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KEF's Q350 speakers pack a punchThe KEF Q350 bookshelf speakers offer sophisticated styling and exceptionally versatile performance.
Are you a fan of British speakers or American ones? Or in other words, would you rather a pair of [UNKNOWN]? How you answer this question is determined to how you would feel about the KEF Q350s. These are well-mannered [UNKNOWN] speakers, which are also [UNKNOWN] musical sound and very British. [MUSIC] It gets quite distinctive looking with the company's proprietary coaxial driver in the middle, and nothing else. The driver consists of a 6.5 inch aluminum woofer with a 1 inch aluminum tweeter. This design enables the speakers to give you excellent imaging with most music and movies. The speaker comes in a choice of black or white. And it's rear ported, which means you should keep it away from walls, or overly boost bass levels. And it's bass that this speaker does well. For funk to rock to classical, the KEF offers a punchy low end that lends the speaker a warmer tone than most American competitors. The KEF is less fussy about the amplification you use or the type of music you listen to than most audiophile designs. They simply sound good. With movies and TV, the speakers are able to help you pick out voices without difficulty and will also show plenty of pluck with action movies. The KEF Q350s are an enjoyable set of speakers. And like the BMW 685 S2s, offer a look at audiophile level performance for around the price of a good AV receiver.