The KEF Q500 is the smaller of the 3 floor standing speakers in the Q series range but still packs the same great features as its bigger brothers. With the KEF Uni-Q driver providing the high and mid frequencies and a long throw, 130mm bass driver helped out by two auxiliary bass radiators (also 130mm) the KEF Q500 has great features for all music tastes. The Q500 also benefits from KEF's Link Switch giving instant, easy access to Bi-wiring connections with a simple turn of the knobs.
As front speakers in a home theatre system, these effortlessly assertive performers are capable of flooding the room with an intricate and intensely physical soundstage. As a viewer, you notice the striking clarity of the vocals and fluidly articulate midrange response.With massive bass extension heightening the drama and flawless 3-D imaging that faithfully tracks the action on screen, the illusion of being there is phenomenal.
All you have to do is decide which model is best for you, bearing in mind the size of the space and your personal listening preferences.
There are three full-size new Q floorstanders to choose from, each sharing the same audiophile-grade technology in the same basic configuration: a new generation Uni-Q MF/HF array paired with a long-throw bass driver of equal size, and two matching ABRs.
The difference is the size of the drivers: 130mm (5.25in.) diameter in the Q500, 165mm (6.5in.) in the intermediate Q700 and a class-beating 200mm (8in.) in the flagship of the range, the magisterial Q900.
|Design||Two and a half-way bass reflex|
|Drive Units||130mm (5.25in.) aluminium Uni-Q 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome HF 130mm (5.25in.) aluminium LF 2 x 130mm (5.25in.) aluminium ABR|
|Frequency response ±3dB||40Hz - 40kHz|
|Amplifier requirements||15 - 130W|
|Maximum output (SPL)||110dB|
(H x W x D)
|870 x 180 x 272 mm
(34.3 x 7.1 x 10.7 in.)
|Dimensions with plinth
(H x W x D)
|917 x 295 x 312 mm
(36.1 x 11.6 x 12.3 in.)