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.  
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@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.