Amps for KEF Blade 2

I am looking for advice from owners or dealers of the KEF Blade 2 loudspeakers. I am concerned my current pair of amps will not be sufficient for the B2s because of an article written about the original Blades published on July 5, 2013 in The Absolute Sound:

"The Blades have a nasty kick in their crossover that will suck an amplifier dry quicker than a student downing free tequila shots ... Just don’t be tempted to cheapskate on the driving amps, or you’ll live to regret it. Tube amps at least have an output transformer to hide behind, but when the Blades suck out a solid-state design, they celebrate by spotlighting their tweeter something chronic. To give you some idea of the lengths required, the otherwise excellent Rowland 625 [550 watts into 4 Ohms] wasn’t up to the job, it taking a pair of the 725 monoblocs [650 watts into 4 Ohms] to restore order. "

Are the Blade 2s just as demanding as the original Blades in terms of amplification? I would guess not due to the smaller 6.5 inch woofers, but this is just an uneducated guess. I own a pair of Benchmark AHB2 amps, which according to the manufacturer produce “a little over 500 watts into 4 Ohms”. Will this be enough?

Showing 9 responses by audiotroy

For those guys who say yeah right prove it here you can see all the gear we tried with the Blades: ( notice the Electros the Chord and the JC 1 same setup then replace the 207 with the Blades

now see the Blades in the same space as the 207.2

Long story short, the T+A gear was the best solid state we ever ran with the Blades, as well as the Persona 9H

We also tried the Thrax gear, the Devialet D400 monos, CJ Arts and a few others the T+A gear has so far come the closest to the mega dollar gear for a fraction of the price which is why we recommend it so highly.

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
Guys as a Blade dealer having both the JC 1, Electrcompaniet, Chord and T+A electronics on the Blades.

Here is our take, the JC 1 were okay amplifiers, not magical and not worth the hype, the Electrcompaniet AW 400 were fantastic and dramatically outperformed the Parasounds, the AW 400 also came down in price to $12k vs the nearly $10k price for the JC1.

A pair of Chord SPM 650 monos were a bit better, and the $32k Chord SPM 1400 were amazing.

We lost the Chord line due to not enough sales, brought in the T+A electronics and quite frankly outperformed the Chord stuff.

We have used the big T+A amp and preamp with the Blades and the sound is amazing! Huge soundstage, fast, tight bass, warm midrange, fantastic stuff.

If you are on the East Coast come in for a listen. 

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
Pokey sure they will sound good, but good isn't amazing. When you use uber class electronics the speakers become much more holographic and the sound stage gains huge amounts of width and depth. 

There are tons of very capable components but you have to hear an uber class component and you will know just what special is.

We demoed a $11k T+A R2500 integrated amplifier and it just was a relevation compared to all the other great intergrated amplifiers we had in that room. 

The T+A had a sense of rhythemic drive that the others didn't have, macro dynamics, along with a huge three dimensional soundstage, superior resolution and bass definition. 

The result is that this piece just made music intoxicating and you were drawn in.

When you hear a component which does this you will understand the world of what makes great from good. 

Think of it as tasting the highest quality freshest ice cream where you can taste all the components that make up the flavor, distinctly and yet enjoy the blended quality of the taste, and you can experience the creamy smoothness. 

Whether you are comparing high end audio gear, fine food, Scotch or other things of this type there are those stealler products that you can just expereience their superior refinement. 

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
No Ghosthouse, I am not. Pokey has not had the opportunity to compare a product at the Hegel level to the T+A on the same speakers like what we did when we were shopping for replacment electronics. 

We are always amazed at how good some reasonably priced components can sound, the difference is are you getting all you can out of the speakers?

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
Jrfa, sure you may love the results but without auditioning  other gear on the speakers we don't think you  are scratching their true potential.

We have heard startling differences between $15k and $35k digital front ends how do you think a $500 dac will sound compared to such expensive digital front ends? N

Most people do find the Emotiva stuff to be great for the price but great for the price doesn't necessarily mean it perfoms great.

Personally we would never recommend such pairings as you are dramatically undercutting what the speakers can really sound like. 

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
Last point D2girls, please check our Google reviews of people who have actually been to our shop, many people who have shopped with us have said we have a wider selection of gear then anyone in the state of NJ and we have a larger and more diverse collection of gear than the NY City stores.,,

Who in the New York area has a wider selection of affordable high performance  speakers: we have: KEF, Dali, Paradigm, PSB, ATC, Quad, Elac, Cabasse, Rethem, Legacy and we are playing with Bache. 

Digital where in the area can you hear: T+A, Lumin, Aurender, Baetis, Naim, Mytek, Aqua Hifi, Light Harmonic, M2 Tech, and a few others.

Electronics: Naim, Manly, CJ, T+A, Electrocompaniet, Anthem, Unison Research, Mytek, Nuprime, Micromega, Parasound, Nad, Nad Masters, Cary Audio, Synthesis, Audio Control and a few others. 

d2girls, your attitude is appalling, you don't know us, never directly talked with us or have visited our shop.

We have many followers here on Audiogon, who follow our posts who find our perspectives and experience to be very beneficial.

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
yes wcfell we are selling truck loads of gear all over the country.

Our responses are usually short unless we are being attacked which requires long rebuttals sometimes to prove a point

Again wcfell unless you have personal experience with us how do you base your opinion on forum posts?

Most intelligent people seek knowledge from the source rather than relying on heresay.

Good luck to you.

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
Wcfeil just read some of your responses.

A forum is a place to exchange ideas on the topic at hand.

Read all 7 of your responses almost everyone of them is off topic.

In the future add a direct ancedotal story or raise a point that furthers the conversation I am quite sure most people are turned off by your immature drivel.

Please tell people your direct experience with Kef Blades do you own a pair?

We do. 

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
d2girls you talk to much without adding anything. Please keep to the topic which is Kef Blades.  Which we have on display and have been working with them since they premiered on the market.

We have been working with KEF for quite a number of years and have paired them or tested them, with Hegel, Luxman, Parasound, Devialet, Norma, Naim, Coda, Micromega, Anthem, Nuforce, Electrcompaniet, Chord, Merrill Audio, Manly Labs, CJ, and T+A audio.

As per shitty store, most of the people who have been here have commented on our remarkably diverse selection.

it is a shame that you would not be allowed to set foot in our "shitty store
 which has one of the best collections of gear in the New York Metro area.

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