Kef is synonymous with eggs. Not because the company has a particular penchant for them, but because Kef’s up-market surround sound systems were known for their egg-shaped satellite speakers.
Kef has now adapted the design for this equally upmarket set of desktop speakers.
Design and features
Measuring only 27cm tall, the Eggs are not a big pair of speakers. Place them either side of a laptop, and they won’t look out of place at all. Granted, the glossy, plastic casing doesn’t exactly ooze ‘quality’ at first glance, but you’ll change your mind once you start to set them up. The weight alone – each speaker weighs more than 2kg which makes you realise that these are no ordinary speakers, they really are high quality.
The egg design is not just for show, as Kef says that this helps the speakers to disperse sound spherically into the room around them. It certainly works, as the Eggs create an expansive, atmospheric sound that really fills the room with the wide-screen production of albums like Adele's 25.
The woofer-tweeter combo inside the Eggs delivers excellent clarity on vocals, and manages to maintain that detail even at high volumes. The bass is surprisingly good for desktop speakers that don’t include a sub-woofer, but there’s also a connector at the rear that will allow to upgrade with a sub-woofer if you really want more bass. At 50w output they won't blow the roof off, but the sheer quality of the sound will certainly impress.
The Eggs are well connected, with all the main controls mounted within easy reach on the front base of the right-hand speaker, while the various ports are stored around the back. There’s a combination 3.5mm/optical audio connector for wired devices, but it’s a bit disappointing that while Kef does include an optical cable, there’s no standard 3.5mm audio cable to be found. Which is a little annoying, especially if you want a longer cable that will allow you to put the speakers elsewhere.
There are other connection options, though, as the Eggs also include a USB audio connector (and cable), and Bluetooth with AptX as well, so that you can stream music from mobile devices if you want to. Interestingly, Kef also says that the USB connector can handle high-resolution audio files in formats up to 24-bit/96KHz. The high-resolution audio scene is still young – with a mess of competing formats and online services – but it’s good to know that these expensive speakers will be able to earn their keep as digital audio technology continues to move forward.
If you're more interested in thundering bass and ridiculous volume levels than crystal clear sound, then the Kef Eggs might not be the best option. If, however, you're looking for a compact, good-looking pair of speakers which provide superb sound quality whether you're playing your music from a laptop via an optical cable or a smartphone over a Bluetooth connection, the Kef Eggs are an excellent choice.
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