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Kef Ref 3.2 Audition - What to campare them too?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Mark Ward, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. Mark Ward

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    Still pondering between taking a big leap straight to Kef Ref 3.2 or going for 1.2's first and see how they cope.

    When auditioning Kef 3.2's What other manufacturer's speakers would anyone recommend I also consider at this level?

    Note:- My Surrounds are TDM34DS & Centre is Kef Ref 100.

    Cheers,
    Mark.
     
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    I´d be looking at M&K stuff but theyre not going to match the rest of your kit.

    Probably best to stick to the Kef range with regards to matching your other stuff. The 1.2 will match your centre as the 3.2 matching centre is the Ref 200C. Shouldnt be too much of a difference tonally though.

    If youve got the cash then its probably worth going for the 3.2´s.

    You need Nic Rhodes on this one really!!
     
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    That's what I figured, thanks
    200C is just about as wide as my 32" TV. Until I get a larger display solution it's not going to be that possible.

    Haven't really got the cash for the 3.2's at the moment but keep looking around for a second-hand or ex-dem bargain. I've already sold my old Q55-Q95C-Q15 setup to a neighbor but he can't have them until I replace the main speakers to go with the Ref100/TDM's. Another solution would be some second-hand Q75's i've seen for £250 for now while I look for some Refs. I image I'd get around that back for them on Ebay later.

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    I'd probably say check out the PMC FB1s but, as has been said, if you want to keep the 100C then you really need to stick with KEF (plus the PMC TB2 centre is pretty bulky). I do reckon, mind, that the TDM34DS would match up pretty well with a front three from another manufacturer as they are pretty neutral and unobtrusive (and they're great, I own a pair).

    There is one other KEF option that you might not have considered that would match perfectly with the 34DS and the 100C and that is the KEF RDM3 - not to everyone's taste apparently but maybe worth a listen. There is a review of them on the "old website reviews" on the Hifi Choice website.

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    I would not recomend this, especially not after knowing the size of that room.
    I tested RDMs and they have sweet spot of one cube millimeter!
    And now is real time to get Ref Series because there are some great offers out there. (I even saw Ref 4.2 for 2000 Euro only !!! - Too bad my room is too small - 30 square meters)
    Cheers
     
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    I had the same Q series as you. I now have 3.2s fron and 1.2s side and rears with a 200c centre.

    I suggest that you go for 1.2s to start and then upgrade the fronts in time moving the 1.2s to the rear or side in a 7.1 set up.

    You can get 1.2s at £1,000 brand new at Phase 3 in Worthing.

    The sound is awesome.
     
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    Plump Said:-
    WHERE!!!!! :D That's only £1200!

    Even with shipping costs that would be an amazing price!

    Mark.
     
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    Well Mark, that was only once.
    Take a look:

    http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1341713856

    Also important to say, it is extreamly serious hifi shop in Duesseldorf, Germany, not a joke or some ripoff! If you contact them they might still have some on stock. I guess it might be possible to make a deal under 3000 Euro, but it is only a guess. When I was in Germany for the last time I visited them and they had some other nice bargains too.

    Anyway, whatever you decide do not sell your pool and snooker table for it!

    Cheers
     
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    Plump Said:-
    Do you have an Email address for them? Or a phone number?
    for now these speakers will be in my smaller room 24ftx14ft but as you've obviously seen the pictures of the new room you understand why I definitely need to end up with the bigger speakers.

    Mark.
     
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    So, when I said "not to everyone's taste" that was pretty accurate then. :D

    To reiterate, I'm not personally endorsing the RDM3s, all I'm saying is that they are (according to KEFs home cinema matching guide) a very good match with the 100C and TDM34DS speakers.
     
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    I had (still have) the Kef RDM1´s and the sweet spot, like all other Kefs with UNI Q, is quite wide, certainly not limited in any way.

    The RDM3 is the floorstanding version with an extra racetrack bass driver.

    The RDM range sound excellent.
     
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    For Mark:
    you may find more under:
    http://www.hifi-audio.de/


    Jase, then it must be the room. I had them for a weekend in my room and sweet spot (wide one with my ref two) schrunk to a very tiny one!! But this is personal feeling of course.
    Cheers
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    Plump

    Could be the room I suppose, different speakers, different rooms etc etc

    And of course, different ears!!:)
     

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