THE REFERENCE: the standard by which others are judged, and to which they aspire.
The perfect reproduction of recorded sound is what KEF’s legendary Reference Series has always stood for. And after 40 years of continuous development, the Reference has earned its name as the yardstick of high-end acoustic engineering.
If you’re a perfectionist when it comes to enjoying movies or music, it’s the one name that towers above the rest.
The Reference. It speaks for itself.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 inch) MF/HF Uni-Q driver array with the sensational new 165mm (6.5 inch) 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, 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.
KEF has never been a ‘me too’. We create. And we never stop learning.
The list of KEF patents and innovations is unequalled. Although the Uni-Q point source driver array is our most famous breakthrough, it’s just one of many. There’s the unique ‘tangerine’ segmented waveguide. Cleverly stiffened and optimised aluminium domes. Sophisticated vented tweeters. The ingenious use of new materials to boost motor performance and power handling. Constrained layer damping. Acoustic Compliance Enhancement. The brilliant Z-flex surround – these and many others are what account for the reputation of KEF’s multi-award winning drivers.
No other manufacturer has done more to advance the state of the art – and no other range personifies KEF’s passion for perfection more than The Reference.
|Design||Three-way Bass Reflex|
|Drive Units||Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
MF: 125mm (5in.) aluminium
LF: 1 x165mm (6.5in.) aluminium
|Frequency range free field (-6dB)||Short port: 40Hz – 45kHz
Long port: 37Hz – 45kHz
|Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB)||30Hz|
|Frequency response (±3dB)||45Hz – 35kHz|
|Crossover frequency||350Hz, 2.8kHz|
|Sensitivity (2.83V/ 1m)||85dB|
2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
|<0.5% 40Hz – 100kHz
<0.2% 200Hz – 10kHz
(peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)
|Impedance||8Ω (min. 3.2Ω)|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)
(with grille and terminal)
|440 x 205 x 430 mm
(17.3 x 8.1 x 16.9 in.)
|Finishes||Deep Piano Black, Satin American Walnut, Luxury Gloss Rosewood|