KEF 105.3 Floorstanding Speakers

4.65/5 (17 Reviews)


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Reference Speaker


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Krabby Patty a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Replaced the voice coils on all four woofers and the foam surrounds last year. Had the cross overs checked and they had no problems. I have the Kube 200 but don't use it.

These KEF 105/3 Reference speakers still sound great when driven with sufficient power. Amazing sound for a speaker purchased new in 1991 for US $2800. Sold this pair of KEF 105/3 to a close friend for US $900 when I bought KEF 205/2 earlier this year for US $5500.

I have owned KEF speakers ever since the 104ab in the late 1970's. KEF Reference speakers always suit my needs and expectations.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chang Shim a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2013

Bottom Line:   
After long and painful process of searching the right set of speakers, Kef 105/3 was my final destination. Different people have different preferences, but Kef 105/3 is the answer for those who are willing to listen to music, rather than the sound.

I don't think, dynamic, speed, openness is the word to describe these masterpiece, so if these are the things you are looking for, please look elsewhere.

Also, as other reviews have recommended, this 93db speaker is my no means an easy piece to drive its full potential. Don't be fulled by its spec and the used price. They deserve much more than what is normally expected.

I run them with famous Mark Levinson 23.5 and 26s combination. Mark Levinson ML2 was the reference amp they used to design 105/3 at the first place, so there is little issue with the matching.

For those who are using the 105/3 I recommend Mark Levinson Amps from the similar time period, like ML 2X series(20.6, 23, 23.5, 27, 29 etc), and you will experience true sound of the Kef 105/3 which people often describe as "deep and strong espresso"

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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:5
Submitted by listentomusicnotequipment a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Price Paid: €800.00 from Ebay

Summary: As an owner of the C95 (also from Kef) , it was a question of time to upgrade to the 105/3.
On ebay i found one of the last versions (bi wiring terminals), unfortunately i had to replace all woofer foams
(the only material weakness of these speakers).
right now i´m driving them with a Quad66 pre-amp and 4x Quad306 power amps (revision/conversion made by dada electronics). Coming to the important part : These speakers are simply allrounders on a high end level.
It doesn´t matter with which music you are feeding them , the sound is always extraordinary, when the recording has been done well.
I had also the Kef Kube 200 , which expand the bass level to 20hz -6db , but with the
Kef Kube there is a lack of resolution and also the sound is becoming slower .
There might be speakers which sounds with Jazz or Rock etc better , but none of them pleases you with such
a soundstage as the Kef do. The Soundstage is never bloated to achieve some effects or point out some
special frequencies. I do know a lot of people who are listening to music which there equipment is reproducing
very nice. Suddenly they listen to jazz music only with trumpets , because only there they getting what they are expecting from there system .
These will never happen with your Kefs, because of their neutrality they do sound with any kind of music and
they don't force you to change your musical preference.
Spend more than a fortune and you will get an improvement ..........of course .

Strength:
totally tonality, vocals specially women sounds unbelievable, Bass reproduction is so accurate that you wonder yourself of the variety. Never loosing the overview , no lack of sound levels . they are very sensitive

Weakness:
Eventhough they are rated with 93db , these speakers do need real solid power amps .
Not built anymore !


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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Henry Szylwin a

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I would never part with this British classic. Every upgrade I have made has finally lead me Audio Nirvana. Other components in my system include BAT VK-3i,
Plinius Mk II amplifier and Audio Research CDII.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mr Magnum a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have just purchased the speakers (105/3 Reference, rosewood finish) 2 weeks ago. Real steal on Ebay at 620€. Went to England (I live in France) to pick them up and took the Eurostar back. Fun trip that was with over 80kg (180 pds) of speakers to carry around...
Anyhow made it home safe and sound, not a scratch on the delicate rosewood. The Kube 200 was with them but I haven't tried it yet. Maybe with home cinema to boost the bass ?
My system is made of the following : Micromega Tempo P amp, Micromega AVP as a preamp and DAC, Audioquest Emerald Superliszt interconnects, MIT Terminator 2 speaker cables, Pioneer DV737 as a CD drive for now (plan on upgrading to a Teac VRDS T1 drive and a Wadia DAC I have my eyes on).
My prior speakers were still Kef, but vintage ones : Calinda's. T27 and SP1153 and passive bass radiator. Great warm speakers but out of date. They're in my office now.
The 105/3 has the most amazing sound. Fast, precise, detailed, holographic image to the point where I have had to check that the center speaker was not on. Right now my source is the weak point in my system, but it already delivers the most incredible sound. Actually I don't where to start to describe how neutral the speakers are. They litterally vanish behind the music, it that transparent. I went today to my music store to listen to a pair of Martin Logan Quest. Great stuff. But the Kef are just better. The bass is fast, clean, incredibly articulated. The midrange is heavenly, a forever Kef characteristic. The highs are just the way you want them : accurate, never harsh or acid. They blend incredibly well thanks to the 2nd gen UniQ.
Right now my listening room is too small for those big guys, but we are moving next year to a much bigger place where they'll be able to breathe real good.
They are sensitive to room placement, and things have greatly improved since I moved them further from the back wall. The bass also greatly improved since I removed the rubber feet and used the spikes instead.
The great thing with these speakers is that any small change in your system will be immediatly heard. I am planning on toying around with cables to see how they react since my friend at the music store lets me borrow cables.
The finish is somptuous, the rosewwod veener is wonderful, totally WAF compliant. They are bi-amp and I'm planning on trying that next week.
All in all a wonderful speaker, that will kick some serious butt even today by its total neutrality, fantastic build, sonic integrity. If you can get your hands on a pair just go for it, you'll never regret it.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $620.00

Purchased At:   Ebay




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