BEST SOUNDING BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS UNDER 500

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Kef Q350 Vs SVS Prime bookshelf Vs Wharfedale Diamond 220 Vs Jamo C93 ii Vs Klipsch Rp-600M

Specs and pricing

So the Kef is currently priced at $700 which makes me upset because it should be $500 and this is the sub 500 shootout. They are in here simply because they were $500 like two days ago. Okay, six and a half inch woofer with a one inch aluminium dome tweeter, rear ported, they are rated from 63 up to 28K Hz. All right. Again, low frequency ratings often don’t give the whole story about the bass that a speaker can make.

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Then we have the SVS prime, six and a half inch woofer, one inch aluminium dome 48 hertz up to 25 K, eight ohms at seven dB. And it’s $500 almost always. Oh, I also forgot to tell you the Kef’s Q350 sensitivity, the Kef sensitivities is at 7db and it’s okay because almost all of these speakers were about the same volume on a given volume setting. And then I had to turn this on. Okay. So they’re all about 87db. I don’t think this is 87. All right. 

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Wharfedale Diamond 220; six and a half inch woofer, one inch soft dome tweeter  88 db into eight ohms. Okay. 

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The Jamo c93 ii ; six inch over one inch silk dome tweeter rated down to 45,000. And I’m skipping down to 45 up to 24K, six ohms at 80 dB. Just watch the bass portion and we’ll talk about the 45 rating. 

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Klipsch Rp-600M ; this is $630 but for like eight weeks before Christmas, they were $430 and just about a week ago they were $500. So, again, Klipsch and Kef, thank you so much for your pricing structure. It’s very nice for your customers to have to constantly guess what it’s going to cost and then to destroy any market value.

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Alright the Klipsch Rp-600M are rated down to 45 up to 25K, eight ohms into 96 db. Zero chance these are 96db. All right, because that would blast me out of the room when I have the 86 Db or 87 Db speakers playing. And it didn’t. Okay, so we got some favours on the table for sensitivity; that’s Kef and also the Klipsch. Everybody else is about the same. Okay? This is lower than 87db. This is much lower than 96db and doesn’t matter, right? Even if it’s 95db, It’s still about the same as everybody else. 

They all felt to me to be the same volume level and I actually used the SPL metre and I didn’t get crazy about it. I can later but the one that I had to turn up the most was the Kef Q350. Okay, I’d say that’s pretty more along the lines at least. Anyway, let’s talk about how they soundstage and image. The good news is they all “centre image” very well. Some of them soundstage better than others. The soundstage award goes to the KEF Q350. It kind of makes sense because it’s going to constantly drive a wide dispersion.

Once you get some power through, they really start to come alive. Some speakers tend to roll off when they get more power and that can be problematic, but it doesn’t matter okay. 

HOW DOES THE BASS AND MID BASS SOUND?

As far as roll off, How Did they handle the low frequency that went well below the rated level ?

Surprisingly, I felt the Wharfedale 220 and the Klipsch RP-600m we’re basically tied for second with the mid bass. They have a smaller enclosure but with all that said, i actually was surprised just by how much bass they have. Okay, so again, we’re kind of splitting hairs here, but again, the SVS prime, Wharfedale 220 and the Klipsch RP-600m all tied for the best bass. They are also good tonally.

There’s the Wharfedale diamond 220. It had what I felt was the flattest mid range on. It had body and detail, maybe as some of the other ones. But overall the mid range goes to the Wharfedale diamond. The KEf Q350 came as a close 2nd. The mid range lacked a bit of the body that the Wharfedale had. However, it wasn’t that far off. 

So Kef Q350 would be number 1. Listening to guitars on them just didn’t sound quite as realistic. They still sound realistic, but not as realistic as the Wharfedale 220. That’s the thing, when you have several speakers, you start to hear those subtle nuances. You won’t hear those when you’re just listening to your ear speaker. 

Number three are the SVS Prime speakers.They had the most balanced mid range out the bunch. The fourth best mid range in my opinion goes to the Klipsch RP-600M. I felt like they skipped out on bits on the male and female vocals. 

As for the Jamo C93 ii, it’s just an exciting speaker and what I would call a U shaped speaker with an emphasis on the bass and the highs. I’m not saying it doesn’t sound great. It’s a very fun speaker but it just doesn’t do well in terms of mid range. 

HOW DOES THE TREBLE SOUND ON THEM ?

Again treble on all these are great. The number one in my opinion is the SVS Prime bookshelves. Here’s the reason why; I think it fits into the exciting speaker category, but the highs on the primes, while being extremely detailed, still had a somewhat more body to them. And the song that was used here was cinnamon by Nina Simone. The notes at the beginning felt tangible.

Number two goes to the wharfedale diamond 220 which kind of surprised me. All right. But this is about not only detail but realism and the wharfedale was a close second to the SVS prime because it did not have the same level of detail as the SVS primes. You could barely hear it coming out of a speaker but you could hear it with the prime. 

Number three was the Kef Q350. Very detailed but leaning towards more of a mentality detail instead of an actual “all instrument” detail. Did that make sense? The Klipsch I have tied for fourth and fifth and it’s not because they don’t sound great, they do, they sound almost overly detailed to where the emphasis is just on the mid or the treble which is kind of strange.

So we’re talking about travel but we’re also talking about a little bit of heft to the travel. Okay? And the Klipsch RP-600m lacks that. Wharfedale had travel but lacked the finer detail but still sounded realistic. SVS prime bookshelves sounded just dead on.

So the Klipsch Rp-600m obviously people love. I like the speaker when it comes down to comparing it to other speakers in this price category. All right. I feel like it lacks mids. I feel the highs sound unrealistic in a way. It has  presence at home on higher volumes and lower volumes had more bass output. 

The Jamo C93 ii is almost too detailed. I had these as my front channels in my bedroom for a while and wasn’t running a centre. The dialogue sounded bad and I figured it out because it was just too detailed. You can really hear the issues in the menus of the audio. So the lows are accentuated, the mids are scooped out and the highs are accentuated.

The SVS prime is a great all rounder. I feel like it’s not an experiment in a small market. I think the mid range has done so much better on the SVS prime bookshelf than it is on the Klipsch RP-600m. I also think it’s better than the Klipsch 600m. I think the enclosure is braced better. 

Wharfedale diamond 220 has the best menu on the table. The bass is great and what they lack in detail they make up for in realism.

The most neutral speakers on this table are the KEf Q350. Some may prefer the KEF over the Wharfedale 220. If you don’t, it’s because the wharfedale have a little bit more body while the KEF’s are a little bit more analytical. It may be slightly less detailed in the test but from a total package perspective, I think is the better speaker. I think it’s the most interesting speaker and more refined speaker.

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