Great sounding set of speakers.
Rarely in life do you get wow moments but when i clicked play on spotify and these kefs jumped into life did i feel it. The sound quality is astonishing, and i mean astonishing, i would say the best music sound i have ever heard. It was crisp and danced in your ears and really was something rather special to the point i called my neighbour in to listen as well. They are very well made (as you would expect) and very heavy (around 20kg) and they look amazing, yes sure they are expensive but reassuringly so and just blow cheap speakers out of the room. Strongly recommended as the best set of speakers i have ever heard.
Superb audiophile active speaker system for an absolute bargain price. To start with these are in a strange place in marketing terms, they are really much too good to be termed “computer speakers” but they seem to be being marketed as such, hence they are met with comments of “too expensive” or “really huge” or both. They are truly jawdroppingly good active hifi loudspeakers, entirely capable of replacing a medium quality separates system. I have had some half decent kit in my time, totalling several 1000 gbp’s of investment back in late 90’s early 2000’s before family commitments took me away from my hobby. I had my eye on these since they were announced back in 2013 and finally got the funds together to invest in a pair. I have had mine for around 2 weeks and can confirm that the x300a’s offer a really high quality audiophile listening experience. Siting:they work exceptionally well (beguilingly) on a large desk. I find they are best on some books and bricks to raise them by about 8 inches off the desk so the tweeters are at ear level. I have tried them on stands, but actually am preferring the intimacy of the desk set up, sitting about 24 inches from each speaker and with the speakers around 3ft apart. I have yet to really test them on the stands, but they are not suited to long term use in my living room on the stands, so i’m a little restricted to the desk use at present.
If you want a pair of these bad boys it would help if you were really serious about your hi-fi. Firstly, these are expensive. Secondly, they are also huge – well, for desktop speakers they are – so only think about these if you have a big desk or proper speaker stands. Having said that the build quality is outstanding and the finish is slick & stylish. Of course, none of this matters if the sound fails to live up to expectations, and these are fantastic.I’m not an audiophile but i don’t have to be to appreciate the almost completely distortion free sound and wonderfully balanced tonal spectrum.
- 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 White
- High fidelity design
- High definition sound
- High simplicity
- Hi-Fi your computer. Now in wireless.
- Listen to your music the way it’s meant to be heard
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.
Excellent sound with a few issues. The first thing you notice about these speakers is the size. Each speaker is 280mm tall x 180mm wide x 243mm deep in size (according to the kef website) and they each weigh 7. Marketing the speakers as being for smartphones, mp3 players or even pcs is ridiculous. I have mine on my pc desk and they look a bit silly, almost as tall as my 20 inch widescreen monitor. They are however immaculately finished, the cases made from brushed gunmetal grey aluminium, the front of the units dominated by the speaker cones and free from buttons and dials, only a tiny green led glowing on the front of the left speaker to indicate that the power is on. Each speaker requires power, and standard pc-type “kettle” cables are provided, one per speaker. It does seem excessive that you need two mains sockets just for speakers, and i’ve had to move a few things around to accommodate them. Inside the box you also find two usb leads, one for connecting the speakers together, the other for linking the left speaker to your computer (everything connects via the left speaker), plus two foam bungs for adjusting the bass output, which is useful if like me you have the speakers situated close to a wall. The left speaker has a volume control on the rear, a power switch for the system, and a 3. 5mm jack socket for plugging in a phone or mp3 player, but the cable isn’t supplied, surprisingly. Connect the speakers to each other, plug them into the mains, and switch them on.
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.