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104ab with or without klout

 
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Richie
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: 104ab with or without klout Reply with quote

I have just acquired a Linn Klout amp, are my Kef 104ab's in the same league as this amp or should I look at better (vintage) Kefs such as the 104/2's to bring out the best in the Klout.
I will of course use my own ears but I am interested in other opinions.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe the Klout isn't in the same league as the 104aBs? Wink Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 104aB was/is a very good speaker (it predates my time at KEF so I am not being biased). The woofer has a short coil in a long gap and so is very low distortion. The passive radiator is much better than an open port at attenuating the box outut from cabinet resonances. The box panels were damped with bituminous pads. A good T27 was flat out to nearly 40kHz on a clear day.

The 104 was KEF's answer to the Spendor BC1, which itself followed the BBC trend for having a sucked out middle to reduce "midrange coloration". I personally found this suck out excessive and lacking in pop vocals. For this reason, I always listened to my 104aBs with the control at "+", which was the flat on-axis (tweeter) position.
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