X300Aby KEF

  • X300A
  • X300A
  • X300A
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
96%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The x300A speakers provide exceptional high-definition sound quality. They bypass your computer's internal chipset and run straight from their own award-winning technology.
  • The simple, yet sleek design is a perfect addition to a modern home office--they'll look good sitting next to your Mac or PC.
  • The speakers offer a true digital connection through their USB ports. There's no need to fiddle with a separate digital-to-analog converter.

CONS

  • The price tag is hefty for a USB speaker system and not for the faint of heart.
  • By desktop speaker standards, the X300As are huge and seriously limit space on a desk or bookshelf.
  • Each speaker has a separate power cord. You'll need two wall outlets to run the system.
The X300A speakers from KEF are hefty in every sense of the word. At $800, they are in the upper price range of USB speakers, and their solid design comes at the cost of size and weight--they certainly dominate a desk or bookshelf. The speakers deliver unparalleled sound quality, thanks in part to KEF's award-winning Uni-Q driver technology. The high definition audio is never anything less than crisp and free from buzz or tinniness. Yes, the X300A speakers will cost you, but for audiophiles, the money will be well spent.
NameX300AA5+SoundSticks IIIe10 ExclaimSoundscience Rockus 3D 2.1
ManufacturerKEFAudioengineHarman KardonEdifierAntec
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These USB speakers might look expensive, but they're so good they rival proper hi-fi boxes for sound quality.

These USB speakers might look expensive, but they're so good they rival proper hi-fi boxes for sound quality.

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The best USB speakers we've ever heard, but they're expensive.

The best USB speakers we've ever heard, but they're expensive.

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In the case of the KEF X300A, we have a pair of active powered loudspeakers that were built for the best sound at a reasonable budget. That’…

In the case of the KEF X300A, we have a pair of active powered loudspeakers that were built for the best sound at a reasonable budget. That’s not a KEF marketing quote, but our judgement based on extended listening.

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90%

The KEF X300A isn't inexpensive by any means, but for a powered desktop speaker system in this price range, it's as close to perfect as we'v…

The KEF X300A isn't inexpensive by any means, but for a powered desktop speaker system in this price range, it's as close to perfect as we've heard—and a clear Editors' Choice.

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90%

These audiophile gems can make any music lover’s heart skip a beat (I believe mine did). Even with a rather expensive price range, the KEF X…

These audiophile gems can make any music lover’s heart skip a beat (I believe mine did). Even with a rather expensive price range, the KEF X300A is highly commendable.

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In case you can't tell by now, I love these speakers. They're $800/pair and worth every penny.

In case you can't tell by now, I love these speakers. They're $800/pair and worth every penny.

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Their X300A is a set menu system – entree, main and dessert – and it is truly delicious.

Their X300A is a set menu system – entree, main and dessert – and it is truly delicious.

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The KEF X300A is a great little speaker, one that's ideal for small rooms. I'm just hoping the next-generation model has direct analog and s…

The KEF X300A is a great little speaker, one that's ideal for small rooms. I'm just hoping the next-generation model has direct analog and standard digital inputs.

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