Only the finest dealers are approved to offer this product. Your purchasing experience should be worthy of a loudspeaker such as this, and should come with matching levels of service and support. Therefore upon inquiry or purchase of KEF Blade through KEF Direct, a KEF concierge will contact you to facilitate product shipment and delivery via a KEF Blade Authorized Dealer local to you. KEF Blade is the production version of the famous Concept Blade project KEF revealed at the Munich High End Show in 2009. Refined using ingenious new materials to replicate the shattering performance of the original, KEF Blade is a unique synthesis of cutting edge audio technology and groundbreaking design.
Priced as MATCHED PAIRS.
Encouraged by all the reviews, and to mark KEF's 50th anniversary, the design team was given the go-ahead to develop this stunning concept for production, and two more years were spent painstakingly refining the concept to produce an edition that serious audiophiles could actually own. We devised ingenious applications of different new materials to replicate the shattering performance of the original, using innovative technologies to deliver the acoustic capabilities required of such a super-premium product.
We perfected a method of manufacturing the complex parabolic enclosures. The drivers gained sophisticated enhancements to recapture the magic of listening to the one-off prototype. What was previously thought impossible was set to become a reality. The result is KEF Blade - a unique synthesis of cutting edge audio technology and groundbreaking design. While the technologies involved are very advanced, the original focus on simplicity remains every single component operates so comfortably within its performance envelope that they work together as a single, flawlessly coherent unit - in effect, a giant full range Uni-Q driver array. Its a spectacularly lush, warm and expansive sound. Effortlessly accurate and as natural, intricate and emotionally authentic as a live performance.
If you're passionate about music, we think you'll agree that the years of development that made the concept a reality were very well spent indeed.
Single Apparent Source
Like listening to one voice rather than many, sound from a single source is inherently clearer. Not only are the acoustic centers of the HF and MF drivers in the Blade & Blade Two Uni-Q array coincident, but the four LF drivers, (9in. for Blade, or 6.5in. for Blade Two) are mounted symmetrically equidistant from it so that their acoustic centers occupy exactly the same point in space.
To avoid dissipating the energy of such potent bass drivers in exciting the cabinet (and thereby generating resonance, especially at high volume), the large kinetic forces involved are cancelled out by mounting the LF drivers rigidly together, back-to-back. By minimizing cabinet coloration, this highly effective configuration partly accounts for the Blade & Blade Two’s natural-sounding and engagingly musical performance.
Discrete Bass Chambers
The twinned pairs of bass drivers are mounted in discrete chambers separated by an internal partition. By increasing the frequency of any internal standing waves to way beyond the crossover point, this reduces the need for damping material (which can otherwise impair bass quality). Nothing has been overlooked in the quest for the ultimate clarity, right across the frequency range.
Terminals & Terminal Links
Two pairs of the finest audiophile quality WBT connectors allow bi-wiring or bi-amping to optimize the retrieval of low level detail in the music.
Low Order Crossovers
The simple low order crossovers specified for both Blade & Blade Two employ the best components available, carefully selected by a rigorous auditioning process so that every part of the signal path is fine-tuned for maximum clarity.
The patented screw-in linking plugs are to full audiophile specification (as well as simplifying set-up by eliminating fiddly wiring links). All the crossover components are individually wired by hand rather than mounted on a conventional printed circuit board. As well as being more environment-friendly, this optimizes both reliability and sound quality by assuring the cleanest possible signal transmission.
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|Design||Three-way bass reflex,
Single apparent source driver configuration
|Drive Units||Uni-Q driver array:
MF: 125mm (5in.) Li-Mg-Al /LCP hybrid cone
HF: 25mm (1in.) Al dome
LF: 4 x 225mm (9in.) with force cancelling
|Frequency range free field (-6dB)||28Hz - 45kHz|
|Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB)||20Hz|
|Frequency Response (±3dB)||40Hz - 35kHz ±3dB
(-6dB at 28Hz)
|Crossover frequency||350Hz, 2.3kHz|
|Amplifier requirements||50 - 400W|
|Harmonic distortion 2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)||<0.5% 40Hz – 100kHz
<0.2% 200Hz – 10kHz
|Maximum output (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)||117dB|
|Impedance||4Ω (min. 3.2Ω)|
|Weight||57.2 kg (126 lbs)|
|Dimensions - with plinth (H x W x D)||1590 x 363 x 540 mm
62.5 x 14.3 x 21.2 in.
** KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE. **
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KEF Blade Design & Designers:
|KEF Blade Review
|Hi-Fi News & Record Review ‘Outstanding Product’ Accolade
|Cutting-Edge Speaker Design: Blade Two
|Best Money-No-Object Speakers
|"Goldenes Ohr 2012" 2. "Best floor standing Loudspeakers over 10.000 Euro"
|Best of the Best 2012: Audio
|Stereo Sound Grand Prix Award 2011
|Products of the Year 2011
|Innovative Operating Practices Award
|Winner of Winners Award
|Products of the Year 2012 (Loudspeakers and Subwoofers)
|Grand Prix and Silver Award among all categories
|1st Place - Over 2.5 Million Yen/PR
|Best of the High End Award
|Resi Awards: Floorstanding Speaker
|5 Star Editor's Choice Award
|Référence Haute Fidélité