Summary: This set of speakers scores very highly on the SAF - the dreaded Spouse Approval Factor - because of its understated elegance and sleek good looks. Even the subwoofer stands discreetly out of view rather than crouching menacingly in a corner. The speakers are all gloss, with an unfortunate propensity to gathering dust. While the attached stands do keep the speakers fairly stable, I'd highly recommend detaching the stands, and mounting the speakers directly on to a wall.
Summary: The set came with a well constructed package. Each of the speakers is wrapped with a cloth so they are well protected from any scratch due to mis-handling. The 5.1 system is easy to install with my receiver. I used this together with the KEF wireless connection for the rear speakers. The calibration is done with a microphone supplied and is easy to do. This set is expensive (so is the wireless transmitter receiver set) and I would expect it to deliver outstanding sound.
Pros: - Great sound; - Wireless system works very well; - New 2009 models are shipping with improved HTB2SE sub; - Very complete system (includes wall mounts and tools); - Can be upgraded easily to 6.1 or 7.1, even wireless;
Cons: - Optional floor stands are priced ridiculously expensive; - Sub without protective grill looks great, but is also vulnerable to kids & pets;
Summary: I recently bought this speaker system along-with Onkyo 606 and am quite happy with the configuration. The speakers are very solidly built, and are great sounding. KEF supplies wall mounts which look great with my LCD tv, and saves money in buying stands. Regarding the negatives: I wish the speakers were bi-amped. Since it is a 5.1 system, if at least two speakers were bi-amped, I could have used my receiver to the fullest with better sound.
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