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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    I am strongly considering the Reference 5 as my new speakers. The Black/Copper finish is stunning..........Hmmmmm........
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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    KEF seem to be doing fantastic... certainly coming out with fantastic speakers!
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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    Quote Originally Posted by volks View Post
    I am strongly considering the Reference 5 as my new speakers. The Black/Copper finish is stunning..........Hmmmmm........
    Awesome... and yes a great color combo....

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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    I really want to get a pair of References at some point! Probably leaning towards the Ref 1's for both size and budget. Believe it or not I have a preference towards stand mounted speakers... less boxy sounding usually, although those Ref 3's that I heard in Wyred 4 Sound's listening room were pretty amazing!
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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    The black/copper KEF combo driven by D'Agostino would look killer!!
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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    Randy

    You might want to look closely at the test measurements on the Ref 1's before you go down that road. You don't have an amp in your stable that would drive them reasonably and the one you traded would have been close. So you would be looking at another hefty investment in a high current amp plus the cost of the speakers.

    http://www.soundstagehifi.com/index....1-loudspeakers

    Talk to CD/Chris as he had a pair and sold them after trying multiple amps.
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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    Hmmm... I know the efficiency of KEF is always on the low side.... the Ref 1's are 85 and in reviews I read the MC's are also rated 85 (I have never been able to confirm this officially only what I read in reviews). The one difference is the MC are 4 ohm (listed right on the back )...

    It does depend on what fits your tastes and listening habits of course, and expectations. I have always preferred inefficient speakers and know what to expect from them ... This is not something that will happen any time soon anyway... just thinking down the road.... I would try to borrow EJ's 3's to try out before making this type of purchase anyway ....

    But I do believe you are right about my amp match ups. The ARC may be able to get them running but the first watt probably not.

    I think the F6 will work good with the MC because it is one of the few First Watt amps that gives much more power with a 4 ohm speaker... but the KEF being 8 ohm this will be negated.
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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    I really want to get a pair of References at some point! Probably leaning towards the Ref 1's for both size and budget. Believe it or not I have a preference towards stand mounted speakers... less boxy sounding usually, although those Ref 3's that I heard in Wyred 4 Sound's listening room were pretty amazing!
    Randy, you WANT to try the Active /Wireless version. Trust me on that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wisnon View Post
    Randy, you WANT to try the Active /Wireless version. Trust me on that!
    Agreed! Love mine.


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    Re: KEF...On A Roll!!

    I assume you are referring to the LS50 wireless. I really liked the LS50's when I owned them. They were great little speakers. The MC are a completely different league of course. I just do not currently have a need for a second set of speakers and at this point in time I would not consider using a wireless speaker in my main 2-channel system.
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