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KEF’s New Ref

KEF’s New Ref

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018
KEF has announced a stunning new in-wall architectural loudspeaker, the Ci5160REF-THX, setting a new standard for custom installation speaker design.

The Ci5160REF-THX is part of KEF’s world-renowned REFERENCE family of speakers, attaining the most rarefied standards of design innovation, state-of-the-art engineering and world-beating performance. Like all KEF REFERENCE speakers, the Ci5160REF comes with the REFERENCE Build Certificate signed by the craftsman who built it. The new speaker also meets KEF’s ‘Extreme Theatre’ standard, as well as having THX Ultra certification.

At the heart of the Ci5160REF-THX is the 11th generation of KEF’s signature Uni-Q point source driver array. With a 25mm vented aluminium dome tweeter situated at the exact acoustic centre of a 125mm midrange driver, both act as a single source that floods the listening space evenly with a seamless and incredibly natural sound-field.

The Ci5160REF-THX also utilises a bespoke REFERENCE 160mm bass driver, optimised for use in-wall. With a massive vented magnet assembly and a large aluminium wire voice coil driving an exceptionally light, stiff and strong alloy cone, the low-frequency driver’s dynamics and power handling are truly superb.

KEF’s engineers computer-modelled the ideal crossover networks before exhaustively auditioning every high-grade component to select those with the lowest distortion and the smoothest response. In addition, the high-frequency and low-frequency crossovers are mounted on separate boards to minimise crosstalk.

Taken together, these innovations offer a completely new level of freedom and flexibility for systems installers seeking top-of-the-line architectural speaker solutions capable of delivering the best possible sound quality.

This perfect reproduction of recorded sound is what KEF’s legendary REFERENCE Series stands for. Constrained layer damping; Acoustic Compliance Enhancement; the Z-Flex surround - these and other innovations are what account for the deserved global reputation of KEF’s multi-award winning loudspeakers.

With over 40-years of continuous development, it is little wonder the KEF REFERENCE label has become the yardstick of high-end acoustic engineering, and with the Ci5160REF-THX, KEF has made this exceptional level of state-of-the-art design available to homeowners and installers who desire the best of the best in a custom installation environment.
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