KEF Q30 Floorstanding Speakers

Q30

2 way 6.5in woof, 0.75in tweeter, Uni-Q design

User Reviews (14)

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spk984   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 01, 2012]

After delegating these speakers from dedicated music room to family room my son pumped endless hours of bass heavy dub step through them and still they amaze me with accurate detailed treble and a full rich bass. Longevity, beautiful sound in a sub 1000$ speaker makes these a rare gem. Highly recommend them as a used speaker purchase if anyone is actually willing to part with them.

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5
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5
Jason   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 21, 2010]

Terrible speakers. Lacking serious definition and fidelity. Truly waste of money.

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2
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2
christopher baus   Casual Listener [Jul 22, 2003]

This is an over rated speaker. It is essentially a coaxial driver of about the same quality as a mediocre car speaker in a large enclosure. The enclosure does help get a reasonable, but not great for a cabinet of this size, bass response. They are also painfully inefficient. I tried them with an old tube amp. That was a joke. I now use them as near field monitors with a large adcom amplifier that would drive many speakers to an ear splitting level just to get any dynamic range from them. In my opinion mid range defines a quality speaker, and it just isn't there. Vocals are too often muddled, especially with material with any bass content. While the bass reflex design does extend lower registers, it comes at a cost of precise mid range control. If you are looking at speakers in this price range I would seriously look at the B&W 600 series, which sets the standard for this price range.

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2
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2
joris van Beers   AudioPhile [Mar 02, 2002]
Strength:

Excellent vocal sound

Weakness:

bi-wiring, a little lack of bass

I bought in 1995 the dynaudio''s gemini''s, when I listened to them after a few months I missed the vocal detail and the bass. I placed my dynaudio gemini''s on a market place site and traded them for Kef Q30''s. I always loved kef speakers. I owned a pair of C80, and they sounded great. After the trade I was surprised how beautiful these speaker sounds. The vocals sounds clear and crispy, much better than the dynaudio gemini''s Ok the bass isn''t like the kef C80, but I use my subwoofer to pull up the bass.

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5
VALUE
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5
Alan   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 15, 2001]
Strength:

Excellent stereo and HT sound!

This is my second pair of Q 30s. (first pair was stolen) These are the best speakers I have ever owned! Currently I have them as my front speakers in my surround system, connected to my Marantz SR5000. Awesome! Great for stereo and for surround. I have a 12" paradigm sub, so they don't have to handle the low end. With a sub, I think they sound better than the Q55s. If you can find these anywhere, buy them!

Similar Products Used: Infinity, paradigm
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5
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4
Daan Herreman   Casual Listener [Jul 03, 2001]
Strength:

Excellent speakers for their price category

Weakness:

none to my knowledge

I have used this pair of Uni Q 30 speakers for about six years now, and still enjoying their sound. I use a 2x50w integrated amplifier by Philips, which will soon be replaced by the Onkyo A9211 ( after recommendations from your site).
The Uni-Q produces a very warm sound, which made me buy them instead of the originally planned Boose speakers before I entered the shop. Until today, I am still happy to have made that choice.

If you are looking for value for your money without spending thousands of dollars, this 500 us dollars speaker is what you are looking for. Ofcourse, you will have to look for it's successors since they have been replaced. The KEF website will tell you what you need to know.

I have to give them a four in value rating and a five in overall rating, in their price category.

Similar Products Used: I used lo-fi material before this.
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5
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4
David Ahn   an Audio Enthusiast [Mar 08, 1998]

Kef's Q30 speakers consist of a single 6.5" midbass driver with a 1" tweeter with a coincident center, what they call a Uni-Q driver. Sensitivity is rated as 89 dB, and the frequency response is 50 to 20 kHz +/- 3 dB. It essentially tied for first with the Klipsch KG 3.5 when a mini-tower shootout (under $600) was done by Stereo Review in 1995. I bought it for its aesthetic (more modern) appeal over the KG 3.5. The price in 1995 was $450 for the pair.
I cannot say enough good things about this speaker. I have owned a pair since 1995, and I have been VERY pleased with its smoothness in the midrange that lacks any hint of chestiness or other emphasis. The highs are a bit gentler than many of the current "sharper is better" speakers that threaten to shred your tympanic membranes. There is every bit as much detail as is necessary in the treble, however, to define the upper range of sounds in all genres of music (I listen to R & B, jazz, classical, and alternative rock).

I have not had a chance to audition the Q35 which replaced the Q30's, but I have done A/B listening tests between my Q30s and Q15s. Yes, the cabinets are different, but while the Q15s sound decent, there is a distinct "hollowness" in the midrange of the Q15s.

I am planning to sell my Q30s and purchase some Energy C-2's, because I am moving toward a 5 identical speaker + subwoofer setup for my home theater. If I didn't need to do this, I could be happy with these speakers for the forseeable future, as I have not heard speakers at any price that sound significantly better to my ears, and cannot see the need for an improvement at this time.

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5
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Dennis Kwok   an Audio Enthusiast [Apr 20, 1998]

I've now owned my much loved Q30's for over two years and since that time, I have used them with 3 different makes of amplifier, and each time they have responded to the upgraded amplification magnificently. At the moment, they are hooked up a Quad 77 pre/power system and they are certainly not outclassed. If I do have one grumble, it would be that bass extension isn't the deepest, but the bass they do give is tight and accurate and the imageging they achieve at there price point has yet to be bettered. A score of five, no question.

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5
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Wayne Laing   a Casual Listener [Feb 17, 1998]

I bought these demo speakers from a local dealer for less than half of the original price. I have to say these are pretty decent speakers. They go down to pretty low from what they have -- 6 1/2 in woofer in Uni-Q design. I had some doubt before purchasing them since they were not hailed as in the same league as speakers from NHT and B&W. But I have to say they do a pretty good job in my listening room.
I can definitely get pretty good highs, excellent mids and decent bass. They may not have the glamour of the other higher-priced speakers from B&Ws, but they certainly stand well on their own.

I like them for what they do. So for the price and their clean sound, I'll have to give them a good five.

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5
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Charles Jodry   [Jan 06, 1999]

I must admit that I bought these speakers based in part on the review appearing in Stereo Review. I am very happy I did. They are used as my front speakers in my home theatre which is driven through a Yamaha RXV-670 (soon to be upgraded to B+K reference 20 preamp and AV5000 5 channel power amp)and they are matched with a B+W DW 600 center channel, Klipsch powered sub and Boston Acoustic HD5's for surrounds. I was impressed at how sonically close the Klipsch Q30's are to my B+W center. I paid $380.00 for the pair in 1995 and believe they will stay in my system for awhile, as I have invested in the seperate components. I am really looking forward to listening to them with my new B+K gear. Strongly recommended.

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4
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