Smart use of innovative KEF technology means that with Reference 1 you don't need a big cabinet to enjoy expansive, high-performance sound.
Reference 1 pairs KEF’s latest 125mm (5 inch) MF/HF Uni-Q driver array with the sensational new 165mm (6.5 inch) alloy cone bass driver to create a compellingly realistic, large scale sound stage. Uni-Q’s inherently wide, even dispersion also makes it the perfect rear channel speaker in a serious home theatre system.
Silver satin walnut, Copper black aluminium, Blue ice white, Deep piano black, Satin American walnut, Luxury gloss rosewood
H x W x D with grille and terminal
Three-way bass reflex
Typical in room bass response: 30Hz (-6dB)
Free Field - Short port: 40Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
Free Field - Long port: 37Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
TYPICAL IN-ROOM BASS RESPONSE
<0.5% 40Hz - 100kHz
<0.2% 200Hz - 10kHz
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
MF: 125mm (5in.) aluminium
LF: 1 x165mm (6.5in.) aluminium
KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE. * Measurement per unit
Awards & Reviews
'KEF’s Reference 1s are brilliant all-rounders that work superbly across a wide range of music, systems and rooms.'
DIAPASON D’OR 2017 AWARD
"Plus points: Magic and precise; outstanding low frequencies. Negative points: Nothing." - 2017
SoundStage! Network - Reviewers' Choice
"With the Reference 1, KEF has raised the bar for stand-mounted loudspeakers in several ways. In a flash, my wife picked up on the speaker's high-tech appearance and attractive styling. The high level of technology applied -- most notably, the current generation of KEF's Uni-Q coincident driver -- seems nothing short of an engineering marvel. But most important is the Reference 1's quality of sound -- within its bandwidth, it's as accurate as it is musically engaging...KEF's Reference 1 is the best stand-mounted speaker I've ever heard." - 2014
Hi-Fi Choice Yearbook 2016
"One of the finest-sounding standmount speakers we’ve ever heard." - 2016
Flagship three-way floorstander
If you're serious about experiencing the ultimate in sound reproduction, the magnificently authoritative Reference 5 exemplifies the passion for innovation that underpins The Reference design philosophy.
Mid-sized three-way floorstander
Reference 3 has the uncanny ability to generate an intricate, emotionally compelling three-dimensional soundstage that places you right at the heart of the original performance.
Compact three-way centre speaker
In smaller environments, Reference 2c has the power to immerse you in your music or the action on screen as much as its larger sibling.
Twin 9 inches driver 'force-cancelling' subwoofer
Delivering exceptional bass precision and control with zero distortion, Reference 8b is a truly extraordinary subwoofer.
REFERENCE 1 PERFORMANCE STAND AND SPIKE SET
Designed and Engineered in the UK
Perfect sound demands the absolute elimination of unwanted vibration. Securely bolting REFERENCE 1 bookshelf speakers to the REFERENCE 1 Performance Stand and Spike Set guarantees maximum rigidity.