The benchmark of bookshelf speakers
The one standmount model in the Reference series could be the only loudspeaker you ever need. A three-way model boasting KEF s 12th generation Uni-Q ® driver array with MAT™, Reference 1 Meta is capable of delivering expansive, high-performance sound that goes way beyond what its relatively compact size would suggest was possible.
The benchmark of benchmarks
Since 1973, The Reference has continually set the benchmark for loudspeakers and sound reproduction. Pioneering the use of digital technologies to achieve the highest audio accuracy, every pair can be matched within 0.5dB to the laboratory-maintained reference standard.
Since the first Reference speaker, KEF engineers have continued to innovate using what is possible with The Reference. Ground-breaking in its first incarnation, each subsequent iteration of The Reference has added to the world s knowledge of the science of acoustics.
Designed, engineered and handcrafted in UK
Since 1961, we have been creating remarkable award-winning loudspeakers at our UK home in Maidstone, Kent. As our flagship HiFi speakers, The Reference is still being designed, engineered, and handcrafted in Maidstone today.
Listen and believe
The proof is in the listening. Hearing The Reference in all its glory is the only way to appreciate exactly what this loudspeaker is capable of.
||Three-way bass reflex
||Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) aluminium dome with MAT
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminium cone
LF: 165 mm (6.5 in.) aluminium cone
|Frequency range free field (-6dB)
||Short port: 40Hz -45kHz
Long port: 37Hz - 45kHz
|Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB)
|Frequency response (±3dB)
||45Hz - 35kHz
||450 Hz, 2.1 kHz
||50 - 200W
|Harmonic distortion 2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
||<0.5% 40Hz - 100kHz
<0.2% 200Hz - 2kHz
<0.1% 2kHz - 20kHz
|Maximum output (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)
||4 Ω (min. 3.2 Ω)
||18.2 kg (40.1 lbs.)
|Dimensions (H x W x D)(with grille and terminal)
||440 x 205 x 422 mm(17.3 x 8.1 x 16.6 in.)
|Dimensions (H x W x D)(with grille, terminal & plinth)
Professional delivery and installation is available for every product we sell. We would be happy to coordinate delivery and installation for you.
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