Guidance on speaker upgrade - kef bookshelves to floorspeakers?


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Aug 10, 2019
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Hello all

I currently have:-

KEF 1005.2 (small bookshelve speakers) in a 5.1 set up, with a Yamaha 863 receiver.

I am not thinking about upgrading the 2 rear speakers, as I have limited space, but have been wondering for a while if I should replace the front kefs (and subwoofer) for a couple of decent floorstanding speakers.

Has anyone done anything similar before - would a couple of floorstanding speakers generally give a better sound than my kef bookshelves? If so, any recommendations - budget around £500?

And am I right in thinking that when you have 2 floorstanders, you don't need a subwoofer?

I generally use this set up for watching TV and movies at night.

Many thanks,

Frank Harvey

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Jun 27, 2008
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It would be pointless replacing the two rear speakers. Replacing the front pair would make more sense as this will improve music reproduction and help for home cinema too. I would also recommend changing the centre too as the majority of what you hear in a 5.1 system is coming from the front three.

Even if you have floorstanders, a subwoofer will be still be needed as a sub covers frequencies that normal loudspeakers can't reproduce to a necessary level.


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