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KEF Q100W Bookshelf Loudspeakers - American Walnut (Pair)
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|Speakers Maximum Output Power||200 Watts|
About this item
- Allow the KEF Q100 to re-introduce you to all your favorite music and moves, though with nuance and depth you've never quite heard before.
- These bookshelf speakers are large enough to command a home theater setup with ease, yet compact enough for any modest listening room or home office.
- The Q100 prominently features KEF's Uni-Q driver array, which is designed to produce an exceptionally accurate, three-dimensional soundstage that evenly envelopes any room.
- The Q100 features a 5.25" inch Uni-Q driver array with a 1" vented dome tweeter in the center. The driver array handles frequencies from 49Hz to 40kHz from a single source.
- The Q100 Bookshelf Speakers are sold in pairs.
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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 bookshelf speaker 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|
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The Q100s are the smaller model of the Q300 bookshelf speakers, but don’t be fooled by their size! 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. The 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. 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.
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There will be no reason to try the LS50s.
Maybe the LS50's are better than these Q100s, but I'm not sure how much of an improvement they could offer for such a drastic price differential. These are fantastic for my simple stereo setup. They're being powered by a Yamaha R-N303 stereo receiver Yamaha R-N303BL Stereo Receiver with Wi-Fi Bluetooth & Phono Black , which has a turntable, CD and cassette player attached. The Yamaha makes bi-wiring the Q100s as easy as single wiring them, so I went that route and just love the sound these speakers produce. I tinkered with the listening height for a while - and might change it again still - and the Q100s sounded great with every source, including AM/FM, SiriusXM, Pandora and streaming music from my iPhone/computer. They really shine with my turntable Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog), Black and CD player Pioneer CD Player Home, Black (PD-10AE) though - and I've been putting them through their paces with both sources.
Apparently, these were originally running at close to $600, but because they've been "updated" by KEF with a newer model, the price was sliced in half. That didn't make them suddenly unable to produce great sound because they were "updated." (Plus, these still have a front-firing port instead of the rear-firing port on the newer models. I much prefer the front-firing option.)
I'm glad I had a height restriction, otherwise I might have never stumbled upon the Q100s. Grab a pair while they last - you won't be disappointed. Now you'll have to excuse me, I have some music to play.
I also powered them with 6 different Stereo integrated amplifiers, including the Yamaha A-S501 (and A-S301) and the Marantz PM6006. (Went with the 301 as there is no sound quality difference in those three.)
I did a great deal of research beforehand, and many days of personal auditioning... I have a 7.2.2 Atmos surround setup in the living room (love my movies), and I use these in my graphics design computer office to listen to a wide array of music from classical guitar to Elvis Presley - and I'm loving my Kef Q100!
On your quest to great (affordable) sound quality, I hope this info helps you appease your OCD as it finally did mine :)
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And this is our favorite so far. Wire cutting reviewers around the web agree. It's the least expensive speaker from KEF that includes their UNI-Q driver, which has decades of research behind it. It's very precise, transparency, and imaging are both at the top of this group, and it has surprising decent bass extension for the size. If you like more bass extension we recommend picking up a decent sub to pair with these, or purchasing one of the towers in this group when they drop to $99/each on rare occasions.
Wait until this speaker goes on sale for $299 a few times a year. At $400-500/pair this KEF is not recommended.
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They were very well packed, had a nice weight to them and a high quality finish.
When I first turned them on I knew these speakers delivered quality way above their price tag.
Vocals and trebles are clean and precise and the bass is full of depth. Another reviewer said it was like the musicians were in the room; that is spot on.
I cannot fault these speakers and I’m extremely happy with them.
Ho voluto attendere qualche tempo (un mese)prima di rilasciare il presente feedback in quanto tutte le casse acustiche nuove e in particolar modo le Kef necessitano di un periodo di "rodaggio" minimo.
Ho preso le Q 100 per un secondo impianto per il quale cercavo un diffusore di piccole dimensioni che ricalcasse la personalità sonica dei miei diffusori principali,ovvero delle Kef Reference 3.
Ebbene le Q 100 non hanno tradito le aspettative e mantengono il "Family Sound" delle serie più pregiate,merito di quel capolavoro di tecnica chiamato Uni-q (l'altoparlante coassiale che equipaggia queste casse qui presente nella ottava o nona release ).
