Behind the Curtain
Got to audition some of these at Batman's place yesterday, he had them set up down in the 'cave. (They were the 900's, right Bats?) They're being evaluated as potential budget-minded alternatives to the more pricey Dynaudio line; these 900's go online for $1600/pair.
I spent maybe an hour or so going through my various reference tracks (a mix of everything from classical to jazz to Kansas), plus other stuff that I happened to have in the car (Joe B - of course! - and Sarah Jarosz, Mumford & Sons). The first thing I noticed is that these have very good imaging and detail, nice wide soundstage with good individual instrument resolution. I was very pleased with that aspect. They did very nicely on acoustic instruments. There was however a little "honkiness" in the vocal range (midrange) that was a bit fatiguing to my ears, especially when turned up. It was more noticeable with some vocals (Joe's voice seemed to fall in that range), some violin solo, and when turned up a bit louder with large orchestral stuff or other music with a thick mix. Personally, I thought they sounded a little better when not pushed too hard, though Batman said he liked them up a bit louder. May depend some on where you're sitting (I was front row in center for this audition). They were certainly capable of filling the batcave, though, no problem with that.
My guess is a little EQ would smooth out at least some of what I was hearing. I have no idea if there was any EQ settings still in the system from when we tuned up the Dyns at last year's GTG? (Batman?) We didn't actually get around to doing any RTA at the most recent GTG... Nor did I attempt to mess with this yesterday.
So overall I'd say these are pretty good music or HT speakers for the money. They lacked the liquid smoothness of the Dyns especially at higher SPL, but for 1/6 of the price... not really a fair comparison.
The look of the speakers is nice enough, maybe not quite as fancy a finish or solid a build as some, but again we're talking budget. And the three woofers is misleading - only one is active, the other two are "dedicated front-firing auxiliary bass radiators (ABRs)" (from KEF's description), whatever the hell that means... :angry-tappingfoot: I guess it's just a fancy euphemism for passive radiator. But, it does make the speaker look more impressive than if it only had a single woofer, and that's probably important for some folks who would have these up front in their HT.