The Good Sleek aluminum satellite speakers use unique driver technology to produce incredible clarity; three drivers per speaker; compact, donut-shaped, dual 10-inch, 250-watt powered subwoofer; table and wall mounts included; floor stands are available.
The Bad Expensive; can't rock out or deliver home theater fury on the same level as a full-size speaker system.
The Bottom Line KEF's KHT-5005.2 is one of the few surround speaker packages to coax audiophile sound from lifestyle-friendly speakers and a subwoofer.
KEF is one of the few stalwart British speaker manufacturers that successfully evolved from its purist audiophile roots to become a more mainstream brand. KEF's separate, high-end home theater offerings are excellent, and its beautifully styled packaged systems, such as the new KHT-5005.2, maintain KEF's sound-quality standards. The cast-metal speaker cabinets are not only elegantly proportioned, they house KEF's advanced Uni-Q driver array that features a 0.6-inch metal-dome tweeter mounted in the center of a 3-inch woofer, plus another pair of 3-inch woofers. The Uni-Q design is said to provide more precisely focused imaging than conventional separate tweeter and woofer designs. The matching dual 10-inch powered subwoofer is both stylish and powerful, and yet its audiophile breeding is apparent in its taut definition. The KHT-5005.2 handles home theater and music with equal zeal. Some may blanch at the $2,000 price tag, but for a speaker system that looks and sounds this good, it's money well spent.
The KEF KHT-5005.2 slender cast-metal speakers have a unique shape; when you look at them from the side, the tops and bottoms of the cabinets taper inward at a radical angle. The design gives the system a very modern yet understated appearance. The four satellites each stand 17 inches tall and weigh 4.4 pounds each. They're premounted on matching (removable) table stands; metal wall brackets are also included. KEF also offers two other stand options: an adjustable-height shelf stand and a fixed-height floor stand, which follows the contour of the speakers. The 16.5-inch-wide center speaker, the HTC5001.2, is essentially one of the satellite speakers resting on its side. It can be wall-mounted or placed on a TV or shelf. The speakers' curved cloth grilles aren't removable.