KEF Blade TWO
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Blade TWO shares all of the technological advancements as its bigger sibling, KEF Blade. Blade Two's slightly smaller scale is easier to position where space is at a premium, and where Blade’s extreme bass extension would be superfluous.
* Priced as MATCHED PAIRS.
|Single apparent source|
Like listening to one voice rather than many, sound from a single source is inherently clearer. Not only are the acoustic centres of the HF and MF drivers in the Blade & Blade Two Uni-Q array coincident, but the four LF drivers, (225mm/9-in. for Blade, or 165mm/6.5-in. for Blade Two) are mounted symmetrically equidistant from it so that their acoustic centres occupy exactly the same point in space.
This single apparent source configuration is what makes the Blade & Blade Two so gratifyingly coherent across the frequency range, with noticeably more precise imaging than is possible from any conventional speaker.
What you hear sounds as if it's being performed live right in front of you.
|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.
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 minimising cabinet colouration, this highly effective configuration partly accounts for the Blade & Blade Two's natural-sounding and engagingly musical performance.
|Attention to detail|
With speakers as ambitious as the Blade & Blade Two, short cuts are out of the question. Everything has to be as right as it can possibly be.
Terminals & terminal links
Two pairs of the finest audiophile quality WBT connectors allow bi-wiring or bi-amping to optimise 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 optimises both reliability and sound quality by assuring the cleanest possible signal transmission.
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|Design||Three-way bass reflex
Single apparent source
|Drive Units||Uni-Q driver array:
MF: 125mm (5in.) Li-Mg-Al/ LCP hybrid cone
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
LF: 4 x165mm (6.5in.) with force cancelling
|Frequency range free field (-6dB)||34Hz - 45kHz|
|Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB)||25Hz|
|Frequency Response (±3dB)||40Hz - 35kHz|
|Crossover frequency||320Hz, 2.4kHz|
|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)||116dB|
|Impedance||4 Ohms (3.2 Ohms min.)|
|Dimensions - with plinth (H x W x D)||1461 x 338 x 475mm
57.5 x 13.3 x 18.7 in.
** KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE. **
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|Stereophile Recommended Comonent - A(Full Range) - 2017
|SoundStage! Hi-Fi - Product of the year 2016
|SoundStage! Hi-Fi - Recommended Reference Component
|SoundStage! Hi-Fi - 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
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