|KEF Audio KHT 5005.2 5.1 On-wall Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers On-wall Loudspeakers|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Sunday, 01 April 2007|
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I spent about two months with these little speakers and really enjoyed my time with them, but they are not perfect. The subwoofer’s output was impressive, though the bass could be boomy at times. I found these speakers to open up and sound a little better at slightly higher than my usual movie and TV listening level, but not so much so to be problematic for anyone but the quietest of listeners.
The binding posts are slightly recessed and do not accept banana connectors, so they could pose difficulty for some people attaching speaker wires, especially if you tried to do this after wall-mounting them. The screw threads that hold the speakers to their stands are not the smoothest, but as you will likely only use them once and they performed flawlessly for me throughout this review, this is a trivial issue at best.
These are great little speakers. Their sound would be considered impressive even for “large” speakers, and they are offered at a very reasonable price. Despite my point about the bass sometime being a little boomy, I must also say that many of the subwoofers I am comparing it to cost more than this entire speaker system, and it is unfair to expect that level of performance out of this sub. All in all, the sub pumped out immense, thunderous bass, especially given its size. The build quality was first rate. Just before submitting this review, my Great Dane managed to hook the speaker wire to one of the surrounds and topple it onto the floor. Had I not seen it there, I would never have been able to tell, as I could find no damage to the cabinet or grille. Clearly, these are durable cases. The smooth highs and good-natured sound of this system made it a pleasure to hear. The unbelievable sound level output from the small system I had them in is nothing short of amazing. These speakers are not perfect – none are – but they do so much so well that any flaws are easily forgotten.
For under $2,000, there are many lifestyle speaker systems available. Few, if any, can offer you the across-the-board appeal of these speakers. I truly enjoyed having them in my bedroom and, if you are looking for a speaker system to give you the output and sound of floor-standers without the loss of square footage, you should check out the KEF KHT 5005.2. They offer amazing performance, multitudes of set-up options and jaw-dropping sound, all at a very reasonable price. Spend a little time with them and you might find that you want to keep them around. I did.