Comparing Kef Q150 and Ruark Audio MR1 MKII

Lowest price found: £395 Show listings
Lowest price found: £349 Show listings
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Kef Q150 ranks #27 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Ruark Audio MR1 MKII ranks #59 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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8.6
Great
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Experts recommend Ruark Audio MR1 MKII more than Kef Q150

As of 3 Aug 2022, experts prefer Ruark Audio MR1 MKII over Kef Q150, but both Speakers have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Ruark Audio MR1 MKII received 1 recommendation: from T3 (20 Jun 2022). By contrast, Kef Q150 received only 2 recommendations from Pitchfork (19 Nov 2020) and Gear Patrol (7 Dec 2021).

Rank Change Price Speakers
The Master Switch
SoundGuys
Pitchfork
What Hi-Fi
Rolling Stone
T3
Wirecutter
Max Your Home Time
Gear Patrol
HiConsumption
10
N/A £349
Ruark Audio MR1 MKII
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1
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20
- £395
Kef Q150
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11
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9
-

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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 19 Nov 2020 Pitchfork ranked Kef Q150 as #11
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    #11 out of 13 Kef Q150
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  • On 7 Dec 2021 Gear Patrol ranked Kef Q150 as #9
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    #9 out of 11 Kef Q150
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  • On 20 Jun 2022 T3 ranked Ruark Audio MR1 MKII as #1
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    #1 out of 7 Ruark Audio MR1 MKII
    The best active bookshelf speakers for most people
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    Source: www.t3.com

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 92 expert endorsements of the May rankings, Ruark Audio MR1 MKII outranks Kef Q150. This is not to say that Kef Q150 is a bad option. Like Ruark Audio MR1 MKII, it is recommended by experts, but less.

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Customers like Kef Q150 noticeably more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Kef Q150
Ruark Audio MR1 MKII
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Kef Q150, the pricier option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Ruark Audio MR1 MKII.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling speakers receives a consumer score of 9.3 (amazing). Kef Q150 ranks higher than that and Ruark Audio MR1 MKII ranks lower than that.

Kef Q150
In comparison:
Kef Q150 ranks #27 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Ruark Audio MR1 MKII
In comparison:
Ruark Audio MR1 MKII ranks #59 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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8.6
Great
Median best-selling Speakers
In comparison:
BIC America DV62si ranks #38 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.3
Amazing





Kef Q150 is more popular than Ruark Audio MR1 MKII

It's fairly safe to say that Kef Q150 are more popular speakers than Ruark Audio MR1 MKII, based on their 400+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Kef Q150 and Ruark Audio MR1 MKII often consider Polk Audio TSi100, a pricier option with better reviews.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Kef Q150 and Ruark Audio MR1 MKII
Polk Audio TSi100 £364
In comparison:
Polk Audio TSi100 ranks #14 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.9
Amazing
No expert recommendations Better Reviews
Klipsch R-15M £399
In comparison:
Klipsch R-15M ranks #22 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.7
Amazing
No expert recommendations More Popular Better Reviews
Klipsch RP-160M £427
In comparison:
Klipsch RP-160M ranks #26 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
No expert recommendations
Q Acoustics 3020 £119
In comparison:
Q Acoustics 3020 ranks #15 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.9
Amazing
No expert recommendations Cheaper Better Reviews
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Kef Q150 is mentioned by key experts in Aug 2022, while Ruark Audio MR1 MKII is not.
Rank Change Price Speakers
The Master Switch
SoundGuys
Pitchfork
What Hi-Fi
Rolling Stone
T3
Wirecutter
Max Your Home Time
Gear Patrol
HiConsumption
1
- £179
Q Acoustics 3020i
5
-
7
-
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1
1
8
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2
- £299
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2
1
2
9
7
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5
-
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3
- Check price
Kef LS50
10
-
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1
-
7
-
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2
-
4
- Check price
Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2
3
-
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3
-
5
-
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6
-
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [9]

91
Total expert reviews: 9
  • with a score: 3
  • without a score: 6
Highest score by Old Time Music
94
Average score based on 9 reviews
91
Lowest score by Pick Aid
90

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
No expert reviews linked yet for Ruark Audio MR1 MKII.
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From Seller:
  • The KEF Q150 Bookshelf Speaker is the newest iteration of KEF award-winning Q Series. The Q150 features a new cabinet, sleek new finishes, and an improved 5.25” Uni-Q Driver Array for room-filling sound.
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From Seller:
Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
KEF Q150... can it get any BETTER?
Review by GR-Research
Popular! 37K views!
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KEF Q150 Bookshelf Speaker | Full Review
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KEF Q150 bookshelf speakers | Crutchfield
Review by Crutchfield
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From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0637203215681, 0637203215704, 0637203216268, 0637203216510
UPC Numbers: 637203215681, 637203215704, 637203216268, 637203216510
Model Numbers: Q150, Q150B, Q150GRILLE, Q150W, Q150WA, Q150WH, SP3958BA
EAN Numbers: 0090660102527
UPC Numbers: 090660102527
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General Info
Number of Speakers How many bookshelf speakers are included?
2
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Speaker Design The primary components of a bookshelf speaker are “drivers,” which are the cones that actually create the sound. These cones come in three types: tweeters, midranges (sometimes called mids), and woofe ... Show more
Two-Way
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Physical Features
Dimensions
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Weight

