We stayed "live", now earning JDPower Awards for the first time for any US manufacturer of Transportation Products. With AI, rising wages, communist gov't interference there have been companies including Oracle and Seagate that have packed up some of their production and left. Frequency response: 63Hz–28kHz, ±3dB. My various LS3/5a collection is a good example. China has been our Global Industrial leader since the time of Christ, ( with the exception of the last 150 years ), they are no strangers to super high quality. Q350 is a 2-way bookshelf speaker with a rear port which is best for small to medium rooms. Manufacturer: Paradigm: KEF: Model: Monitor SE Atom: Q350: Photo: Release Date: 2018: 2017: What Hi-Fi? System type: 2-way: Enclosure type: Reflex: Frequency response ± 3dB: 42 - 40000 Hz: Nominal impedance: 8 Ohm: Amplifier Requirements: 15 - 120 W: Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) When they realized this B&W quickly put a stop to it, but I remember the manager saying that it was a constant battle working with the Chinese in protecting intellectual property, and manufacturing techniques. Theft of intellectual property should indeed be stamped out, but has nothing to do with a company like KEF (or any of the other high end audio outfits) choosing to have their designs built in China. – Herb Reichert, Stereophile "KEF can hold its head up high: the Q350s are a … Q Series bookshelf speakers excel in small spaces. We’re sad to say it didn’t show that predominance in that case. Never, never, attempt to equate speaker quality with price. It might be racist to dismiss the problem as racist. The sound of KEF Q350 sounds way more expensive! At least they were Made in America - right? 5 years. Impedance: 8 ohms nominal, 3.7 ohms minimum. Crossover frequency: 2.5kHz with first-order slopes. Maybe the reviewer took a Subway Train to NJ and had a nice look-round the KEF USA Parts & Service Centre. Even Foxconn has stated it could move some production overseas. Might someone translate "Tony in Michigan"'s comments into plain ol' English for me? Serial numbers of units reviewed: 391113, 391114. KEF Q350 vs B&W 607 Speaker Comparison In this review, we will be comparing specifications of Q350 and BW 607, two Bookshelf speakers from KEF and Bowers & Wilkins. They look sleek and minimal. Drive-units: a single Uni-Q coincident driver array comprising a 1" (25mm) vented aluminum-dome tweeter and 6.5" (165mm) aluminum-cone woofer. Description: Two-way, bass reflex, stand-mounted loudspeaker. If space is limited the Q350 will not limit your musical enjoyment, a Uni-Q driver and clever port design let it open up the sound.With KEF's signature Uni-Q driver array and a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) port, the Q350s deliver detailed natural sound with high clarity and tight bass. you explain everything to me and not above me.not meant in a bad way...call off the dog, this has changed my outlook on bookshelf speakers. 8 x 12 x 14 in. Brand and Model Specifications Information about the brand, model release date. It's the engineering and the pursuit of quality by the parent company that makes the product and KEF shows they are NOT diluting their brand, but instead, making room for a larger market of people to enjoy excellent audio. Nuff said, done here. Hong Kong-based Gold Peak bought KEF (and Celestion) in 1992, IIRC. Opinions on that seem to vary quite widely. 184 (7.24 inches) x 525mm (20.66 inches) x 214mm (8.42 inches) ** KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. A Uni-Q driver and CFD port mean it punches way above its weight. You are not 'old school'. There is nothing wrong with open and polite discussion, but not backing up any claims with insults and nationalist self-titillation gets you nowhere here. Different people like different things. The Q350 sounds more expensive than it really is. Some Gear should've never been Sold. Whichever ones you decide on – you won’t go wrong, trust me. It's too dam bad that we have to have our Cherished Local Brands plastered all over cheaper asian products !, KEF is doing exactly what Cooke avoided: diluting the Brand, our Brand if we own KEF stuff and our children's Brand if they hope to work in the Audio marketplace. Frequency Response. Having said all the above I do have to admit that the United States has had Post WW11 lack of competition because everyone else had to rebuild. This is a perfect example. 2 speakers. All the while it's been singing it's heart out and giving pride of ownership a steady polish. There are so many LS3/5a choices in the market, including Graham Audio, which makes both an LS3/5 and an LS3/5a, and reviews such as this are very informative. ps. With KEF's signature Uni-Q driver array and a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) port, the Q350s deliver detailed natural sound with high clarity and tight bass. Q350 is another model of KEF bookshelf speakers. KEF is darn good at making loudspeakers and drivers both. Highly recommended." Magnetic grilles sold separately. Just wonderin'. The Q350's resonance radiating chassis panels is a old trick from the cheap reciever speaker days. (<--same) *When nominal/RMS power isn’t specified by manufacturer, we use an approximation of ~30% of the specified peak/dynamic power for comparison purposes. We felt that any Loudspeaker we would offer would first need prove itself capable of outperforming it, not many could ! ( just like Ivor of LINN always said ). The users love the Uni-Q sound, CFD designed port and the Q Series Optimised features. Actually, it is very surprising to me that the evaluations have not been made using KEF's own dedicated stand as a starting point. 