KEF XQ1 Floorstanding Speakers

4.6/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

Irresistible - the compact three-way stand mount speaker that's packed with Reference Series technology.

With a performance envelope extending way beyond what's audible, XQ one has everything it takes for immersing yourself in the world of modern digital sound: a 19mm (3/4") titanium Hypertweeter that puts conventional supertweeters to shame, its output perfectly aligned with the 165mm (6.5") Uni-Q array containing one of the most natural-sounding tweeters anywhere.



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User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2010

Bottom Line:   
these speakers sound excellent in a smaller room with absorbing surfaces (i.e. carpet flooring). a matching subwoofer is necessary to bring out the full range. optimal listening position is within three to six feet. further away the sound can become boxy. i found it easier to create a good sound stage with speakers slightly tilted outwards. sound is clear, bright and forward. for classical music, they go very well with warm receivers. for steel guitars and vocal, power them with a bright receiver and they can sound transcendent. i found it accurate when people describe these speakers as transparent. they have low tolerance on poorly recorded music. i do not recommend using them in bigger space (i.e. living room) as main. the earlier version of the xq series was manufactured in europe while later in china. i have both. the eu version is slightly tuned towards the bright side. extremely good value if you can find them in the used market.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by adam.ribbands a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2008

Bottom Line:   
£400

I am reviewing the new XQ1s !!!

The XQ1 is the same driver and tweeter as the IQ1, but with a smarter real wood, laquerd cabinet. That I feel does not look as good as the IQ1, (in my opinion).

these speakers are ok, vocals are not as clear as B&Ws kevlar and they have poor power handling. Also the kef 19mm tweeter is supposed to be really good(said kef) But in comparison to B&Ws natulus tweeter, well, there is just no comparison.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by eugenio mirisola a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I used to have big Planar speakers whose membranes ripped off. As repair was too costly I decided to survey the market for a replacement.
The XQ-1 came out as a complete surprise. Excellent voice reproduction with a very natural sound stage, mainly if you place them 1m. away from the side walls. Combined with a good subwoofer, and on solid stands these speakers will give you goose bumps. In a symphony orchestra you have the impression you can discern each individual performer, instead of only hearing a mass of instruments. And their sound comes from the right direction allowing for "identifying" the sources both in depth and width.

In comparison with the speakers below, the XQ-1 sound does not give you the feeling of hearing a miniature orchestra as with the B&Ws; sound stage is not larger than life as with my ex-planars, and sound is lively but with no emphasis to a given frequency as it happens with so many speakers (i.e. Klipsch or Paradigm Treble).

These are strong performers. They are neutral but lively. They easily fill my 27 m2 dedicated room fed by 100W per channel amplification. And they disappear leaving only you with the music.

You do not have to be in a limited sweet spot to hear the whole event spread in front of you. But if you are right in the middler of both speakers things do get way more realistic.

Placement is not critical. In my room, I found out the XQ-1s do better when not pointing straight at me. They are just a little slanted (some 15 degrees)to the center. This way, I have the impression I have a center speaker so firm is the center source sound and the perceived sound stage's depth and width surpasses the boundaries of the walls.

A great product indeed.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Roberto Molnar - Bra



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by drtctong a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have been using Rogers LS3A5 and its bass tower for 10 years. Those were driven by Mark Levinson ML27 with its pre-amp ML-26 connected via balanced cables. I always thought the Rogers were one of the greatest small speakers around. That might be true 10 years ago. NOw that I have switched to the new KEF XQ1, my opinion has changed. Even in its mint brand new condition, the XQ1 sounds pleasing and resonably sweet. The soundstage is WIDE but the instruments tend to stand forward. Voices are natural and not too warm or thick. I particularly like the tones of violin and the detail the KEF reveals. But mind you, at present I am only using a real cheap DVD as my sound source since my Pioneer is under repair. I am sure when the AX-10 comes back, the details and tone color and depth of sound field will much improve. I forget to mention I am using a Rel subwoover too, and that adds a lot of low frequency in a good non-boomy manner.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   a local AV shop



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by boulderkind a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I just finished listening to dozens of speakers at a store down the street from my place. I heard Infinities, Definitive Technologies, Bose, Klipsches, Yamahas, DEFs, and Acoustic Reasearches. The KEF XQ1, with its dome tweater was simply the best bookshelf, 2nd best was another KEF model, but it wasn't close to the XQ1- that dome tweater adds a dimension to the music that you wont hear on any speaker without a seperatly enclosed tweater or ribbon. I spent 5 hours in the store to find the best stereo set of speakers for under $2000. My conclusion is XQ1's coupled with a good subwoofer.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003




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