He said USB not S U B.
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anybody own the new kef x300a? would love to hear the impressions. thanks
They're about to see the light of day now, so you should see opinions popping up over the next few weeks.
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Very interesting product at a very competitive price.
Am I right to think that connecting via USB is preferable?
Bit of a shame that the connections are so limited.
Another digital input or two would have been useful.
Yes but you buy cheap connectors so you can plug more than one in. USB well some actives have gone away from usb. I think the Kefs are aimed at the computer market, there are plenty more actives around, some much cheaper than these. Studios tend to use them for the accurate sound. At around this price and for hifi I would look at the AE ones, they get a good review on this site.
The X300A may sound great but it's a very niche product, unless you'll only ever use your PC as a source.
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The X300A is a niche product because it is sold in hi-fi dealerships and because it costs £600 and because few people (outside of serious hi-fi and AV) have heard of KEF. It is not a niche product due to being a PC speaker.
The whole idea of using a computer as a primary source of music - through desktop speakers - is far more common than dedicated music systems (hi-fi, micro/mini/seperates systems). Hi-fi systems are the 'niche' products nowadays.
My daughters play all their music from iTunes or YouTube or internet radio via their computers and things like these and these.
Both of them had little Sony micro systems and CD Walkmans when they were much younger (both in their 20s now) but they will never go back to anything that only plays music from a disk.
Even their laptops and desktop speakers are becoming 'old hat' now they both have iPhones. I have already been asked for advice about good AirPlay/Bluetooth speakers. (They like what I can do with AirPlay and iPhone through my system but want something much more compact without seperate speakers and without wires tethered to a computer.)
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Yes I agree computer sound or laptops/iphones etc is a bigger market than hifi, no wonder there are so many new probucts like Sonus/ATV etc to handle streaming, multiroom streaming etc. KEFs are getting in on the act.
I'm using these off of my laptop and for casual listening in the bedroom they sound superb with high res music, infact even off of my iPhone they sound bloody good, excellent speakers and thoroughly recommend them for the money!!
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Hmmm. Now I'm thinking we could do with a pair of active LS50's with a built in DAC, pre-amplifier, remote control - how amazing a product would that be?! :rofl:
Actually, that would be a really cool product. It would be interesting to see what price KEF would charge for such a beast.
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Agreed. That'd make a great product. Hopefully if the X300A sell in sufficient numbers they might consider making active versions of some of their other speakers.
It would be great if some of the big speakers companies offered both passive and active versions of their speakers.
PC/PC speakers as a primary source may indeed not be a niche anymore, but I maintain these specific KEF speakers are. As you state your daughters play through iPhones etc etc, these KEFs have no Airplay or Bluetooth capability whatsoever and are primarily limited to USB connectivity,
My B&W MM1s are admittedly similar so, but would never imagine using them for hifi duty - that would be unreasonable when listening from a fair distance.
Many indeed connect full blown hifi speakers to their PCs, but the size and price of these KEFs target a rather narrow audience.
The Kef X300A and the Dali Kubik Free are nice products but I think the price is way too high...............for much less you can buy an amp and speakers and get better results.
Have you heard the X300As (I haven't, genuine question)? What amp and speakers and USB DAC can you suggest that better them for £600? Thanks.
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