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Should I upgrade to a Kef 200 C ?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Dave H, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. Dave H

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    Hi I have a Paradigm CC 350 center speaker at the moment which is a very good speaker but........... I have the chance to buy a Kef 200 C at a good price but I am not sure what to do ?
    The Kef has three speakers in it and the Paridigm has only two with a seperate tweeter.
    will I lose out on bass with the Kef as it has smaller drive units than the Paridigm.
    also I am using a Yamaha A1 , will this have enough power to drive the Kef because I heard it was power hungry?
    I do intend to upgarde to a Yam AZ1 shortly which should have some more grunt I hope than the A1.
    If anyone has the Kef 200C I would be interested in what they think of the sound quality especialy if they have upgraded from a P/350.

    cheers Dave.
     
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    "Should I upgrade to a Kef 200 C "

    Yes. IMO the Kef 200 is probably the best centre speaker under £1000. I would gladly pay the RRP (new of course)

    The Kef 200 has 4 drivers- tweeter, midrange and two bass drivers. I have used a 50Wx2 Arcam Alpha 8P (biamping the 200) and that was OK, although adding more power helps (currently using 2x100W poweramp, biamped.

    I would pay £300-£380 for one. I don't have the CC350.

    The upgrade over a B&W CC6 and Kef Q95 was just daft.. it transformed my system from the usual brash system to something completly different. Vocals are very clear, midrange is superb. Sealed box, so no problems associated with ported centre speakers.

    Plays loud when the other new centre's gave up.

    I don't know whether AV amps are upto the job.
     
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    Just purchased a new 200c which is driven by a Pioneer 2011. Previously owned a 100c for many years but always felt is lacked clarity. Other speakers tried had clarity but too harsh. The 200c is supremely clear and for £499 now represents an excellent purchase. One to build a system around and will be a fixture for years to come.
     
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    Is the Pio 2011 upto the job?

    According to some forum members the 2011 can only handle 6Ohm speakers.
     
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    I've used my 2011 successfully with a variety of speakers :

    Castle Harlech S2 and B&W CDM 9NTs as fronts (but mainly second zone)
    Kef 60s surrounds
    Tannoy Revolution Centre
    Tannoy R1 front and surrounds

    The 200c is improving further as it breaks in as are the CDM 9NTs.

    I assume there are other (more expensive) amps which could drive the above speakers better, though my Naim Hifi system couldn't get any more clarity out of the Kef 100c than my Denon A1D which I owned at the time.
     
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    Is the 200C a current model? I thought the Ref 202C was its replacement or have I got it all wrong? If the 202 is the replacement does anyone know how it compares to the 200C?
     
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    No the 200 isn't a current model. Doesn't mean it's crap though. The 202C is the replacement.. however if you can get the 200 for about ~£350 it's a bargain (and better than a new centre rrp of £350)

    I think Steve has used the 200 & 202c.
     
  8. Dave H

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    Thanks lads is there anyone running their 200C on a AV amp ?

    cheers Dave.
     
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    Dave

    I was running my 200c of a Denon 1se.
     
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    I have had the 200 and now use the 202c, it is, in my opinion a better speaker (by some margin IMHO) which is saying something as the 200 was/is a really very good indeed center.
    The 202c retails for 999.99 (i have yet to see one for anything less than 945.00), it is tonally quite different to the 200, the 200 being somewhat smoother and less "dynamic" by comparison.
    A 200 for 350.00 is absolutely without peers and again IMHO is really THE entry level center for the serious H/C.

    Regards

    Steven.
     
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    I have always rec the 350 but the 200c is in a different league. Think of it as a £700 centre, which is what it is. Yes the 202 is better again (and different tonally) and more expensive but the 200c (and the 100) were just RIGHT. They work. These are now bargains.
     
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    Would the 200c go well with a pair of Q7 fronts. Crisp clear dialogue is the most important thing to me when watching a movie.

    Any opinions would be welcome.

    regards

    Megson
     
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    Megson. You have a PM.
     
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    Yes. I am driving mine from an AVR100 and haven't encountered any problems.:smashin:
     

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