Help with my Kef R300 Speakers
I need some advice from all of you out there with experience in Hi.Fi. Especially if you own Kef speakers.
I bought a set of Kef R300 Speakers, with an Arcam Integrated amplifier FMJ A18 (50W at 8 ohms) and a couple of Sanus UF30 speaker stands. My sources are my computer, an old Pionner CD Player and my iPod. I have burn in the speakers for around 50 to 60 hours (like a month of constant use every time I can). Although I’m happy with the system, I try to be as objective as possible.
I own a set of Audiotechnica ATH M50 headphones (around $150 in amazon), and to be honest I find them a lot more detailed, airy and precise besides the fact that they are a little bass overpowered. These headphones are truly remarkable and the only ones I have heard better than this are the AKG K550s from a friend. I mean after some burn in time of my speakers I was expecting at minimum the same level of performance than my ATH M50s but they are not there. Do I need some more break in time? Is it maybe that I need more amplification in order for my speakers to get a lot more detailed and get more palpable textures?
About 2 years ago I heard a used system at a dealer store. It was a set of Kef XQ-30 connected to a Musical Fidelity Amplifier and CD player. This system was amazing. I mean I heard some tracks from Sara K and the Chello was like if it was right there in floor in front of me and I was able to feel the wood of the instrument vibrating. I heard some classical music and I could even sense the air flowing through the flutes. I was some sort of virtual reality that I haven’t experience with any other speakers. I was expecting at least a little bit of that performance from my Kef R300s but sadly, it is not there.
What I’m I missing? Do I need more burn-in time or better amplification? Was the DAC of the Musical Fidelity CD player the one capable of creating that virtual experience? Could it be a problem of acoustics in my room? What do I need to do to get some of that performance from my speakers? I need advice since I have limited budget I need to spend my money in the things that are really gone make a difference.