KEF R series
New KEF R speakers to sit between Q and Reference ranges, taking technology cues from flagship Blade model. Prices from £600 to £2750

Update 11.10.11

KEF has revealed UK prices for its new R series speakers which go on sale this month. 

We first saw the new nine-strong range at CEDIA EXPO 2011 in the US last month (see original story below), and now we have a full breakdown of the range and prices:

KEF R100 two-way bookshelf speaker £600/pr

KEF R300 three-way bookshelf speaker £1000/pr

KEF R500 three-way floorstander £1500/pr

KEF R700 three-way floorstander £2000/pr

KEF R900 three-way floorstander £2750/pr

R200c three-way centre channel speaker £650

R600c three-way centre channel speaker £900

R800ds three-way dipole speaker £1000/pr

R400b closed-box subwoofer £1000

Published 09.09.11

KEF has given its US dealers here at CEDIA EXPO 2011 a preview of its forthcoming new R range of speakers, which uses trickle-down technology from the company's flagship Blade speakers

The R range will sit above the Q series of speakers and below KEF's Reference range - the position currently occupied by the XQ line-up.

As you can see from the group shot above, the KEF R range includes two standmount speakers, three floorstanders, a dipole surround option, a matching subwoofer and a choice of two centre speakers.

The speakers look beautifully finished: alongside Rosewood and Walnut veneers there's a piano-black high-gloss finish (pictured).

R Series in more detail

The two standmount options are the KEF R100 (pictured right) - a 28cm-high, two-way speaker - and the R300, which is a 38.5cm-tall, three-way design.

Like every R series speaker, they feature aluminium tweeters and midrange/bass drivers, using KEF's Uni-Q driver array.

The R series floorstanders are all three-way designs. The 1m-tall R500 packs a pair of 5.25in bass drivers, while the 1.1m high R700 (pictured below) has two 6in woofers and the range-topping R900 - standing 1.2m on its plinth - uses 8in drivers.

More after the break

Centres, surround and sub

The two centre speakers - the  R200c and R600c – are 53- and 63cm wide designs, using 5.25in and 6.5in bass drivers respectively.

The R800ds is a three-way dipole surround speaker option, while KEF R series is rounded out with the matching R400b subwoofer.

The great-looking subwoofer – neatly finished with an aluminium 'belt' – packs 500W of class D amplification into its 36.5 x 33 x 35cm dimensions.

The KEF R series makes its official British debut on 10 October, when we will bring you full details on UK pricing, plus more on the use of that Blade technology. Reviews to follow!

 

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