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KEF R100 Bookshelf Speakers - £299 @ Peter Tyson Audio Visual
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KEF R100 Bookshelf Speakers - £299 @ Peter Tyson Audio Visual

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Posted 25th Jul 2019

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Pretty good speakers, half price due to new line coming out. No ground breaking technologies were introduced though so still a very competent product.
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Been this price for more than six months now but are indeed a bargain, I got the R300s for £540 a few months back and they are epic, think they've sold all those now though.

The isn't a replacement for the R100 in the new range but if you are looking at the Q150 or 300 these are a far better speaker and a lot cheaper.
Edited by: "b1g1an" 25th Jul 2019
Any idea how well these would match up with an Arcam amp (A29) ?
Edited by: "SuperFlyBlues" 26th Jul 2019
Is the tweeter in the middle? Looks like it has a protector on it, older KEFs didn't.
mccririck26/07/2019 05:42

Is the tweeter in the middle? Looks like it has a protector on it, older …Is the tweeter in the middle? Looks like it has a protector on it, older KEFs didn't.



Yes, it is a two-way coaxial design.
SuperFlyBlues26/07/2019 02:25

Any idea how well these would match up with an Arcam amp (A29) ?


I don't believe that Arcam audibly colours the sound, and the R100 are fairly flat also, so they should match well assuming you like a flat frequency response.

R100 are rated at 8 ohms, although independent measurements I have read classify it at 4 ohms nominal. The Arcam is specified to handle 4 ohms, so from this perspective they should also match well.

I just bought a pair of these, although I am pairing them with dual subs. If that was something you wanted to do, an amp that has sub out and ideally bass management would be best.
SuperFlyBlues26/07/2019 02:25

Any idea how well these would match up with an Arcam amp (A29) ?


As @humita says, you definitely want a sub of some sort with these, they give a huge soundstage, but bassy they're not. If you just wanted just a standalone pair of speakers the R300s would be the better choice as they can deliver plenty of bass for 'traditional' music.
Need some new speakers since my bass from the old ones suck, so wondering if these ones are any good when it comes to that?
Shame the finish looks circa 1999
Good enough with denon x2500h in 5.1?
SuperFlyBlues26/07/2019 02:25

Any idea how well these would match up with an Arcam amp (A29) ?


I used to have an Arcam setup with Kef floor standers. Arcam are very flat in the EQ so while its a good match if you want a very natural sound. Its the kind of sound that takes time to appreciate because you arent blasted with bass or low mids. Some people buy an EQ seperate to boost low ends on Arcam gear but that defeats the purpose of Arcam imo.
timmyteef26/07/2019 11:07

Shame the finish looks circa 1999


Not good in pictures agreed but look great in the flesh. The gloss white ones look best but stand out like beacons if using for home cinema.
azual26/07/2019 11:35

Good enough with denon x2500h in 5.1?


Should work well. You should run your speakers as small in receiver config, sub crossover at least at 80 Hz (LFE + Main), this will spare the Denon some effort with bass amplification, and will let sub handle low end instead of R100 being pushed to its limits.
azual26/07/2019 11:35

Good enough with denon x2500h in 5.1?


To follow on from @humita if you get three pairs, you can use one of them on it's side as a really good centre. Because they are coaxial speakers, laying them down makes no difference to the sound.

The matching R200C is massive, isn't available new anywhere and usually goes for silly money on ebay.
b1g1an26/07/2019 15:58

To follow on from @humita if you get three pairs, you can use one of them …To follow on from @humita if you get three pairs, you can use one of them on it's side as a really good centre. Because they are coaxial speakers, laying them down makes no difference to the sound.The matching R200C is massive, isn't available new anywhere and usually goes for silly money on ebay.



Agreed! Wish they sold singles
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