Try to listen to them really loud, I was so disappointed in LS50, they have this congested mids when it gets loud. However, the speakers perform well and you can always upgrade the amp. I have not heard them, but suggest that these might be good choice of subject for a future review, to find out if these are worthwhile entry level. It seems that this is the key to the imaging and soundstage on these. 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. Thanks for all the advices in this sub in regards to the KEF. Magnetic grilles sold separately. It adds just a bit of warmth. Um, I don't know if there's anything that I missed. Now, I’m not being fooled that a piano is in here, but they do a pretty darn good job. On top of that, it's fairly safe to say that Kef Q150 are more popular speakers, based on their 200+ reviews. KEF Specials; KEF is proud to offer our customers exclusive savings on some of the most popular and award-winning products in our catalog. Vocals are realistic. Instrument separation is extremely good. I don’t know where to put this, so here it is. At the end of the interview, the interviewer asks “would it be fair that you get 90% of the LS50 for 30% of the price?” You can see Jack get a bit uncomfortable and kind of brush it off, probably because he knows that it really is true. When listening to busier songs, nothing felt significantly more emphasized than anything else. Of course. 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. Can’t wait to try them! With these, that is not the case. I listen in a pretty small room, and they can really shake the entire room. Each of your reviews is better than the last. I will use them for: - Listening to music: metal and rock primarily - Watching movies: any genre … Home theater use in a smaller room would be good. It's a different driver size in a different sized cabinet. I have the white ones and they're beautiful. Her voice is recorded well, and sounds like it should. The Jet Song from the original recording of West Side Story has fantastic dynamics. I’m using them on the same stands I use for everything else, and they feel a bit low for my taste. Pioneer SC 67 running one pair of KEF Q150. Well, the BMRs have better highs, mids, and lows. Those Philharmonic BRMs are heavy and big so I never moved them, especially since they’re my ‘main’ speaker. And soundstage. Two-way bookshelf The Q150 proves that the best things come in small packages. With these, not at all. Each string is plucked so precisely, and it feels as though the guitar is right in front of you. 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. They had to redesign everything, and I don't think they did as well with that as they did with the LS50. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076P2VS9H/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_IW98FbNCK821A?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1. Also, I haven't heard the Q350, but I've got a hunch that it actually is a worse speaker than the Q150. The difference between my $500 NAD D3020 and $4000 Marantz PM-11S2 isn't very large. I actually think home theater in a small room would be really nice. Even the hand moving up and down the strings sounds like it is happening in real life. Despite being a little older, the R100s are just as shiny and attractive as any of the newcomers. Slightly off topic but what are your thoughts on the Hegel? Somewhat related, I think people don't realize how good bass response can get when paired to a good amplifier. You'll notice that the port is on the back and the Uni-Q is in the middle, much like the LS50. If you can bump your budget up a bit, there's a Yamaha receiver as well as the NAD C316BEE. I have a Maverick Audio D1 Plus that I'll sue foe the USB input from my computer. I enjoy a warmer sound and listen to all kinds of music, watch movies, and play games. To sum up this section: Desktop good. 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 bought these speakers. I don't use subwoofers in my listening setup, because every pair of speakers gets low enough to make me happy. FWIW I use a tube cube 7 with the Q100s on a desktop and it’s a great combination. With the SMSL, it kinda mashed everything together. That’s how I have them now, and they are absolutely fantastic and fill it with ease. This subreddit is for the budget minded audiophile that wants to grow out of soundbars, boomboxes, portable bluetooth and lifestyle speakers, and PC branded audio solutions. I’ve had a fun time reviewing these speakers. Sounds pretty good to me. You just need a powerful amp. Did you play around with having the port plugs in? However, it's fairly safe to say that Kef Q100 are more popular speakers, based on their 300+ reviews. But for $1500, you couldn't do better. Another song with good male vocals is “Vanishing Act” by Lou Reed. The BMRs will shake my entire house when those drums are hit. But still be clean while doing it. And I felt like I was getting kicked in the chest when something thumpy came on. Still waiting for other stuff to come in. 