Comparing KEF Q500 and Yamaha NS-F901

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KEF Q500

Yamaha NS-F901

Lowest price found: $549.99
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General Info
Brand
KEF
Yamaha
Number of Speakers How many speakers come in the package?
2 Speaker(s)
2 Speaker(s)
Warranty
5-Year Warranty
2-Year Warranty
Sound Quality
Speaker Design Speaker design is a term used to describe the number drivers in the speaker. Drivers are the cones that actually create sound. These cones come in three types: tweeters, midranges (sometimes called mi ... Show more
Other
Two and a half-way bass reflex
Three-Way
Sensitivity Measured in decibels, or dB, sensitivity measures a speaker’s ability to convert power to volume. Lower sensitivity speakers require more power from the amplifier to achieve higher volumes. Higher sen ... Show more
87 dB
89 dB
Frequency Response Range Given as a range in Hertz (Hz), frequency response is a measurement of the range of sound a speaker can reproduce. For reference, the human ear can hear a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (shorte ... Show more
40Hz - 40kHz
32 Hz-50 kHz
Impedance Impedance is a key electrical measurement, provided in ohms. This number describes the electrical resistance provided by the speaker to the power signal sent by your amplifier. A common analogy used f ... Show more
8 Ohms
6 Ohms
Maximum Power Handling Power handling, or peak power, is the highest wattage a speaker can accept from an amplifier before it burns out or becomes damaged. This number is given in watts. It’s recorded by measuring how loud ... Show more
130 Watts
200 Watts
Physical Features
Enclosure Type The type of enclosure, or cabinet, plays a key role in determining the focus of your sound. Do you prefer accurate bass or loud, “boomy” bass? There are three types of enclosures to consider when purc ... Show more
Bass Reflex
Bass Reflex
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American Walnut
Black Ash
Black
Dimensions
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Weight

33 lbs
 

68 lbs
 
Tweeters
Number of Tweeters
1 Tweeter(s)
1 Tweeter(s)
Tweeter Size Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, the si ... Show more
1 inches
1.2 inches
Tweeter Type For the true audiophile, choosing the right tweeter shape is key to getting the best out of your speaker. Different tweeter styles distribute sound more effectively throughout the room, and because hi ... Show more
Dome
Dome
Tweeter Composition In addition to the shape of the tweeter, the material has a big impact on the type of sound emitted. The two most popular materials are metals (aluminum, titanium, beryllium etc.) and soft textiles (s ... Show more
Vented aluminium dome
3 cm (1”) aluminium dome
Mids
Number of Midranges
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1 Mid(s)
Midrange Size Speakers with midrange drivers (i.e., at least three-way speakers) have a distinct advantage over two-way speakers. Adding a midrange driver to the mix allows tweeters and woofers to focus on the soun ... Show more
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5.1 inches
Woofers
Number of Woofers
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2 Woofer(s)
Woofer Size A critical element of a floor standing speaker is its woofer. This is the driver responsible for low frequency sounds and bass. It is the biggest driver in size and is usually shaped like a cone. When ... Show more
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6.3 inches
Woofer Composition Woofers are built with a variety of materials, such as paper, plastic, polypropylene, Kevlar, or metal. Some are even made with more unique materials like wood. They key to quality in a woofer materia ... Show more
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Advanced PMD cone
Powered Subwoofer Some floor standing speakers contain a built-in powered subwoofer as part of the overall speaker design. Typically when you’re building a home theater system, the subwoofer is purchased as a separate ... Show more
No
No
Connections and Controls
Receiver Inputs The type of connectors or terminals on the speaker determine how you connect the speaker to your receiver. There are two main types: spring clips and binding posts. Spring Clips: Spring clips are desi ... Show more
Speaker wire
Speaker wire
Banana Plug Compatible Banana plugs are a type of connector for speaker wire. They are often regarded as more beneficial than bare wire, which can fray and degrade over time. Banana plugs allow you to insert the bare wire i ... Show more
No
No
Inputs Some speakers have other inputs in addition to the binding posts or terminals. This may include HDMI, auxiliary jack, and/or optical inputs. An example of how this may be beneficial is the auxiliary c ... Show more
Speaker wire
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Bi Amp/Bi Wire Capable For the more sophisticated listener, you may want to bi-wire or bi-amp your speakers. For bi-wiring: If the speaker has dual binding posts or terminals, you may be able to use two wires to connect to ... Show more
No
No
Remote Control Does the speaker come with a remote?
No
No
Wireless Connections
Bluetooth Enabled Speakers with built-in Bluetooth allow you to stream audio content directly from a device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) on the speakers. This feature behaves just like any other Bluetooth-enabled ... Show more
No
No
Wireless Connectivity Some floor standing speakers may come with the option to connect to your TV wirelessly or via your Wi-Fi network. The benefit to this set up is the absence of wires, which makes setup simple and clean ... Show more
No
No
Additional Details
Additional Features Any other features included.
Equipped with die-cast aluminium chassis rigidly locates the high efficiency vented magnet assembly to prevent noise or distortion.
  • Great quality parts
  • 2-chamber cabinet
  • 3-way mitered joint construction
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
89 / 100
Rank: #12 out of 186.
81 / 100
Rank: #87 out of 186.
Details
  • The Q500 features a specially-voiced 5.25 inch aluminum Uni-Q driver and 1 inch vented aluminium dome tweeter.
  • Based on our state-of-the-art HF driver, the Q500 boasts a much larger dome tweeter for increased sensitivity and distortion-free power handling.
  • Below the Uni-Q driver array are three stacked 5.25 inch bass drivers working in tandem to quickly and efficiently produce a range of low frequencies.
  • The Q500 sits on an aluminum plate supported by four steel 'plinth' spikes with locking knobs for easy height adjustment. The plinths also serve to ground the Q500, resulting in a rigid connection that eliminates any rocking resonances.
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  • A-PMD midrange reproduces high resolution sources with richly clear detailed sound and an A-PMD woofer
  • A-PMD woofer provides low range reproduction with abundant power and responsiveness.
  • Aluminum dome tweeter with DC-Diaphragm with neodymium magnet
  • Innovative cabinet design (non -parallel surfaces, three-way mitered-joint construction, separate woofer and midrange sections)
  • Graceful appearance designed by Toshiyuki Kita
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Key features
  • Specially-voiced 5.25" aluminum Uni-Q driver
  • 1" vented aluminium dome tweeter
  • Three stacked 5.25" bass drivers
  • Four steel 'plinth' spikes

KEF Q500 are a very popular option in the middle of the speakers price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as KEF Q550 or Monitor Audio Bronze 6 .

KEF Q500 are $0.10 more expensive than average speakers ($549.98).

Key features
  • 3-Way Bass Reflex
  • Floorstanding Speakers
  • Richly clear detailed sound
  • A-PMD woofer
  • Aluminum dome tweeter
  • DC-Diaphragm
  • Neodymium magnet
  • Innovative cabinet design

Yamaha NS-F901 are a very popular and one of the most expensive options. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Monitor Audio Silver 500 or Jamo C-109 .

Yamaha NS-F901 are $1949.97 more expensive than average speakers ($549.98).

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