THE REFERENCE

For perfectionists who demand uncompromisingly accurate sound that captures the full emotional range, depth, and detail of the original performance.

REFERENCE 5

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Flagship three-way floorstander

REFERENCE 5 reveals subtleties you'd never noticed while gripping your emotions with the full power of the performance.

REFERENCE 3

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Mid-sized three-way floorstander

KEF REFERENCE 3's three-dimensional soundstage transports you to the emotional core of the original performance.

REFERENCE 1

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Three-way stand mount

KEF REFERENCE 1's innovative technology means that you don't need a big cabinet to enjoy expansive, premium quality sound.

REFERENCE 4c

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Three-way centre channel

KEF's REFERENCE 4c combines breath-taking accuracy with spatial precision, if you want the cinematic experience look no further.

REFERENCE 2c

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Compact three-way centre channel

KEF REFERENCE 2c delivers an intense listening and viewing experience. For clarity, detail and emotional depth it's a revelation.

REFERENCE 8b

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Twin 9 inches driver 'force-cancelling' subwoofer

To experience the full impact of dramatic on-screen effects, bass definition and control are critical with this much power.

THE REFERENCE

When only the best is good enough.

Perfect reproduction of sound is what KEF's legendary Reference Series has always stood for. After 40 years of continuous development, Reference has earned its name as the yardstick of high-end audio engineering.

If you want the very best sound from movies or music, it's the one name that towers above the rest.

 

It speaks for itself.

"A description was needed to convey the idea that every loudspeaker is subject to scrutiny at all stages of assembly, culminating in a final test comparison with a laboratory-maintained reference standard. So the method became the name: Reference." -- Laurie Fincham, Engineering Director 1968-1991

Original engineering through constant research

The list of KEF patents and innovations is unequalled. The Uni-Q point source driver is just one of many including the 'tangerine' segmented waveguide, stiffened and optimised aluminium domes, vented tweeters and the Z-flex surround.

No other range personifies KEF's passion for perfection more than The Reference.

A Class Apart

With seven models: two elegant floorstanders, a formidable bookshelf speaker, two centre channels, an awesome 1000-watt sub and a new in-wall based on the REFERENCE 5, The Reference range combines benchmark sound quality with multichannel versatility. And they are all hand built by KEF’s craftsmen in Maidstone, Kent.

Uni-Q driver array

At the heart of The Reference is a stunning new Uni-Q point source driver array. A state-of-the-art vented aluminium dome tweeter at the exact acoustic centre of a highly sophisticated midrange driver that fills the room with flawless natural sound. The artist's voice sounds as if it were right there in front of you.

Bass drivers

Clean, rich and articulate bass is the foundation of great stereo or multichannel sound. KEF's new Reference Series bass driver has a massive vented magnet assembly, a large aluminium voice coil and an exceptionally light and stiff alloy cone. Whatever volume you choose the dynamics and power handling are superb.

Flexible port technology

The Reference has adjustable ports for fine-tuning the bass output to suit personal taste and room characteristics. Flexible port technology is used to reduce port resonance, with the flare and profile of each port calculated by computational fluid dynamics to avoid turbulent air noise that might colour the sound.

Crossover design

KEF engineers computer-model the ideal crossover network before auditioning every component, individually and together, to select those with the lowest distortion. Perfection takes time, but the results are plain to hear. Reference crossovers are even decoupled from the cabinet to minimise vibration and crosstalk.

Cabinet design

Hand finished in pair-matched wood veneers to complement the composite front baffle our cabinets have computer-optimised bracing geometry to minimise secondary radiation from the sides and constrained layer damping to absorb vibration. KEF cabinets are engineered to eliminate anything that compromises purity of sound.

Composite front baffle

The Reference drivers are set in a smooth, strikingly distinctive front baffle engineered to eliminate response anomalies caused by diffraction. Made from an exceptionally strong laminated aluminium/resin composite and secured via high-loss pads and high tensile bolts, it adds tremendous rigidity to the inert cabinet.

Plinths and stands

The Reference 3 and 5 are solidly grounded on a plinth with a built in spirit level and have easily adjusted spikes. Reference stands have a cable channel and can be bolted to the speaker, there's also a compartment for mass filling to aid stability and acoustic damping. The stands are finished in Satin Black.

Kent Engineering and Foundry Editions

In 1961 Raymond Cooke founded KEF in a Nissen hut formerly owned by Kent Engineering and Foundry. To celebrate this heritage we've created bespoke editions of the latest Reference range.

The Kent Engineering & Foundry editions combine the latest Reference technology in a style that subtly evokes KEF's rich pedigree.

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