Celebrate 60 Years of KEF

International KEF Month 2021

Celebrate 60 Years of KEF

International KEF Month 2021

Celebrate 60 Years of KEF

International KEF Month 2021

Celebrating 60 years of KEF

Want to learn more about KEF, our philosophy and the way we work? To celebrate our 60th anniversary we spoke to various members of the team about sound, what excites them and what they think lies in KEF's future.

Six Decades of Great British Music

As we look back over the 60 years of KEF’s speaker innovation, it’s natural that we’d also take stock of the way the sounds coming out of the loudspeakers over the years have shifted and innovated too.

In doing so, we built a set of playlists which illustrate each of those six decades chronologically. Of course there’s a whole dizzying world of music out there to choose from, but in celebrating our British heritage and roots, we wanted to tell a story that reflects ours. 


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So this is a demonstration of six decades of British influence on the way we listen, with all the sonic, stylistic and technical advances from legendary musicians and producers. 
You can hear how technology advanced from the early beginnings of jerry-rigged sound synthesis in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, through synth pop and rave, to the ultra-finessed digital technique of James Blake and FKA Twigs. 

But just as importantly how rock, disco, reggae and pop evolved the way that “real instruments” and human voices sound. Some threads weave right through the decades – from the sixties to today, jazz, folk and soul appear in new iterations, for example. With each listen you’ll hear more details of the evolution of styles and techniques: indeed it was a joy to make them, opening our ears to the shifting tides of change over the years, and we hope you take as much pleasure in visiting and revisiting them as we do.


From sophisticated jazz and easy listening through sci-fi and psychedelia to the birth of rock as we know it, the sixties were revolutionary in every way.

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Whether it was hard rock, disco, reggae or the birth of electronic pop, the seventies were about ambitious exploration of the studio’s possibilities.
 

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The digital era ushered in new possibilities for clarity and gloss in the eighties – and hip hop, house and samplers turned music on its head.
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Dance music and electronica powered innovation in the nineties, but there were plenty of bands who kept up with the pace too.

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The “iPod generation” turned the noughts into a riot of reconfigured references to the past, while grime and bass music pushed things forward.​​​​​​

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The last decade has been a time of increasing sophistication as a new generation works through relationships between the digital and the real.

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From sophisticated jazz and easy listening through sci-fi and psychedelia to the birth of rock as we know it, the sixties were revolutionary in every way.

LISTEN ON

Whether it was hard rock, disco, reggae or the birth of electronic pop, the seventies were about ambitious exploration of the studio’s possibilities.

LISTEN ON

The digital era ushered in new possibilities for clarity and gloss in the eighties – and hip hop, house and samplers turned music on its head.

LISTEN ON

Dance music and electronica powered innovation in the nineties, but there were plenty of bands who kept up with the pace too.

LISTEN ON

The “iPod generation” turned the noughts into a riot of reconfigured references to the past, while grime and bass music pushed things forward.

LISTEN ON

The last decade has been a time of increasing sophistication as a new generation works through relationships between the digital and the real.

LISTEN ON

Celebrate International KEF Month 2021 with a chance to win LS50 Wireless II

#KEFCELEBRATES60

2021 marks 60 years of KEF’s pioneering approach to high-fidelity innovation. Six decades of constant boundary pushing, the relentless pursuit of perfection, and giving music fans the opportunity to hear sound as their favourite artists intended.

To celebrate, we are offering three lucky KEF fans the chance to win three incredible prizes: LS50 Wireless II plus a KC62 subwoofer, a pair of LS50 Wireless II, and our Mu3 Noise Cancelling True Wireless Earphones.

Share your favourite music to win

To celebrate 60 years of KEF, we have curated six playlists, one for each decade, selecting iconic British tracks that best represent each decade.

For a chance of winning one of three fabulous prizes, simply tell us below which of the six decades is your favourite musical period, what piece of music best reflects it, in your opinion, and why. It can be a chart-topper, a film score, a theme song, or a show tune – whatever best captures the spirit of the decade for you.