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. which stands ? I have the Emotiva BasX A-100 and it is very well built for the price, looks amazing, and sounds even better. 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. Not what you want. 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?" I have them a few feet from the wall, and sound comes from everywhere beyond the speakers, as if the wall opens up to a stage. i’ve seen a few nice kanto ones. Fantastic review. I haven't heard the Q350s, but I have a hunch that the Q150s are better. i’m thinking of getting the Q150’s for my desk setup. It opened up the soundstage a ton and gave each instrument room around it, which was really nice. One thing that I think these speakers do very well is male vocals. We kept these. 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 … “My Melancholy Blues” by Queen has really well recorded bass guitar, and these show it off very well. You should watch this video by Stereophile. I do, however, realize that speakers make the biggest difference. They might just need an amp that will allow their speakers to perform. I purchased them myself. When asked how the Q150 compares to the LS50, he says “it’s very similar”. The KEF Q350 is available now for $650 or £529 for a pair. The Q150s actually have a good amount of bass and good extension. Jazz music is okay. The binding posts are actually really nice. I'll have to get a nice DAC when I switch over to the Marantz. One song that I like to listen to on speakers with metal tweeters is “Someone Tell The Boys” by Samia. Grilles are an extra $30. It opened up the entire soundstage, and made everything extremely clear and airy. 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. 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. One last bit about weight and texture, and bass guitar. I think they're a good way to learn about it. They don’t have a ton of bass. It’s an interview with the head of acoustics over at KEF, Jack Oclee-Brown. I mentioned on that Samia song that her voice doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t. I already own a pair of Elac Debut B6.2 that I got for $160. 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. The larger driver of the Q350 in a larger cabinet should be able to hit lower. It seems to pair well with KEF. Gone is the strip of chrome across the front baffle, as well as any holes for attaching the grilles (which now snap on magnetically). However, if you like dynamics for some reason, these aren’t the speaker for you. I read a review saying that the cousin Q350 doesn't perform best at a low volume. There is still no such thing as a free lunch. 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. However, just like a lot of metal tweeters, they can bother a lot of people. It pairs extremely well with the KEFs. Demoed the tube cube head to head against the A-100 and preferred the cube, by far. Fantastic at low volume. https://www.reddit.com/r/BudgetAudiophile/comments/bzns5j/kef_q150_review j/k. This layout will look like this: physical fit and finish, sound, use-cases, final thoughts. Not like they sound hollow with the KEFs, but if you listen to a ton of jazz, you might want something with a bit of boosted bass. It probably isn't the best reference, but I'm okay with that. Anyways, the KEFs are pretty. He has a bit of a chesty voice, especially at the end of sentences where he trails off a bit, and these speakers capture that extremely well. These are available while supplies last and are only valid on new purchases. Continuing with weight and texture, bass guitar is surprisingly good from a speaker with a woofer of this size. If you need a desktop setup, get these. It really is special. But everything else is about the same. That is a very good little amp. After the Q100 and Q300, KEF spent years researching and developing the LS50. Probably Klipsch RP600M (or even R-51M). The only bad audio system, is the one you don't enjoy to the fullest. I'm not familiar with that Emotiva unfortunately. Thread starter Javism1; Start date Feb 2, 2020; Tags between bowers & wilkins (b&w) decide kef klipsch; J. Javism1 Novice Member. Large room not good. Bought them right away. I