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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    I have KEF Blade 2’s coming into my listening room next weekend (current schedule subject to change). I sold my Reference 3’s to move up the KEF line. I have listened to them pretty extensively and am pretty excited about finally owning a pair.

    Listening impressions - What I really enjoy about KEF in general is the ability to listen for hours without fatigue and the Blades definitely have that characteristic. I think you give up a bit of high frequency energy with these speakers, but you are really able to relax while listening. The Blades create space as well as just about any speaker out there. Soundstage width and depth, if setup well, are quite spacious. The off axis response is quite smooth and the dispersion of the Uni-Q driver allows for an enjoyable experience for those not in the sweet spot.

    Visually, they are somewhat controversial, but you have to be in the same room with them to really appreciate their presence. Very sculptural. I happen to love the look. Mine will be a custom color and I will post pics when the room is finished in a couple of weeks.
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    Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Congrats, Morgan! I’m looking forward to hearing more from you when they arrive. Pics, too, please!


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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Wow! Congratulations Morgan. That’s great. Can’t wait for your thoughts. Thanks.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Since I haven't heard them I don't know how they sound Joe, but they aren't as sexy as the Muon.

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Hopefully GREGINNH can chime in. He had them for awhile but switched to the Harbeth 40.2 cause the Blade2 was causing his Tinnitus condition to become more magnified. Too dynamic if I remember his posts.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    I remember seeing a video years ago of someone pushing Blades quite hard with Mac amps to the point the Powerguard function was activated.


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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Thank you. I know some speakers, even certain Sonus Faber models can do that to some people.


    Quote Originally Posted by Billion$Baby View Post
    Hopefully GREGINNH can chime in. He had them for awhile but switched to the Harbeth 40.2 cause the Blade2 was causing his Tinnitus condition to become more magnified. Too dynamic if I remember his posts.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Billion$Baby View Post
    Hopefully GREGINNH can chime in. He had them for awhile but switched to the Harbeth 40.2 cause the Blade2 was causing his Tinnitus condition to become more magnified. Too dynamic if I remember his posts.
    I tried the NAD M22 (Hypex class D) on my Reference 3’s and both mine and my wife’s ears hurt after a listening session. The control those amps had over bass drivers was ridiculous to the point of pain! Thankfully, once we switched back to my Parasound JC 1’s the pain was over.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Stereophile (John Atkinson) was impressed with the Blade 2 (note cautions on room size):
    https://www.stereophile.com/content/...wo-loudspeaker
    Also their 2015 Joint Loudspeaker of the Year. Another strong review in SoundStage! Hi-Fi (Doug Schneider).

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