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KEF has announced that it is releasing a new patent-pending speaker tech, known as Uni-Core, which the company says is “a completely new take” on both speaker and subwoofer design. The new design should enable high-level performance while significantly reducing speaker cabinet size. KEF also says that the emphasis was to enable the creation of audio equipment which can complement a living space while also delivering “accurate and deep” bass. The first challenge of the design involved being able to fit two drivers into a compact cube enclosure.

“To deliver deep and loud bass from a compact product is a big engineering challenge,” says Dr. Jack Oclee-Brown, Head of Research & Development at KEF. “The Uni-Core is a breakthrough technology for KEF because it allows us to pack two drivers into a tighter space without compromising their performance.”

Uni-Core uses two dual “force-cancelling” drivers with concentrically arranged, overlapping voice coils driven by a single motor to ensure the enhanced performance from a small enclosure. The voice coils are different sizes and occupy the same physical space within the driver assembly, the key to enabling the compact cabinet size and associated physical volume.

The saved space provides the drivers better excursion than an equivalent-sized, force-cancelling design, according to KEF; literally more output and depth come from less space, ostensibly solving the inherent and perennial obstacles to subwoofer performance. The new tech will feature in upcoming KEF products to be announced this month. To keep updated, go to KEF.

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Martin Dew