For smaller rooms or where space is at a premium, the new iQ10 proves that size isn’t everything. With the sensational new 130mm (5.25in.) Uni-Q coincident driver array in a reflex-ported cabinet, the calibre of its acoustic performance is out of all proportion to its modest dimensions. Transitions between the natural-sounding high frequencies, refreshingly open midrange and hefty extended bass are impeccably fluent.
As satellite speakers in a 5.1 system, they’re beguilingly descriptive and realistic, creating an engrossingly intricate three-dimensional soundscape that adds real depth to the viewing experience. Musical, efficient and transparent, iQ10 is a minor miracle of audio engineering that gives you the listening pleasures of KEF’s latest technology at a gratifyingly modest price.
confidence in purchase
This review is from: KEF Classic Q Series iQ10 Bookshelf Speakers (Black Ash) Pair
Pros: I use to think that "Chapman" speakers (@14K) were the "Best"; and while they are good; I recently found out that Chapman uses "KEF" drivers, . Then I checked out the "KEF" story. "KEF" has been making speakers since 1961 with many innovations. The top of the "KEF" line for the "Blade" is $29k while the "Muon" is 198k. Why is this important. It is because this technology has trickled down to the rest of their line. Put quite simply "There is no substitute". Modern Audophonics at it's best. These speakers are phenominal.
Cons: So why the difference in price and size? For the difference in room size. These are not designed to fill up a large room with full harmonics. They are designed by their size to be "Audiophile" quality. Placed at 6 feet from listener the clarity is astounding. Any speaker if driven beyond 50% will distort; or if the signal in is not of crystal clarity they will reproduce that distortition accuratly.
Other Thoughts: I am driveing these with an ONKYO TX NR809 and they are on the front two channels while the KEF 3BL bring up the rear. Both sets of speakers were purchased from "New Egg" and the ONKYO TX NR809 was ordered from New Egg as well. It is like Grado for cartriges with KEF you simply can't go wrong. Someone said they love to hear glass break on the "KEF" speakers. I can fully understand why. Some things you truely have to ask? "Is it real" or "is it Memorex". With this set up it is scary what DTS delivers. Truely emmersed in the DTS experiance and loving it. I can hardly wait to hear the newly remastered LS50's using technology from the "Blade" and BBC and beyond the future.
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