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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.



• Blade 2 has won product of the year from Soundstage! HiFi, read more here.

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The inspiration was simple: to give some of the world's most talented audio engineers complete freedom to create a speaker to showcase KEF's technology leadership and powers of innovation. No preconceptions. No need to use existing components. And no design or cost restrictions whatsoever. After three years of original research and exhaustive testing, what our team came up with looked and sounded like no other speaker: Concept Blade, whose startling acoustic precision was so enthusiastically acclaimed when it was first revealed at the Munich High End Show in 2009.

But unlike glamorously radical concept cars that never see production, we decided it was simply too good not to take a step further. 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.

Force Cancelling
To avoid dissipating the energy of such potent bass drivers and 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.

Hard Wiring
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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    Model BLADE TWO
    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.) vented aluminium dome
    Bass units:
    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
    Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 90dB
    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.)
    Weight 35.3kg (77.8lbs)
    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
    Year: 2017
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereophile Magazine
    Country: United States
    Product: Blade Two
    Click here to see the ratings.
    Stereophile Recommended Component
    SoundStage! Hi-Fi - Product of the year 2016
     "Add to those qualities strict neutrality across the audioband, extremely extended highs, and clarity that made me stand up and notice, and the Blade Two is a top-drawer transducer as exciting to listen to as it is to look at."
    Year: 2016
    Magazine / Issuing Body: SoundStage! Hi-Fi
    Country: Canada
    Product: Blade Two
    Click here to read the full review.
     
    SoundStage! Hi-Fi - Recommended Reference Component
     “Some may see the Blade Two’s very unusual shape as being a statement more of style than of sound quality. While it’s true that the Blade received high praise for its beautiful appearance when it was released in 2011, and the Two received similar accolades on its release three years later, there’s a reason Doug Schneider said it was as exciting to listen to as to look at: Its sound quality is the equal of its appearance, which makes it an easy choice for our list of Recommended Reference Components."
    Year: 2016
    Magazine / Issuing Body: SoundStage! Hi-Fi
    Country: Canada
    Product: Blade Two
    Click here to read the full review.
    Soundstage! Hi-Fi Reference component
    SoundStage! Hi-Fi - Review
     “... strict neutrality across the audioband, extremely extended highs, and clarity that made me stand up and notice, and the Blade Two is a top-drawer transducer as exciting to listen to as it is to look at. There’s nothing in the world like the Blade Two -- except its big brother, the Blade."
    Year: 2016
    Magazine / Issuing Body: SoundStage! Hi-Fi
    Country: Canada
    Product: Blade Two
    Click here to read the full review.
     
    Hi-Fi News & Record Review ‘Outstanding Product’ Accolade
     “The huge soundstage populated by multiple guitars was as impressive as I’ve ever heard it."
    Year: 2015
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi News & Record Review
    Country: United Kingdom
    Product: Blade Two
     
    Cutting-Edge Speaker Design: Blade Two
     "KEF’s Blade Two offers superb measured performance that is close to the state of the art"
    Year: 2015
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereophile Magazine
    Country: United States
    Product: Blade TWO
    Best Money-No-Object Speakers
     
    Year: 2013
    Magazine / Issuing Body: BT.com
    Country: United Kingdom
    Product: Blade Two
     • Visit the BT.com site for full review
    "Goldenes Ohr 2012" 2. "Best floor standing Loudspeakers over 10.000 Euro"
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Audio
    Country: Germany
    Product: Blade
     
    Best of the Best 2012: Audio
     "A triumph of form and function, the KEF Blade is a standout loudspeaker in its price class for its superb coherence and ability to reproduce complex audio at all frequency levels without distortion."
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Robb Report
    Country: United States
    Product: Blade
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    Stereo Sound Grand Prix Award 2011
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereo Sound
    Country: Japan
    Product: Blade
     
    Products of the Year 2011
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: HiFi Review
    Country: Hong Kong
    Product: Blade
     
    Innovative Operating Practices Award
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: EEF Future Manufacturing Awards
    Country: United Kingdom
    Product: Blade
     
    Winner of Winners Award
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: EEF Future Manufacturing Awards
    Country: United Kingdom
    Product: Blade
     
    Products of the Year 2012 (Loudspeakers and Subwoofers)
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Electronic House
    Country: United States
    Product: Blade
     
    Grand Prix
     
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereo Sound Magazine Winter 2011
    Country: Japan
    Product: Blade
     
     
    Grand Prix and Silver Award among all categories
     
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Audio Accessory Winter 2011
    Country: Japan
    Product: Blade
     
     
    AV Review
     
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Special Planning Award
    Country: Japan
    Product: Blade
     
     
    1st Place - Over 2.5 Million Yen/PR
     
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereo
    Country: Japan
    Product: Blade
     
     
    Best of the High End Award
     A great high-end product should combine breath-taking performance with technical innovation and ground breaking design. Out of all the loudspeakers we have tested over the last year, the KEF Blade best embodies these attributes.
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi Choice Awards 2011
    Country: United Kingdom
    Product: Blade
     
    Resi Awards: Floorstanding Speaker
     
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Residential Systems
    Country: United States
    Product: Blade
     
    5 Star Editor's Choice Award
     '…the bottom line is that this loudspeaker is a truly impressive technological achievement, stuffed with clever ideas that come together to deliver exceptional performance throughout the whole audio band.'
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi Choice
    Country: United Kingdom
    Product: Blade
     
     
    EXC!TE Award
     
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Custom Retailer
    Country: United States
    Product: Blade
     
    Référence Haute Fidélité
     
    Year: 2011
    Magazine / Issuing Body: HAUTE FIDELITE
    Country: France
    Product: Blade
     
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