KEF Bookshelf speakers reviews

KEF C10 Bookshelf speakers
KEF C10 Bookshelf speakers

The C10, the smallest of the series, and the C20, the next up, are both intended to be used against a wall or on a shelf; they have a deliberate step in their frequency response to equalize the results when so placed in what KEF have termed the 'boundary' condition. The free support at low frequencies...
KEF C15 Bookshelf speakers
KEF C15 Bookshelf speakers

The pint-sized C15 is a straightforward two-way system with tweeter, main driver and polyester damping material crammed into a closed box of only 3.5 litres internal volume. None the less the components and construction are of good quality and the claimed performance is a real improvement over run-of-the-mill...
KEF C20 Bookshelf speakers
KEF C20 Bookshelf speakers

The C20 can accommodate a larger B200 (185mm cone) drive unit in its larger cabinet. The free-air resonance now drops to 35Hz, taking the low frequency response down about half an octave below the C10. The crossover, still at around 2.8kHz, uses two additional components to form a flattish, series-resonant...
KEF C25 Bookshelf speakers
KEF C25 Bookshelf speakers

Moving up from C15 to the C25, we find an internal volume increase from 3.5 to 6.8 litres and marginal specification increases under all headings: sensitivity up to 87dB, power handling up to 70 Watts and maximum SPL 106dB. Apart from the larger enclosure, all the beefing up of performance can be attributed...
KEF C3 Bookshelf speakers
KEF C3 Bookshelf speakers

For its sizes KEF C3 monitors are quite massive. They are designed by two-way scheme with slotted bass-reflex on the front. Such port diffuses output air flow better, significantly decreasing turbulent noises. As befits a serious manufacturer, own-developed drivers are used in C3. The diffuser of 130-mm...
KEF C30 Bookshelf speakers
KEF C30 Bookshelf speakers

The C30 is meant to be used out in the room on a 25cm stand. The cabinet is larger and KEF have chosen to place this B200 unit's free air resonance at 45Hz. The crossover remains similar but the series capacitor is omitted. As KEF perhaps intended, this loudspeaker sounds much like the C20 but does not...
KEF C40 Bookshelf speakers
KEF C40 Bookshelf speakers

On then to the C40, a logical successor to the Carina, with a second B200 unit operating at low frequencies only. These two 3-ohm B200s have a free-air resonance of 40Hz. The two together, connected in series to give 6 ohms and shunted by capacitors of 10μ and 100μF respectively, produce a resonant...
KEF Coda 7 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Coda 7 Bookshelf speakers

The most compact system of popular Coda series by the British company "KEF" keeps all characteristic features of the appearance of this series. Elegant Coda 7 will harmoniously fit into any interior. The front and back panels, made of black plastic, do not leave the impression of massiveness of the body....
KEF Coda 70 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Coda 70 Bookshelf speakers

Coda firstly appeared in the 70s. It was assigned to a small shelf speaker system, designed to provide good Hi-Fi sound in small rooms for reasonable money. However, the prototype of today Coda is still a budget series, published in 1994, which had a distinctive design with ""unified" placement of emitters...
KEF Cresta 10 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Cresta 10 Bookshelf speakers

A new variant of the Cresta line consists of central channel speaker system, two shelf and one floor models. The speaker system of the previous version of the series has left very pleasant memories. Cresta 10 is a smaller representative of the updated family. In every modern Cresta HF-head is located...
KEF Cresta 2 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Cresta 2 Bookshelf speakers

Famous by not only its coaxial drivers KEF is not going to ignore the system of traditional design. The existence of such series like, for example, Concerto, Cresta is the evidence to this fact. Cresta 2 looks very massively and reliably. Quite a massive with harmonious proportions body diagonally crosses...
KEF iQ1 Bookshelf speakers
KEF iQ1 Bookshelf speakers

Anyone, who is casually acquainted with Hi-Fi acoustics, will recognize the products of the English company KEF from the first sight. The branded coaxial emitter together with well-rounded original design can't be confused with anything. A new emitter with MF/LF driver with diffuser made of composite...
KEF iQ10 Bookshelf speakers
KEF iQ10 Bookshelf speakers

KEF iQ10 are designed for the work in small rooms and in the function of rear systems in home theatre. The patented 130-mm Uni-Q module is put in their base. You can connect them to an amplifier by bi-wiring and bi-amping schemes. The quality of the speaker connectors fully corresponds to the general...
KEF iQ3 Bookshelf speakers
KEF iQ3 Bookshelf speakers

The main feature of iQ series is Uni-Q module, which is a combination of MF/LF-speakers and HF-tweeter. A 19-mm tweeter with aluminum dome and powerful neodymium magnets is recessed into the center of MF/LF-speaker. Coaxial location of sound sources of different frequencies smoothes polar pattern and...
KEF iQ30 Bookshelf speakers
KEF iQ30 Bookshelf speakers

iQ3, the predecessor of this model, gave a good account of itself, having received a lot of awards and compliments from audio experts all over the world. The name of a new version hints at the continuity of generations with the further improvement of the construction. Firstly, we should mention among...
KEF Q COMPACT Bookshelf speakers
KEF Q COMPACT Bookshelf speakers

British KEF can certainly be related to one of the most popular speaker systems in the world. Its name is always on lips of music lovers from all the continents and the production earned adoring reviews in specialized publications and not only British. Relatively inexpensive Q line enjoys great success,...
KEF Q1 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Q1 Bookshelf speakers

Having gathered the experience in the researches of the last times the British KEF strives to break away. The evidence of this is a new version of the branded coaxial Uni-Q technology. In particular, the material and profile of LF/MF-diffusor were modified; an interfacial horn for the tweeter has appeared....
KEF Q15 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Q15 Bookshelf speakers

A younger model in the line of coaxial systems KEF looks quite smart and just asking for a bookshelf. The system is well equipped: a possibility of connections by bi-wiring and bi-amping schemes and also magnet protection, so Q15 can be stood near TV. Power rating is 100W, a recommended range is 10-100W....
KEF Q300 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Q300 Bookshelf speakers

In new Q series the engineers of KEF have moved from rounded form of the body to the more usual rectangular, allowing the system to look more massive and stricter. The model is based on the famous Uni-Q module of the last generation, the construction of which was borrowed from Blade concept. There is...
KEF R300 Bookshelf speakers
KEF R300 Bookshelf speakers

At first glance, many take KEF R300 for a two-way speaker system. All thanks to Uni-Q driver with aluminum diffusers of both drivers, which look like single entity. This is actually two independent from each other speakers, acoustic centers of which are united in one point. Due to this, the system is...
KEF Reference 101 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Reference 101 Bookshelf speakers

Though it is very tiny, only one-tenth the volume of the KEF Model 105, there is evidence that this speaker has received the same attention by its designers. Indeed the problems of designing a high quality speaker of small dimensions are greater than for a large one. The two KEF drive units are computer...
KEF Reference 104 Bookshelf speakers
KEF Reference 104 Bookshelf speakers

Hence KEF have introduced the term 'Reference Series' to indicate a new line of loudspeaker enclosures capable of critical comparison with the original live sound, but which are not to be confused with genuine Monitor loudspeakers designed for broadcast and recording studio use. The Model 104 enclosure...
KEF XQ1 Bookshelf speakers
KEF XQ1 Bookshelf speakers

The bodies of KEF XQ1 look like kegs. All the panels, except the front and rear, are convex. The front panel is milled from aluminum and has the bass-reflex port of complex form. Super tweeter with 19-mm titanium dome stands in the separate chromed body. Similar to it shining "bullets" from the bottom...