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REFERENCE 3 Floorstanding Speaker

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KEF REFERENCE 3's three-dimensional soundstage places you right at the heart of the original performance. it gives you the soul.
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Features

REFERENCE 3

Same DNA, more modest dimensions - and the same uncanny ability to generate an intricate, totally natural-sounding 3D soundstage. The two 165mm (6.5 inch) bass drivers are positioned perfectly above and below KEF's latest 125mm (5 inch) MF/HF Uni-Q driver array in a D'Appolito configuration. Fidelity across the midrange and treble is outstanding, and the transitions imperceptible. And with Uni-Q's broad inclusive dispersion, everyone in the room can enjoy the same rich, spatially precise acoustic imagery without being restricted to a narrow sweet spot. As well as putting you right at the heart of the original performance, it gives you the soul.

THE REFERENCE

The standard by which others are judged, and to which they aspire. The perfect reproduction of recorded sound is what KEF's legendary THE REFERENCE Series has always stood for. And after 40 years of continuous development, THE REFERENCE has earned its name as the yardstick of high-end acoustic engineering.

If you're a perfectionist when it comes to enjoying movies or music, it's the one name that towers above the rest. The Reference. It speaks for itself.


Specifications

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Design Three-way Bass Reflex
Drive Units Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
MF: 125mm (5in.) aluminium
Bass units:
LF: 2 x165mm (6.5in.) aluminium
Frequency Range Typical in room bass response: 28Hz (-6dB)
Free Field - Short port: 38Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
Free Field - Long port: 32Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
Frequency Response 43Hz - 35kHz (±3dB)
Crossover Frequencies 350Hz, 2.8kHz
Maximum Output 113.5 dB (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)
Amplifier class 50-300W
Sensitivity 87.5dB (2.83V/1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<0.5% 40Hz – 100kHz
<0.2% 200Hz – 10kHz
Impedance 8 Ohms (min.3.2 Ohms)
Dimensions H x W x D with grille and terminal : 1155 x 205 x 470 mm (44.5 x 8.1 x 18.5 in.)
H x W x D with grille, terminal & plinth : 1202 x 349 x 470 mm (47.3 x 13.7 x 18.5 in.)
Weight 51.3kg (113.1lbs)
Unit measurement Pair
Document Download THE REFERENCE Brochure
THE REFERENCE Manual
THE REFERENCE 8b Manual
THE REFERENCE White Paper
THE REFERENCE Information Sheet
Awards and Reviews


Home Cinema Choice Reference Status, High End Hero

"This system is British surround high-fidelity at the utter state-of-the-art. And it’s easily worthy of its Reference name." (Click here to read the review in full)

Year: 2016
Magazine / Issuing Body: Home Cinema Choice
Country: United Kingdom
Product: REFERENCE 5, REFERENCE 3, REFERENCE 4c and REFERENCE 8b

Review
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