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An Unedited Review From A KEF Blade Owner

Our brand ambassador, Johan Coorg, recently received this letter from a Blade client he worked with back in June. Beyond the fact that we're very proud of how he feels about his Blades, there is a wealth of information gained from experience we thought we should share:

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HDMI Audio Delay: What It Is. How To Get Rid Of It.

There are few things more exciting than finally buying that too-big-for-your-living-room television you've been obsessing about for the last several years. Maybe you had the television but you just bought a spanking new AV receiver and you’re all set to watch (and listen to) that movie you’ve been saving for just this occasion. 

You connect the HDMI cable to your television and run a pair of RCA cables to the back of your receiver. 

You get it all set up, you invite your friends over along with that brother-in-law of yours who is always competing with you, then the first close-up comes on screen and...your movie looks like a badly dubbed foreign film.

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KEF M500 & Tony Grey - "Then and Now"

Check out this video of bass virtuoso Tony Grey recording Then and Now using a pair of KEF M500 headphones. We're pretty stoked because you can't record music with the clarity, soul and precision of a piece like Then and Now using monitoring headphones that can't keep up.

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An Introduction to Impedance

This is the thing with loudspeakers: Impedance is not a set value as it tends to change with frequency. In order to truly know the impedance of a speaker, you need a graph of the impedance at every single frequency in the speaker’s operating range. Not likely.

Here’s the way we spec the impedance of our R900:

           Impedance: Nominal = 8 Ohm (minimum = 3.7 Ohm)

In a casual conversation we'd say the R900 is an 8 Ohm speaker. This means the rated nominal impedance takes into account the impedance of the speaker (voice coil) itself and the components in the crossover. Or, 8 Ohms is the nominal amount of impedance the speaker presents to the amplifier, and 3.7 Ohms is the minimum impedance seen over the operating frequency range.

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LS50s Take On the Mastering Studio

The mastering engineer is a specialist with finely tuned ears who can hear things most of us mere audio-mortals can’t. But without the work of the mastering engineer, things like volume and equalization wouldn’t be consistent, and problems with the final mix and production would greatly diminish the listening experience for all of us.

On May 23rd I had the pleasure, as part of KEF’s partnership with professionals in the audio production field, to listen to a pair of LS50’s in a mastering studio in New York City run by a multi-Grammy® Award winning mastering engineer. We’ll talk more about him and his studio another time, but I was too blown away by how the LS50’s held their own yesterday to wait!

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