs.

    man im impressed. even using the internal amp of the telly
    the sound is great. dvd movies sound amazing.
    i watched x-men on sky widescreen the other night and was
    well impressed.

    i know things are going to get light years better when i
    finally have a proper amp.

    meanwhile im on a dvd buying frenzy.

    clocked up £500 this year so far on dvd purchases.

    As im new to all this home cinema, im hoping this is a temp buzz on the expenses budget.
    as im ordering all my favourites on dvd.
    although when searching the web sites
    i keep finding more that i want.

    buy the way if dvd is a new experience
    in your household too check out www.play.com
    this place is so cheap for buying dvd's.

    oh yeah. speaker cable i used maplin's cable
    its good quality and far cheaper than any qed stuff.
    i bought a 50metre drum for £80.
    similar qed spec would have been twice that.

    Brian.
     
  6. briandzo

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    by the way.

    if u bought the eggs at that price online.
    dont give the details away in this news group.
    apparently kef dont allow mail order.
    and your will get the dealer into trouble
    spoiling it for any bargain hunters.

    for some strange reason u can ruffle feathers here.

    personally i like the rest of the world , love a bargain.

    kef dont realize that when we live hours away
    from any hifi shop mail order is the only route open to us.

    ENJOY - 599 keep it to yourself.

    nuff said.
     

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