I went through audioengine a5+s and the kef eggs before i just decided to pay out for the x300as. I kind of wish i had just got these from the start. If you are looking to buy some new speakers,don’t require bone shaking bass and have the money,. They certainly sound leagues better than any of the other speakers i tried (and they both sounded great to me to start with). As expected, they have a similar clarity and brilliance as the eggs, with a much more rounded, punchier sound. Bass is solid, though doesn’t go quite as low as the a5+s. Overall the sound is balanced, complex, dynamic (and makes me smile). Negatives for the x300as are that there is no sub output, which might not be good enough for some and also the 2 supplied usb cables are both only a few metres long – i brought a 5m cable for the speaker connection for about £5, so not a big deal. Unless something goes bang i doubt i will ever need to buy desktop speakers again.
Have moved to listing to music from my computer and was tired of poor sound. These speaker are expensive but well worth the upgrade.
Great looking, amazing sound quality, even when on full volume no sound quality lost you still get amazing sound. My only real issue with them is both speakers need to be plugged into mains, it’s only the left hand speaker that has any connectivity to any devices. Everything has to be plugged into left speaker but would be much better if there were options to plug into either. The supplied usb cable is short so doesn’t allow for any real separation of the speakers, but this is down to individual choice. If you want them on opposite sides of the room you will need to buy a much longer cable. Not sure if they are worth paying £600 there are probably better options for the same price.
Incredible sound, limited connections. Like others, i was expecting some mid-sized desktop speakers. Well, the courier wheeled the box in on a trolley. These are big, and very heavy. Marketing these as speakers for smartphones and mp3 players is ludicrous, and if you want to use these as desktop speakers for your laptop/desktop pc then you will need a seriously big desk. No, these are more suited to be placed on speaker stands and hooked up to a sound system or hd tv so that their (incredible) sound can fill a room. And there we come across a problem: connectivity. It’s easy to plug an ipod, smartphone, etc into these via a headphone cable and blast away some incredible sounds (to the quality limits of mp3 or flac, anyway). But if you want to hook these up to anything else – prepare to be stumped.
- In a class of its own!
- Amazing set of studio monitors
- Worth EVERY penny: music like you won’t have heard it before (except live).
- Nice oddities 4.5 Stars rounded-down due to limited inputs.
- Excellent sound with a few issues
- KEF X300A. Best Of Breed!!
KEF X300A WIRELESS Gunmetal
- High fidelity design
- High definition sound
- High simplicity
- Hi-Fi your computer. Now in wireless.
Wonderful sound but limited connection options. Some of the picture on both the amazon and kef websites are a little misleading, and give you the impression that the x300as are fairly diminutive speakers; my advice is to remove that thought from your head straight away. The box the kefs arrived in had a label with the word ‘heavy’ stuck to it, and carrying it from the greenhouse (where the postie had conveniently left it for all to see) i could see why, as each speaker weighs about the same as a baby elephant. Opening the box and taking each speaker out almost resulted in several more strains; i don’t know what gubbins lies inside the kefs but it probably has something to do with black holes. Don’t get me wrong, i like weighty, but you will need to find somewhere solid to put these things. Once out of their cardboard prison, the kefs look great, in a slightly military sort of way. The sides have a brushed gunmetal grey finish that i’m in two minds about – it does look clean and modern but it also looks slightly out-of-place on my almost exclusively brown living room furniture. There’s no fabric covers on the front so you can see the cones in all their glory, with the only slight disruption to their dark lines being a single, tiny status led on the front of the left speaker. On the rear of the left is a three-pin power port and a mini-usb port, together with a power switch, a stereo jack input, the usb-in port, a switch to set between desk and stand mounting, and a volume dial. On the rear of the right speaker is a further power port and mini-usb port, and a dial to control the balance.
Great sounding set of speakers.
Nice oddities 4. 5 stars rounded-down due to limited inputs. . These are amazing sounding speakers which is, after all, the most important factor and why i have awarded nearly 5 stars. They are, however, a bit of an oddity in some respects and not without niggles. On first connection the clarity and stereo imaging of these things is truly alarming. As a bonus, they seem to get the most out of lesser quality sources. -using dab radio as an input extends the old adage to: “you can’t polish a turd. But you can sprinkle it with glitter”()i tried a variety of internet radio stations from ‘moscow deep mix’ to ‘baroque around the clock’ and ‘funky 4ss tunes’ and they all sounded crisssp. I ran a bass-test cd through the usb digital input and found a pleasing, smooth roll-off with no noticeable humps. And they do go down admirably low for their size. At one point i detected a rattling noise but it turned out to be some over-excited window putty.