KEF KHT3005SE 5.1 Surround Speaker Package Review

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Reviewed by Russell Williams, 30th August 2012. ...the KEF KHT3005SE package continues to deliver a worthy contender.
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MAX1210

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With regards to the binding posts - unscrew them completely, then use something to push out those black plastic ends and voila, 4mm banana plug sockets :smashin: I have QED Silver Anniversary with the Airloc plugs going into mine.

EDIT - Completely agree about sound quality, these are amazing! Especially at the price I got them for ;)
 
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discover

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excellent review and very true.
The only downside for me is that the sub just doesn't go low enough.
This would be a truly fantastic system paired with a BK XLS sub.
 

greeng4309

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Totally love this system. Luckily for me walked into a Best Buy just before xmas and purchased this set for £450 in their closing down sale, albeit with the Kube2 Sub, and a free set of stands...:thumbsup:

Bit of trading, and I managed to purchase an ex demo HTB2SE for less than I sold the Kube2.. Result.

Great for movies, perfect for me for music. Nice clarity but no comparison vs book shelfs etc. I watch 90% movies anyhow. Still a nice clear music sound and the sats are also wife friendly.

Only recently realised that you could pop out the plastic caps with a small screwdriver and banana plug them in.
 

deblee

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With regards to the binding posts - unscrew them completely, then use something to push out those black plastic ends and voila, 4mm banana plug sockets :smashin: I have QED Silver Anniversary with the Airloc plugs going into mine.

EDIT - Completely agree about sound quality, these are amazing! Especially at the price I got them for ;)
What did you pay?
 

MAX1210

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I paid £500 for a brand new set - but that's only because I work for a company with a direct KEF account.
 

Member 96948

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With regards to the binding posts - unscrew them completely, then use something to push out those black plastic ends and voila, 4mm banana plug sockets :smashin: I have QED Silver Anniversary with the Airloc plugs going into mine.

EDIT - Completely agree about sound quality, these are amazing! Especially at the price I got them for ;)
If I recall correctly, the Airlocs are prefitted to the speaker cable, thus requiring a 4mm banana socket. For plain ended cable I'd always recommend bare wire when the speaker has good binding posts, which these are. Two connections are never better than one, regardless of the claims made for some plugs.

Good deal you got there.:)

Russell
 

Member 96948

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I paid £500 for a brand new set - but that's only because I work for a company with a direct KEF account.
This highlights a point worth making. I have to judge things against their place in the market, assuming everything is sold at RRP. At £500, you could shift all of the marks one point to the right, easily and step up one award badge.

Russell
 

MAX1210

Well-known Member
If I recall correctly, the Airlocs are prefitted to the speaker cable, thus requiring a 4mm banana socket. For plain ended cable I'd always recommend bare wire when the speaker has good binding posts, which these are. Two connections are never better than one, regardless of the claims made for some plugs.

Good deal you got there.:)

Russell
Airloc'ing is only done if the customer requires it, the QED cable comes off the drum and then plugs are fitted if the customer wants them. It was more of a tidiness thing for me than a sound quality issue.

As well as Kef, we sell QED as well, so I was able to take the QED Airloc tool home so that I could run the speaker cable through the small hole in the bracket, and then re-airloc after.

EDIT: So any chance the review can be re-written to say that they can accept banana plugs?
 
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Scott_Mac

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Russ - thanks for the review, came at the right time as I was trying to decide on a sub/sat system to keep the wife happy!

A difficult one to quantify i'm sure but, you seemed to be impressed with the sub that comes in the package, however this is one area where I may be able to get some flexibility. Good as you said it was, I assume it is shown a clean pair of heels by something like an XXLS400 or SVS SB12? Possibly even an XLS200? They all seem to be able to reach the frequency cross over well enough and I'm aware that a decent sub can make or break a sub/sat system!

Cheers

Scott
 

rousetafarian

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I've owned these for 4 years and have enjoyed every moment, although the sub is a wee bit underpowered for the dimensions of the room. Great review btw.
 

PuppetMaster120

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Hey guys

I need some advice do the kef 3005se sound good without the grills or not any help with this would be greatly appricaited.

Thanks
 

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