Single Test: Compact Speaker KEF IQ 30

Compact dimensions, large room: KEF offers an introduction to the fascinating world of the spot with the iQ_ 30 for 500 euro. She can rock on top right, make the ideal allround-box.

  1. Single test: Compact speaker KEF iQ 30
  2. Data sheet

The point projector technology belongs in the chassis construction to the disciplines of the King – penibelster development work requires but the marriage of midrange and tweeters in a complex. No wonder that most priced lie in the high range speaker of this genus – and even more surprising that is KEF, inventor who dares euro of expensive muon, in affordable realm of 100_000. But that has tradition: already in AUDIO 5/2006 tested iQ_3 was a real all-round talent.

For moderate 100 euro extra charge a successor on the market now comes with the iQ_30 now. Outwardly little has changed on the box: coaxial UniQ chassis, curved shape, just covered, but effectively built slide housing and bulky bass reflex tube.

Who look closely, noticed the changed design of the deep Central clay membrane made of relatively soft plastic. Every millimeter, on the course of the curvature changes, affects the viewing angle, and hence the sound of Hochtones. Because: The dome sits KEF-typically in the middle of the cone bobbin.

The probably most striking change is the Mount of the 19 mm small metal dome in a star-shaped arrangement of small plates, called in the jargon of the KEF ‘Tangerine ‘ waveguide. This narrows the radiated angles of the high-frequency range and reduces interference so far that the midrange construction can take over seamlessly. By the way, the arrangement too curious children hands prevents a tweeter.

The sound character of the iQ_3 was visible in the successor: A wide scale, beautiful voices and deep illumination of the room stood on the plus side, while the rather warm tonality of 3 a balanced balance of the 30s was gone. Both were gently and placed in the depth the velvety voice of Julianna Raye (“Dominoes”, B & W Music Club). But the pretty gnarled recorded plucked bass revealed differences: somewhat Beefy and introverted went the old model works, while the iQ_30 managed to get with more dynamic rhythms, also she knew something clear to play at higher levels.

With large Orchestra scored the 30s then more clearly: cleaner shining their detail, their brass and fanned better their sound color palette. She even dared to compete with the outstanding neutral Nubert NuWave 35: who played while some finer resolved and in the bass clearly more accurately, the KEF had to stand back but before the natural impression of space ultimately. The Nubert constantly gave the feeling of sitting, before the first row of the iQ__30 placed the listener in a comfortable place of connoisseurs in the middle of the fifth row.

KEF iQ 30

Manufacturer KEF
Price €500.00
Rating 70.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Dimensions (W x H x D) 20.0 x 34.0 x 28.0 cm
Weight 9.0
Color Black, Apple, Walnut
Technical characteristics
Bass principle Two-way bass reflex
Number of ways 2
Working principle of full Active
Connections BI-wiring
XLR connectors
Space adaptation
Surround complementary.
Laboratory characteristics
Maximum volume upper value
lower cut-off frequency (-3dB)
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB)
Nominal impedance (audio)
A real all-round talent: Respectively, audiophile room, clear and large
Bass not so smart, it could play something explosive
Bass quality 45
Bass depth (bass Foundation) 55
Attention to detail (precision) 75
Dynamic 60
Maximum level (vitality) 55
Neutrality 80
Imaging 85
Spatial (airiness) 90
Processing satisfactory
Sound judgment good 70
tested in issue: 7 / 09