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REFERENCE 5 Floorstanding Speaker

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KEF REFERENCE 5 exemplifies the passion for innovation that underpins THE REFERENCE design philosophy. For music or film, it reveals subtleties you'd never noticed while gripping your emotions with the full power of the performance.
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  • Awards and Reviews
Features

REFERENCE 5

Magnificent is the only word. KEF's passion for perfection embodied in a tall three-way floorstander that aligns four powerful, extremely linear 165mm (6.5 inch) bass drivers - two above and two below KEF's latest 125mm (5 inch) MF/HF Uni-Q array, with the sensational new 25mm (1 inch) vented aluminium dome tweeter at the acoustic centre. Lows are reproduced with consummate agility and control, fluidly integrating with the Uni-Q output to create an all-enveloping soundfield of spine-tingling accuracy and depth. For music or film, it reveals subtleties you'd never noticed while gripping your emotions with the full power of the performance.


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

Additional Information

Design Three-way Bass Reflex
Drive Units Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
MF: 125mm (5in.) aluminium
Bass units:
LF: 4 x165mm (6.5in.) aluminium
Frequency Range Typical in room bass response: 25Hz (-6dB)
Free Field - Short port: 35Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
Free Field - Long port: 32Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
Frequency Response 40Hz - 35kHz (±3dB)
Crossover Frequencies 350Hz, 2.8kHz
Maximum Output 116 dB (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)
Amplifier class 50-400W
Sensitivity 90dB (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 : 1350 x 205 x 470 mm (53.1 x 8.0 x 18.5 in. )
H x W x D with grille, terminal & plinth : 1397 x 349 x 470 mm (55 x 13.7 x 18.5 in.)
Weight 60.2kg (132.7lbs)
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



Grand Prix Award

Year: 2015
Magazine / Issuing Body: HiVi Magazine
Country: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5



Stereo Sound Grand Prix 2014

Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereo Sound Magazine
Country: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5



Audio Excellence Silver Award 2015

Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Audio Accessory Magazine
Country: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5



The Best of the speaker in 2014

Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereo Magazine
Country: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5



Hi-Fi News & Record Review - Outstanding Product

"They create a soundstage effortlessly disengaged from the boxes that are producing it... On vocal tracks especially, the REFERENCE 5s seemed to get out of the way completely and let the singer's performance become as intimate and heartrending as you could wish… This is clearly an outstanding product."
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi News & Record Review
Country: United Kingdom
Product: REFERENCE 5



EUROPEAN HIGH-END AUDIO 2014-2015

"…its above‐average sensitivity, excellent bass extension and handsome appearance earns the Reference 5 EISA's High‐End Audio accolade."
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: EISA Award
Country: Euro
Product: REFERENCE 5
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