Not what you want. The Q150s are no different. Probably Klipsch RP600M (or even R-51M). This is just a hunch. Her voice is all over the place, and sometimes when she holds onto a higher note, it can get a bit sharp with a lot of speakers. It seems to pair well with KEF. Nobody probably knows that exact song, but a lot of people are familiar with the musical and can probably imagine the dynamic and vocals that are in it, so I kinda think it is a good one to mention. It sounds like a person singing, rather than just a voice in front of me. If you can bump your budget up a bit, there's a Yamaha receiver as well as the NAD C316BEE. The LS50s would be much better for that, or the Q550 presumably. I've read so many reviews where they mention 20 songs, but all of them are the same genre and it's one that I don't listen to. It's a very weird one. Literally no competition for me. It pairs extremely well with the KEFs. “Sober II (Melodrama)” by Lorde will show off these speakers very well. It fills the room evenly, as if a piano is in the room. They don't "not get loud". When asked how the Q150 compares to the LS50, he says “it’s very similar”. C-Major TT w/Ortofon Quintet Blue, Schiit Mani, KEF Kube 10b. Their frequency response seemed the most neutral of the three, and reproduction was clean and relaxed. They have the same box size, tweeter size, and woofer size. The singer is yelling at some points. If I close my eyes, it sounds like she is standing about 10 feet behind the wall, with the guitars next to her on either side. These things have slam. I want people in this sub to realize that electronics make a difference. Any thoughts for something in this $200-300 price range? I only include stuff that I am familiar with. Let’s talk about more specifics in song. I'm just about to purchase these for desktop use. With the SMSL, it kinda mashed everything together. The drivers integrate extremely well. I’ve had a fun time reviewing these speakers. It just sounds like a singer, not like a metal tweeter piercing your ears. I’m glad that I did. also how do you think the smsl sa300 would work with them? So that goes back to what I mentioned earlier this paragraph, where I would rather people get a $550 speaker and cheaper amp and plan to upgrade it. The only bad audio system, is the one you don't enjoy to the fullest. Small rooms would be filled very well by these speakers. The Jet Song from the original recording of West Side Story has fantastic dynamics. With an SMSL SA50, the instruments ran together a bit. There is bass that these hit extremely well, making them shake the room that I’m in. The Q150 by KEF is a perfect choice for you if you are looking for: Outstanding tweeter placed in the center of the midrange cone Impeccable and accurate acoustics Great for medium-sized rooms But still be clean while doing it. Le haut-parleur coaxial de l'enceinte KEF Q150 est composé d'une membrane en aluminium et d'un tweeter ventilé de type dôme, également en aluminium. They seem to have some bracing inside. It seems that this is the key to the imaging and soundstage on these. There are a lot of instruments that blast for a second. I am looking to buy a pair of decent speakers. Office: LS50, NAD Masters M10, E.A.T. What does that mean? Great stuff! The Q150 gets down to 51hz and the Q350 gets down to 63hz. Even the hand moving up and down the strings sounds like it is happening in real life. Let’s talk about some specifics. This is what I found under the grill. I think that vocals are a real treat on these. But everything else is about the same. Hmm I'm not sure with stuff in that price range. The KEF Q350 is available now for $650 or £529 for a pair. Can’t wait to try them! These were created after the LS50. I have the kef q150s on my desk paired with Sony dh190 receiver. Pioneer SC 67 running one pair of KEF Q150. This is not the case with these. Thread starter Javism1; Start date Feb 2, 2020; Tags between bowers & wilkins (b&w) decide kef klipsch; J. Javism1 Novice Member. I bought these speakers. It’s an interview with the head of acoustics over at KEF, Jack Oclee-Brown. With dynamic speakers, each of these events is a different volume. They had to redesign everything, and I don't think they did as well with that as they did with the LS50. The Q150s actually have a good amount of bass and good extension. Those both had the Uni-Q array and a front port. https://www.reddit.com/r/BudgetAudiophile/comments/bzns5j/kef_q150_review Large room not good. Now, I obviously can't hit everything but I tried. They were the 50th anniversary speaker that KEF made, that were so popular that KEF kept making them, and still makes them. After they made the LS50, they made the Q150 and