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KEF IQ7
6 Reviews
rating  4.5 of 5
MSRP  325.00
Description: <ul> <li>Design: Three-way bass reflex</li> <li>Sensitivity: 90Db</li> <li>Maximum Output: 111dB</li> <li>Nominal Impendance: 8</li> <li>Magnetic Shielding</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason ward a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2014

Bottom Line:   
I agree with the positive reviews here, and just want to add my experience for other relative noobs.

Using a Denon dm39dab, ie a half decent all-in-one system, I had been using an old set of trusted missions. I had checked my trusty 751i's against the competition in the shop when I bought the amp, and the salesman told me not to bother buying new speakers until I went well over my budget. My missions did a fair job with some top notch cambridge audio silver cable. But they never shone like the systems I really liked.

These KEFs, bought for £200, do however really shine, and show what my amp can do. When demoed with really high quality kit, they were exceedingly good, but even on my entry level denon amp, they are excellent.

There is tons of detail over all the spectrum, they produce good stereo over a wide area despite my set up, and they make listening a pleasure as all the sounds open up. Bass is tight and defined, mids are super clear, speech is pinpoint clear for tv, and the snares and hi hats really zing, perhaps on my set up just a smidge too much. Words like airy, natural and detailed are all appropriate.

The Denon, with only 35watts, drives them easily: I can't open the taps on the amp because it's already too loud at 1/5th total volume. I can't imagine why you'd want 150 watts on them, but Kef reckon you can.

High end sources would push them into revealing even more and better speaker placement I know helps. Even so, stuck in two corners only 5ft apart with an entry level amp, I am a very happy boy.

In short, those on a tight budget like mine, this works fine to produce reasonable audiophile contentment and looking neat and pretty while at it: Denon dm39, high end silver audio cable, second hand Kef iq7s.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2007



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Kef IQ7's wow.

I run these bad boys bi-amp'd from a 20 watt valve amp using THX speaker wire
and the sound right out of the box was awesome.
I ran them in on low volume with pink noise on a loop for 24 hours.

Now the sound is sooooo much better and crystal clear.
I warm the amp up for about 45 mins before unleashing the beast.
Imagine dragons "radioactive" & the heavies "how do you like me now," besides The Who's Quad album are mind blowing. Instruments are separated and rich with detail.
These speakers have so much stage presence and detail it is just f###ing amazing
From rock to pop even Old 80's sounds are good.

I even watch films from the computer via sound blaster audigy card and it's like
Actually being in the movie

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2007



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HifiGuyHi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2013

Bottom Line:   
If you own KEF IQ7's please read. I wanted to clear up some comments in the order of "these speakers sound harsh" I believe a review is not helpful if you claim this without telling us the type of cables, amplifier, and wiring. User errors....not speakers fault. Ok now the speakers, I've had these for over 4 years and used many amps, cables and single/bi wire/ bi amp configs. Most people believe for a single wire config that the jumper wire should be of the same make. Failure. I think engineers at kef made these to match the speaker there connecting to or they wouldn't have gave it to you. I found after using smaller wire, any other wire besides the factory jumper was harsh also. In fact I don't want to bi amp it because of this, unless active. So don't let your noob show and tell us more about your harsh sources and how you ran them. I bet someone here can help you correct your mistake. These are very flat and smooth top end, I use them with grills. I find the tweeter to be one of nicest tweeters for anything plus some in the price range.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Karamel a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2009

Bottom Line:   
IQ7 are very neutral sounding speakers with clear midrange and airy treble. They really grow with more expensive amps and sources. The strongest quality is imaging. These loudspeakers have ability to completely disappear in the soundstage making instrumens and voices to appear as they were there in front of you, very solid and lifelike. Simply great sounding speakers and a very safe bet.

Josephs review is a very solid marketing for Rega et. al.. Joseph doesn't even own these loudspeakers and has only heard them in a store. Please, someone should delete Joseph's review from this site.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2007



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joseph a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Price is in £

Demoed these speakers in a couple of hifi shops, they are heavily marketed and advertised in many of the current HiFi magazines.

The salesman told me they were really good speakers and everyone buys them, I wasn’t impressed. They were very harsh and didn’t reveal much at all. I struggled to listen to them for long and eventually had to tell him to turn them off. They were running on a NAD CD player and an harman kardon Amp.

If you think that a pair of these is good for the money I beg you to demo them against a pair of Regas or Quads at the same price.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Global HiFi Newcastl




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