CNET First Look
KEF HTF8003Buying the KEF HTF8003 is an expensive proposition once you add the cost for an AV receiver and subwoofer, but it has some of the best sonics we've heard from a sound bar.
^M00:00:01[ Music ]^M00:00:04 >> Hi, I'm Matthew Moskovciak, Senior Associate Editor at cnet.com and we're here with a KEF HTF8003. This is an unpowered sound bar speaker from KEF and that means you'll need a separate AV receiver to use it. And it is currently selling for about eight hundred dollars on line. Now like most sound bars, it has the same long tube like shape, and if you look around on the top, you will see it is has a glossy black finish that runs through the rest of it, except for the speaker grill that has a more gray like look and is no gloss to it. The KEF comes in both, wall mounting hardware in case you want to mount it on your flat screen TV, or there are also little rubber supports pads that you can put under it. We found the rubber support pads to be a little bit too small and because of the way the weight is distributed on the KEF, we found that it was a little bit too easy to knock it over. If you look around back, you will see three pairs of spring loaded speaker connectors for the right, left, and center channel. You'll notice that there are no left or right surround channels, and that's because the KEF really doesn't try and do any virtual surround speaker effects, like some other sound bars that you may see. Now in terms of sound quality, the HTF8003 is one of the best sound bar speakers that we have listen to, with the caveat that we really felt that you needed, a sub woofer that provides credible home theater sound. We really enjoyed the detailed sound on movies and even though there weren't any surround effect, we found it easy to get engrossed in the movie we were watching. Now as much as we like the HTF8003, our major concern is price. When you consider the fact that you have to buy a separate AV receiver, and you're reeling in a sub woofer for it to sound good, you getting up over two thousand dollars, and for that price, you can get better sound from a pair of more traditional tower speakers and an AV receiver. However, if you've got the budget and KEF works well with the decor of your living room, this is one of the top sounding sound bars that we've tested. I'm Matthew Moskovciak from cnet.com and this is the KEF HTF8003. ^M00:01:58