Well as previously mentioned we've got a review of the KEF Q300 as our lead First Test in the January issue (being posted to subscribers tomorrow; in shops by 9th) - others in range will follow, as well group/supertests in each category.
(In fact we have a major speaker test - including KEF Qs - planned for our Feb issue, on sale Jan 9th).
Thank you Clare. I must have missed the previous mention of the KEF Q300 in the Jan issue.
I particularly look forward to the major speaker test in the Feb issue, especially if it contains the KEF Q500 and MA RX6. I think the KEF Q700 and MA RX8 may just be a little too big/overpowering for my room.
Thank you very much for pointing me to this link. Most interesting. I note that you're also running a Denon 2310 as your AV amp, as am I. The only difference is I'm running my front L/R channels out to a Musical Fidelity A3CR Power Amp, so I wonder whether this will make much difference.
I am planning on auditioning the KEFs and the MAs soon, but as always, it's good to hear other people favorable opinions too.
I've the Q700's since Februari 28th playing with a Denon PMA 2000AE. Very impressive combination. Now I'm saving my money for new CD player from Denon to make this set complete. If I can help with some info about the Q700's or Denon please let me know.
KEF 700Q are poor musically compared to far better B & W CM8 , I have just auditioned both side by side and found the mid range of the KEF virtually unlistenable for Classical music the strings are very edgy as mentioned in a current review of the KEF Q900 in April HFN , amplifier used for demonstration was by Roksan.
I don't find any of the new Q range edgy at all if they are matched properly. I've heard the Q100, Q300, Q500 and Q700 and been very impressed with all of them. To get the best out of them I feel they need to be bi-wired using a multi-strand copper cable (Chord Carnival Silverscreen works very well).
My favourite of the range is the Q300. Positioned with plenty of space around them on good stands, and connected as described above, they combine pace and detail with impressive depth and authority, and a great sense of atmosphere and involvement. Great speakers.
highfidelity:Raymond Cooke founder of KEF must be turning over in his grave if he could hear these latest po0r quality KEF speakers have a listen to the B & W CM8's
Raymond Cooke's company was built on research and development, and pushing boundaries. There may have been a point in the 90's when things went a bit South, but they're back on track and producing some excellent loudspeakers (through R&D I might add). I think he'd be quite proud.
FrankHarveyHiFi:Raymond Cooke's company was built on research and development, and pushing boundaries. There may have been a point in the 90's when things went a bit South, but they're back on track and producing some excellent loudspeakers (through R&D I might add). I think he'd be quite proud.
Things were a bit quiet in the Frank Harvey showroom that morning, so...
I have been fortunate having spoken many times with Raymond Cooke(Kef) Peter Walker (Quad) Jim Rodgers(Rodgers) Spence Hughes (Spendor) Dudley Harwood Harbeth), you should know if the Roksan amplifier is a good match for the Kef 700 as you stock Roksan ,it certainly was a good match for B & W. CM8..
highfidelity:I do not know if the Roksan is a good match for the KEF Q700, you should know as you stock Roksan ,it certainly was a good match for B&W. CM8..
Then how can you know that the KEF's sound that bad if you don't know if they suit the amplifier? A bad amplifier/speaker match can destroy the end result.
Roksan integrated is considered to be a very good amplifier, (What Hi-Fi ? rate it 5 stars) why would it not be suitable for the KEF Q700. ? HFN in their April review of the KEF Q900 used a different amplifier ,they commented on the edgy strings and only gave the KEF's a low 70% sound rating.
Just because a product is considered good (an opinion), it doesn't mean it's going to suit certain other products. Strings wee pre one of the things I liked about the Q900's. Not all of us want to fall asleep to our music.