wouldn’t recommend it if you can avoid it. These were created after the LS50. There are plenty of chip amps up to like $150, but then you don't get to real integrated amps until you hit like $300 or $350. What is the Best Affordable, Best … Moving between the HD650 and the Q150 felt like a fairly smooth transition as far as sound signature, with the Q150 … 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. It sounds like a person singing, rather than just a voice in front of me. You will know What is the best Kef Q100 Vs Q150 on the market? I don’t know why reviews of these are so sparse. Bass is very clean and strong and actually gets very low. Every little detail is laid out in front of you, in an absolutely massive soundstage. Lovely sound. Q Series bookshelf speakers excel in small spaces. They look just plain white most of the time, but when the light hits them just right, they have this really cool stripey pattern (yes I know stripey isn’t a word). These speakers are deep and rear ported. Just be warned that you may need slightly taller stands than normal because the tweeter isn’t at the top of the speakers. I mentioned somewhere else that I really like how they sound with a NAD D3020. with stock tubes. The key here is to get them away from the wall. When she puts some effort into different words, you can feel it in her voice. They seem to have some bracing inside. The highs get a bit shrill and the bass it a bit less controlled. A revamp of the original Q100, the Q150 delivery HiFi sound, that most music lovers can afford. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the BudgetAudiophile community. Look at the specs of the Q150 and the Q350. I get why the LS50 got all this praise at $1500. It just sounds like a singer, not like a metal tweeter piercing your ears. This just seems like they didn't spend as much time tuning it like they should have. I just keep adding parts to this hoping that it will help you realize how good I think they are. I have them in that small room and they fill it effortlessly though. edited 1 year ago. They don't "not get loud". If you've got $600, I think it would be better to grab the KEF Q150 and a $50 amp rather than something for $300 and a $300 receiver. I don't think that they scale extremely well though. Lay them down however you need to and the tweeter and woofer are always in the same place. We've compiled a list of the Best Kef Q150 Vs Q100 of 2019 to buy, including Top (Highest) Rated Kef Q150 Vs Q100 Reviews on Amazon.com, eBay, Walmart, Best Buy, Reddit. I'm just about to purchase these for desktop use. I stream to it via Chromecast Audio using the optical port, which is why I use it. There is a conversation that happens right in the middle between a few characters. Perhaps the product cost reductions that enabled the low pricing might also be excessivley degrading the resulting performance, or maybe not. It doesn’t stop them from being awesome though. 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. That being said, if you’re in a relatively small room, they will have no problem. LS50 comparisons (not something everybody can do), Unfortunately I'm downvoting you anyway because you have me wanting a pair. KEF Q150 has a current market retail price of $299/pair. It might seem like this is a big jumbled mess, probably because it is. I also make sure that I listen to them with worse components, just to see how they are. They get absolutely fantastic remarks across the board. This means that the tweeter in the center of the midrange driver is acoustically disconnected. Their limitation is volume. Suboptimal room setup, cheap amp, but still amazing. Anyways, the guitars in this song are a lot of fun. It's a very weird one. Dynamics are okay, but not great. They’re not fantastic, but not terrible either. If I did the review with an SMSL it would have been a bit different. The first thing you’ll notice is how clean and modern the design is compared with the old Q300s. Desktop, I think these would be fantastic. They lay down a phenomenal soundstage and place everything in it perfectly. If you’ve got a large room that you want to fill with loud music, don’t get these. Phenomenal is the answer, but the bass response really shows on this song. However, I haven't heard them both, so I really have no idea. First, her voice is spectacular. I have no problem recommending them to people at $550. I’ve mentioned with some speakers that the amp really matters. Also, I’m using the Hegel H160 amplifier for this. I like it though. Well, again, like a few feet behind the speakers, but right there. Not looking for advice, just wanted to share. They