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KEF Ci160QR Speakers - Kitchen


Since part of the kitchen and breakfast area opens into the great room, we decided to use the same speakers to cover this area for continuity of sound.  One pair of Ci160's was enough to cover the area, and we lined them up with the existing pairs in the adjacent great room.  The high ceilings and noise associated with the kitchen (a major living space in the home) made the large Ci160's the right choice for optimal coverage.  Installation was identical to the great room speakers.

kitchen installation

Listening Tests

Because of the open layout of the home, we always grouped the kitchen zone with the great room, or either played only one or the other so as not to have competing (different) music playing in the same section of the house.  As expected, the 160's performed well (as they had in the great room) and were able to fill the smaller space of the kitchen with ease.  The smaller and more enclosed space revealed more bass from the speakers, and during meals it was very enjoyable to have quiet yet fidelity filled music playing overhead while we dined.  This is a real-world example of why having a custom-installed whole-house audio system is such a great thing - previously we used a small iPod dock speaker system that sat on the counter.  The iPod dock speaker, while having good fidelity, was very directional, and it was hard to talk over the music.  Even at lower volumes it seemed to compete with our conversation.  Having the KEF Ci160QR's mounted in the ceiling provided a much more appealing and musical environment for our meals.  The sonic character of the speakers just blends into the room and conversation.


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qaci777 posts on April 17, 2013 11:52
Nice idea dude that you hang the speakers for whole house which is good one i do not have much idea that which speakers is the best but now i work on it that which speakers brand is the best…
RalphK posts on April 15, 2013 18:59
I have 4 new in the box never used KEF custom CR200 F in wall speakers. I got them at an estate sale. Are they worth cutting holes in my walls?
birdonthebeach posts on June 15, 2011 22:06
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.
acacia987 posts on June 15, 2011 08:46
Did you use an external amplifier (in addition to the Sonos)? Any use of separate Impedance matching volume controls in the rooms?
AcuDefTechGuy posts on June 14, 2011 08:29
I would love to have either KEF or Revel In-Ceiling speakers in my next home.
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