Demo review - KEF R100's, LS50's and Rega RS3's - Rega Brio R / Apollo R combo
Went and demo'd the above combos this morning
CD's used were:
Fischerpooner - #1
MJ Cole - Back to Mine
Sting - All this time
Late Night Tales - At The Movies
First up the LS50's. Initial impressions were that they look gorgeous; the rose gold Uni-Q driver is very pretty and as an overall speaker it's smooth & rounded.
Sound was superb initially but then as we got through a few tracks it became clear that they were a little bright with some vocals and that the bass wasnt that deep nor punchy
KEF R100's up next; again very nice speaker to look at. Obviously not as rounded/smooth as the LS50's but very tidy with the Uni-Q driver
Sound was brilliant; detailed like the LS50's but the top end wasnt as bright and their bass depth/punch and tautness astounded me. Deep, well timed and punchy from such a small speaker!
Rega RS3's; again a good speaker. I realise that they're floorstanders but I don't like the Rega RS1's (sound too boxy IMO) and the RS3's fit an important requirement; small!
Sound was very good indeed but slipped into brightness at times and theyir bass was very good indeed but didnt come across as taut or as well timed as the R100's
Overall conclusion. The Brio R is a stunning little amp and sounded very good indeed with all 3 speakers
The R100's are amazing and I know the LS50's already have a massive following but for me; they just werent as good today as the R100's on the overall soundstage and ease of listening
One more demo to go (Dynaudio Xeo 3's) and then I'll make my decision from there as to what combo I go for to replace my EPOZ's