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KEF KHT3005SE-W review

A hugely impressive wireless system - it's just a shame about the price-tag Tested at £1100.00

Our Verdict

Wireless or wired, the '3005SE is still a great system, but price rises hand victory to its rivals

For

  • All the benefits of a wireless subwoofer without sonic sacrifice
  • remains open, integrated and detailed
  • smart looks

Against

  • Higher prices and new rivals mean it's no longer top-dog

UPDATE 7/11/09: Price now reduced to £1100

Despite what the picture might suggest, we're not re-running our review of the Award-winning KEF KHT3005SE speaker package. It is, in fact, the new KHT3005SE-W package. And what does the 'W' stand for? Wireless.

Don't be thinking the whole system is wireless, though, or even the surround left and right speakers. No, KEF has given the subwoofer the wireless treatment.

The only obvious indication of this is the glowing logo on the top of the HTB2SE-W sub, and of course the accompanying wireless sender. Plug this sender into the sub output on your receiver (a cable is provided) and you can place the sub anywhere in the room, so long as you can plug it into the mains.

Any sonic sacrifice?
The good news is that opting for wireless involves no sacrifice. The HTB2SE-W integrates with the satellites just as well as its wired sibling, so you get an open, detailed and punchy performance.

We reckon most people position their sub near their receiver, in which case the wireless package isn't really worth the extra £100, but if you seek true flexibility, go for the wireless version.

But should you buy a KEF3005SE at all? Now the price has risen from £1000 to £1200 (or £1300 for wireless) the answer is less obvious than it once was.

You can get the better Radius R90 HD10 from Monitor Audio for similar cash, and then there's B&W's exemplary MT-25, which comes in at just under £1000. In short, KEF has priced itself too high this time around.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kef.com
Brand NameKEF
Product SeriesKHT 3000
Product TypeSpeaker System
ManufacturerKEF Audio
Manufacturer Part NumberKHT3005SEW
Product NameKEF KHT3005 HD2
Product ModelKHT3005SE-W

Physical Characteristics

Satellite Speaker Width12.5 cm
Satellite-Speaker Weight Approximate2 kg
Center Speaker Width30 cm
Center Speaker Depth18.5 cm
Subwoofer Height39 cm
Satellite Speaker Depth15 cm
Subwoofer Weight Approximate11.90 kg
Subwoofer Width44 cm
Satellite Speaker Height24.5 cm
Center Speaker Height13 cm
ColourHigh Gloss Black
Subwoofer Depth19.5 cm

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response30 Hz
FeaturesPassive Radiator
PlacementFloor Standing
Maximum Frequency Response55 kHz

Audio

Subwoofer TypeActive
Speaker Configuration5.1
Wireless SpeakersYes

Power Description

Power SourcePower Supply