KEF R3 – An evolution of the floorstanding speaker
The R3 is the latest 3-way floorstander from KEF’s all-new R Series, and it offers an incredible amount of sound and technology for the money. KEF have made over 1000 changes to the new R Series, including the 12th generation of their revolutionary Uni-Q unit and technology from their much more expensive Reference Series. It gives you a sound that’s much cleaner, more accurate and detailed, so you can not only get closer to the music, but also experience and feel it. With KEF’s new R Series, you become part of the music.
- Detailed, accurate and large stereo sound image
- Immersive and incredibly musical
- 12. gen. Uni-Q delivers a bigger soundstage and sweet spot
- Shadow Flare technology provides higher level of detail
- Perfect for smaller spaces
- Flexible reflection port for better clarity and detail
The technology behind the sound
The reason KEF speakers sound so natural and neutral is because they have the pioneering and patented Uni-Q unit, which makes all the sound come from a single point because they have placed the tweeter in the acoustic centre of the midrange and bass unit. This allows sound to spread much more evenly and widely than conventional speakers, where sound comes from devices in different locations. When the sound comes from a single point, KEF avoids the interference problems of conventional speakers, making the sound much cleaner and more natural. When all the frequencies reach the ear at the same time, the sound is perceived much more accurately and realistically, which means that the instruments sound like real instruments rather than a speaker’s reproduction of them. Something every speaker strives for, but few master as well as KEF.
In the latest version of the R Series, KEF has also used an innovative solution to eliminate the harmful diffraction and turbulence that ‘muddies’ the sound image. They have done this by using ‘Shadow Flare’ technology, which they have taken directly from their reference series, and the result is a much better reproduction of the finer details. So with KEF’s new R Series, you’ll find yourself getting much closer to the instruments, hearing and visualising all the fine details, especially from the string instruments and percussion.
It’s not just at the high frequencies that the R Series shines, however, for the bass unit is an advanced aliminum-paper hybrid that ensures a perfect combination of rigidity and lightness, allowing the bass to reproduce the very deepest notes with the greatest speed.
Designed to play
For the R Series to deliver that deep, articulate bass, KEF has designed a reflex port that slows turbulence and prevents resonances from colouring the midrange. In addition, they have designed an enclosure that uses both hard and soft components to eliminate the unwanted vibrations that would otherwise alter the sound and music. And KEF has chosen a much slimmer design than its predecessors, which makes the speaker not only look better but also sound better. Because at KEF, it’s all about improving the sound, and the closer the units are to the edge of the baffle, the less diffraction occurs. The result is that the sound is not “muddy”, but instead sounds crystal clear.