KEF had not updated The Reference and Blade series speakers for several years. And we say there was because today the well-known manufacturer has announced the renewal of its top ranges. Both models have been updated with the latest acoustic innovations from KEF, such as the 12th generation Uni-Q driver and the addition of MAT (Metamaterial Absorption Technology).
KEF’s new The Reference series consists of two three-way floorstanding speakers, one three-way bookshelf speaker and two three-way LCR speakers. The spectacular new generation Blade range comes with two models designed to replace the models launched in 2011: Blade One and Blade Two. Both series will have the “surname” Meta in their name.
The name “Meta” represents the KEF Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT). This technology debuted in 2020 and can be found in the award-winning KEF LS50 Wireless II and KEF LS50 Meta. Basically, it is a circular plastic structure in the form of a labyrinth that is placed behind the tweeter and that, according to the manufacturer, eliminates 99 percent of high-frequency distortion by absorbing sound backwards.
In addition to MAT technology, the new models feature the 12th Generation Uni-Q Driver. This includes a new decoupling approach and a new motor design that aims to reduce midrange distortion as well as reduce thermal compression, improving efficiency. For both series, the crossover has been completely redesigned to ensure signal integrity.
New KEF Blade series, the top of the manufacturer’s range
KEF’s Blade range does not go unnoticed. Its striking design goes far beyond the purely aesthetic part, since, according to the manufacturer, it greatly affects the acoustics of the boxes. Smooth front radius tapers elegantly from top to bottom and front to backwithout any discontinuity to spoil the clarity of the sound.
At the heart of the Blade series is the Single Apparent Source technology, which extends the advantages of the Uni-Q to all frequencies. This makes Blade speakers incredibly consistent across all audible frequencies.
Another key to Single Apparent Source technology is the position of the bass drivers. This curious placement allows, according to the manufacturer, brace each other, canceling out damaging vibrations that would excite the box.
As we have already anticipated, the KEF Blade range is made up of two models: the imposing Blade One and the most restrained BladeTwo. Both are available in four standard finishes (Piano Black/Grey, Arctic White/Champagne, Charcoal Grey/Bronze, Frosted Blue/Blue) and four special finishes (Piano Black/Copper, Frosted Blue/Bronze, Charcoal Grey/Red, Racing Red/Grey).
As you can imagine, they are not exactly cheap speakers. The Blade One Goal It has been put up for sale with an official price of 30,000 poundsMeanwhile he Blade Two Meta it is sold by 22,500 pounds.
KEF The Reference, a wider range with different types of loudspeakers to choose from
The Reference Series is equipped with a massive, vented magnet assembly, paired with a massive aluminum voice coil and a stiff, damped alloy cone, ensuring superb bass response and dynamics.
Although they have a more traditional exterior design, KEF ensures that this hides some exclusive characteristics of the manufacturer. Around the Uni-Q has been placed the Shadow Flare, a specially shaped trim ring that reduces the negative effects of diffraction. This allows the Uni-Q to deliver a much wider and more accurate soundstage.
Constrained layer damping and tuned inner chamber address vibration and standing wave issues respectively. On the other hand, adjustable flex ports reduce port resonances while allowing for fine tuning based on speaker location in the listening room.
The KEF Reference range is made up of several models to adapt to the needs of users. It has two floor models (Reference 5 and Reference 3), one shelf (Reference 1) and two LCR models (Reference 4 and Reference 2).
The redesign of the Reference 2 and Reference 4 makes them ideal for use as LCR loudspeakers, creating more possibilities for great sound for those looking to set up a home theater.
All models will be available at three standard finishes (Satin Walnut/Silver, High-Gloss White Champagne, High-Gloss Black/Grey) and two special finishes (High-Gloss White/Blue, High-Gloss Black/Copper). As for the price of the KEF The Referenceit is located between 4,750 pounds of Reference 1 and 17,500 pounds of Reference 5.
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