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mara5
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Kef XQ40 vs Polk LSiM 703

Am in the process of upgrading. Any opinions on these two? I realize it's FS vs Bookie, but the 703's are getting rave reviews.

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You gonna listen to them?

I would.

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Speakers

First of all, if you CAN use floorstanding speakers, you should do so. In almost every case the bass response will be smoother and more expanded, and you will get a more natural balanced sound, period.

Of the two you mention, the KEF speakers are much better-sounding; it's not even close. They are very good. (comparing $4500 floor-standing speakers to $1800 box speakers????...)

Since you are talking about spending around $4500, however, the best-sounding speaker I know of in that range is the Vandersteen 3A. I have used them for a number of years, and I have compared them to many others (some costing much more money) and have never wanted to change. In long-term listening, they are far superior to most other comparably-priced designs that may sound good in a showroom but fail to satisfy on longer acquaintance.

Another one that is quite outstanding at the same price is the PSB Synchrony 1.  It is one speaker that I could live with if my Vandersteens didn't exist.

If one was in the $2500 price range, another outstanding speaker for that price is the PSB Imagine T.

 

 

mara5 wrote:

Am in the process of upgrading. Any opinions on these two? I realize it's FS vs Bookie, but the 703's are getting rave reviews.

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Don't forget Focal

I would agree with the Vandersteen recommendation, but sometimes they need at least 100w solid state.  In that range you should try to hear a set of Focal Chorus FS's.  Very nice big open sound and IMO nicer looking.

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