KEF's 2000 series of 5.1-channel home cinema speakers has enjoyed huge success since it was first launched eight years ago, earning awards and admiration from the press and public alike. The KHT2005.3 is the third generation sub/sat system from this acclaimed series, and packs KEF's sophisticated audio technology into a compact set of speakers that won't make unreasonable demands on your space or your wallet.
The system comprises four HTS2001.3 satellites, an HTC2001.3 centre speaker and the new Kube-2 subwoofer (which is also available separately). The satellites are staggeringly good looking and beautifully built, featuring a high gloss black finish (also available in matt silver) and the distinctive egg shape that has become a much loved feature of the 2000 series. Each one is perched on a newly-tweaked multi-directional base that enables it to be positioned anywhere and placed at any angle, making it easy to tailor to your needs. The centre channel boasts the same base and styling but can be horizontally mounted, and all of the sats can be mounted on optional floor stands.
The Kube-2 powered subwoofer is pleasingly compact and styled with a gloss black top panel and three sides covered in black cloth. Inside it boasts a powerful 200W class-D amplifier and a side-firing long-throw bass driver, complimented by a 250mm active bass reflex. Its vital statistics are a frequency range of 35Hz to 150Hz, a maximum output of 112dB and a 23 litre internal volume, all of which points towards some seriously muscular bass performance.
Its rear panel sports a healthy range of knobs and switches to fiddle with, including volume and crossover dials (the latter ranging from 40Hz to 140Hz), a 180 degree phase control switch and an EQ switch that lets you boost the bass response by +6dB or +12dB to account for differing room conditions and tastes. Connections are limited to a pair of phono line inputs.
The satellites are similarly well-specified, fitted with KEF's 100mm UNI-Q driver with a metal dome tweeter and neodymium magnets, which is designed to deliver the type of sound that you'd get from much larger speakers - a task at which KEF has succeeded in the past. It also helps to disperse the sound over a wider area and envelop the listening position.
The high quality binding posts on the back of each satellite are easy to access, allowing you to connect speaker cables securely and conveniently. Also the moveable bases are smooth and sturdy, and enable you to turn and tilt them without fear of snapping them off. If need be the bases on any of the sats can be attached, removed and reattached for horizontal mounting.