KEF Audio have always excelled in their sonic achievements through research and development, adapting the latest material science and computerised modelling to build truly exceptional speakers. With the latest incarnation of the Reference range, there’s always an element of excitement as to what can truly be achieved by KEF as they push the boundaries of sonic performance.
It is safe to say that KEF have surpassed expectations and defined a new level of performance with the Reference 1 stand mount speakers. Much of the technology in the Reference 1’s is derived from the work that went into the Blade and Blade 2 speakers, making it one of the most radical changes to the Reference series seen in recent years, with brand new drive units and a complete overhaul to the cabinet design.
All the jaw-dropping performance and innovative engineering pioneered for the critically acclaimed LS50 studio monitor, and then some; Reference 1 pairs KEF’s latest 125mm (5″) MF/HF Uni-Q driver array with the sensational new 165mm (6.5″) alloy cone bass driver to create a compellingly realistic sound stage out of all proportion to its size. Mounted on shelves or stands, Uni-Q’s inherently wide and even dispersion also makes it the perfect rear channel speaker in a home theatre system that effortlessly reveals all the subtleties encoded in modern soundtracks.