Advantages Great Sound
Disadvantages Not within everyones price range.
Kef Q5 speakers.This is a difficult item to review, because the main emphasis on this product is the ability to produce audible sound. This sound is something, which is difficult to explain without getting too technical. Within that context I will try to explain some of the technical details before the actual description of the Kef speakers, thus hopefully giving you a fuller understanding of the actual product.
Things, which affect you ability to “Hear the Music”1 - The Human ear.
The human ear can respond to minute pressure variations in the air if they are in the audible frequency range, roughly 20 Hz - 20 kHz.
The nominal dynamic range of human hearing is from the standard threshold of hearing to the threshold of pain. A nominal range for hearing is 0 decibels to 130 decibels (db), which is considered to be the threshold of pain. Having said that, what is considered painful for one may be welcomed as entertainment
If you're like most people, your speaker’s will, be on or near the floor of your listening room. If the floor is uncovered hardwood, you might have problems with echo with the sound bouncing back and forth between the ceiling and floor. This can be easily remedied by having the floor carpeted. If this is too expensive or aesthetically unpleasing, try a throw rug or two, preferably made of natural fibres like wool. Wool makes a better absorber of sound than the synthetic materials used in lots of inexpensive rugs and carpeting, because the fibres in a wool rug vary in length, thickness, and density. This variety helps diffuse the sound, and enables the material to absorb different frequencies of sound, whereas the uniform length and thickness of synthetic fibres enable them to absorb only one narrow frequency.
Think about this as well: If your loudspeakers are on the floor, they're going to reflect more sound, especially bass, than elevated speakers. Consider speaker stands if you've got problems with floor and ceiling reflections.
Large rooms generally sound better than small rooms because there is a wider range of room resonances and therefore each is less apparent
As there are a vast range of speakers and just as many prices I would suggest that you go to a good Hi-Fi shop which has a listening room, and you are able to listen to a range of speakers. When you go to the shop, have a price in your head which you are prepared to spend, if you listen to speakers above you price range, you will be tempted to buy them only to be disappointed to find out you can’t afford them.
Armed with this information I recommend that you look for the size and configuration that fit the room, which the speakers are going into. Listen to a number of speakers starting from the low end of the range going up to the highest ones at the price you are prepared to pay.
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