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KEF Q500

had a rough listen to these while passing and thought they sounded superb.i now have the upgrade bug again.will have a proper listen again.has anybody got these i will be using a pioneer a 50 amp with these iif i buy.music taste rock/metal.can anybody advise please.

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RE: KEF Q500

Despite my signature below I have a pair of Q500's, but am not using them at present. I have them stored away from my 6 month old daughter and replaced them with a pair of Q100's.

They are fantastic speakers (so are the Q100's too). I highly recommend them as I preferred them to the B&W 684 and MA RX6's when I demo'd.

Admittedly I listen to different music but dabble in rock/metal occasionally. Dance 4

 

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RE: KEF Q500

I used to own the Q500s, and enjoyed them a lot. They have a typically bright Kef sound. Your amp will drive them easily.

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RE: KEF Q500

You call them 'bright', I call them detailed Wink

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RE: KEF Q500

Not a criticism... I liked them a lot, and now own LS50s.  My AV setup uses Kef too.  They are very detailed, I had a lot of fun picking out details in music that I hadn't heard before.

 

Not sure what sort of sound a Pioneer makes though - is that bright or warm?  No idea.

 

 

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RE: KEF Q500

I have them and they are great for classical music.  "Detailed" or "analytical" sums them up for me.

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RE: KEF Q500

wilro15 wrote:

Not a criticism... I liked them a lot, and now own LS50s. 

 

I know, which is why I used the  'wink'  feature.

How do they compare to your new LS50's?

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Well, I didn't consider the Q500 bright until I plugged in the LS50s.  The Q500 have a "bigger" sound, it fills the room more so - as a floorstander this is what you would expect.  The LS50 produces a more natural, realistic sound.   You hear textures in the music that you don't notice with the Q500; for example, if someone is singing with a rough/coarse voice you can hear the "graininess".  I think the LS50 does favour more vocal or acoustic oriented music, whereas the Q500 likes to party.

In terms of bass, it is louder with the Q500 but less well defined, perhaps a little flabby. The LS50 bass is more taught and well defined.  They do still produce a really good sub bass (despite what other forum posters reckon).  I was listening to some Adam F and LTJ Bukem (drum 'n' bass - if you don't know who they are!) and there was a really good sub bass sound there.

 

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RE: KEF Q500

Sounds good.... Thanks for your detailed response.

Since moving to the Q100's, I have been very impressed,  as they are my first real proper pair of stand mounted speakers. I can only imagine what the KEF LS50's are like as a pair that cost twice as much as my Q100's. Dance 4

 

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