The idyllic combination of nouveau sound and style can be rarely found in a single speaker design, even if it is, the blend may cost you a lot of money in combination with its bulky size. Here is when the latest, exquisitely crafted KEF KHT-3005 comes into picture, a $1,500 satellite/subwoofer package with egg-shaped, cast-aluminium speakers and a donut-round subwoofer. KEF KHT-3005 boasts of its exclusive features like, cast-aluminium speaker pods optimally shaped for sound. The four 9 inches tall satellites, weighing 6.6 pounds are mounted on matching table stands, also serving as wall brackets (The slim floor stands for the sats are provided by KEF for $150 per pair).
The 12-inch-wide, 13.2-pound center speaker of KEF KHT-3005 can be optionally seated either on the rubber table stand or can be mounted on the wall with the supplied bracket. The matching 24.2-pound subwoofer offers you the option of using it in a vertical position or horizontally positioned on the three spiked feet. On being positioned vertically, the KEF KHT-3005 speaker measures 15.5 inches high, 17.5 wide, and just 7.6 deep.
The front baffles of the speakers are sheathed with a black rubberized material, and speaker grilles upheld with the use of magnets. The assemblages of KEF KHT-3005 finished in an automotive-grade, lustrous silver or black paint, and sleek curves, with high-end speakers for just $1,500 is quiet a bargain.
More importantly, two details have to be taken care of while setting up the System. The out-of-sight speaker wire connectors are placed on their lower rear ends, permitting only stripped, bare wires, banana plugs and not “spades”. The second detail pertains to the labor involved in smoothening of the bass blend between the satellites and subwoofer. Though KEF proposes to set the A/V receiver’s bass management to 80Hz, but when we did that, it resulted in the disappearance of KHT-3005’s bass on some CDs and DVDs, thereby leading to a proper reproduction of lowest bass notes with missing higher frequencies. On being experimented with, the KEF KHT-3005 subwoofer crossover control, set to 100Hz, then to 120Hz; the higher-frequency crossover setting rendered the most fluent bass transition from the subwoofer to satellites.
This amazing level of adaptability can be rarely found in any other A/V receivers, it is therefore advised to the prospective buyers to have a good look at the owner’s manuals for finer tuning of the necessary subwoofer crossover settings. The exact setting of the subwoofers in KEF KHT-3005 varies depending on room size and acoustic properties. The proprietary Uni-Q driver of KEF KHT-3005 places the 0.75-inch aluminium dome tweeter in the centre of the 4.25-inch woofer. Though the center speaker uses the same Uni-Q driver, the bass effect is enhanced with a pair of 3-inch woofers.
The subwoofer has front and rear-mounted 10-inch woofers, but only the front woofer is powered by a 250-watt onboard digital amplifier. When compared the rear woofer reproduces bass more passively, due to the internal air pressure produced by the movement of the front woofer. The functions of volume control and crossover network in KEF KHT-3005 are handled by the A/V receiver’s bass-management system and not by the woofer. The sub’s base is equipped with a phase control and a three-position switch for deep bass boost. Connectivity is set to one RCA input. The KEF KHT-3005 not only comes with stunning looks but also with a new way of experiencing music like, the sound of lap steel guitars spreading out from the front left and right satellites and the drums’ cymbals floating a foot or so above the speakers themselves. The treble range is perhaps just a trifle bright, but it is so delicate and airy, we do not mind.
Acoustic bass instruments sound more true-to-life owing to the subwoofer’s taut definition. As far as the CD’s are concerned the bass lines rolling through the CD satisfies you with its fullness and power, and pitch of each note clearly delivered. The KEF KHT-3005’s home-theatre accomplishments are unbeatable with the subwoofer’s bass extending to the low 30Hz range in our home theatre. The holographic demonstration of KEF KHT-3005 in three-dimensional space is impressive, giving rise to a clear, seamless arc of sound encircling our home theatre. KEF KHT-3005 has a couple of limitations, when compared to a pair of much larger speakers. They may not offer up the same volume capability, high-energy range, and home-theatre effect. For the buyers on a look-out for a splendid, compact, and reasonably priced 5.1-speaker package, the KEF KHT-3005 is just the thing to go for.