Kef R 5
the availability of the feature-packed KEF R5 Compact 3-way Floorstanding Speakers. KEF R5 are compact floorstanders but still feature the same Uni-Q as their bigger brothers, the R7 and R11, with a 5 inch midrange driver and 1 inch aluminium dome tweeter rendering incredible levels of detail. The slightly smaller 5.25 inch bass drivers still produce exceptionally clean bass, whilst being effortlessly placed in a room with space constraints, or as surround speakers forming part of a best-in-class home theatre system
- Uni-Q driver places the tweeter in the centre of the midrange driver for ideal acoustic placement
- Shadow Flare profiled transition surface extends waveguides to prevent cabinet diffraction
- Bass drivers built with aluminium skin on a paper cone for greater stiffness
- Constrained layer damping dissipates unwanted resonances
- Flexible port technology delays the onset of turbulence and prevents resonance
Benefits of KEF R5 Compact 3-way Floorstanding Speaker:
Uni-Q Driver Array
Developed by KEF in 1988, the Uni-Q driver array acts as a single point source, providing pristine sound across a wider area. The R Series benefits from a new incarnation of this driver array, with advantages over its predecessors that include a new midrange motor system that drastically reduces distortion. Air moving across the minute gaps between Uni-Q’s separate elements creates tiny resonances, but KEF engineers have reduced the impact of these necessary gaps by opening a cavity behind the drivers and adding resonance-absorbing damping material for more precise, purer treble.
Low Frequency Drivers
The R Series’ dedicated low-frequency drivers have a two-part structure, where a shallow concave aluminium skin sits atop a paper cone. This adds stiffness, while the cone’s unique geometry reduces resonances and delivers the pistonic movement that makes these drivers time so well. The new drivers also have a completely redesigned magnet system that creates a more even magnetic field, and a design of spider that reduces harmonic distortion for a cleaner, more precise sound.
Derived from the Reference Series, the Shadow Flare reduces harmful cabinet diffraction and allows the Uni-Q to work at its highest level. More than just a trim ring, Shadow flare is a precision-designed surface that extends the waveguide effect of Uni-Q. The tweeter no longer has line of sight of the cabinet edges, creating a ‘shadow region’ at the points where the potential for diffraction is highest, minimising the acoustic impact to negligible levels. The result is improved clarity, particularly when it comes to the subtle nuances of plucked strings and percussive sounds.
The R Series benefits from Constrained Layer Damping bracing originally developed for the multiple award-winning LS50, and a new internal bracing layout. This combination brings the R Series closer to the internal structure of the Reference Series, and helps it deliver music as it is supposed to sound, without any unwanted extras.
Flexible Port Technology
KEF engineers computer-modeled the ideal crossover networks before exhaustively auditioning every high grade component, individually and together, to select those with the lowest distortion and the smoothest response. Perfectionism takes time, but the difference is plain to hear. Nothing is overlooked – Reference crossovers are even mounted on separate boards and decoupled from the cabinet walls to minimize vibration and crosstalk. Technical Specifications of KEF R5 Compact 3-way Floorstanding Speaker:
|Brand & Model #||KEF R5|
|Design||Three-way bass reflex|
Uni-Q Driver Array:
|Bass Driver||LF: 2 x 130mm (5.25in.) hybrid aluminium|
|Amplifier power (recommended)||
15 – 200W
|Dimension (H x W x D) with terminal *||
1025 x 175 x 343.5 mm
|Dimension (H x W x D) with terminal with Plinth *||
1071.4 x 271.6 x 343.5 mm
27.3 kg (60.2 lbs.)
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