I listened to the KEF Reference 1 stand mounted speakers today while dropping off my CD player to be repaired. These speakers were impressive. I had previously listened to a pair of Harbeth Super 5HL Plus which sounded great but I prefer the KEF over the Harbeth sound. The Harbeth were a little too soft and not detailed enough for my taste. The KEF on the other hand were very detailed but not too razor sharp. The tweeter and mid range were all in control, no ear bleeding here and I was listening to CDs and they sounded wonderful. The sound was extremely clear, detailed, fast and dynamic. For a 6 1/2 inch woofer these went down to 40Hz very nicely before they began to head south. They had a very rich and realistic sound. You could tell when nylon strings were used, and could hear the hollow body of an acoustic guitar and the shimmer of cymbals. Drums were real sounding with all the correct dynamics, and quickness required to make them in the room believable. The sound stage was fantastic right to left and up and down. The sound stage felt large, a little larger than life, but not too much so. Depth wasn't as good as I had hoped but there was some. The speakers did disappear and the sound stage extended well past the speakers position in the room. I found myself just listening and enjoying the music and not really hearing anything that bothered me. The speakers played well at normal volumes and could play extremely loud with no distortion or blurring of the individual performers when increasing the volume to levels much higher than I would ever want to listen for any extended period. I was very impressed with the build quality, they were Gloss Rosewood. The speakers were not inexpensive and you would need to throw in extra change, yuk, yuk change , for the stands. I think the ones KEF offers are $1,500, but not sure. If you have a moderate sized room and want a pair of beautiful speakers whose footprint wouldn't be too intrusive this would be a great choice. They come with two lengths of rear port tubes to tune the bass depending on your room and more particularly how close to the front wall the speakers need to be placed in front of. I listened with them well into the room and was very impressed with the bass, I did not ask about which tube was in the unit, but from what I understand the closer to the wall they sit then the need for a longer tube??? so if this theory is correct I would then assume the short tube was used. The Uni-Q or whatever they call their tweeter / mid range driver arrangement looks great but sounds even better. I believe it is one reason the sound stage was so impressive and why individual performers had their place solidly pinpointed within that sound stage. If you are in the market for a 3-way stand mount speaker in the $7,500 range then I would recommend these to be added to your short list to audition.