It’s that simple!

Prize Details

Valued at £4,000

LS50 Wireless II + KC62

Valued at £2,500

LS50 Wireless II

Valued at £200

Mu3


TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Legal Undertaking: By entering a Contest the entrant ('Entrant') will be deemed to have read and understood these rules and to be bound by them and by any other requirements set out in any related promotional material. The Contest is governed by English Law and any matters relating to the Contest will be resolved under English Law and the Courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction. In the event of entering a Contest online, by accepting these terms and conditions you confirm that you are not breaching any laws in your country of residence regarding the legality of entering our Contest. The Promoter: GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd Eccleston Road Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6QP, UK will not be held responsible for any Entrant entering the Contest unlawfully. If in any doubt you should immediately leave the website and check with the relevant authorities in your country.

CONTEST ENTRY:
1. Entry to contest is open to all permanent residents of participating countries* aged 18 and over, except employees of GP Acoustics Group and their immediate family, their agents or anyone professionally connected to the Contest.

2. All entrants are required to fill in their name and email address, and fill in the form to enter the competition successfully.

3. The opening date for entries is Tuesday 12th October 2021 and the closing date for the receipt of all entries is Friday 22nd October 2021, and no duplicate entries will be accepted from any individual.

4. The contest closes at 23:59 on 22nd October 2021 BST. Entries received after that date and time will not be considered.

5. The winner will be announced on social media and notified via email on 2nd November 2021. 

6. The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.

7. The Contest’s winning mechanics will be determined by the Promoter. The Promoter reserves the right to amend and/or change the Contest’s winning mechanics at their sole discretion without having to assign any reason whatsoever, nor notify Contestants of such change.

8. GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd are not liable for any expenses associated with the prize other than the shipping fee and the custom / duties for the prizes.

9. Neither GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd nor the prize supplier are liable for costs or expenses sustained outside of what is described.
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10. GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd will attempt to contact Winner(s) using the email address provided within 5 days (which may be extended at the sole discretion of the Promoter) and given details of how to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd within 5 days of being notified by GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd , then the winner's prize will be forfeited and GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd shall be entitled to select another winner (and that winner will have to respond to the email from GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd within 5 days or else they will also forfeit their prize).

11. There is no cash or other alternative to the prizes stated and the prize is not transferable, and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.

12. GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd retains the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available.

13. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Contest and the winner shall participate in such activity on KEF’s reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by KEF and its related companies, both before and after the closing date of the Contest for an unlimited time, of the winner's voice, image, photograph and name for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photographs and films, and on the internet, including any websites hosted by KEF and its related companies) and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Contest, all entrants consent to the same.

14. KEF shall use and take care of any personal information you supply to it as described in its privacy policy, and in accordance with EU data protection legislation. By entering the Contest, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your Prize Contest, and for the purposes outlined in paragraph 13 above.

15. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.

16. GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Contest or accepting the prize.

17. GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Contest. Nothing shall exclude the liability of GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd for death or personal injury as a result of either party's negligence.

18. GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Contest with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud).

19. Any dispute regarding the quality, performance or value of the prize should be dealt with directly by the winner with the supplier. All warranties and after sale services shall be responsible by the suppliers and GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd shall have no liability in respect of the above. GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd shall have no liability relating to any aspect of any related products/services including without limitation, their quality and the supply.

20. GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.

21. The Contest will be governed by English law.

22. If there is any inconsistency between the English and language version (Chinese, Japanese, German, French or Dutch) of these Terms and Conditions, the English version shall prevail.

23. The promoter is GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd Eccleston Road Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6QP, UK.

* Member state of the European Union, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia.


KEF History

KEF is named after Kent Engineering and Foundry where our story began. Our founder Raymond Cooke was propelled by a love of music and a refusal to compromise, and he leveraged technology at every turn to ensure KEF’s position at the cutting edge of audio.

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