In this review, we will be comparing S 801 and Q350, two Passive Bookshelf speakers from Jamo and KEF. Let's have a brief look at the main features
of Jamo S 801 and KEF Q350 first before getting into our more
What size room are the Jamo S 801 and KEF Q350 speakers good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use these loudspeakers is an important decision factor. Here we have compared their suitability to various sizes of environments considering their size and max power parameters:
In the following sections, we will get into more detail in order to better understand how the Jamo S 801 and KEF Q350 compare and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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Both S 801 and Q350 are 2-way speakers.
|Jamo S 801
1 x 4-inch
1 x 6.5-inch
S 801 features a 1" Soft-Dome Tweeter and 1 x 4" Aluminized Polyfiber Woofer . On the other hand, the Q350 features a 1" vented aluminum Dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Aluminum Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2500Hz.
S 801 has a frequency range of 76-26k Hz whereas Q350 has a frequency range of 63-28k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 63Hz, the Q350 can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the S 801's min frequency of 76Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers in the Bookshelf class in our database.
None of these speakers achieves full range experience which is commonly agreed as 20Hz-20kHz. In order to achieve lower lows / deeper bass, we recommend you pair these with a subwoofer. Visit our Powered Subwoofers section to find out more about the available options.
Impedance and Sensitivity
S 801 and Q350 have the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. S 801 sensitivity is rated at 85 dB and the Q350's is at 87 dB. This 2 dB difference makes the KEF Q350 a more sensitive speaker compared to Jamo S 801, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
is the range of input power in watts RMS that a loudspeaker is designed to handle. While using an amplifier within this range ensures the nominal performance , inputting a power that is higher than the max wattage can result in a damaged speaker.
S 801 can handle a max power of 120 watts RMS from the amp the whereas S 801 has a max power handling value of 60 watts RMS , 60 watts less than the Q350.
Keep in mind that a higher max power handling value doesn't necessarily make that a louder speaker
compared to a lower max handling speaker. Loudness or the sound level is also impacted by parameters
such as Impedance, sensitivity and system efficiencies.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
S 801 features Post type posts and Q350 has a Post type posts. None of these speakers feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both S 801 and Q350 have rear firing ports. Rear ported speakers generally need more room between the backside of the speaker and the wall compared to sealed and front/bottom ported speakers. Placing the speakers too close to the walls may cause the bass to sound boomy.
If you are limited in space and can't get the speakers away from the backwall, check our Speakers with Front Firing Ports page.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, we are going to compare Jamo S 801's and KEF Q350's external dimensions. Jamo S 801 has external dimensions of 285.0 x 156.0 x 163.0mm ( 11.2 x 6.1 x 6.4inch) whereas KEF Q350 has external dimensions of 358.0 x 210.0 x 306.0mm ( 14.0 x 8.2 x 12.0inch) .
KEF Q350 is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 54mm wider, 73mm taller and 143mm deeper than Jamo S 801.
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Jamo S 801 and KEF Q350 in scale.
Base Surface Area Comparison
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base surface area of the Jamo S 801 is approximately 254.3cm2 / 39.4inch2 and base area of the KEF Q350 is approximately 642.6cm2 / 99.6inch2. The S 801 requires 60% less surface area than the Q350 which gives it a small advantage on placement in tight spaces.
Here is an another comparison that shows both speakers on a BDI Octave Media Cabinet, next to a standard size amplifier and turntable in scale:
The weight of a loudspeaker can become an important factor if you need to move and reposition the unit often. Weight of a speaker can also "sometimes" be an indicator of the rigidity of the enclosure and the quality of the internal components used. The Jamo S 801 weighs 2.70kg / 5.9lbs and the KEF Q350 weighs 7.60kg / 16.7lbs. This makes the Q350 181% heavier than the S 801.
Here is a comparison of how S 801 and Q350's weights compare with the average, max and min weights in Passive Bookshelf class.
All Bookshelf Speakers
What's in the Box of Jamo S 801?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of S 801:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers 2 Grilles User Manual Important Safety Instructions Warranty Information
What's in the Box of KEF Q350?
Here are the items that come with the Q350:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers 2 Foam port plugs 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet Owner's Manual Warranty Registration Card
| Easier to fit in smaller spaces
| Base Surface Area
| Takes less floor space
| Price per pair*
| costs less (*prices may change depending on the seller, location and time)
| Max Input Power
| Handle more power from your amplifier
| Play louder with same amount of amplification power
| Woofer Size
| Larger woofer
| Low Frequency Response
| Generates deeper bass
| High Frequency Response
| Generates higher frequency
|Jamo S 801
|up to 60 watts
|Woofer Surround Material
|Walnut, Black, White
|Black, Walnut, White
|Recommended Stand Height