Can someone describe the sound of KEF IQ30's ?

I'm really low on cash...but my Polks are really beginning to irritate me. The B&W 685's or NHT Classic 3's wre high on my list until I was unemployed. Now the price level of the KEF iQ30's seems attractive ($450/pr). Not many reviews. I want to buy NEW speakers not used. The Polk rti28's are really sounding harsh. Maybe my ears have changed. Opinions please on the KEF's
I will have to check Energy. They seem to have some good speakers at lower price points. The Polks are fine..I'm just noticing things of late. Also, I plan on keeping them for spares (when I get a house) so I could always go back. I thought that maybe the KEF's may be a good, lower cost alternative to the B&W 685. I'll do searches on the Energys
hesitant to buy used speakers, hmmmmmmmmmm. you might want to post a thread here and ask what other a goners say about this. if you trust this membership to recommend spkrs you may as well trust them with this question. you may one day realize these big name brand spkr makers offer less real value than countless smaller producers who have no heavy marketing budgets and rely on word of mouth. nothing wrong with polks and b and w but you may find a whole new demension in a used $5oo set of some lessr known brand. just my advice tho, i have owned nht, bw, and polk and they could not hold a candle to the used meadowlarks i owned that i bought on agon.
I am only hesitant because I have reservations about how others may have driven the speakers. I'm not saying goners would sell me junk....I have my extra Polks for sale here on Audiogon. The speakers sound fine under most normal playing conditions. When I play a low volume test tone CD, I get drastic static at only certain frequencies. I play the same CD on my main set, no static.
as you own a damaged? pair now i can see why this would be on your mind. the noise you describe leads me to think you may have fried these. is it in both spkrs? nht is closing shop so you could get a great deal now ... . fwiw, people here seam to be older and they tend to baby their $$$ spkrs because they have vision to see they will need to resell to another 'hi ender'. which is why mid fi spkrs are subject to wear and tear from younger rock and roll blasters over driving amps etc. happy hunting!
I'm also looking at the NHT Classic 3's. Some retailers are already marking down the prices.