If the speakers
in your HT rig are summed up by "sound great, look terrible" and you want
need to move into "sound great, look great" territory, then KEF
's new XQ Series speakers are worth checking out. The updated XQ Series made its debut at CEDIA
and enjoys some technology "trickle-down" from KEF's Reference Series; notably the new Uni-Q driver that covers midrange, tweeter and hypertweeter duties in one tidy package. The speakers also inherit a little bit from KEF's over-the-top Muon
in the form of milled aluminum front baffle. In the looks department, the cabinetry is available in a choice of three high-gloss, "furniture grade," natural wood veneers: birds-eye maple, khaya mahogany, and piano black. With five models in the range (XQ 10 pictured), you can make sure every single channel in your "wall of sound" matches. Prices range from $1400/pair for the XQ 10 bookshelf up to $3400/pair for the floorstanding XQ 40. Available September 2007.