Q350. Of course I’d still want a sub (I think every speaker needs a sub) but you could get away without one and be perfectly happy. This means that the tweeter in the center of the midrange driver is acoustically disconnected. That’s how I have them now, and they are absolutely fantastic and fill it with ease. The bass drum feels like someone is hitting me in the chest. These speakers are deep and rear ported. I should he more clear. I was looking at getting this. Somewhat related, I think people don't realize how good bass response can get when paired to a good amplifier. Each string is plucked so precisely, and it feels as though the guitar is right in front of you. Frank Sinatra has a very specific voice, and these bring it to life very well. Thanks for all the advices in this sub in regards to the KEF. It has a similar crossover frequency, the same driver sizes, similar cabinet size, same port size, same driver location, etc. Those tend to lose bass clarity and make the top end a bit shrill. Like, a half an inch deeper. Got to wonder what else I'm missing out on but my wallet won't let me find out for now. It opened up the entire soundstage, and made everything extremely clear and airy. If I did the review with an SMSL it would have been a bit different. It might seem like this is a big jumbled mess, probably because it is. That is a very good little amp. Apart from the logo at the top, the fascia is completely devoid of anything to distract you from the main event: the latest generation of KEF’s iconic Uni-Q driver. I enjoy a warmer sound and listen to all kinds of music, watch movies, and play games. and what would be the best way to use them? You could grab an extra one for the center and be good to go. And soundstage. I mean, the LS50 is a flagship model, and the Q350 is just a model in their lowest line. The two bookshelf models (Q150 and Q350) are two-way designs with a bass reflex, while the center speaker and three floorstanders are all 2½-way. Well, the BMRs have better highs, mids, and lows. The BMRs will shake my entire house when those drums are hit. Fantastic review. If you’ve got a large room that you want to fill with loud music, don’t get these. That being said, if you’re in a relatively small room, they will have no problem. I wouldn’t recommend it if you can avoid it. You should watch this video by Stereophile. Vocal clarity is excellent on them, which is perfect for that. Grilles are an extra $30. Continuing with weight and texture, bass guitar is surprisingly good from a speaker with a woofer of this size. I originally didn't want it to be an LS50 vs Q150 writeup, but I think the LS50 is an extremely important speaker, and these were modeled after it, so I don't think I could really ignore that. Bought them right away. The larger driver of the Q350 in a larger cabinet should be able to hit lower. Listening to “Theme From New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra, it’s easy to tell exactly where is voice is coming from, and where every instrument is coming from. Anyways, if you’re on an extreme budget, go with a cheap amp, but be prepared to upgrade it in the future. which stands ? The coaxial on this ensures that this doesn’t happen. I had the opportunity to listen to the 590 and I absolutely loved that as well. This is because they designed them after the LS50. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Bookshelf speakers don't go on a bookshelf, they have this really cool stripey pattern, here they are with the Micca MB42X and the Elac Debut B6.2. Actually, I had these at my desk for a while and it was fantastic. That doesn’t come with the speakers, so you shouldn’t worry. Cookies help us deliver our Services. But I would rather have the BMR any day. also any amp/receiver recommendations under $250? They discuss how the Q150 was made, and Jack mentions that they are mean to to be the same as the LS50, just cheaper. how are they for near field listening? Les enceintes bibliothèque Q350 de Kef sont non seulement superbes, mais elles délivrent aussi un son plus puissant que leur prix ne suggère. With the NAD, each instrument has space around it, and is completely separated from the instrument next to it. The difference between my $500 NAD D3020 and $4000 Marantz PM-11S2 isn't very large. Did you play around with having the port plugs in? However, the speakers perform well and you can always upgrade the amp. KEF R500 L-R, R200c, R100 (walnut), SVS SB2000 sub. The top end is slightly tipped up, but not enough to hurt your ears. We discussed how massive the soundstage is before. They’re like a budget LS50, but not that much worse, and actually have better bass extension (with a bit less clarity