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KEF is today launching an update to its high-end loudspeaker lines, Blade and The Reference. The two high-end speaker ranges have been updated with acoustic improvements, including a 12th Generation Uni-Q with Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MATTM), and redesigned crossovers with low distortion components.

Both Blade and The Reference lines are hand-assembled in Maidstone, England and tested to match within 0.5dB of each other, according to the company. The latest Uni-Q driver technology in the new lines ensures sound will be reproduced with “utmost clarity” and the metamaterials deployed, unlike conventional speaker materials, promise to absorb 99% of unwanted sound. The net result of these advances mean “more transparent and life-like sound than previously possible.”

KEF Blade Meta floorstanders with Frosted Blue finish

Blade speakers adopt a Single Apparent Source tech, while extending the driver array and expanding the benefits of Uni-Q across the frequency range. The positioning of the bass drivers allows them to be braced against each other, cancelling out damaging vibrations and enabling more detailed and powerful bass performance. The Reference line, meanwhile, promises to deliver clean and articulate bass combined with a wide and accurate soundstage. A huge vented magnet assembly, aluminum voice coil and damped alloy cone ensure “pipe-organ depths” can be achieved.

The Blade ranges comprises two ranges, One and Two, with the latter suited to smaller listening environments. A host of standard, special order and custom finishes are available. Among the Reference line, which is also available in a number of standard finishes, Reference 2 (center channel pictured in header) and 4 are primed for home theater use as LCR speakers. No pricing has been shared yet, but visit KEF for more information on specific lines and product details.

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Bartman

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I have heard the LS50 Metas and there is a clarity to their sound (without excessive brightness) compared with most other speakers. However at $1600/pair they are too expensive. They should add the Meta technology and update their Uni-Q drivers for all their speakers because it's the right thing to do. How much can that little Meta disc cost? I would then have more respect for the KEF brand.
 

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1600/pair is expensive? For speakers, not made in China? Even my B&W CM9s were more expensive than that and they were made in China. Or is there another zero missing in there somewhere?
 

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1600/pair is expensive? For speakers, not made in China? Even my B&W CM9s were more expensive than that and they were made in China. Or is there another zero missing in there somewhere?
The LS50 Metas are made in China. Both KEF and B&W rely on their British brand names to justify their high prices despite the fact that only their most expensive speakers are built in the UK.
 

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The LS50 Metas are made in China. Both KEF and B&W rely on their British brand names to justify their high prices despite the fact that only their most expensive speakers are built in the UK.
OK. My mistake. The LS50 Metas you were referring to were not part of the release that Martin Dew was referencing. They are a different line than ones mentioned in the release. I knew there had to be a zero missing somewhere in there when looking at that pic. :)