2011 has been a fantastic year for compact speaker systems, with Tannoy, Canton, Cambridge Audio, Jamo and Harman Kardon all delivering stunning sound quality at affordable prices. Well here’s yet another compact system bidding for your attention, this time from British manufacturer KEF – a company that wowed us last time out with its sublime T205 flat speaker system.
The KHT1505 is a more conventional system than the wall-mountable T205, with five identical tabletop satellites (HTS7001) and a powered subwoofer in the box. Its main benefit is that you get a complete speaker system in one go that delivers KEF’s famed sonic expertise without eating up much of your living space or budget.
But despite its affordable approach, KEF doesn’t appear to have cut any corners when it comes to build quality. The satellites’ rounded cabinets are finished in lustrous high gloss black, and just holding one tells you all you need to know – it’s hefty and robust, with no signs of fragility or hollowness in the die cast aluminium bodywork.
The satellites stand just 198mm high and 61mm deep, which is ideal for perching on shelves or AV racks. There aren’t many systems in this price bracket that can match the KEFs on build quality – the Cambridge Audio Minx is perhaps its nearest challenger.
The system comes with a large, bulky subwoofer that boasts impressive build quality. It’s finished in a classy black ash veneer, with a removable grille on the front hiding the 200mm driver and a selection of controls on the back to optimise bass performance.