63 - 28000 Hz. Or, is the Q series mostly aimed at those Big Screen 4K TV Buyers at Costco? If space is limited the Q350 will not limit your musical enjoyment, a Uni-Q driver and clever port design let it open up the sound. Affectionately, we called our obese landlord "Jaba The Hut" -- he had a huge factory (just below me) that employed illeagle alien workers for $2.50/hr making FAKE Disney and Mattel toys. A stronger eastern dragon makes Big Sam feeling inferior ! KEF was founded on innovation and new technology. It would be useful if JA could make a set of measurements for the Q350 while driven by the PrimaLuna Prologue Premium to show what would be the effect of that amp's output impedance on the speaker's frequency response. The point is...... It seems that we Americans, on the whole, are demanding traditional levels of quality in our product selections and turning a blind eye to the circumstances of the people involved in supplying them. If so, go for the soundbar version called Yamaha YAS-203. Maybe you can add an extension to anywhere you see fit, and place them there? or We who take our Music Hobby seriously ? In addition, buyers adore the look, feel and design of the Q150’s. It took about a month for them to come in, and I finally got to listen. When M&K transferred production of their basic products to China, it was reported that the facility was turning out counterfeits of their S150s and other higher end M&K models, contributing to the ultimate failure of M&K. They are so loud that you won't be able to stand close to them at a max volume. I'd rather the Rogers, Halbeth, Magnapan.7, the ProAc Tabletts ( my long term favorite ). General Motors ( our Previous CEO Rick Wagoner ) was planning on moving about 35% of GM's Content to China until the Financial Crisis finally killed us, Obama came the the rescue with a critical loan and the demand of keeping GM "Local". Kathy Gifford having her beautiful Designer clothes made by near slave labor was a rather public scandal that started the Chinesium kinds of Rants. In terms of the speaker/stand interface, KEF does provide some stick-on black rubber pads. I've lusted after the LS50s even though I've never heard them! For us consumers, Chinesium is coming down to a personal choice unless our national trade leaders work out a Trade Agreement over all things Manufacturing wise. I’ve got two SVS SB2000 subwoofers, Yamaha receiver pre-outs to Rotel power amplifiers. Available in both White and Black colors, it could match the color of your house casually, and fit in nicely. Why do I get the feeling that ownership of these Qs is a "period of time" specific experience, not to be confused with Ownership of a Pair of LS3/5a Rogers being a "Lifetime" experience with Grandchildren lining up to inherit the darn things ? The wrap is also ashy-grey, which looks expensive. If space is limited the Q350 will not limit your musical enjoyment, a Uni-Q driver and clever port design let it open up the sound. I'll figure around $5,000 US ! I found a local KEF dealer who said he'd get a pair of Q350 for me to demo if I promised to buy them on the condition that I loved them. Chinese are product dumpers, it's war for them, it isn't racist. Ouch, I'm feeling like I'm getting my ass kicked, Manufacturing wise. Some of the products have been objectively measured at the Audio Science Forum, some very good, and some not. Their task is surely not to act as an entry drug to the (IMHO) aurally bizzare cult of the LS 35a, but rather to find good products and tell us about them. With YPAO processing, should I be leaving Q350 ports plugged or unplugged? Wow, these speakers are expensive and they are the most expensive speakers i've had but it's worth it. 7 x 11 x 12 in. Approximate number of dealers: "Amazon, Best Buy Magnolia, KEFDirect, and participating local KEF dealers." Drive-units: a single Uni-Q coincident driver array comprising a 1" (25mm) vented aluminum-dome tweeter and 6.5" (165mm) aluminum-cone woofer. To those who don't they have the same truthiness as Gizmodo. Warranty. Gone is the strip of chrome across the front baffle, as well as any holes for attaching the grilles (which now snap on magnetically). Perhaps the product cost reductions that enabled the low pricing might also be excessivley degrading the resulting performance, or maybe not. Thanks for Naim , I'll be looking for one of the Uniti pieces. Rating-Amazon Rating: Price: Check Price. Buying a piece of Gear is like a Marriage Commitment, a Love Affair, a Relationship. or is Waste Management the only option. We can now look at eBay's Audiophile "Sold" listings to realize that quality Audio Gear maintains close to it's original purchase price and often the Gear appreciates to near current gear price points. Walmart & Best Buy specialize in products with very short half-lives. This is usually known as socialism. Another potential problem – which might make you scratch your head. My personal gear went up for adoption and are long gone, I should've put them into "proper" storage. I'd prefer it if they were more open about the closeness of components such as the Q350 to much more expensive 'references' but such is life. The package takes its name from the Award-winning Q350 standmount speakers, two pairs of which comprise the front and surround channels. For best results, look into buying a quality amplifier so it can complement the sound. "The KEF Q350 is a lively and open-sounding loudspeaker. For now, I simply can't endorse Name Brand's policy of "Outsourcing". Personally, I would be very happy if KEF would offer a stand that's specific to the LS50 including wire connections on the stand -- at the floor level instead of at waist-level on the speaker which is seriously ugly regardless of cable used. Manufacturer: KEF, GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd., Ecceleston