retail for $550. That’s where KEF’s Q150 Bookshelf Speakers come in. As on most of KEF’s speakers you will find their renowned Uni-Q driver handling the highs and mids of the Q550 – in this case a 5.25 inch coaxial midrange/tweeter. Also of note, they come with port plugs in case you want to plug that up. Les enceintes bibliothèque Q350 de Kef sont non seulement superbes, mais elles délivrent aussi un son plus puissant que leur prix ne suggère. They were the 50th anniversary speaker that KEF made, that were so popular that KEF kept making them, and still makes them. Home Theatre: Marantz SR6014 | KEF Q750 Front L/R | KEF Q650c Centre | KEF Q150 Surround L/R | HSU ULS-15 MK2 Subwoofer | Sony XBR55X900E | PS4 Pro | Xbox One S | Nintendo Switch Music: Cambridge Audio AXR100 | Cambridge Audio AXC35 | Fluance RT85 | Ortofon 2M Blue | Neat Motive 3 . Most likely the DAC 3B from Benchmark, but I'm not sure yet. That being said, they would get the best review that I can possibly give. In case you’re wondering, they’re about the same size as the LS50. There are some other speakers (Klipsch R-51M, Elac Debut B6.2) that sound completely different every time you switch amps. You could grab an extra one for the center and be good to go. I also just purchased a Bic F12 sub. Magnetic grilles sold separately. Australian pricing and availability are TBA, but we expect them to cost upwards of AU$1,200. Also, get a good sub. We discussed how massive the soundstage is before. It doesn’t bother me, but I can tell that it would bother some people. I tried to list a good variety of songs so that hopefully everyone can connect with at least one of them. But a good amp will make the bass so clean and the extension good enough where I don't need a sub. I mean, if you were looking at 28” stands, maybe go with 30”. I mean, the LS50 is a flagship model, and the Q350 is just a model in their lowest line. We've compiled a list of the Best Kef Q100 Vs Q150 of 2019 to buy, including Top (Highest) Rated Kef Q100 Vs Q150 Reviews on Amazon.com, eBay, Walmart, Best Buy, Reddit. 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. Hmm I'm not sure with stuff in that price range. I'm glad you liked the usage scenarios. This is immediately noticeable with the Uni-Q driver, because there is a kind of star for the aluminum tweeter. For example, these KEFs have a 5" woofer with a big hole in the middle of it. Really a fantastic speaker all around. “Baby Mine” by Bonnie Raitt is an astonishing piece, and these leave no piece of it out. I think they wouldn’t be good for a larger room if you want something to get to higher volumes and still be clean. “Lovesong” by Adele is one of my favorites on these speakers. His voice has a good weight to it. Their frequency response seemed the most neutral of the three, and reproduction was clean and relaxed. KEF Q150: These were my favorite and his favorite. Just don’t let anyone smash them in and you’ll be very happy. 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 Feb 2, 2020 #1 Hi and thanks in advance. I only include stuff that I am familiar with. Edit: I mentioned that volume is a problem. With the NAD, each instrument has space around it, and is completely separated from the instrument next to it. If you want to get extremely loud speakers for your movie theater, probably not these. They look sleek and minimal. I need to decide between B&W 607, KEF Q150 and Klipsch RP-500M. “Samson” by Regina Spektor shows off a few things very well. Don’t get a Dayton or Micca sub with these. This is what makes the LS50 so popular. That RATTLE IN MY HOUSE is a problem. Vocal clarity is excellent on them, which is perfect for that. Kinda. The coaxial makes these perfect for a desktop. Those British blokes aren’t kidding around. on stands next to the desk? (Info / ^Contact). The cabinet is solidly built and nicely finished in high-gloss black or white, or wood veneer in walnut or rosewood. I think something with a bit more bass (Elac B6.2 maybe) will help saxophones sound a bit more full. KEF did not provide these to me for review. Now, I obviously can't hit everything but I tried. Maybe. Afterwards I stumbled upon these kef q150 s at holiday pricing. If you’ve got a large room that you need to fill with sound, these won’t be for you. I totally get it. Massive. The Uni-Q driver is by definition already two-way, because it is a coaxial driver. I don't want to say that there's a "perfect speaker" because there isn't. KEF seems to generally design their speakers with off-axis listening in mind, and perhaps even as the priority, based on my inquiries. Today, KEF is the company to beat in