KEF Ci130QR Speakers - Dining Room
The dining room connects to the great room and shares the high ceilings without any walls separating the spaces. Since this room is not used as much and is a much smaller space, we opted for the smaller Ci130QR, which shares the design and features of its big brother 160's. It shares the same .75 inch aluminum dome tweeter with KEF's "tangerine" waveguide, but has a smaller 5.25" woofer.
The enclosure and mounting process was identical to the 160's, which is to say remarkably quick and easy. The most time-consuming part of installing these speakers was finding a tall enough ladder to reach the 14' ceiling, then measuring, marking, and cutting the holes! We opted to use a small battery-powered driver to tighten the screws, but made sure to put the clutch on a low setting so as not to risk over-tightening and cracking the speaker or the ceiling drywall. The 130's use the same style grille with the optional KEF logo pin, and are very easy to orient to your liking.
We chose the Ci130QR's for the dining room, knowing that, because this room is completely open and connected to the great room, we would have good coverage and blending with the 160's. The smaller woofer in the 130's is definitely better suited to smaller, enclosed rooms than a large open space. The highs and mids just overwhelm the bottom end in most music in a large room such as ours. That being said, the speakers sound good and are acceptable for the ambient listening we used them for in the dining room, and bolstered the sound of the huge open space that makes up the entry foyer, great room and dining room in the front of the house.
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acacia987, post: 815655
Did you use an external amplifier (in addition to the Sonos)? Any use of separate Impedance matching volume controls in the rooms?
I used a Yamaha M-35 amp in the great room paired with a Sonos ZP90 pre-amp. In the other rooms I used the Sonos ZP120's with built in digital amps.
All of the volume controls are through the Sonos interface on iPhones or Macs, so no, there are no impedance matching volume controls on the walls.