though). The piano is also very clear. Dynamics are okay, but not great. After the Q100 and Q300, KEF spent years researching and developing the LS50. Also, I haven't heard the Q350, but I've got a hunch that it actually is a worse speaker than the Q150. I get why the LS50 got all this praise at $1500. I have them in that small room and they fill it effortlessly though. However, I haven't heard them both, so I really have no idea. I recently bought a pair of kef lsx and won't lie have been thoroughly underwhelmed with them, however I'm getting an issue and wondering if anyone else gets it or there is a fix. This is their strong suit in my opinion. You can purchase them here on Amazon in black or white, and here directly from KEF, also in black or white. Possibly a good idea if you’re on a desk. Anyways, the KEFs are pretty. So, everything I’ve said is fantastic, right? Perhaps the product cost reductions that enabled the low pricing might also be excessivley degrading the resulting performance, or maybe not. I purchased them myself. Home theater use in a smaller room would be good. Maybe, but definitely not if you’ve got a large room. The listening window seems to tame that treble shelf a fair bit so I'm going to guess these are flattest around 20 degrees off axis as I've usually seen with KEF, which is approximately using no toe in the average listening room. I've got a Marantz PM-11S2 which is probably a better reference amplifier, since it is very clean and clinical. So Kef Q150 tends to get more favorable ⭐ reviews than Kef Q100, as seen on the chart below. When listening to busier songs, nothing felt significantly more emphasized than anything else. This just seems like they didn't spend as much time tuning it like they should have. I do, however, realize that speakers make the biggest difference. The LS50s are clearly made to be paired with a sub. I have no problem recommending them to people at $550. Vocals are realistic. I am partial to Kef however. A Uni-Q driver and CFD port mean it punches way above its weight. The midrange is fantastic. Her voice is recorded well, and sounds like it should. I actually really like these with the NAD D3020. Another reason why I think it would be good for desks. I listen in a pretty small room, and they can really shake the entire room. I have a Maverick Audio D1 Plus that I'll sue foe the USB input from my computer. There is still no such thing as a free lunch. We kept these. Some people might do that and think "I need a sub before I get an amp" but that may not be the case. Now, I’m not being fooled that a piano is in here, but they do a pretty darn good job. The Hegel adds a bit of warmth. It adds just a bit of warmth, which makes male vocals really feel weighty. There are some speakers that don’t do super well at a desktop because the drivers don’t have time to integrate well since you’re sitting so close. I think something with a bit more bass (Elac B6.2 maybe) will help saxophones sound a bit more full. I’m using them on the same stands I use for everything else, and they feel a bit low for my taste. The key here is to get them away from the wall. I stream to it via Chromecast Audio using the optical port, which is why I use it. Either way will get you good results, but the first way will give you much better speakers and you can upgrade the amp later. The Uni-Q driver is by definition already two-way, because it is a coaxial driver. Their limitation is volume. With the KEF signature Uni-Q driver, a 130mm (5.25 inch) aluminium bass driver and two matching ABRs the Q550 delivers phenomenal audiophile performance with clarity and power. (Info / ^Contact). Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Not looking for advice, just wanted to share. You get one on either side, and they both sound very clean. Basically, it’s a ‘budget LS50’ if you wish. They look sleek and minimal. Slightly off topic but what are your thoughts on the Hegel? If you’ve been around for any amount of time, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the LS50. KEF's research legacy includes contributions from some of the greatest and most respected loudspeaker designers of the last five decades. Bought these because someone also recommended them. The binding posts are actually really nice. I’ve been writing this review for about a week, and every day I come back to add something else to it. Moving between the HD650 and the Q150 felt like a fairly smooth transition as far as sound signature, with the Q150 … Also, get a good sub. Obviously the amp really matters with these, but you could get away with a cheap chip amp. Yes. I totally get it. It's a different driver size in a different sized cabinet. How do they affect the