Kef KHT3005-SE Home Cinema Speaker System Review

Published: 21st March 2011
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KEF KHT3005SE Review

KEF has been around long enough to earn itself a reputation as a producer of surround sound systems, but the KEF KHT3005SE demonstrates that there is always more that can be done. This new series has improved upon look of the already chic system, and updated its abilities.

The satellite speakers have been designed in a way that allows them to be set up in many different arrangements. You can decide between wall attachments, bookshelf stands, and pole stands. A rubber matt comes with the center speaker which can be used to set up the center speaker on top of the television.

The lacquered surface of the speakers gives them a modern, rounded appearance. The aluminum enclosures bring out the style in full range. The rounded shape of the speakers gives them a chic appearance that causes them to stand out. The system is good for those who want to put it on display, but less desirable for people looking for something less eye-catching.

Speakers have two parts: a midrange for lows and mids, and a tweeter to clarify higher pitched sounds. In most cases, the tweeter and midrange are separate from one another. With KEF's design, the tweeter and midrange are locate in the same place. Sounds are more coherently blended together in this way.

While this technology has been around for quite some time, it has now been improved upon with Sealed Suspension Technology. The gap between the midrange and tweeter has been eliminated. An improved magnet lets the cone of the speaker flex more readily, offering better lows.

Unlike previous models, the KEF KHT3005SE features a center speaker that is more distinct from the satellites. While it uses the same tweeter and midrange, it also has two mini subs attached to either side. This offers more enunciated vocals and a fuller, well rounded experience.

(The new subwoofer has a more round appearance than previous incarnations.|The attractive subwoofer is more spherical in appearance than previous models.|The subwoofer has a more rounded shape than the models that came before it.} It can be mounted on its stand vertically, or set up horizontally. The active model runs on 250 watts and uses an auxiliary bass radiator. Behind the ten inch cone, a second panel offers the woofer deeper bass that would otherwise be possible.

Compared to similarly priced systems, the KEF KHT3005SE is an excellent choice. Regardless of the volume, the satellites don't get muddled. The effect is very clear, drawing attention to details not normally experienced.

The center channel ties everything together, offering extremely clear on-screen sound, and bringing out the vocals so that they can be clearly heard regardless of what else may be happening on screen.

Despite the fact that the satellites now offer more bass than in the past, the subwoofer is as powerful as ever. It is built to squeeze everything that it possibly can out of the 250 available watts. With the bass boost on, the full capabilities are made obvious. Powerful as it is, it's also precise. The sub doesn't distract from or overpower the on-screen action.

While the KEF KHT3005SE certainly couldn't be called cheap, it is perfectly priced for its excellent abilities. The experience is immersive and highly accurate.


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