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Old 7th October 2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default What to build to replace old KEF90s

I recently built a subwoofer with a Seas L26ROY and plate amp from Madisound. I was surprised how well it came out and how good it sounded. I kinda got the bug to build something else. My KEF Q90s from the early 90s are starting to buzz a little at higher volumes and the cabinets are starting to look rather poor. I liked the way the Q90s sounded before they started buzzing but I am not sure what to build. I have an Emotiva UMC-1 powering Adcom GFA-545II listening mostly to streaming Pandora.....but sometimes a little louder than I should. I am thinking Zaphs MTM but I am not sure, any opinions? I'd like to keep it under $1500, but I'd also like to upgrade the Adcom at some point to old school Krells, Audio Research or McIntosh amps. I would hate to want even better speakers after. I am not an upgrade junky, I like to keep my stuff for a while, but hate buying twice. I also realize I am no where near the absolute high end and not sure if it is worth spending the extra scratch on scanspeak or seas kit.

Thanks.

-dave

Zaph:
Zaph|Audio - Bargain Aluminum MTM

KEF Q90 info: Explore KEF - Q60, Q80, Q90 - KEF United States

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Old 7th October 2012, 10:24 PM   #2
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Hi,

Playing around with an existing pair of speakers is a great way to learn
compared to diving in at the deep end with a complete speaker build.

Researching and refinishing the Q90 cabinets is a lot easier that building and
finishing cabinets. Recapping (electrolytics), wiring, soldering, investigating
connectors and generally taking the Q90's apart looking for any problems
and putting them back together, so they are in full working order (if not
you should know why, e.g. a dodgy driver by comparing) would be great
practise for building speakers, even if you don't intend to keep them in
the long run, you can then move them on as a very nice pair of Q90's.

I think you might prefer the Zaph|Audio over Zaph|Audio - Bargain Aluminum MTM

rgds, sreten.
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Old 7th October 2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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Hmmm. Fix the Kef's? then sell them on quickly.
IMO those were Horrid speakers.
The infamous UniQ driver was/is an incompetent attempt at a coax driver IMO...it Simply didn't work.
If you liked them (acclimatisation perhaps ?) then you will find Current Speakers of a whole new world.. in sounds.
Dunno about buying/pursuing Speakers on sticks/stands though. Always struck me as inane to Buy a teeny speaker ..then.. pay large for a gizmo (has to be a quality/$$ stick too) to put it up high enough to hear it ?.. Geez
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Old 8th October 2012, 01:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for the thoughts, I think I'd rather spend my time and money on building new than trying to refurb the Q90s. And I'm not married to the MTM or any other speaker at this point, I am good with a regular size (say less than 48" tall or so) floor standing speaker. Any recommendations?
Thanks.
-dave
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Old 8th October 2012, 01:57 AM   #5
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Perhaps the Troels Nomex 164?
PEERLESS-NOMEX-164

-dave
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