KEF Q100 Review – Bookshelf Home Entertainment Loudspeakers

What We Like

  • Simple bold design.
  • 5.25-inch subwoofer.
  • Detachable grills.

What we don’t like

  • No Bluetooth.
  • Lack of proper amplification.
Specs
  • Amplifier Requirements: 10W – 100W
  • Bass Driver: Uni-Q Driver Array
  • Maximum Output: 107dB
  • Weight: 13 lbs
  • Response range: 49 Hz – 40 kHz
  • Color: American Walnut
  • Item Dimensions: 7.1 x 10.7 x 11.8 in
  • Mount Type: Bookshelf
  • Warranty : 5 years

KEF is a British loudspeaker manufacturing company founded in 1961. Their mission statement claims that they are “Obsessed with High Resolution.”

Since 1961, KEF has been developing and selling high audio quality speakers that are durable, affordable, and amazing concerning design.

The Q100 is a set from the famous Q-series by KEF and is a worthy buy for anyone who requires a reliable bookshelf speaker.

Appearance

Starting the KEF Q100 speaker review, we first look at what we have. The Q100, at first glance, speaks expensive. The all black vinyl exterior is made from high-quality MDF.

The front baffle is made of durable materials and is bolted onto the cabinet. The MDF black oak casing that houses the speaker gives off a very posh, elegant look that fits into most settings.

The set contains two speakers to maximize the output range. The only detail that breaks up the flat black is a brushed aluminum bar with KEF’s signature logo on it.

This bar separates the drivers from the front firing port, achieving a very subtle minimal appearance. The KEF Q100 stands just under a foot tall, making it perfect for any bookshelf, home entertainment system, or smaller area in the users’ home.

The Q100 can also be paired up with any floor standing speakers, center channels, or subwoofers from the KEF Q Series as a home theater system, ensuring an even and outstanding audio experience.

This intra KEF connectivity is a plus point for those who already have the Q-series embedded into their sound systems. The pair weighs just over 10 pounds, which is not that heavy for the size and specifications the Q100 has.

Features

Let’s take a look at KEF Q100’s specs.

  • The Q100 features a 5.25-inch Uni-Q driver array with a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter at its acoustic center. This Uni-Q driver array offers fast and clean midrange response, thanks to a braced magnesium/aluminum alloy cone and with KEF’s Z-flex surround smoothing the transition to the front panel.
  • Based on the state-of-the-art HF driver developed for our flagship Blade, the Q100 boasts a much larger dome tweeter for increased sensitivity and distortion-free power handling.
  • The two-speaker crossover at 2.5kHz, which makes them pretty smooth overall.
  • An amplifier is required to run these speakers because there is no amplification system built inherently into the speaker.
  • The maximum sound output from these speakers is rated for 107dB. Which is loud enough for a small room, but it can adhere to the sound requirement of a relatively larger one.
  • The front grills are removable for design change, so if someone wants a more ‘techie’ look, this caters to that too.
Pros
  • Simplicity is at the top of this area; the speakers are easy to set up, not very complicated to handle.
  • Great for those who like good technology that Is easy to use.
  • Durability. KEF has always advertised the build quality of its products.
  • The Q100 twin speakers are compatible with all other KEF Q-series audio systems.
  • If you’re looking into this as an enhancement to your Q-series ecosystem, this is the best.
  • The 5.25-inch woofer and the 1-inch aluminum tweeter when combined, provide a very versatile range of sound.
  • The response is excellent for both extremely low and high volumes.
  • The speakers can handle high bass very well, due to the woofer.
  • The Q-100 is great for those audiophiles who love bass or any bassaholic for that matter.
  • The Uni-Q driver extends the frequency spectrum while keeping the stereo balanced.
  • The sound has perfect clarity regardless of where you are in the room
  • The removable front grill is a great addition as it makes the look of the speakers a bit more versatile.
  • The lower in the frequency range has a great audio response in this set.
  • The bass section on this speaker is impressive.
  • That aluminum cone driver moves quite a lot of air.
  • On top of that, the lows are clear and well defined. I am making the sound versatile and well rounded.
  • The Q100 keeps this promise, physical damage is something the customers rarely have to worry about when they invest in a KEF speaker.
  • The speakers size enables it to fit in small spaces, and the vent ports make sure the bass response is balanced and enjoyable.
  • The design is also a big selling point. The posh black oak MDF cover and the front woofer give the speaker an advanced yet sleek vibe.

Cons
  • The lack of amplification is a drawback the Q100 faces.
  • An external amplifier is always a hassle and is a key selling point in today’s market.
  • Lack of connectivity. The KEF Q100 does not feature Bluetooth connectivity, or NFC.

What’s in the box?

  • The box includes the twin speakers
  • A wire that connects the left speaker to the right speaker
  • A dual RCA cable for AV input
  • An RCA to 3.5mm audio cable for auxiliary input.

Verdict

Although the Q100 would seem like more of an enhancement speaker set rather than an entry-level speaker, the Q100 suit all sorts of users.

The speakers may lack in a few departments, but the excellence in sound, the versatility of the design and the durability and build quality of the KEF Q100 enable it to be a speaker worth having.

For audiophiles who love mixed sound ranges, the Q100 is the best bookshelf loudspeaker in the market. This speaker is fantastic and worth every penny.

Jack

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