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KEF is one of the finest purveyors of British hi-fi, with an illustrious heritage that stretches back more than 50 years. It's had a few ups and downs in that time, but hasn't lost its talent for engineering classy, superb-sounding speakers, as you'll see from the below.
We've been reviewing KEF speakers since our earliest days of publication, so we know what's good and what's not. All of the below have been through our usual rigorous testing process and come out as highly acclaimed, earning either four or the full five stars. So you can be sure they'll do you proud.
More importantly, KEF has kept pace with the times and diversified into wireless speakers, including Bluetooth desktop speakers and wireless all-in-one streaming systems such as the magnificent LSX (below).
Now the sequel has landed, and it's even better than the original (and it's picked up a 2022 What Hi-Fi? Award of its own). How? There's no need to connect the two speakers with a cable, as with the original, and they have a new and improved app for slicker control.
The speakers use the same Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT) technology as the LS50 Meta (below) to reduce unwanted sound. And it works. Treble is cleaner than ever, with a touch of extra refinement, while greater separation makes the sound less congested.
Namely, more connection options. The first is HDMI ARC and the second is a USB-C connection for connecting to a TV and laptop respectively. Like other KEF wireless speakers, they also have an Ethernet port for connecting the speakers directly to your router, or a switch and a second port which you use to connect the supplied (Ethernet) cable between the speakers. This is required if you want native playback of 24-bit/96kHz digital music files (anything higher than this is downsampled to 24-bit/96kHz).
They might look like they've been zapped with a shrink ray when compared to the LS50 Wireless speakers (their older siblings), but they're no less impressive. Blessed with Uni-Q drivers, 200W Class-D amplification and a choice of stylish colours that would put Farrow & Ball to shame, these are some of the best KEF speakers around.
Looking for some of the best KEF speakers that are a) standmounters and b) affordable? You're in the right place. Redesigned to reduce distortion and improve performance, the updated Q350 now offer a winning combination of sleek, sophisticated looks and stunning presence.
The sturdy, beautifully-crafted cabinets come in a choice of black or white satin finishes, accented with black or silver Uni-Q drivers. What the the Q350 lack in punch, they more than make up for in clarity, depth and composure. If they're within your budget, these are a no-brainer.
But it isn't just power the R5 have on their side. There's brilliant detail on offer and stereo imaging is superb, while those drivers all integrate wonderfully for an even and controlled presentation.
These quirky miniature marvels are KEF's unique spin on desktop speakers. They work equally well either wireless or wired, so they're a real master of all trades. And since they're kitted out with a built-in 50W amplifier, they have the necessary oomph to upgrade the sound of your laptop or TV.
When it comes to sound dispersion, the Eggs are no yolk, projecting a surprisingly lively and immersive soundstage. Assuming that their retro, "1960s sci-fi film prop" looks don't scramble your brain, the Eggs are a cracking buy.
Here at What Hi-Fi? we review hundreds of products every year, including no small amount of speakers of all shapes, sizes and types. So how do we come to our review verdicts? And why can you trust them?
The What Hi-Fi? team has more than 100 years experience of reviewing, testing and writing about consumer electronics. We have state-of-the-art testing facilities in London and Bath, where our team of expert reviewers do all our in-house testing. This gives us complete control over the testing process, ensuring consistency. We always ensure we spend plenty of time with the speakers, trying them with different electronics, in different positions and with different music.
All products are tested in comparison with rival products in the same category, and all review verdicts are agreed upon by the team as a whole rather than a single reviewer, helping to ensure consistency and avoid individual subjectivity.
From all of our reviews, we choose the top products to feature in our Best Buys, such as this one. That's why if you take the plunge and buy one of the products recommended above, or on any of our other Best Buy pages, you can rest assured you're getting a What Hi-Fi?-approved product.
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As an artist he works instinctively and gets his inspiration from meditation and nature. Creating for him is a sort of meditation.The most important is that the viewer indulges in the multitude of lines and lets himself be transported until finding a sense of well-being and positive energy.
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Furthering its inimitable sound and design, KEF has come together with long-term collaborator Ross Lovegrove on its Mu7 noise-canceling wireless headphones. The over-ear headphones feature a 40mm full-range dynamic driver in each ear and smart active noise canceling tech to counter external noise.
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The two 16.5cm woofers flanking the Uni-Q unit have a slightly curved aluminium diaphragm cast in one piece. The two bass reflex ports on the rear can be adjusted for length and power. The speakers come with bass reflex tubes in two different lengths, so the bass can be attenuated if it gets too much for you.
The two most obvious differences are in sound pressure and bass extension. The larger Reference 5 Meta reproduces deep bass with greater authority, and more easily fills a large room with sound pressure. The smaller Reference 3 Meta otherwise performs 95 percent identically to the big 5, but there are also some nuance differences that may be worth noting.
Using Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT), a product of cooperative development with the Acoustic Metamaterials Group, completely redefines loudspeaker design and once again exemplifies KEF's unwavering drive for creating new technologies to enhance your listening experience. Metamaterials are carefully designed structures that make use of already existing materials in order to display novel, desirable features that are simply not present in naturally occurring substances.
The 12th generation Uni-Q with MAT driver array from KEF is built around the aforementioned tweeter. The Uni-Q point source configuration produces a more precise, integrated, and three-dimensional sound imageog bookshelf speaker that is disseminated so uniformly throughout the space that you may experience its "sweet spot" from any location. The engineers have created a new version of KEF's iconic driver array with a new cone neck decoupler and motor system that is precisely shaped to reduce high-frequency distortion in the mid-frequency
The driver array's clarity contributes significantly to the engaging performance, but port design is also very important. The flare and contour of the LS50 by KEF speaker, off-set flexible port are calculated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to postpone the beginning of turbulence, and the flexible port walls prevent resonances from tinting the midrange. As a result, there is increased clarity and outstanding depth and detail. Smooth curved surfaces let the very robust cabinet of the LS 50 Meta transmit sound across the baffle without any hindrance
The low-diffraction, curved baffle accurately sculpted around the Uni-Q speaker array gives the LS-50 Meta its distinctive excellent looks from the original . While the port exit and kef bookshelf speaker terminals have been tastefully recessed and optically softened, the curved front is quietly reflected by the gently radiused rear panel.
Really excellent kef meta bookshelf speakers just disappear, leaving you with the music alone. The performer seems to be right there with you because to the immaculate voice and beautifully executed layers of instruments. This is what the best loudspeakers can produce with current technology.
The LS-50 bookshelf speaker by KEFserved as the concrete representation of this unique strategy. a speaker that was inspired by the vintage LS3/5A but rapidly acknowledged as a modern icon in its own way. The resulted from KEF's willingness to think creatively, continuously look for novel materials, methods, and technologies, including the use of computer-aided design and ongoing development of the company's renowned Uni-Q driver array.
Instead of a cone, the radical new twin-layer bass and midrange unit has a flat diaphragm whose rigidity throughout the frequency range is maintained by very fine stiffening ribs, with the driver as a whole acting as a stressed member to help eliminate any unwanted resonance from the slim cabinet. The resulting response is as clean, accurate and distortion-free as a quality conventional speaker, with none of the bulk. 041b061a72