KEF Launches Revamped R Series at CEDIA Expo 2018

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KEF Launches Revamped R Series at CEDIA Expo 2018


Today at CEDIA Expo in sunny San Diego, KEF lifted the lid on the latest iteration of its R Series loudspeakers, a top-down redesign of the speakers that borrows heavily from the company's Reference Series. Big changes include use of KEF's 12th generation Uni-Q driver, a redesigned motor system, and a repositioning of the drivers, among others. The new lineup comprises three floor-standing towers, a bookshelf speaker, a center speaker, and an Atmos-enabled speaker module.

And best of all, the new lineup is available now. For more details, read on for the full press release:

Globally-renowned audio pioneer, KEF,�has announced the launch of its brand-new R Series, a complete, top-to-bottom transformation of�what was already one of the world's most acclaimed loudspeaker ranges.

Boasting a hefty raft of technological innovations and design improvements, the new R Series�draws on acoustic developments originally achieved in KEF's flagship Reference Series, bringing�authentically high-end design features and resulting high performance levels into this category for�the first time. No fewer than 1,043 individual changes have been made to the new R Series.

The latest 12th generation of KEF's Uni-Q driver is at the heart of the new range, as well as a�redesigned motor system to improve the midrange, and the area between the two drivers has been�completely reimagined. The design of Uni-Q necessitates a narrow gap between the drivers, which�can be excited by sound waves at certain frequencies. The new structure and damping system�eliminates these resonances, resulting in an even more smooth, transparent and detailed treble�performance than ever before.

The Uni-Q Driver's role as a waveguide is further expanded by KEF's innovative 'Shadow Flare'�trim ring design. The Shadow Flare is precision-designed to drastically reduce the diffraction effects�that inevitably come from having a speaker with edges. This makes for a much clearer, more�compelling and transparent sonic performance.

For the new R Series, KEF has completely re-worked the low-frequency drivers to improve�performance still further, as well as managing to achieve this level of performance with smaller�drivers than previously - enabling cabinets to be slimmer. The new bass drivers have greater�excursion, as well as an improved low-distortion motor and a new, higher-rigidity cone. The result is�a superb bass performance, with power, depth, speed and articulation in abundance.

The new R Series also utilizes an ingenious internal bracing system called Constrained Layer�Damping. Originally developed for the award-winning LS50, the system uses internal braces which�connect to the cabinet panels via a lossy interface (as opposed to being fixed rigidly). This is hugely�effective at dissipating unwanted vibrations.

Another highly effective innovation to be included in the design of the new R Series is the flexible�port design. All the ports in the R Series speakers are precisely positioned, and feature innovative�flexible walls, which prevent longitudinal resonances from coloring the midrange. KEF has also�used computational dynamics to very precisely calculate the flare and profile of each port, ensuring�that no unwanted resonances appear that might color the low or midrange frequencies. The result is�the elimination of unintended resonance - giving you the pure sound of the artist.

KEF's R Series now also benefits from a completely redesigned, suede-like, microfiber grille design,�which removes the performance-compromising thick frame of most speaker grilles. The grille�utilizes 1801 precision-cut holes for each driver, thus minimizing the traditional compromise�between great sound and driver protection.

KEF_R_Series.jpgStephanie Scola, Director of Marketing for KEF America says, "No matter which model you select�from the R Series, it will take you on a journey of re-discovery through your music and film�collection. This series can reproduce music with such refinement and realism that when you close�your eyes, you feel as though you're there live, in the very presence of the musician, listening from�the front row. It's a very transformative experience."

The new R Series consists of the R11 ($2,499.99 each), R7 ($1,899.99 each) and R5 ($1,399.99�each) floor standers, the R3 ($1,999.99 pair) stand mount, the R2c ($1,199.99 each) center�speaker and the R8a ($1,399.99 pair) Dolby Atmos-compatible speakers. All the loudspeakers in�the range come in three contemporary finishes: Black Gloss, White Gloss and Walnut.

Available beginning September 6th, 2018 through www.kefdirect.com and a variety of retailers�including Magnolia Design Center, the new R Series displays KEF's�constant commitment to improvement and evolution in audio design. Using the very latest�technologies and components to prevent unwanted resonances at every level of the loudspeakers'�design, the new R Series represents a new standard of performance at this level of the market.

Additional Resources
� Visit�KEF's website�for more product information.
� Check out our�Floorstanding Speakers category page�to read reviews of similar products.
� Check out our�Bookshelf and Small Speakers category page�to read reviews of similar products.


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