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Q Acoustics Q-AV vs Kef 3005SE


Established Member
I'm in the process of choosing a new 5.1 "style" speaker system to go with my new Onkyo 606 amp.

I was intent on getting the Kef 3005SE set but the Q Acoustics Q-AV appeals one a more aesthetic level (discrete front speaker bar, lounge friendly rear speakers and a less obvious sub).

My question is whether the Q-AV £600 set is even in the same ball park as the £1k Kef 3005s....

I've got a demo arranged for the Kef's (and hopefully the Q-AV's but I'm after other people's thoughts...)



Distinguished Member
Well you are doing the best thing, getting a demo!
I know a lot of people are very happy with their Kef's and they have had great reviews, but I really do feel they lack that something. After visting the Bristol Hi-Fi show earlier in the year the Q acoustics new setup would appeal to the female look of a front room, but again they really did not seem that special, but I suppose a compromise has to be made.
The sets that do it for me and in your price range are.
http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/display.aspx?infid=2356&sc=ht not sure of price?


Prominent Member
If you are paying £1k for 3005SE's, you might as well buy the KEF 5005's from creative audio for £995 which includes £90 of speaker cable and accessories. :smashin:


Established Member
I'm a Kef fan after owning the original Kef Eggs and an older Onkyo amp in a dedicated cinema room with projector for some years but now I'm also looking at finding a good pairing of a new amp and speakers in my living room.

I have a 40" Samsung LCD in there plus a PS3 which I'll be using for playing back Bluray's and sampling the delights of the new sound formats that come with this.

I've more or less made up my mind that I want the new Onkyo 606 amp (at £400 or less) but am not sure yet whether to splash out an extra grand on a decent speaker package that will match the Onkyo. I've seen the Creative Audio deals of the 606 plus the Kef 5005's and cabling thrown in for £1400 - this does seem a good deal but will I still get away with much a much cheaper 5.1 speaker package plus the Onkyo ?

Andrew K


Did you ever make your decision on this as I'm looking at the same setup at the moment?


They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Q-AV is a convenience package for a Wife Friendly life, and it sounds good.

If you like the Kef look, the 3005SE are a fantastically styled package and will beat the Q-AV for sound.

Depends what you want out of your speaker package?

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