I have extensively auditioned IQ5 (not SE) and IQ9, both floorstanders. Sound from both FS were laidback and warm, never sounding harsh, brittle, or forward.
The smaller IQ5 is enough if you have a small room, say a typical squarish kind, and these iq5 don't have problem filling such room.
But, the bigger brother IQ9 needs more room to breate and they were very good indeed. Two important sound characteristics that would strike you when listening to IQ9 would be vocals and treble, they were spot on.
Bass in both speakers are tight and articulate, right amount for music - loss of deep bass in both.
A brighter sounding AVR or int. amp would suit all the KEF speakers in general.
If you have noticed my thread on amp upgrade - I am looking for upgrade of Cyrus 6vs 2 amp (40 wpch) for a more power full one . Alternatively I can go
for high sensitive 90 dB + speaker to replace my B&W685. Issue is amp going to protection mode at 11 o clock. Thus I am also interested in Kef IQ70 and 90 ( specification have been changed from 7 ,9 I believe ) since both are 90 dB+ and available in kolkata . Do you have any suggestion on the combo-Cyrus and Kef . What Hi fi feed back is not good on Kef 70, 90. For Deep bass would a sub be preffered ( if required at all )?
Manu I have heard it and I can definitely say that its not for you, too laid back for your taste since we all know by now you are the official bass head here
I have only heard the IQ5 not sure about the more expensive ones and they do have some really expensive speakers in there range as well the entry level IQ series is quite laid back and is not for everyone.
Vinod had put it very well the characteristics of the KEf but I would think the MA RS series or the Klipsch is more for you Manu.
Denons are bright. Nad and Marantz are laid back amps.
are you sure that denon is bright and Marantz is laid back. Maybe the definition of bright and laid back have changed over the last few days :lol:
Anyway jokes apart - within itself - denon is laid back, Marantz is transparent yet slightly forward, nad is warm but pushes/emphasizes bass, CA is neutral and so on.
Obviously speakers themselves have a role to play in the final output - but on paper that is how the amps are actually.
hmm you consider denons bright. thats interesting
can you name another amp that you find bright?
ALso which denon did you have?
I There is a probability of one classifying an 'X' equipment to be bright and the same 'X' equipment shall be detail and crisp to the other. Afterall sound is very subjective. BTW above comparisons are my personal opinion.
thats exactly why i asked you which other amps you considered bright.
what supra cranky and me are referring to are integrated amps from denon like the PMA series.
it would not be wise to compare a denon AVR SQ with a NAD integrated