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Comparing Kef Q350 and Klipsch RP-500M

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Consumer Score
In comparison:
Kef Q350 ranks #25 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Klipsch RP-500M ranks #4 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing

Kef Q350 vs Klipsch RP-500M: Experts prefer neither

On 2 Jun 2022 (1 month ago) we went through 92 Speakers expert endorsements , however neither Kef Q350 nor Klipsch RP-500M were included in any of those recommendations. Since neither Speakers received a single endorsement, as far as expert recommendations go, it's technically a tie. We do, however, recommend taking a look at Q Acoustics 3020i or other critically acclaimed Bookshelf Speakers of this month.

For reference, Q Acoustics 3020i received 5 endorsements this month, from The Master Switch (19 Jan 2022), Pitchfork (19 Nov 2020) Wirecutter (28 Jan 2022) and 2 others.

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
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7
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1
1
8
-
N/A N/A $660
Kef Q350
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-
-
-
-
-
-
-
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N/A N/A $280
Klipsch RP-500M
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-
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Customers like Klipsch RP-500M somewhat 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 Q350
Klipsch RP-500M
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.

Klipsch RP-500M, the pricier option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Kef Q350.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling speakers receives a consumer score of 9.3 (amazing). Both Kef Q350 and Klipsch RP-500M receive customer reviews that average out above that median threshold.

Kef Q350
In comparison:
Kef Q350 ranks #25 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Klipsch RP-500M
In comparison:
Klipsch RP-500M ranks #4 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
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 Q350 is more popular than Klipsch RP-500M

It's fairly safe to say that Kef Q350 are more popular speakers than Klipsch RP-500M, 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 Q350 and Klipsch RP-500M often consider Klipsch RP-600M, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Kef Q350 and Klipsch RP-500M
Klipsch RP-600M £599
In comparison:
Klipsch RP-600M ranks #11 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
No expert recommendations
Klipsch RB-51 II £453
In comparison:
Klipsch RB-51 II ranks #16 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.8
Amazing
No expert recommendations Cheaper
Kef Q150 £395
In comparison:
Kef Q150 ranks #27 out of 75. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
2 expert recommendations Cheaper More Popular
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 Cheaper
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, in Jun 2022 neither Kef Q350 nor Klipsch RP-500M were recommended by key experts who publish Bookshelf Speakers recommendations.
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
-
-
2
-
4
- Check price
Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2
3
-
-
3
-
5
-
-
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 [10]

84
Total expert reviews: 10
  • with a score: 5
  • without a score: 5
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 10 reviews
84
Lowest score by Sound and Vision
70

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [1]

No critic scores
Total expert reviews: 1
  • with a score: 0
  • without a score: 1
From Seller:
  • The KEF Q350 Bookshelf Speaker is the newest iteration of KEF award-winning Q Series. The Q350 features a new cabinet, sleek new finishes, and an improved 6.5” Uni-Q Driver Array for room-filling sound.
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From Seller:
  • 1” Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter with Hybrid Tractrix Horn - 5.25" Spun Copper Cerametallic Woofers
  • Bass-Reflex via Rear-Firing Tractrix port - Premium Scratch-Resistant Ebony and Walnut Finishes
  • Strong, Flexible Removable Magnetic Grille
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Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
KEF Q350 Review - One of the best speakers available... at $500 and also better than the LS50
Review by cheapaudioman
Popular! 27K views!
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The KEF Q350 Loudspeaker REVIEWED!
Review by Audio Arkitekts
Popular! 13K views!
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The KEF Q350 Review... Is it better than the LS50?
Popular! 16K views!
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No video reviews linked yet for Klipsch RP-500M.
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0637203215728, 0637203215742, 0637203216282
UPC Numbers: 637203215728, 637203215742, 637203216282
Model Numbers: Q350B, Q350W, Q350WH, Q350WN
EAN Numbers: 0743878035735, 0743878035742
Model Numbers: 1065807, 1065808
UPC Numbers: 743878035735, 743878035742
General Info
Number of Speakers How many bookshelf speakers are included?
2
1
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
Two-Way
Physical Features
Dimensions
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Weight

17 lbs
 

12 lbs
 
Indoor or Outdoor Use Can the speaker be used outdoors?
Indoor
Indoor
Cabinet
Cabinet Material The cabinet refers to the portion that surrounds and holds all of the speaker elements together - the speaker box, if you will. The most common material is wood, but you’ll also find plastic, fiberboa ... Show more
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Fiberboard
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
Bass Reflex
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
110 dB
93 dB
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
63Hz-28kHz
48-25kHz
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
Yes
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
120 Watts
300 Watts
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
Yes
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
8 Ohms
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
Yes
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
1
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
Horn
Tweeter Size Diameter of the Tweeter
0.98 inches
1 inches
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
Aluminium Tweeter
Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter
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
1
Woofer Size Diameter of the woofer
6.5 inches
5.2 inches
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
Aluminium Woofer
Cerametallic Cone Woofer
Controls
Remote Control Does the box include a remote?
No
No
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
No
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
No
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
No
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
Yes
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
Yes
Other Connections Bookshelf speakers commonly come with speaker wire inputs/outputs to connect your speaker to an AV receiver, which transmits the sound from your TV. In some cases, speakers may come with additional in ... Show more
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Bare wire
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
No
Additional Features Any other features available.
Comes with removable black cloth grille
Robust input terminals
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Kef Q350 are a very popular option on the higher end of the price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have a couple of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Klipsch RB-51 II or Klipsch RP-160M .

Kef Q350 were released in 2017. There are quite a few newer speakers on the market. Show newer Speakers

Kef Q350 are £240.99 more expensive than the average speakers (£229).

Klipsch RP-500M are a well-known option at the top of the price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as SVS Prime Elevation or Monitor Audio Bronze 2 .

Klipsch RP-500M are £310 more expensive than the average speakers (£229).

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