computer analysis of loudspeakers. I've got a Marantz PM-11S2 which is probably a better reference amplifier, since it is very clean and clinical. The Q150s are no different. Someone has linked to this thread from another place on reddit: If you follow any of the above links, please respect the rules of reddit and don't vote in the other threads. Let’s talk about more specifics in song. It has space around it and seems to be coming from a real person instead of speakers. A weird one is the 1957 recording of West Side Story. Like, a half an inch deeper. Guest rm: KEF iQ10 on stands, Bluesound Vault 2 streamer, Denon AVR-1912. I am partial to Kef however. also any amp/receiver recommendations under $250? It fills the room evenly, as if a piano is in the room. Frank Sinatra has a very specific voice, and these bring it to life very well. It is now known as some of the best bang for your buck at that price range. Bought these because of the sale and what I had read.. now I know what a soundstage is. I am looking to buy a pair of decent speakers. The black ones are on sale but I waited a few days just in case the white ones went on sale too. The top end is slightly tipped up, but not enough to hurt your ears. So, everything I’ve said is fantastic, right? If you’ve been around for any amount of time, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the LS50. It adds just a bit of warmth, which makes male vocals really feel weighty. Volume could be an issue. Obviously the amp really matters with these, but you could get away with a cheap chip amp. "Jazz Variants" by O-Zone Percussion group has these big drums in it. They're absolutely crazy. But I would rather have the BMR any day. The bass can shake the room. I don't want to talk about how they sound with orchestral music because I don't listen to that and I think it would be unfair. There's an interview with the designer where he states that with the Q150, they would set it up next to the LS50 and listen for differences, and then fix the Q150. The bass clarity on the Q150 is better than the clarity on those subs, and you’ll be able to tell exactly where the speakers roll off and where the sub comes in. So basically, the Q150 is just an LS50 with cheaper materials. Maybe, but definitely not if you’ve got a large room. The singer is yelling at some points. Don’t expect these to be able to shake a huge room with their bass though. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. They’re like a budget LS50, but not that much worse, and actually have better bass extension (with a bit less clarity though). You'd need a good amp to make them fill a larger room. After they made the LS50, they made the Q150 and Q350. That’ll come into play later. I was looking at getting this. The KEF Q150's are on sale for $280 refurbished and certified by KEF. Great stuff! This is not the case with these. There are a lot of instruments that blast for a second. I want to have the best electronics behind the speakers to really give them their best shot. I don’t want this to be a comparison between the LS50 and the Q150, but it already kinda is, so let’s continue. Small room good. Possibly a good idea if you’re on a desk. 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. The drums in “Jazz Variants” by O-Zone Percussion Group can easily make these shake the room. KEF's Jack Oclee-Brown (Head of Acoustics) and John Atkinson (Editor, Stereophile) discuss the KEF Q150 bookshelf speaker in John's listening room. The midrange is fantastic. The Hegel adds a bit of warmth. They have the same box size, tweeter size, and woofer size. Office: LS50, NAD Masters M10, E.A.T. Ever little detail is so precise. Loved having my q150s on my desk on a pair of Kanto stands powered by a smsl-ad18 and it was great. “Sober II (Melodrama)” by Lorde will show off these speakers very well. I’m glad that I did. 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. Let’s talk about some specifics. That doesn’t come with the speakers, so you shouldn’t worry. May 17, 2020 #24 Gasp3621 — The pictures you sent are … We focus on education, discussion, and sharing of entry and mid level separate & multi component audio systems. A Uni-Q driver and CFD port mean it punches way above its weight. Bought these because someone also recommended them. Anyways, I like the Hegel. Build quality is befitting that of £600 speakers. The centerpiece of the KEF Q150s are the Uni-Q Driver Array, which is borrowed KEF’s much more expensive Blaze speakers. So, if you've got the option between the Q350 and the Q150, I would probably go with the Q150.

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