Kef iQ70 for £399.95 @ Richersounds , RRP £799.99
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Kef iQ70 for £399.95 @ Richersounds , RRP £799.99

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Found 3rd Oct 2011
Take a KEF iQ50, scale up the cabinet and bass drivers and you have a speaker with refinement and real bass impact; the KEF iQ70.

Like its smaller brother, the KEF iQ70 uses many of KEF's highly developed technologies to create a floorstander of true all-round ability. As with previous KEF iQ speakers, the appeal of the iQ70 starts with the cabinet. The back and sides of the cabinet form a continuous curve - giving the iQ70 a number of advantages. Firstly, it's more rigid than a traditional 3-piece construction. Secondly, the shape should also help diffuse standing waves inside the cabinet, thereby giving it a more open and less congested sound. The cabinet innovation continues with a semi-exposed top woofer. By placing the woofer and tweeter units so high in the cabinet, the sound staging is improved - noticeable with both music and film soundtracks.

The KEF iQ70 uses another KEF technology to great effect; that of the Uni-Q drive unit. Essentially, this involves positioning the treble unit within the throat of the woofer, thus creating a single point source for sound across the frequency spectrum. The end result of this is a broader, more cohesive sound that once experienced makes it hard to go back to conventional speakers. With the iQ70, KEF has improved the tweeter with a new "tangerine" wave guide system. This veined tweeter housing helps the treble integrate more smoothly with the mid-range. At the other end of the scale, the bass units are up in size from 130 mm to 165mm. When combined with the larger cabinet, this gives the KEF iQ70 speakers real grunt and dynamic prowess. Soundtracks have more impact and music benefits from greater scale.

Coming complete with a redesigned plinth, the KEF iQ70's don't just look good, they're also perfectly stable. With a real wood veneer, the KEF iQ70 looks every bit as good as it sounds. The iQ70's also happen to be extremely well finished and feature some neat touches such as wire-linked bi-wiring posts and a front port with foam bung. This foam insert lets you tailor the sound to best balance the acoustics of your room.

If you're looking for a floorstanding speaker that's got dynamic impact combined with grace, the KEF iQ70 makes an ideal choice.
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Good deal
If you´re thinking of buying make sure you demo them first. If they are anything like my Q700s you will be really disappointed with the bass. I ended up having to buy a BK subwoofer to give me decent bass.
Yeh, I've reserved a pair boxed brand new already, going to buy them on friday.

I need a new Receiver too, the 149.99 sony 7.1 looks good but I've been told I'd be better off with the RX371 as it plays music better, anyone want to recommend a decent one?

nightyard

Yeh, I've reserved a pair boxed brand new already, going to buy them on … Yeh, I've reserved a pair boxed brand new already, going to buy them on friday.I need a new Receiver too, the 149.99 sony 7.1 looks good but I've been told I'd be better off with the RX371 as it plays music better, anyone want to recommend a decent one?



The Sony 820 should handle these babies. But really, for the purist you may want the stereo route.
I had these,paid £699 for a pair,disappointed with bass and overall they are just as all others. Sold them after one month and got Epos Epic 5. These are FANTASTIC!!! Even they are £750, they are worth every penny. Not voting here, just expressing my opinion as I have personally tested them,and for real music lovers have to say-do not buy KEF iQ70.
Tested KEF qx range last year went for EPOS m12i which trashed my q35s

avforums.com/for…tml
Can these handle Nicam stereo?
Nice sound but seriously lacked any bass, would pass at that price tbh
Sony amps are pants please don't buy them try denon pioneer or onkyo

any recommendations for a reasonable price?

johndjson

Sony amps are pants please don't buy them try denon pioneer or onkyo


nightyard

any recommendations for a reasonable price?



Yamaha AS-500

Review:
whathifi.com/rev…500

You can't go wrong with Yamaha amps, I have an old AX-396...... brilliant for the price
png666

Tested KEF qx range last year went for EPOS m12i which trashed my … Tested KEF qx range last year went for EPOS m12i which trashed my q35shttp://www.avforums.com/forums/speakers/1212591-epos-m12i-anyone-know-em.html


Your avatar is a blast from the past
nightyard

Yeh, I've reserved a pair boxed brand new already, going to buy them on … Yeh, I've reserved a pair boxed brand new already, going to buy them on friday.I need a new Receiver too, the 149.99 sony 7.1 looks good but I've been told I'd be better off with the RX371 as it plays music better, anyone want to recommend a decent one?



If its music u after better off with a stero amp.
Had my KEF speakers for 28 years and they're still superb.
MiniChr1s

Nice sound but seriously lacked any bass, would pass at that price tbh



That's the Kef character, they are lean sounding speakers, some like it others don't.
I've had a pair of IQ5SEs for a good few years now. I certainly wouldn't say they were lacking in bass...
My KEF Q75's are still going strong and have enough bass to thoroughly destroy anything in your kitchen cupboards. They are biamped from some NAD amps and still sound fantastic even after 10 years! However, just the other day the cone that is clued in the middle of the speaker fell off! It fell off one of the oval bass speakers units. It looks glued on. I haven't got in touch with KEF yet but I wonder if they'll warranty them after 10 years???
Check the discription " last few - may be ex-display or repaired "

Bought a "brand new plasma" from RS before & it had a year of dust on it when i got it out the box. Dont trust this outfit !
RedOnRed

Had my KEF speakers for 28 years and they're still superb.



oooh reference series?
hyl

The Sony 820 should handle these babies. But really, for the purist you … The Sony 820 should handle these babies. But really, for the purist you may want the stereo route.



stereo and better speakers. these don't cut it for purists.
jamgin

Can these handle Nicam stereo?


