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Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« on: April 20, 2017, 02:54:38 PM »
Arrived yesterday afternoon. One of the cartons was torn completely open with the bottom of one speaker hanging out... thank goodness no damage that I could find or hear.
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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 02:56:46 PM »
KEF Reference 4C center channel will arrive sometime near the first of the month....
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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 03:36:55 PM »
Very nice.   I look forward to hearing them.

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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 04:43:03 PM »
WOW!  If they sound a quarter of how good they look!
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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 05:34:55 PM »
My KEFs only have the middle driver that yours do and they sound great.  Can't imagine how good yours sound.  Congrats!!
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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 09:24:08 PM »
Congrats, Jim.  how about a review once you get some listening done?
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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 09:52:05 PM »
Congrats Jim!!  Excellent speakers!  I'm sure you are on cloud 9 listening to those beauties.
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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2017, 10:25:48 PM »
That's great Jim!

Enjoy your new toys!!!  :)


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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 05:26:55 AM »
Jim,
They look beautiful!  Bet they sound great.  I am sure you were relieved after seeing that box damage!

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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 08:33:20 AM »
found an incredible deal on them ....  I'm just thrilled/ lucky to be able have them in my system. They are a whole 'nother level of performance from my Q900s  They really fill up my listening room.  Fabulous imaging and detail without sacrificing a flat response (which is the sound I like) ... and similar enough to the Qs that I don't "have to" lol  change anything else.  Have already been startled more than a few times upon hearing things in familiar albums that I didn't expect/ know were there. :-)   I moved the Q900s to the side surround position.... don't know if the DQ-20s will ever return hahaha 
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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2017, 10:01:32 AM »
Cant wait to hear them   

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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2017, 07:23:48 AM »
Those sure look nice! Congrats!!!
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Re: Jim Pittsburgh new KEF Reference 5 speakers
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2017, 09:28:59 AM »
so far the biggest change I've noticed, besides the imaging and more realistic staging ( bigger sound stage) , is how articulate they are.... when listening to applause you hear much more of individual clapping ( if you understand what I mean), wire brushes on snare drums are amazing detailed. piano notes are much more individual as are stand up bass notes.... pretty cool.  Nice that these were "used" and are already pretty well broken in....

Watched/ listened to Rouge One on BluRay last night.... wow. The Q900s are much better than the DQ-20s as sound surrounds. Audibly its pretty obvious that all the drivers now have a much more similar "sound". 

Can't wait for the matching center channel to arrive in a couple of weeks....  as good as the Q600 is, it's now the audible weak link.
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