12 lbs
 
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Indoor or Outdoor Use Can the speaker be used outdoors?
Indoor
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Cabinet
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 bass? There are two main types: acoustic suspension and bass reflex. Aco ... Show more
Bass Reflex
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Sound Quality and Power
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
108 dB
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Frequency Response Range Given as a range in Hertz (Hz), the frequency response is a measurement of the range of sound a speaker can produce. For reference, the human ear can hear a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (shor ... Show more
51Hz-28kHz
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Magnetically Shielded When sound is played through a speaker, an electromagnet is activated using the power from the amplifier to bring the driver forward, and another magnet pulls the driver back. This causes the driver t ... Show more
No
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Peak Power 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
100 Watts
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Powered Speaker What you may not know about bookshelf speakers is that they don’t always work straight out of the box. To power the speakers, you often need a receiver and an amplifier. Amplifiers power the signal th ... Show more
No
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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
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High Resolution Audio More and more, musicians and streaming services are offering high-resolution audio playback for music files. Like a TV, your speaker has to be high-res capable to play these high-res files. True audio ... Show more
Yes
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Tweeters

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 (detailed below) and sizes. Generally speaking, the size of the tweeter is not as important as the shape. But, for some guidance, consider that a larger tweeter (measured by diameter in inches or millimeters) will likely be louder and able to disperse sound over a larger area.

Number of Tweeters
1
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Tweeter Type 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 (detailed below) and sizes. Generally ... Show more
Dome
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Tweeter Size Diameter of the Tweeter
1 inches
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Tweeter Material 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, etc.) and soft textiles (silk, cloth ... Show more
Vented aluminum dome
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Midranges

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 sound waves they’re best equipped to produce—high tones and low tones respectively. More specific and focused drivers means more accurate, robust sound. Compared to the other drivers, midranges cover sounds, not surprisingly, in the middle of high/treble and low/bass tones. The human voice and most instruments fall into this range. For more sophisticated listeners, or for those who truly want the best sound reproduction, a midrange driver is crucial.

Number of Midranges
0 mids
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Woofers

The woofer is the driver that is responsible for low frequency sounds and bass - crucial for well-rounded, booming sound. It is the biggest driver in size, and is usually shaped like a cone. When reviewing different bookshelf speakers, you will often see a measurement in the product name, starting as low as 4” and ranging to 6 ½” or more. This measurement refers to the diameter of the woofer. A general rule of thumb is a bigger woofer means louder, more powerful bass. But, as with any speaker metric, this number alone doesn’t describe the loudness of the speaker and should be taken into consideration with other measurements such as sensitivity, which describes the loudness of a speaker per watt.

Number of Woofers
1
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Woofer Size Diameter of the woofer
5.1 inches
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Woofer Material 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
Aluminum Uni-Q
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Controls
Remote Control Does the box include a remote?
No
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Button Controls Control the speaker with buttons on the device.
None
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App/Smartphone Control If the bookshelf speaker is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled (or both), you’ll likely be able to control the output through your smartphone or other device. Sometimes, this capability comes with the caveat ... Show more
No
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Connections
Wi-Fi Enabled Speakers with Wi-Fi connectivity connect directly to your home Wi-Fi network to stream audio from your devices—smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. This may require an app from the brand, such as Yamaha’s ... Show more
No
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Bluetooth Enabled Speakers with built-in Bluetooth allow you to stream audio content directly from device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) on the speakers. This feature behaves just like any other Bluetooth-enabled d ... Show more
No
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Wired Connections or Wireless Not to be confused with Wi-Fi-enabled speakers, wireless speaker set ups do not require a speaker wire or direct lines to other speakers and the AV receiver. Typically, these speakers require a wirele ... Show more
Yes
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Speaker Wire Included Speaker wire is the connection used between speakers, amplifiers and receivers. This is a special type of wire that makes an electrical connection and transmits sound signals. You will only use this t ... Show more
No
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Additional Info
ENERGY STAR Certified For the environmentally conscious, choosing an “ENERGY STAR Certified” speaker may be important to you. Technology devices with this label are required to meet certain industry standards as it relates ... Show more
No
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Additional Features Any other features available.
Comes with removable black cloth grille
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Kef Q150 are a very popular option on the higher end of the price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have quite a few popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Klipsch R-15M or Polk Audio TSi100 .

Kef Q150 were released in 2017. There are a couple newer speakers on the market. Show newer Speakers

Kef Q150 are £125.01 more expensive than the average speakers (£269.99).

Ruark Audio MR1 MKII are a well-known option on the higher end of the price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have quite a few popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Polk Audio TSi100 or Klipsch R-14M .

Ruark Audio MR1 MKII are £79.01 more expensive than the average speakers (£269.99).

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