Le sto pilotando con un best buy delle amplificazioni low budget(ma solo nel prezzo)
ovvero lo Yamaha A S-301 ;il match a mio avviso è molto riuscito ,l'integrato spinge le piccole Q 100 restituendo un ottima perfomance sonora,quindi ottima dinamica complessiva,basso presente ma non invadente( comunque inaspettato per qualità e quantità),timbrica molto raffinata
se si tiene conto delle cifre in ballo;
il sistema si destreggia bene con tutti i generi musicali ,ma si esprime al meglio con la classica,
le Kef dal canto loro restituiscono una coerenza tonale e una piacevolezza complessiva sconosciuta a tanti diffusori,sono casse che si lasciano ascoltare per ore e risultano estremamente godibili anche da posizioni d'ascolto non convenzionli ,merito della dispersione laterale dell'Uni-q.
Un consiglio a chi vorrà acquistarle:
associatele ad un buon amplificatore non necessariamente potente ma di qualità ,una buona sorgente e cavi idonei e avrete la possibilità di ottenere un risultato sonico di rilievo senza investire grosse cifre,per ultimo ,lasciatele suonare almeno un mesetto ,noterete che dopo questo lasso di tempo la performance sonora sarà notevolmente migliorata.
Per me, un picolo grande diffusore.
They sound good, yet I have no other speakers to compare with them.
At the end, I'm very happy with this purchase, and I would give them five stars. Recommended.
[My amplifier is Pioneer NC-50DAB, 50 watt per channel, and at 50% power, they sound very loud].
habe lange hin und her überlegt, ob aktive oder passive Lautsprecher für das Nahfeld am Schreibtisch Sinn machen.
Habe den Q350 gehört, welcher aber wegen dem Rearport trotz besserer Optik nicht in Frage kam. Damit auch nicht der Q150er.
Bei aktiven habe ich JBL 306, aktuelle Mackie Modelle und Adam Audio 5/7TV gehört.
Die Stereobühne bei JBL hat mir etwas mehr zugesagt. Sonst waren alle gut.
Da wir sowieso schon einen aktiven Subwoofer haben, habe ich mich für letztendlich für den kleinen Q100 entschieden.
Nach einer Einspielzeit von gut 24 Std und einigen Feinjustierungen in der Platzierung und Ausrichtung, bin ich sehr zufrieden. Die Boxen sind noch auf der 160cm breiten Tischplatte neben den Monitoren auf Schaum-Matten(wegen Entkopplung)+Yogablöcken(wegen der Höhe) und kommen später auf Boxenständer neben den Tisch.
Wir hören Tidal Masters MQA(über ifi xDSD), FLAC+Wav über Foobar und Spotify Premium, was das Quellmaterial angeht.
In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Subwoofer bleiben bei mir keine Wünsche offen.
Der Q350 wäre für unser relativ kleines HomeOffice mit cirka 15qm wohl zu viel des guten. Auch wenn die Auflösung beim neueren Modell noch etwas höher ausfällt.
Der Frontport des Q100 haucht einen auch bei hoher Lautstärke und schnellen Bass-Sequenzen auf den kurzen Sitzabstand nicht lästig an.
Der Sweetspot ist mittig zwischen den Boxen klar auszumachen und ist recht groß, auch wenn man sich seitlich bzw. in der Höhe bewegt. So mag ich Nahfeld. Das kannte ich bis jetzt nur vom Waveguide bei den aktiven JBLs.
Das Coax-Design des KEF Q100 ist meiner Meinung nach für Musik im Nahfeld eine wunderbare Lösung.
Ich höre meist auf hochwertigen Kopfhörern mit Kopfhörerverstärker, aber erwische mich jetzt auch öfter mal die Boxen anzumachen. Klar - new toy syndrom.
Meine Frau arbeitet jeden Tag im Home Office und schaut nebenher am Rechner an einem der 2 Monitore auch mal nebenher eine Serie. Das macht ihr mit den neuen Boxen auf jeden Fall mehr Freude als mit unseren alten Mini 2 Wege Cantons, welche wir von unserem alten 7.1 System(als Rear) übrig hatten.
Betrieben werden die KEF Q100 von unserem alten Yamaha 7.1 Surround Reciever. Der hat für die Frontboxen 2x 100 Watt als Angabe. Die Kombination reicht uns für den kleinen Raum