KEF R Series Seeks Hi-Fi More Affordably

TR Series high performance speakers from KEF combines fluent Uni-Q driver arrays with new bass drivers and other features to create high sound image accuracy at a lower price point.    KEF's R200C combines fluent Uni-Q driver arrays with new bass drivers to create high sound image ac
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TR Series high performance speakers from KEF combines fluent Uni-Q driver arrays with new bass drivers and other features to create high sound image accuracy at a lower price point.

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 KEF's R200Ccombines fluent Uni-Q driver arrays with new bass drivers to create high sound image accuracy at a lower price.

“The new R Series strikes the perfect balance between superb sound quality and affordability,” said Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. “The series incorporates many of the same technologies developed in our ground-breaking KEF Blade to offer those who appreciate great audio excellence a loudspeaker range that comes close to the performance of our Reference Series.”

The new Uni-Q MF/HF driver array ensures that midrange response is fast and clean due to a braced magnesium/aluminum alloy cone, and KEF’s Z-flex surround smoothes the transition to the front panel while a sturdy, decoupled, die-cast aluminum chassis prevents resonance being transferred to the cabinet. At the acoustic center of the midrange cone is the same sophisticated vented tweeter that endows the single apparent source loudspeaker KEF Blade. With a large neodymium magnet and a stiff, computer-optimized dome structure, the upper registers are articulated precisely. To capitalize on Uni-Q’s point source characteristics, KEF’s tangerine waveguide technology helps disperse the higher frequencies evenly across a wider angle to flood a room with an intricate and natural soundfield. Operating together as a single integrated voice, the array as a whole delivers an accurate sound with great clarity.

The new bass driver combines a large vented magnet assembly and lightweight aluminum voice coil driving a light, stiff, and strong hybrid cone, which all helps assure clean, deep, and uncompressed bass output with high dynamics and power handling.

Inside the cabinets, computer-designed crossovers allow the level of each driver to be fine-tuned for a smoother, flatter response. Constrained layer damping panels prevent cabinet vibration from muddying the mid-range and bass. The airflow through the reflex ports is managed using computational fluid dynamics for acoustic integrity.

Cabinets are available in a choice of classic, highly polished piano black and satin real wood veneer finishes in rosewood or walnut.

There are nine models, including three floorstanding, two bookshelf speakers, two fully-specified and timbre-matched center channels, dipole surrounds, and a twin driver, 500 watt subwoofer.

Attendees to the KEF America booth (3351) at CEDIA EXPO 2011 will have the exclusive first-look at the R Series, which will be available in October 2011.

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