August 25, 2009 by Stephen Hopkins
If you’re think you’re smart ... check out these iQs!
One of the best ways to make yourself feel more intelligent is to save some money. One of the best ways to save money is to know when something a little bit older is just as good as something new.
A perfect example is the previous version of the KEF iQ series (iQ1, iQ3, etc) loudspeakers that are nearly identical, save some very minor cosmetic differences, to the newer iQ series (iQ10, iQ30 ... I think you Mensa members see the pattern). What you get from this little iQ test are Uni-Q coaxial drivers offering extremely uniform off-axis response and curved cabinets that reduce internal standing waves in an array of sizes and configurations.
There’s currently one authorized online dealer, Accessories4Less.com (AC4L), that still has consistent stock on most of the older iQ line. If you’re looking to boost that iQ even higher, AC4L also carries many of these models in “cosmetic imperfections” with even greater savings ... I’m told that all imperfections are extremely minor and most will go completely unnoticed.
If you’re looking to put together a full system and can’t find everything in the color you want, don’t be afraid to mix with the newer iQ series. Sonic differences will be negligible and AC4L has “cosmetic imperfection” models of the newer series too, at similarly significant savings.
Models currently available are:
iQ1 Black - $229/pr
iQ3 Black - $349/pr
iQ5 Black - $399/pr
iQ5 Maple - $399/pr
iQ7 Black - $599/pr
iQ9 Black - $799/pr
iQ2c Black - $124/ea
iQ2c Walnut - $129/ea
iQ6C Walnut - $400/ea
iQ8DS Walnut - $320/pr
iQ8DS Maple - $330/pr
iQ8DS Apple - $350/pr
iQ8DS Black - $350/pr
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Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.
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