KEF launches the R Series with Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT™)
For over six decades, KEF has been the leader of audio excellence, committed to pursuing sound perfection and developing high-fidelity sound systems. Once again, KEF is redefining soundscapes with the latest generation of the R Series HiFi Speakers, now featuring the ground-breaking Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT™). The R Series is an exceptional seven-model range engineered to provide superior performance with more detail, deeper insight and greater excitement.
Bringing brilliant sound to shows, games and artists like never before, the new R Series includes a selection of the latest technologies developed for KEF’s class-leading and category-defying, The Reference. Making exceptional sound experiences more accessible, the R Series can be enjoyed in stereo for music or in a home theatre set-up. With a contemporary, timeless design driven by acoustics, this collection of HiFi Speakers gives users even more ways to easily connect with the content they love.
“The demand for high-fidelity sound at home is ever increasing, whether listening to music or watching films as part of a home cinema set up, and audiophiles expect the very best quality of sound. At KEF, we are committed to allowing listeners to experience content exactly as the producer intended it to be heard, the launch of the new R Series with MAT has enhanced the listening experience more than ever before,” says Grace Lo, KEF President & Head of Global Marketing.
Revolutionary sound absorption with MAT™
At the heart of the latest R Series is Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT), a highly complex maze-like structure where each of the intricate channels efficiently absorbs a specific frequency. When combined, the channels act as an acoustic black hole, absorbing 99% of the unwanted sound from the rear of the tweeter, eliminating the resulting distortion and providing a purer, more natural acoustic performance.
A bespoke 12th-generation Uni-Q driver array with MAT is found in all seven models of the R Series and delivers an incredibly detailed performance. It’s the result of decades of accumulated in-house knowledge and the application of cutting-edge simulation and analysis tools. The developments are many, and all play a part in R Series’ exceptional performance.
The exquisite detail and clarity delivered across the R Series range results from a selection of tweaks and modifications specifically for this collection. From the refined tweeter gap damper that tames resonances for improved detail, to the flexible Decoupling Chassis which prevents unwanted vibrations for better clarity. The hybrid aluminium bass drivers produce tight, deep, and controlled bass, and the enhanced crossover design and fine-tuned signal path result in pristine, clean sound. These innovations combine to ensure the R Series sound even more transparent and life-like than previously heard on this already exceptional range.
A versatile collection
The R Series comprises seven models, providing listeners with great versatility when building their ideal HiFi system. Whether that’s a stereo or a home theatre set-up, they can do so with the confidence that they will enjoy an immersive, realistic sound experience.
A trio of floor standing speakers, including R11 Meta, R7 Meta and R5 Meta and a bookshelf speaker R3 Meta, reproduce high-fidelity stereo sound for listeners’ favourite music irrespective of the dimensions of the listening space. Each of them will allow users to discover depth and detail they never knew existed – from a scrape of a plectrum on a guitar string to the sense of emotion and atmosphere in a live performance.
The two centre speakers, including R6 Meta and R2 Meta, which can also be used in LCR (Left-Centre-Right) configuration, deliver brilliant dialogue clarity to the home theatre experience in different room sizes. Identically sized Uni-Q arrays are deployed on the centre speakers and all other models in the series. This creates a consistent sound character, ensuring that the focus is entirely on the film and not the equipment around the room.
If users want to experience immersive Dolby Atmos sound, the R8 Meta surround speaker is an ideal addition to the system. It can be either wall-mounted or placed on top of another R Series loudspeaker for unparalleled sound. With the addition of any of KEF’s class-leading subwoofers, the whole cinematic experience is felt, from the deepest impact to the softest whispers.
Deceptively simple and elegant loudspeakers
The understated design aesthetic of the R Series is complemented by carefully selected colour options. Conceived to be at home in either traditional or modern interiors, each model in the R Series comes in a choice of three finishes: Black Gloss, White Gloss, and Walnut.
Two models also have their own signature finish options: the Titanium Gloss Special Edition for R7 Meta, and the Indigo Gloss Special Edition for R3 Meta*. The R3 Meta also features threaded inserts that allow the speaker to be mounted securely onto the top of the KEF S3 Floor Stands, which also boast integrated cable management and a mass-loadable column.
R11 Meta: £5,500 per pair
R7 Meta: £4,000 per pair
R5 Meta: £3,000 per pair
R3 Meta: £1,900 per pair
R6 Meta: £1,600 per piece
R2 Meta: £1,200 per piece
R8 Meta: £1,400 per pair
S3 Floor Stands: £649 per pair