- Brand Name: KEF
- Model Number: Q100B
- Color: Black Oak
- Speaker Type: Bookshelf
- Speaker Connectivity: Wired
KEF Q100B Bookshelf Loudspeakers - Black Oak (Pair)
- The Q100 bookshelf speakers feature our point-source Uni-Q driver array, which allows you to hear your audio crisply and cleanly come to life like it never has before.
- Featuring rigid aluminium cone technology, the Q100 advanced bass driver is a tour de force in its own right. Its die-cast aluminium chassis prevents unwanted resonance, and the large 2 inch voice coil ensures impressive power handling.
- The Q100 stands at 11.8 x 7.1 x 10.7 inches, making bookshelf speakers are large enough to command a home theater setup, and compact enough for a modest listening room.
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From the Manufacturer
Founded in 1961, KEF has been providing the world's audiophiles with unparalleled sound quality, field-leading acoustic research, and a standard for everyone else to live up to. From classics such as 1975's world-renowned KEF LS3/5A to modern landmarks like the Blade and MUON, KEF strives to bring the natural beauty of live music and the power of spoken word completely unaltered to the ears of its users.
Q100 Bookshelf Loudspeaker
Good Things Come In Small Packages.
Shortly after we gave the Q Series a fresh new look in 2011, Hi-Fi Vision boldly claimed the Q100 sets 'the sound benchmark for compact loudspeakers very high'. Fortunately nothing has changed between then and now, so the Q100 is still exactly that great.
The Q100 prominently features our point-source Uni-Q driver array, which is engineered to produce an exceptionally accurate, three-dimensional soundstage that evenly envelopes any room. While the Q100 is sold in pairs, you'll swear you're hearing your music from more than just the duo time and time again.
One Source To Rule Them All
The Q100 features a 5.25 inch Uni-Q driver array with a 1 inch aluminum dome tweeter at its acoustic center. This Uni-Q driver array offers fast and clean midrange response, thanks to a braced magnesium/aluminum alloy cone and with KEF’s Z-flex surround smoothing the transition to the front panel. Based on the state-of-the-art HF driver developed for our flagship Blade, the Q100 boasts a much larger dome tweeter for increased sensitivity and distortion-free power handling.
Perfect Size, Perfect Sound
The KEF Q100 stands just under a foot tall, making it perfect for any bookshelf, home entertainment system, or smaller area in your home. The Q100 can also be paired up with any floorstanding speakers, center channels, or subwoofers from the KEF Q Series as a home theater system, ensuring an even and outstanding audio experience.
|Bass Driver(s)||Uni-Q Driver Array||Uni-Q Driver Array||Uni-Q Driver Array||Uni-Q Driver Array|
|Frequency Response||49Hz - 40kHz (±3dB)||56Hz - 28kHz (±3dB)||42Hz - 40kHz (±3dB)||79Hz - 28kHz (±3dB)|
|Amplifier Requirements||10W - 100W||25W - 100W||15W - 120W||25W - 100W|
|Weight||13 lbs||14.5 lbs||17 lbs||15.9 lbs|
Top Customer Reviews
Someone from the thread upgraded his Audio Engine P4 to those Q100, I took the same path.
Bottom line: this is ay and night in my office room.
I pair the speakers with a Denon DRA-N5 (see here: http://amzn.com/B0090I9VQW) I bought a year and half ago. The setup is full digital: the computer is connected to the amp using a TOSlink cable.
# Audio Performance
Even if they probably desserve a proper burn-in period, I can tell the difference on the lows and highs, extremes are perfectly set, the stage is very clear even on difficult tracks.
I was a bit afraid as they have relatively low sensitivity of 86 dB would be to short for a mini system (rated 2 x 65W, readers should be aware this means absolutely nothing), the volume is really good. At night, I set 4 (of 60) and really enjoy the clarity of the sound.
It is not glossy white, but a very smooth and soft white. Finish could have been a little better but you can’t ask too much for this budget.
The speaker can be hang on a wall. They also provide pads to stick below the speaker to ensure a good isolation.
For those interested, the front grills come in black. I asked Kef front grill doesn't exist in white.
For those interested in a more high end finish, you might consider the R serie or even the beautiful LS50. Outside Kef, the shortlist was the B&W 686/685 S2, Monitor Audio Silver and Magnat Quantum Edelstein, almost impossible to find here in North America.
Two things this speaker doesn't do in a stellar fashion happens in-between the highs and lows. The midrange becomes a bit of a crapshoot, as these KEFs have the typical "dark" British sound. Dark as in certain sounds or instruments will be well back in the mix where they shouldn't be, but vocals are waaaay forward, almost karaoke-like. The overall feeling I get from Q100s is that they present an attractive but ultimately unbalanced sound.
Due to the design of their Uni-Q technology, and the very wide dispersion of the driver, imaging is not what I would call "holographic". These drivers are designed to sound good almost anywhere in the room and although you can hear some nice separation between sounds when these are properly set up, they don't quite make it in the 3D imaging department.
The sound is very good, they got the ports tuned perfectly, the bass will surprise you. I have mine paired with a sub though as I feel less excursion on the drivers, clears up the mid range and the treble. There is very little to fault with these, I found the treble a decibel too much, but I turned it down... And it's fine (But this was at at the start, I've since put it back... I feel like the tweeters just get clearer over time, it's really settled down now). There is nothing bad to say about these.Read more ›
I use this as the beginning of my home theater 2.1 setup. It's a work in progress, but quite honestly, it is way more balanced and clear than the budget 5.1 setup I had before. I love just playing music with the volume up and melting into my couch. Greatest past time ever.
The best part is that I got these for $350 during Amazon's quiet Black Friday sale. Score!
Elegant, amazing sound quality, and bi-amp features! No regrets. Do it and don't look back! Ok, ending this review because I need to go listen to music now. DO IT!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are excellent speakers for home theater use. I'm using them in a 5.1 setup for front and surround speakers, along with the KEF Q200C center channel speaker. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hey Jonesey
Best bookshelf speakers I've ever heard.
Treble and mid range is second to none.
Bass is beautifully balanced, never over done.
Superb build quality and finish. Read more
Returned because they were way too bright and lacked low end authority. Much happier with Monitor Audio Bronze 1 ...Published 2 months ago by John P
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These bookshelf speakers sound amazing. I was looking for a set for my workplace office to tie to an amp and turntable setup that I have there. Read morePublished 3 months ago by dirtybacon
These speakers sound great. They look great too. I'm using them for surround speakers with two cerwin vega front speakers. The combination works fantastic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by theRIP
A bit on the bright side, but has great clarity and respectable bass.
All in all these are quality speakers.