KEF 102 Floorstanding Speakers

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albert   Casual Listener [Sep 06, 2017]

thus without Kube, can I use AUDYSSEY setup procedure with Sound calibration microphone for speaker settings as the same function ?

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Arjan_S   Audio Enthusiast [May 23, 2016]

I am a real KEF admirer and i am listening for over 25 years to KEF speakers, all Reference series and dated between the late 70s and the mid 90s, KEF's glorious days.

To be short (I'll write an extensive review onetime) :
Ideal small speakers that produce a very balanced sound that has astounding body without any coloration, impressive low register. Impressive soundstage and immense projection of the recording ambiance, the atmosphere! You can buy them as low as 150 to 250 euro and that makes them an absolute top bargain. Like many vintage speakers they do have a characteristic sound. They are a classic English speaker and they prefer acoustic, classic and Jazz to rock and pop. Voices are stunning and so are strings, cello and guitar. Marvelous speakers for folk music.
The KEF KUBE is a MUST! Without it the magic is gone. Without it the speaker is totally unbalanced. Buying a Kube separate is expensive, so only buy all in one.
If there are 2 speakers that I can recommend wholeheartedly and that are both very affordable, they are: KEF 102 and KEF 103.2
These are both jewels in the vintage speaker market that haven't reached cult status, which means they are still very affordable for everyone on a tight budget!

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Dan Hawkins   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 27, 2002]
Strength:

Smooth sound, very open without Kube. Amazing bass extension with Kube, without sounding fat or slow.

Weakness:

Bas drivers can easily be overdriven when using Kube.

Used in my main system for ten years. Onyl when I bought Quad Pre/power/tuner did I really find out how good they are. Used to use them with early Cambridge audio equipment. Sound much more open without Kube, but lose a lot of bottom end.

Similar Products Used: JBL L88 Plus Quad ESL (only these really showed me the weaknesses of the KEFs).
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Allan Songer   a Casual Listener [Sep 02, 1999]

I must say that once I find something that "works" for me I generally stick with it because by nature I tend to surround myself with things I like and live with them for long, long periods of time. I've been using an old Fisher 500C for over twenty years and for the past 12 or so I've been listening through a pair of KEF 102 speakers with the "Kef Kube." I listen to 1950's and 1960's acoustic jazz almost exclusively and these speakers, which were about $800 new,are PERFECT. I remember hauling my 500C down to the local "Audiophile" store with a copy of "ART PEPPER MEETS THE RYTHYM SECTION" and asking the salesperson to hook up various combinations of speakers and CD players to my Fisher and after several visits and many hours (the sales person thought I was a raving lunatic) I settled on a Denon CD player and the KEF 102 speakers. They were actually on the "low" side of the amount of money I set aside for speakers, but they sounded better than stuff that was 40-50% more money.

I must say that the KEF 102s are LOUSY if you intend on listening to ROCK music, so my advice is to go for the KEFs if you are an aficionado of acoustic music, especially bebop and "progressive" (Coltane, etc.) jazz.





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