Road, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6QP, England, UK. Crossover frequency: 2.5kHz with first-order slopes. In China. I originally ran the LS50s not on stands, just sitting on the same cabinet as my electronics. I found the actual review rather florid, but as a current or prior owner of all the speakers referenced including KS50sabd Q300 it's about what I would expect. To get approved, make sure that the review is big enough and contains unique opinion. I appreciate and value the beautiful things that Chinese Artisans produce and export to the USA. It delivers appealing tone, taut and satisfying bass, excellent boogie factor, and a feeling of sophistication – all at a very low price. Both the Q350 and Q650c are fitted with the latest generation of KEF’s iconic Uni-Q driver. Your comparison of the Stirling Broadcast to the Falcon Acoustics was extremely helpful. Let's have a brief look at the main features of Q Acoustics 3030i and KEF Q350 before getting into our more detailed comparison. What, get outa here, a chinese outfit owns KEF. The cost reductions might be hidden internally in an oversimplified crossover using excessively cheap components and maybe a thin unbraced cabinet, or maybe not. The same company sells the magnetic grills for about $20 extra payment. The problem is real and the challenges still exist in other industries. It is the logical thing to do in the free enterprise system of which the US is purportedly a shining light. Now KEF brings out a similar less expensive model with its own set of qualities. This has been my Life-Long hobby and part time Career Path. Please note that each user review reflects the opinion of the respectful author. Now, just to point out the obvious, the LS50 + KEF Performance Speaker Stand come to about $1700 (bring your own sand) while the Q350 + Tontrager stands add up to over $2000. It explains why none of the Car Groups have KEF sound systems in their Cars. ( even though it's probably better at keeping time ), "I appreciate and value the beautiful things that Chinese Artisans produce and export to the USA.". ps. (Full-length magnetic grilles are optional.) They aren't great speakers because they are designed and built in the US, they are a great speaker that happens to be designed and built in the US and has fans willing to pay the premium for that. Now let’s continue with some other KEF Q350 specs: Like we already mentioned, it comes in white and black, but in our testing black looked cooler and way more expensive. i always look for your reviews. I'm sorry. Apart from the logo at the top, the fascia is completely devoid of anything to distract you from the main event: the latest generation of KEF’s iconic Uni-Q driver. KEF always seemed to have some sort of "entry" level loudspeaker, a price driven speaker like the beautiful CODA of the early 1980s. KEF Q350 is a beautifully designed pair of speakers that can spread that beautiful sound all around your home. What looks like a single driver is actually a 25mm vented aluminium dome tweeter sitting in the throat of a 16.5c… That is – there are no grills in the package! It needs saying that every Reviewer of Loudspeakers should own and use the LS3/5a as a Reference, I certainly did at my Esoteric Audio Salon. Web: www.kef.com. But the vast majority of people like yourself aren't willing to put their money where their mouths are and pay more for products built in the USA by people who get the (tiny) US minimum wage. The LS50 is now a balance scale transducer system that the Pro-Audio World ( including Genelec ) are carefully evaluating and comparing , pretty much like you and Steve G. do within most of your workings. There is no doubt even the most rapacious would prefer not to. Technical Specs That’s a bit harder to give a definite answer to. But they dump product and destroy native industries like my little Nesco Products in Two Rivers Wisc.., they copied the product ( mistakes and all ) then way undersold our Nesco at all the Walmart Stores. That makes putting them in a corner on up against a wall impossible. Okay, now the good things. I have not heard them, but suggest that these might be good choice of subject for a future review, to find out if these are worthwhile entry level. ps. I'm not yielding to marketplace pressures. The Q350 is a part of the Q series produced by KEF. Fairly obviously Stereophile's audience is those who already know Stereophile. We must tell you that the bass of KEF Q350 is placed on the rear. It was operating as an employee owned business when in 2014 there was a management led buyout by Sonovox Group (China). Is there an address for sending the driver back for service ? And that the LS50 works best with a heavy, inert stand? I'm also a Maggie owner and open baffle fan and would have liked to see the obvious comparison with MMGs rather than just with the same old tiny boxes. KEF Q150 has a current market retail price of $299/pair... Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature loudspeaker, GoldenEar BRX (Bookshelf Reference X) loudspeaker, Analog Corner #290: The Haniwa LP Playback System, Gramophone Dreams #44: Audio-Technica, Goldring, LP Gear phono cartridges, Cambridge Audio CXA81 integrated amplifier, PS Audio Stellar M1200 monoblock power amplifier, Analog Corner # 305: Degritter record cleaner & Aidas Gala Gold LE cartridge, Acoustic Geometry Room treatments (before & after), My current and likely the last home audio setup, Fascinating wiev by Verity Audio Sarastro, Recommended Components: Fall 2020 Edition. All the talk of the Q350's cabinet vibration is a little disconcerting, you'll get none of that from the Paradigms, as they use the more expensive matrix cabinet construction. 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