KEF 104.2 Floorstanding Speakers

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Overall Rating:5
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Submitted by Claus Nymark a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2013

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I have owned a pair of KEF 103.2 Reference for many years, and have always loved the sound of them - the smooth tweeter and the relatively deeb bass in such size speakers. Now I have bought a pair of KEF 104.2 Reference and exchanged the tweeters with modern textile dome tweeters with comparable specs, but with a sound more like the speaker, when they were new and the tweeter oil new. They sound fantastic. Enough bass to make the stomach feel it and now with modern soft tweeters. Total price in Denmark: 300€ (400 $US) and three hours work.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

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Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2012

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I have never owned the Kef 104/2 speakers, but they were the first real hifi speakers I listened to, think it was in late 1987. I was 18 years old and of course unable to buy them, but the hifi dealer saw I was very much into listening at these great speakers just for once, let's say to make me warm for the real thing. He said: come back the next time and bring your favorite music and I will have some coffee for you ready. I brought my first bought CD with me: Famous blue raincoat from Jennifer Warnes. I never forget that experience. Wow, that voice of Jennifer was stunning. The hairs on my body raised from exaltation. The music was the center of attention, not the speakers. At that time I didn't have the know how and listening experience that I have now, but the fact that the speakers didn't draw all the attention to themselves is actually one of the best compliments of the speaker.

That afternoon at the hifi dealer always stayed with me, and from that time I was sold to Kef.

I did a lot of vacation jobs to be able to buy my first speakers: The Kef C95. After that the Kef 101/2, followed by the Kef RDM2 and finally the Kef 103/4. Just recently also the Kef model 101 from 1978, by the way a jewel of a speaker.

So despite the fact that I have never owned the speakers, they were the ones that have paved the way of my love for music and hifi.

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Value Rating:1
Submitted by Carlo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I have a T33 tweeter spare ... for KEF 104/2 .
I bought 2 VIFAs... and i put them...

So i have a tweeter

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2010

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WHERE TO BUY REPLACEMENT TWEETERS?
I am the satisfied owner of KEF 104.2 loudspeakers. They are speakers one listens to and which are neutral in contrast to other types of speakers.
However, I am experiencing problems with a tweeter. I read a review regarding replacement tweeters at //www.frequency.dk. but could not find this address. Could anyone help me with the exact address and name of the firm which sells replacement tweeters?
Thank you in advance and I wish you many years of pleasurable listening!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

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Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
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Submitted by excalibur a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2010

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I have a special relation to my KEF 104/2. I owned them in the early 90'ties, but sold them after a few years. And I have regretted that ever since. So When my wife told me to get rid of my lovely ONKEN/FOKAL (Kitconstruction from the Danish Hi-Fi magazine Hi-Fi & Elektronik - they did not provide enough WAF for my wife! ), I jumped at a pre-owned pair of 104/2 as these speakers have been my best experience with loudspeakers ever. As a side bonus my wife likes that they seem to have a small footprint due to their narrow front.

My Gear
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I am driving my KEF 104/2 with a Yamaha hometheatre receiver (5x70w), Sub: some older active Sony sub. The Sony sub is not stellar, but it delivers. And my source is Sat TV or my Logitech Squeezebox with optical output for stereo. This is quite a convincing package.

Replacement of tweeters
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I bought mine with one tweeter blown, but was able to replace the tweeters with a better than original tweeter from www.frequency.dk. They where easy to replace. Just unscrew the tweeter/mid cabinet from the main cabinet. Be carefull it is very heavy. And then when you unplug the wires, take note of which wires go to the bottom mid and which to the upper mid. Do not switch the wires as your speakers imaging will suffer.

Sound quality
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I am very satisfied with the result. And the audio experience is now as good as I recall from the 90'ies.

They are phenomenal with dynamic music due to the 2 8" woofers in coupled-cavity inside the cabinet that actually eliminates resonanse inside the cabinet (much like a boxer-motor). Try to listen to Queen: Dangerous (enogh for me) from the album Innuendo, or Van Halen; 1984, To Hot for Teacher, to appreciate the dynamics of these gems. My favorite type of music is Pink Floyd and listening to Final Cut, Get Your Filthy hands of of My Desert is fantastic.

In short I would describe them as fabulous. They are tight as a drum-skin and faster than a speeding bullet. this makes them perfect for all types of music.

Listening to acoustic music like jazz or classic really makes the musicality of these babies evident. They are so melodic. They are very pleasant and the sound is more to the soft pleasing nature than the overly critic sound I have heard from early monitors. You will not tire from listening to these speakers at high volume.

Imaging is fantastic - just like I regall. Actually it is so exquisite that I have now removed my center-speaker to make my KEF 104/2 (side front speakers) make the voices in my Home Theatre setup. I am easily convinced that the imaging without the centerspeaker is much more precise than with the Jamo center. I now can close my eyes and place the voices in the pictue of movies... I never was able to do that with the Jamo Centerspeaker... That is fantastic.

If you have ever been disappointed with other KEF loudspeakers dont discard the KEF 104/2 just yet. I once tried to listen to the KEF 107. They were good in normal volume, but when I raised the volume to high, the sound-image cramped down and became boxy. It was awful and I was very disappointed with them. So I didn't buy them. These are much larger than the KEF 104/2, but evidently not stiffened enough in the cabinet. The 104/2 are built like a tank or a submarine. They are narrow and adequately dampened for efficient own-frequency removal. Hence the cabinets do not 'sing' when you raise the volume.

I payed 308 US$ for mine and with the tweeter upgrade for 115 US$ They have been a fantastic bargain. If you plan on buying some, make sure the perimeter of the woofers inside the cabinet are of rubber and that it has no flaws. The centerpiece will have tears in most speakers but this is of no audible consequence as it is only aestethically.

Find a good price for them - and you will have a winner. I have no plans for retiring mine for the next decades...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

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Product model year:   Pre 1995




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