KEF Unveils Bold New Generation of Reference Series Speakers at CES 2007

When KEF first introduced its legendary Reference loudspeakers in 1977, Fleetwood Mac was about to top the charts with Rumours 1/12/2007 7:00 AM Eastern

KEF Unveils Bold New Generation of Reference Series Speakers at CES 2007

Jan 12, 2007 12:00 PM

When KEF first introduced its legendary Reference loudspeakers in 1977, Fleetwood Mac was about to top the charts with Rumours, Blondie was releasing Plastic Letters, and (although unlikely graced through a pair of KEF References) the Sex Pistols was engaged in full sonic and cultural assault over in its (and KEF’s) native Great Britain. Each of those recordings is still a classic today. And thanks to new revolutions in speaker design—innovations which began in KEF laboratories—you can now listen to those recordings and your entire collection with a new set of ears.

The continuing evolution of KEF's Reference Series has always been based on the concept of benchmark precision and setting new standards. Originally designed to deliver the ultimate audiophile listening experience using the most advanced engineering and research techniques of the time, the Reference series—the industry standard for quality for almost 30 years—has gracefully aged over time to incorporate KEF’s latest sophisticated technologies. With this newest evolution, KEF’s flagship Reference Series has been transformed pushing the boundaries of sonic performance further still.

The Next-Generation Reference Series features:

  • New trademark Uni-Q array with a sophisticated elliptical dome tweeter and a patented ‘Uni-Form’ flat surround midrange driver for stunningly clear vocals, fabulous imaging, and a commanding soundstage throughout the room.
  • Ultra-low distortion bass drivers, which deliver thunderous, accurate dynamics thanks in part to KEF’s super light neodymium magnet assembly, as well as many other innovatively applied LF technologies (refer to KEF’s latest Reference white paper for more details).
  • KEF’s proven decoupling techniques—all drivers are decoupled from the cabinet to avoid unwanted resonances and interactions.
  • Improved low-frequency response and customization with a two-position bass control.
  • Superior equalization and flexibility, due to a new four-position high-frequency level control.
  • Computer-optimized second-order and fourth-order crossovers for less distortion at lower frequencies.
  • Radical cabinet designs featuring handsome new finish options in American Walnut, Piano Black, Satin Sycamore, and High-Gloss Cherry.

“The KEF philosophy is not just about Uni-Q, ACE, or any of our other technologies—it is the pursuit of natural sound reproduction through intelligent engineering.” says Andrew Watson, KEF’s senior acoustics engineer. “In this respect, our skill is not just in developing these technologies but in applying them to achieve real benefit for the listener. And that’s what our new Reference Series is all about”.

“KEF’s Reference Series has a longstanding heritage of excellence,” says Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. “This latest generation not only upholds this tradition but takes the series to a whole new level of sonic performance, making something that is already great even more rewarding.”

The KEF Reference lineup includes the newly-developed dedicated center-channel speakers, Models 202.2 and 204.2, and a unique three-way dipole surround sound speaker, Model 206.2. KEF also introduces two outstanding subwoofers, the Model 208 and Model 209. The classic bookshelf Model 201.2, the elegant floor-standing Models 203.2 and Model 205.2, and the top-of-the-line Model 207.2 complete the range.

The newly redesigned Reference Series speakers will be available in Q1 2007. For more information, visit

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