KEF Adds 14 Speakers to Custom Installation Line
KEF is continuing to revamp its line of architectural speaker products through the introduction of 14 new products.
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KEF has introduced two series of architectural loudspeakers - the Q Series and C Series - that offer square- and rectangular-shaped speakers with ultra thin bezels.
The ultra thin bezels and magnetic grilles on the new rectangle and square Ci Series models are designed to blend into a home’s decor, allowing installers to place the loudspeakers throughout the home. KEF says the Ci Series’ grille treatments allow the speakers to be placed in humid/moist environments such as bathrooms, patios and porches, and boats.
KEF’s Q Series Custom Installation (Ci) speakers feature the company’s Uni-Q driver array that places the tweeter in the acoustic center of the woofer. KEF says this allows both the woofer and tweeter to act as a single, focused source of sound that is dispersed widely and evenly throughout a room.
“[Our] research on how speakers interact with walls and ceilings has led to the development of many technologies that are implemented in the Ci speakers to enhance the Uni-Q,” says Kroll. “One such example is forward woofer mounting. When you have a speaker flush with the surface of the wall, the baffle of the wall helps the off-axis response. If you recess the drivers, it has the opposite effect and narrows that off-axis response. Our latest engineering pushes the drivers forward to enhance the response of the Uni-Q. That’s one example of about a dozen technologies that have been refined for our latest generation Ci speakers.”
The C Series speakers include an asymmetrical tweeter island to deliver sound that reduces diffraction and enhances off-axis, high frequency response.
“Square [speakers] are interesting for KEF because the tweeter is located in the center of the woofer. With Uni-Q we can produce an exceptional sounding speaker and one of the benefits of using Uni-Q within a square speaker is that it has the versatility of being able to being used in a wall or ceiling. These speakers are also shallow enough to be used in a wall.”
Select models of KEF new Ci Series are available now, while the entire range will be available in Spring of 2012. Kroll says dealers can get a look at the new products at EHX in Orlando on March 15-17.
Ci160CL: C Series; 6.5” LF Drive Unit; 0.75” HF Drive Unit; 10.79” H x 7.56” W cut-out dimensions; MSRP $249.99/each
Ci160QL: Q Series; 6.5” LF Drive Unit; 0.75” HF Drive Unit; 10.79 H x 7.56” W cut-out dimensions; MSRP $324.99/each
Ci200CL: C Series; 8” LF Drive Unit; 1” HF Drive Unit; 13.15” H x 9.37” W cut-out dimensions; MSRP $274.99/each
Ci200QL: Q Series; 8” LF Drive Unit; 1” HF Drive Unit; 13.15” H x 9.37” W cut-out dimensions; MSRP $349.99/each
Ci100QS: Q Series; 4” LF Drive Unit; 0.75” HF Drive Unit; 4.4” H x 4.4” L cut-out dimensions; MSRP $219.99
Ci130CS: C Series; 5.25” LF Drive Unit; 0.75” HF Drive Unit; 6.22” H x 6.22” L cut-out dimensions; MSRP $179.99/each
Ci130QS: Q Series; 5.25” LF Drive Unit; 0.75” HF Drive Unit; 6.22” H x 6.22” L cut-out dimensions; MSRP $249.99/each
Ci160CS: C Series; 6.5” LF Drive Unit; 0.75” HF Drive Unit; 7.56” H x 7.56” L cut-out dimensions; MSRP $249.99/each
Ci160QS: Q Series; 6.5” LF Drive Unit; 0.75” HF Drive Unit; 7.56” H x 7.56” L cut-out dimensions; MSRP $299.99/each
Ci160CSds: C Series; Dipole Speaker; 6.5” LF Drive Unit; 0.75” HF Drive Unit; 7.64” H x 7.64” L cut-out dimensions; MSRP TBD
Ci200QS: Q Series; 8” LF Drive Unit; 1” HF Drive Unit; 9.37” H x 9.37” L cut-out dimensions; MSRP $349.99/each
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