kef 104 / 2. Speakers questions


I just purchased these KEF and have a few inquiries:
1. Were the speaker grills meant to be on or off ?
2.  All drivers are in good condition.
They have rubber doughnuts and surrounds.
 Will a 100 Watt vintage Sherwood 6040 be sufficient ?
3. .
My current speakers I am thinking of replacing are ZU Omega ll
What would you do ?
Your opinions and thoughts are appreciated.

Thanks
rocky1313
Excellent score. I just got some minty 104/2s myself. They have been recapped, refoamed, donuts replaced and tweeter fluid changed. I’d have that all looked at too if I were you. Mine sound excellent, just like I remember back in the day and I have always wanted a pair. Took me 30+ years to get them...lol. The manual is available on KEFs site and they do say to use the grills if you can:
https://us.kef.com/explore-kef/kef-museum/1980s/reference-series-model-1042-1984-96

I’m using a Parasound A23 (125w) with them and again, they sound excellent. With that being said, if I spot a deal on a more worthy amp, I’ll probably upgrade. I have the KUBE with mine too but haven’t set that up yet. I remember the ones I listened to long ago with the KUBE did sound great/better but I’ve since read in some places to skip the KUBE. They do have enough bass for me sans the KUBE so I dunno what I’ll do yet.

Hope this helps.
I'd use the KUBE; it was designed as an integral part of the speaker.

A Parasound A 21 would be a good choice.


In my opinion, the 104/2 does not need the KUBE. They put out plenty of bass without the KUBE.  In fact on some tracks they can rattle the windows. When I heard the KUBE with them it seemed to muddle the sound.

My favorite amp with them is the Acurus A200 (200 wpc). 

Other amps that I found to perform well with them are McCormack DNA 125, Belles 150A and Onix A-120.