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KEF 104ab - is it worth upgrading?

 
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dbartlett
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: KEF 104ab - is it worth upgrading? Reply with quote

I have had my pair of KEF 104 ab speakers since I was eighteen. I bought them in the late 70's and although I have upgraded every other part of my system they have stayed with me as much treasured friends.

Having recently bought a new cd player I'm wondering if there would be any advantage in buying a set of new KEF speakers. Having read all the positive comments on this forum about the 104 ab speakers I'm not at all sure that I should, but if I did which current KEF speakers would be an improvement? I'd be very interested in what people think.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:50 pm    Post subject: Re: KEF 104ab - is it worth upgrading? Reply with quote

dbartlett wrote:
I have had my pair of KEF 104 ab speakers since I was eighteen. I bought them in the late 70's and although I have upgraded every other part of my system they have stayed with me as much treasured friends.

Having recently bought a new cd player I'm wondering if there would be any advantage in buying a set of new KEF speakers. Having read all the positive comments on this forum about the 104 ab speakers I'm not at all sure that I should, but if I did which current KEF speakers would be an improvement? I'd be very interested in what people think.


I'm in the same position, have tried a few more modern ones (in the same price ball park) but nothing sounds any better, different maybe, but not better. I am very keen to try some Kef 104/2's though.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:37 pm    Post subject: Re: KEF 104ab - is it worth upgrading? Reply with quote

From my previous posts I yet again repeat...
The worst mistake I made was to sell my 2nd pair of 104aBs.
At least one pair is still in gthe family somewhere.
As you say, different but no better!
Love them to bits!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might be worth changing the crossover capacitors. I have just done this on my 104aB's and it seems to have opened up the sound stage somewhat. The kits can be bought from Falcon Acoustics and if you are handy with a soldering iron should take about an hour or two.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I replaced my pair of 104ab from the living room with a fully refurbished pair of Calindas. Sound the same plus a bit fuller in the low frequencies. My pair of 104ab are running the surround channel for my listening room where the front speakers are a pair fo 105.1

The only problem with the 104 - if you have it - is the stretching of the surrounds. I had to replace one driver and am now working on replacing the rubber surrounds. You can only find generic ones and I'm not sure they would not change the tuning and properties of the B200.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your helpful comments. I think I'll stick with my 104abs as I know the sound, enjoy it and they are still in very good condition and delivering well!
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