KEF 105.2 Floorstanding Speakers

4.45/5 (11 Reviews)


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3 way Loadspeaker with 12 inch Bass driver


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by carl hebb a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I bought the kef105/II,s four years ago,the first thing I heard was the massive soundstage and range,down to the lovely lows, achieved without a transmission line,I have several good speakers including quad63,s and mission770 "s"version I probably use the kefs most I paid £500 from an old gentleman they are still in beautiful condition and were made / stamped1980 inside the bass chamber
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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by selwyn.d a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2009

Bottom Line:   
paid £350 for these speakers in good condition about 3 years ago. they sounded ok. i listen to music at fairly low volumes, by design this means that the woofer is probably not even working. anyway i set about doing some major mods, i reasoned that i will be the last owner and they were quite cheap for me to buy. firstly i completely stripped them. i plastered and put broken tiles inside the bass enclosure. refitted the bass unit-not forgetting to turn it 120 degrees a job that should be done annually. then i hard wired it using dnm cable through one high quality inductor to the amp. i also lined the enclosure with some lambswool loft insulation. i also fitted some new castors, the new ones are larger and have rubber tyres which help isolate the speaker. i then moved onto the upper enclosure, this i completely stripped. i also lined it with lambswool, i refitted the mid range unit, this was also hard wired with dnm cable and a small high quality inductor and cap fitted. the midrange drive units fitted are lets say quite forward, so i had to attenuate them about 5db. i got rid of the tweeters- they are nasty harsh things. i purchased a pair of huge ribbon tweeters. these are held onto the front of the enclosures using several elastic bands and the enclosure is sealed with a large piece of polystyrene which also acts to isolate the tweeters. the tweeter neede just 1 cap in line , then it was hardwired again using dnm cable to the mid range speaker. so the speakers are bi-wired. the top enclosure then sits on a sheet of sorbothane. the result is great, detail never before heard, and a soundstage and tight deep bass to die for, this is no doubt helped cos i drive them with an old krell ksa50.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by laurent Lafran a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Hello,
i just bought a pair of these great Kef 105-2.
How do you remove the OTT protection ?
Unsoldering the wires linked to the board is enough ?
Would a Quad 606 amplifier be a good choice ?
Thanks,
Laurent.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nathan Wheelhouse a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This speakers has numerous plus points but needs careful partnering and plenty of TLC to bring it up to speed. First of all:
1) replace the crossovers - preferably with all new polyprops and inductors, hardwired onto a new board
2) replace all internal wiring with some decent silver coated OFC
3) remove the OTT protection circuitry from the head unit

This renovations bring massive improvements in high frequency detail, reductions in colouration, bass control, vocal presence etc. etc. But...there are still caveats to this speaker: It is still very much 'laid back'. aka the soundstage is not pushed forward vocally as is often the case in loudspeakers - if this the sound you're after (i know the feeling!) i would suggest some very opposite electronics - mainly Naim! - to compliment it. The second problem is the huge 12" bass driver! It takes a some controlling - not that you couldn't run it off 30 watt Arcam integrated, but god, can you tell the difference in power and control when you change to a decent pre power!

The Kef 105.2 is probably technically very 'correct', but it's neutrality means than it needs proper partnering and I would suggest it may lead to you changing your amps and cd player.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by leojar a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2002

Bottom Line:   
My 105 is a new old stock from UK. and I bought it as new.
This is one of the best in the price range even though it is the 80s speaker.
I am using 300B single end amplifer(8W) to push these speakers. 3D sound and nature tone of this british speakers are great!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   HK




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KEF 105.2 speaker overhaul

Hi, I'm new and this is my first post. I own a pair of KEF 105.2 speakers which I bought new in the early '80's. I've always loved their sound, but the woofers have deteriorated to the point where they are more or less unlistenable. They've never been worked on. I want to overhaul and upgrade ... Read More »

KEF's 105.2's

Wish KEF would rerelease these . What is the going rate on a used pair of KEF 105.2's. I'd like a pair for mastering one one of these days . From what I get off the net still one of the all time greats to a lot of people out there. Plus once and owner stay an owner as well !! J ... Read More »

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