No, mono only or you can run them in dual mono mode if you have deep enough shagpile carpet to hide the xtra thick cabling. For true stereo you need to run the cables in the basement or ideally below the foundations of your mansion. If you are really lucky and you have a sewer underneath your property you will get much better bass definition. This is because the large diameter sewage pipes were originally designed to work as an auxiliary bass port and the low frequency component of the signal has room to breathe in such an environment. The downside is that rats tend to get hypnotized by the extra bass zoom factor (how low can you go?) and in their trance state they will eat through the cables. This can be overcome by using Kevlar shielded cables so figure on budgeting about two grand per inch for the low end cables. If you are on a tight budget and have to run particularly large distances it’s more economical to buy a dog to kill the rats. Don’t forget to budget for vet’s fees and a dog license; it’s easy to forget the basics when planning an A/V upgrade.

Note: Don’t use an Icelandic Boo Hound as a rat killer. They are very efficient killing machines but they can decode the audio signal and are prone to ‘singing along’ which ruins most music. Although it might enhance most X-Factor performances having a dog booing along with say a Sinatra plus Nelson Riddle Orchestra ballad is not to most peoples’ taste.

I voted this cold as it doesn’t include vet’s fees.




Edited by: "Agharta" 3rd Oct 2011
Nightyard look at pioneer vsx-920 or just scan what hi fi, home cinema choice for recommendations. I know okyno and as mentioned by seefman yamaha do well with awards under 1,000 range, although I would argue denons are worth the expensive tags

I'm not too hot on lower price brackets I just know Sony amps are really bad everyone I've come across produced below par sounds I felt I was missing ranges and all that seem to be well established was treble which overshadowed the rest.

Looked on whathifi and the sony dh820 gets a great review : Sony DH820 review , I'll probably go for that.

johndjson

Nightyard look at pioneer vsx-920 or just scan what hi fi, home cinema … Nightyard look at pioneer vsx-920 or just scan what hi fi, home cinema choice for recommendations. I know okyno and as mentioned by seefman yamaha do well with awards under 1,000 range, although I would argue denons are worth the expensive tags I'm not too hot on lower price brackets I just know Sony amps are really bad everyone I've come across produced below par sounds I felt I was missing ranges and all that seem to be well established was treble which overshadowed the rest.


simba2585

oooh reference series?



KEF Coda.
jamgin

Can these handle Nicam stereo?



Can these do Wegener Panda stereo?
trevordavies

Can these do Wegener Panda stereo?



Only on the second sunday after a full moon.
I would ask to view before you buy I bet you its tinny
Sigh.................. not much point in using a £150 amp to run £700 speakers. Regardless of bass, the speakers will show the amp's budget origins. I had some Q5's and they had plenty of bass- tuneful bass, not booming nonsense for annoying the neighbours. But hey- horses for courses, each to his/her own etc..............
I have Onkyo Tx-NR-609 and a pair of Mordaunt Short Aviano 2s with the Aviano 5 center. I need 2 more speakers to make my 5.0, would these make good fronts or are they not as good as my Avianos, I realise the Aviano 2s as surround is a little overkill.
I have no issues with bass and don't need a sub, there is already enough bass that the neighbours complain (I'm in a second floor flat), and would love something with a bit of clarity and less bass kick.
I'm usually a big fan of KEF but the iQ series were not their finest hour: whathifi.com/rev…q70
Madchester

If you´re thinking of buying make sure you demo them first. If they are … If you´re thinking of buying make sure you demo them first. If they are anything like my Q700s you will be really disappointed with the bass. I ended up having to buy a BK subwoofer to give me decent bass.

Only "demo" them in your own home. The surroundings make a huge difference, especially when it comes to bass. But then speakers are much more sexy than getting their situation right, so people would rather waste money on them.
neds

Sigh.................. not much point in using a £150 amp to run £700 s … Sigh.................. not much point in using a £150 amp to run £700 speakers. Regardless of bass, the speakers will show the amp's budget origins. I had some Q5's and they had plenty of bass- tuneful bass, not booming nonsense for annoying the neighbours. But hey- horses for courses, each to his/her own etc..............

youtube.com/wat…Vno
Agharta

Don’t forget to budget for vet’s fees and a dog license; it’s easy to forge … Don’t forget to budget for vet’s fees and a dog license; it’s easy to forget the basics when planning an A/V upgrade.



Can you give any recommendations on vets that can prevent canine-audio crosstalk? I've read the horror stories on the internet of people making the wrong choice and actually making their sound quality WORSE.
gypsy

Can you give any recommendations on vets that can prevent canine-audio … Can you give any recommendations on vets that can prevent canine-audio crosstalk? I've read the horror stories on the internet of people making the wrong choice and actually making their sound quality WORSE.


I prefer to use Serbian or Croatian vets who studied at the Nikola Tesla veterinary college.
gypsy

Can you give any recommendations on vets that can prevent canine-audio … Can you give any recommendations on vets that can prevent canine-audio crosstalk? I've read the horror stories on the internet of people making the wrong choice and actually making their sound quality WORSE.



For any problems with your woofers or tweeters take them to a vet. Dog and birds are their speciality....

I'm sad to report that I've found Nicam Stereo buried in a graveyard in Basingstoke. Alongside Betamax and Prestel.

RIP defunct tech.
:-)

Ended up buying the Pioneer vsx-920

nightyard

Looked on whathifi and the sony dh820 gets a great review : Sony DH820 … Looked on whathifi and the sony dh820 gets a great review : Sony DH820 review , I'll probably go for that.


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