New KEF Reference 5 speakers


After many months of auditioning speakers (and probably testing the patience of several salesmen) I finally decided to get the KEF Reference 5s.  I just loved the wide sound stage and almost holographic imaging, among other things.  They were delivered in February and I’ve spent many hours listening.  At first I was disappointed.  They just didn’t produce the same imaging at my house with my equipment as in the store.  Also, they sounded bright and harsh with violins and high end music.  The dealer came to my house along with the regional sales rep from KEF to provide advice.  They urged me to allow more break in time (at that point they had been played about 100 hours). After many more hours, I am becoming more acquainted with them.  They are still improving with time.  Them break in period seems to be very lon. They’ve played several hundred hours and are still improving. They are extremely source sensitive—meaning that a poorly engineered record or CD will sound terrible and a well recorded one can be great.  I suppose this is a good thing with the KEFS-that they reveal flaws so well says something about their accuracy. Unfortunately there seem to be more bad recordings than good ones so I’m finding many of my CDs and records very difficult to listen to.  I am still experimenting with speaker placement, learning which recordings are really good and which aren’t and other tweaks.  Not totally convinced it’s love but we are at least in like and the relationship is moving in a positive direction. I’ve delayed posting anything until now because I didn’t want to share any premature conclusions.  
fast
Yystantabarbera what Fast said is accurate, there are no sales on any other models of the KEF line only the two finishes Rosewood and Walnut are being closed out. 

As the dealer who helped FAST the OP with his room and getting his system to sound truly fantastic, we agree with his assesement the combination of FAST's room size, and furnishings combined with the white and blue cone color of the Foundry edition looks absolutely stunning and should be in an ad for Kef. 

In our opion Fast's orginal setup with 20 year old ARC gear sounded more like real music than a local SF dealers $50k YG/Naim, setup which was about $200k with the cabling which was all Nordost, and the table.

The KEF designs are very impressive, if you read the white paper on the Reference series it is clear that KEF's engineers looked at every facet of how to reduce or eliminate distortion in the Ref series. 

You have to go to a $15k monitor such as the Vimberg or TAD ME 1 before you can truly best the Kef Ref 1. 

We had the Blade in one of its first demos in the East coast at the New York Audio show in 2012, our setup all Chord Reference amps, Esoteric Dac, and such sounded as good as a $400k plus setup down the hall with Solution and YG Sonias, for way less money,

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ Kef dealers


@audiotroy I thought Rosewood and Walnut were 2 of the nicer colors.

I have to agree with you that the TAD ME1 is a little better than the Ref 1 but the TAD is overpriced in my view, especially when TAD were OK in reducing it to $10K for a few months.

I am going to locally audition another set of electronics you carry, CODA, I want to consider it with KEF Blade2 or LS50. The 07x preamp and #8 amp (they do not have #16).

Anyways, sorry to divert this thread. As I mentioned in the past a telephone call will be coming your way before I put money down on the Blade2.
Kef Reference are a safe bet to build a system around, but since the uniq driver I don’t think they have that traditional’British’ sound anymore and they require careful component matching as much as any hi end speaker does. Congrats.
For those who added subs to their Kef’s I’m curious about Kef’s own subs.

I feel like I never seem them specifically mentioned.