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Q-acoustics 1050 v Kef iq5 v Tannoy F4
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Hello,

I'm planning on getting a pair of floor-standers to go with my sonos system (they'll be powered by the ZP100). My price range is £300-£400. They need to go with their backs right against the wall really (it's not that we haven't got space, but that I've got to please the wife...), so I reckon that rules out any rear-ported speakers, which leaves me AFAIK with the Q-acoustics 1050 and the KEF iQ5 as recommended models.

What I like is weight and soundstage. Can anyone help me decide?! Does the fact the cones in the 1050 are slightly larger mean that the bass goes a bit lower?

thanks!

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Re: Q-acoustics 1050 v Kef iq5

the 1050s actually dont go down as low, or indeed as high, as the iQ5s, but the frequency response on the 1050s is higher. I have 1050s in my set up and I dont find that the bass response is bad. Having only set them up temporarily before I move house, I find the sccale and soundstage is very impressive for the money I paid, £175. But looking at it with hindsight, I certainly would not mind the £300 outlay for these speakers. I have heard a pure kef system equivavlent to my q acoustics and the high end is better, but not justifying the price difference.

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Re: Q-acoustics 1050 v Kef iq5

Definatly go for the KEFs and try and get the new SE editions unless you can pick up the older non SE model for a bargain price. I have the IQ9S and they are lovely and the bulid quality on the KEFs is better than that of the Q-accoustics, you will also find they are not too fussy where you place them.

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As far as going against the walls is involved, the 1050s do need to be put a certain distance apart and away from walls. 4m apart is springing to mind, im sure its only a few cms away from the rear and side walls.

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Re: Q-acoustics 1050 v Kef iq5

Thanks guys. I'm not sure about the iq5se's, the what hi-fi review said the bass was a little light, not at all what I'm after. What about the Tannoy Mercury F4? It looks interesting...

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Hi

I hope you will not mind me adding to this thread.

But I am in the market looking at the Kefs and the Q acoustics. I did have a look at the Sonos forum and interestingly there was a thread which suggested that the sonos amp. found it hard to drive the Kefs.

Because of that I am thinking of going down the round of Q acoustics, but I wonder if you have made any further progres (have you brought any speakers and ran them to see how they perform?)

Sorry for using you as test case.

 

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Re: Q-acoustics 1050 v Kef iq5

And how about Monitor Audio BR5 ? 

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Hi

I got a good offer on the Q acoustics, I did consider the Monitor Audio BR5, but found no local stockist. I then had to resort to paper comparison and the Q Acoustics came out out on top compared with all the similarly priced floorstanders.

Verdict: Its not bad through a sonos amp, but miles better though a Rotel RA 02 amp - so guess what I want for christmas!

But seriously, the Q Acoustics are very good through the Rotel, and for the money, I was hard pushed to justify the Kefs price...or Tannoy or BR5...

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