- Jul 14, 2014
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SOLD FOR SALE: KEF Reference Series THX TDM23F, TDM23C, TDM34DS Dipole Surround Speakers + Original KEF Stands RAREPrice:
£550 for the entire system, or I would prefer to sell the system as is but am happy to split as follows:
TDM23F pair - £250
TDM23C - £200
TDM34DS pair - £250
For sale is my beloved and highly revered, rarely seen KEF Reference Series THX TDM system. Amazing speakers that I recently ended up choosing over even my great XTZ M6 for cinema duties. These are amongst the best speakers I have had in my home cinema.
I had intended to keep these, even if just for Museum pieces - I think these are some of the most beautiful looking speakers I've ever seen and owned, especially with their socks on and when on their original stands - or for backup, or if I simply fancied a change from my XTZ system. But I have just upgraded my M6 to the M8 and I sadly can't afford to keep the KEFs. Even then, I still prefer aspects of the TDMs over the M8 and the TDMs work better closer to my side walls, too.
Some Key notes about performance and credibility:
THX used the TDM34DS as their reference at the THX ranch. I would have loved to have kept the TDM34DS, too, because I still prefer them in some instances to my XTZ M6 as surrounds. The sound field produced in some instances is incredible: for example, the opening Universal Logo for Jurassic Park, the sounds of insects fills my room in a way nothing before has done. Or, the Gallimimus stampede scene, the sound of the dinosaurs stampeding is incredibly full sounding due to the diffuse dispersion of the sound. Or, the more diffuse sound overall offering a wider and more often time, less distracting soundstage overall than my M6.
The TDM23F/ TDM23C and TDM34DS have a lovely slim profile, but still have a good size cabinet which I found helps to produce a larger scale sound, more so than my M6. The warmth and fullness from these speakers will be missed, something that you will often read that ex-owners of these miss compared to newer or current speakers - they still sound fuller in many ways than my M8. There are still owners of the TDM23F/ TDM system on AVF.
The centre TDM23C speaker is amongst the best centres I have ever owned, it sounds more effortless and especially so with dialogue, with a warmer and fuller sound, than that of even my XTZ M8. You will often read - and on here - mentions of how people think that this is the best centre speaker KEF ever made, even compared to later models like the R200C, or the best centre they ever owned. I will miss this centre speaker very, very much.
You can read my write up for this system here,
Part 1: Kef Reference owners
Part 2: Kef Reference owners
- All cloth socks and TDM34DS wall mounting rails are off/ dethatched at the moment . These are all included.
- 2 x original screws that fasten the TDM23F to the KEF stands are missing. Shorter ones are included, though I don't think these will screw in. I never used any of the screws, as the speakers are perfectly stable without them.
- All speakers are, as far as I can tell, in fully working condition. They are in superb, clean (I wiped each one down carefully after removing all of the sock cloths) cosmetic condition given their age, with what I would describe as minor and expected wear and tear given their 26 year age. The KEF stands are in as equally impressive condition given their age. The speakers slot perfectly into the stands - this was one of the pleasures I had in doing.
- One rubber cap which hold the sock cloths on to each speaker is missing, it flew out somewhere in my room when I was taking the socks off, and I haven't spotted it. If I do, I will of course include it in the package.
- Each speaker has black gloss stopped wooden plates that stick with Velcro to either end of each speaker cabinet. They cover up the binding posts/ ends and keep the socks tucked firmly in when they are on. 2 x of these plates are missing from each TDM23F, which is common. You won't need them if you are using the original stands. I however eventually opted to use the TDM23F on my Atacama stands and chose to use the top plates from each speaker for the bottom, so that they fit my stand safely.
- Please note the following damages. They do not effect the sound or function of the speakers to my ears and in-depth time time spent using and listening to them:
- 1 x TDM23F tweeter is sunken, but sounds fine and fully working to my ears. This may be able to be reshaped/ sucked back out.
- 1 x TDM34DS woofer dust cap was completely loose upon removing its sock cloth, so I temporarily stuck it down using black electrical tape. It looks great and you can barely tell it has been re-stuck, even close up. The correct glue will make this repair light work.
- 1 x binding post screw cap is missing. I simply bent the speaker wire down over the bottom of the post and it was perfectly secure.
- As is common with many speakers, some of the red and black buttons for the binding posts are missing.
- The terminal plate for the TDM23C has 2 x small cracks/ loose pieces to to opposite corners. This does not effect the stability or fit of the plate and cannot be seen from a distance.
- TD23C has a small bit of the veneer peeled off from the bottom left corner.
Collection from SW11, please.
KEF Museum history and specifications, which includes links to the the brochure and speaker manuals at the bottom of the page:
The Lucasfilm THX standards successfully established important criteria for the total performance of movie theatre sound systems throughout the USA and the rest of the world. Turning their attention to the domestic stage, Lucasfilm produced a similar set of standards for home audio systems. Home...
KEF Reference Series Home Theatre Brochure:
WANTED: XTZ S5Hello @Neojaga, I saw that you might be selling a pair of S5 in a couple of weeks. I'm interested, please. Kind thanks
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