sound? Look at the specs of the Q150 and the Q350. Another limitation is desktop use. With the Q350, they basically had to start over. I don't use subwoofers in my listening setup, because every pair of speakers gets low enough to make me happy. I think the amplifier pairing was pretty important. Anyways, the guitars in this song are a lot of fun. The piano is very subtle, but comes through with extremely good clarity. Magnetic grilles sold separately. But they were shaking the entire room when given a song with some bass. I read a review saying that the cousin Q350 doesn't perform best at a low volume. Magnetic grilles sold separately. Compact two-and-a-half-way floorstander The Q550 2.5-way is far more capable than its compact size might suggest, delivering wide bandwidth and full scale with ease. Every little detail is laid out in front of you, in an absolutely massive soundstage. Once again, I've read quite a few reviews where they don't mention that, and I'm left thinking "okay do I want these for my desk or for my TV setup?" They retail for $550. Guest rm: KEF iQ10 on stands, Bluesound Vault 2 streamer, Denon AVR-1912. For example, these KEFs have a 5" woofer with a big hole in the middle of it. The highs are detailed. A revamp of the original Q100, the Q150 delivery HiFi sound, that most music lovers can afford. It does look a bit like an open-cut orange. Ever little detail is so precise. The KEF Q150's are on sale for $280 refurbished and certified by KEF. When she puts some effort into different words, you can feel it in her voice. If you need a desktop setup, get these. They get plenty loud if you have the power. Instrument separation is extremely good. Massive. Desktop, I think these would be fantastic. So Kef Q150, while being a cheaper option, tends to get more favorable ⭐ reviews than the $700 Kef Q350, as seen on the chart below. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076P2VS9H/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_IW98FbNCK821A?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1. It probably isn't the best reference, but I'm okay with that. I feel as though I’m sitting in a huge room with a performance happening in front of me, rather than just a small room with a pair of speakers. KEF Q150: These were my favorite and his favorite. It’s a timeless design, made all the more striking by the distinctive driver arrangement: a 25mm aluminium-dome tweeter sitting in the middle of a 13cm magnesium-aluminium … Volume could be an issue. "Jazz Variants" by O-Zone Percussion group has these big drums in it. I want to have the best electronics behind the speakers to really give them their best shot. It's very likely that someone might be upgrading from a Micca/SMSL combo to these KEFs, so I listened to them with an SMSL to see how they are. But for $1500, you couldn't do better. I don't really know if I should because the new $2400 price tag is out of reach of a lot of the people around here. It might be able to be extrapolated from information through the rest of the review, but I want to be 100% certain that the reader understands where I stand on that. Ce dernier est surmonté d'un guide d'onde et chargé par un tube évasé, afin d'amortir les ondes arrière et ne pas perturber la restitution. First, her voice is spectacular. I mean, if you were looking at 28” stands, maybe go with 30”. I’ve mentioned this before, but they’re pretty. What is the Best Affordable, Best … That RATTLE IN MY HOUSE is a problem. And they actually did! They might just need an amp that will allow their speakers to perform. Those Philharmonic BRMs are heavy and big so I never moved them, especially since they’re my ‘main’ speaker. Now, I mentioned that the voice has a good weight to it, and it does, but something with a bigger woofer and possibly boosted bass (Elac B6.2 comes to mind) will make male vocals seem to be richer, but I think it sounds more realistic with the KEFs than that. Lovely sound. Size may be a problem for some people. “My Melancholy Blues” by Queen has really well recorded bass guitar, and these show it off very well. I'm glad you liked the usage scenarios. They’re absolutely fantastic. Do you guys think it is worth the upgrade? Her voice sounds like it is really is in the room with me. KEF Q150 : bass-reflex optimisé. j/k. I don’t notice anything wrong with the speakers at all. on stands next to the desk? Feb 2, 2020 #1 Hi and thanks in advance. These throw a massive soundtage. I tried to list a good variety of songs so that hopefully everyone can connect with at least one of them. There is a conversation that happens right in the middle between a few characters. 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