In this review, we will be comparing two different type of speakers by KEF. KEF Q550 is a Floor-standing speaker whereas the Q350 is a Bookshelf speaker.
Let's have a brief look at the main features
of KEF Q550 and KEF Q350 first before getting into our more
Q550 and Q350 are members of KEF's Q series of speakers. Below you can find the loudspeakers from this series.
What size of room is the KEF Q550 and KEF Q350 speakers good for?
The size of the room that you are planning to use these loudspeakers is an important decision factor. Here we have compared their suitability to various size of environments considering their size and max power parameters:
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how KEF Q550 and KEF Q350 compares 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 Q550 and Q350 are 2-way speakers. Q550 features a 1" vented aluminum Dome Tweeter and 2 x 5.25" Aluminum Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2500Hz. On the other hand, Q350 features a 1" vented aluminum Dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Aluminum Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2500Hz.
Q550 has a frequency range of 58-28k Hz whereas Q350 has a frequency range of 63-28k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 58Hz, the Q550 can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the Q350's min frequency of 63Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Floor-standing 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 to pair these with a subwoofer.Visit our Powered Subwoofers section to find out more about the available options.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Q550 and Q350 has the same Impedance of 8 ohms and their sensitivity is also same at 87 dB.
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.
Q550 can handle a max power of 130 watts RMS from the amp the whereas Q350 has a max power handling value of 120 watts RMS, 10 watts less than the Q550.
Keep in mind that higher max power handling value doesn't necesssarily make that a louder speaker
compared to a lower max handling speaker. Loudness or the sound level is also impacted by parameters
such as Impededance, sensitivity and system efficiencies.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
Q550 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
Q550 has a front firing port whereas Q350 has a rear firing ports. KEF Q550's front-firing port gives more flexibility in placement in regards to proximity to walls compared to KEF Q350 with its rear-firing port.
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 KEF Q550's and KEF Q350's external dimensions. KEF Q550 has external dimensions of 894.0 x 296.0 x 313.0mm ( 35-3/16 x 11-5/8 x 12-5/16inch) whereas KEF Q350 has external dimensions of 358.0 x 210.0 x 306.0mm ( 14.0 x 8.2 x 12.0inch) .
KEF Q550 is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 86mm wider, 536mm taller and 7mm deeper than KEF Q350.
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 KEF Q550 is approximately 926.5cm2 / 143.6inch2 and base area of the KEF Q350 is approximately 642.6cm2 / 99.6inch2. The Q550 requires 44% more surface area than the Q350 which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.
What's in the Box of KEF Q550?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Q550:
Floorstanding loudspeaker2 Outrigger feet4 Spikes6 Screws6 Washers4 Rubber insertsHex-keyOwners ManualWarranty 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