KEF Model Cresta 2 - 2 way bookshelf
Drive units HF: 25 mm (1”) silk dome tweeter
LF: 130 mm (5 1/4”) pp coated cone
Frequency response at ±3 dB 48 Hz - 20 kHz
Crossover frequency 3 kHz
Amplifier requirements 10 - 100 W
Voltage Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1m) 90 dB
Impedance 8 Ohms
Internal Volume 12 litres
Weight 6 kg (13.2 lbs)
Dimensions (H x W x D) 14.4 x 8 x 9.4 in.
ADC 16/2r CD
Carver m400a Cube
Luxman R113 (pre)
Signal Cable Interconnects
Bi-wired with 14awg lamp cord
First of all, even in my intimate (small) listening room, the stereo image is phenomenal. I love the silk dome, the speaker projects a great image, large soundstage, and seems to 'disappear'.
They don't seem as detailed as my B&W's, but they are a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. What is there in the low-end, is done right, very punchy, tight. Vocals come through with a certain amount of authority, and seem to be pretty much 'right on'.
The cherry finish is superb, the perfect amount of 'red', if you know what I'm talking about. Front and rear edges are beveled, much like the new Polk RT bookshelf line. Grilles are sturdy, and seem very transparent. The leather front baffle adds a nice cosmetic touch. This speaker originally retailed for around $400, and can still be had online for $275 new (pair).
/WHAT HIFI QUOTE/
They produce a sound that combines refinement and excitement in equal doses—a difficult balance indeed," reported the October 1999 issue. "Build quality is great and their appearance is elegant, which makes the Crestas worthy winners indeed."
This is my first in-home experience with KEF's, and surely not my last. I'll be hanging onto these bad-boys for a long, long time.