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R500 Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Discontinued)

Special Price $949.99 Regular Price $1,299.99

With its slim design and sleek contemporary looks, KEF's R500 floor standing loudspeakers are perfectly suited for any interior, as well as being ideal for serious stereo or multi-channel home theater systems.

Priced as EACH. For a pair of R500, please add two of this item to your Shopping Cart.

* Extremely limited quantities available. Offer available while supplies last. The R500 has been discontinued and replaced with the stunningly remarkable R5 Floorstander.

Product Features

Amazingly fast and clean mid-range response. Startlingly pure high frequencies. All operating as a single perfectly integrated voice to deliver sweet, accurate sounds of unprecedented clarity.

KEF Uni-Q driver array is nothing short of a masterpiece. Unlike conventional speakers, the mid-range cones are rigid agnesium/aluminum constructions that reduce breakup problems. The new mid-range Z-flex surround smoothes the tweeter transition to the front baffle, which results in undistorted high frequencies.

Large voice coils increase power handling and dynamics, reducing distortion and delivering exceptional vocal clarity.

Venting the tweeters reduces pressure behind the dome, increasing midrange bandwidth and lowering distortion. Upper registers are articulated with flawless precision. KEF’s tangerine waveguide helps disperse higher frequencies evenly across a wider angle to flood the room with a sophisticated, refreshingly natural sound field.

Dynamic, uncompressed and undistorted bass of heart pounding clarity envelops you, striking deep emotional chords. Your soul will awaken. And the earth will move.

Bass Driver

Massive, vented magnet assemblies and large aluminum voice coils drive the lightweight yet stiff, strong hybrid cones. Bass output is faster, cleaner and more accurate. Satin anodised elements contribute to the unit’s elegance, while the diameter of the trim ring accentuates a visual sophistication that belies the speaker’s awesome power.

Designed from the ground up, the R series is a towering leap forward that creates a new dimension in sonic authenticity.

The geometry and bracing of the enclosure optimises vibrational behavior, reducing secondary radiation from cabinet walls for a cleaner sound. Damping panels further minimize cabinet resonance and colouration.

Front baffles are clean with no visible screws. Grilles are fixed magnetically. Available in real Walnut veneer, or highly polished Piano Black or White, the R Series complements the home as much as it respects the music.

A little finesse goes a long way to delivering a big impact. Every aspect of the R Series has been considered in the creation of a superb audio experience.

Adjustable die cast aluminum feet support steel spikes, with integrated locking knobs for easy height adjustment. Nickel plated bi-wire connectors with terminal linking control allow all standard connection methods and provide easy, reliable connection.

The geometry of the reflex ports has been tuned to minimize turbulence at high levels, reducing port noise and low frequency compression.


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Model R500
Design Three-way bass reflex
Drive units Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
MF: 125mm (5in.) aluminium
Bass units: LF: 2 x 130mm (5.25in.) aluminium
Frequency range (-6dB) 39Hz - 45kHz
Frequency response (±3dB) 46Hz - 28kHz
Crossover frequency 500Hz, 2.8kHz
Amplifier requirements 25 - 150 W
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 88dB
Harmonic distortion
2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<0.4% 120Hz-20kHz
Maximum output 111dB
Nominal impedance 8Ω (min. 3.2Ω)
Weight 21.8kg (48lbs.)
Dimension (H x W x D)
(with grille and terminal)
1015 x 180 x 305 mm
(40 x 7.1 x 12 in.)
Dimension (H x W x D)
(with grille, terminal & plinth)
1066 x 299 x 328 mm
(42 x 11.8 x 12.9 in.)

** KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE. **


Press and Awards
"If you're looking for premium speakers to fill your home theatre and handle a variety of musical genres, you can't do much better than the KEF R Series. Transparent. Well-rounded. Superb rendering and imaging at all volume levels. A powerful-yet-compact subwoofer. Fantastic in pieces, but as a complete sysem your home will sound better than your local movie theatre."
Year: 2016
Magazine / Issuing Body: High-Def Digest
Country: United States
Product: R900, R700, R500, R600c, R400b
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Everything Audio Network R900 Review
Hi-Fi News & Record Review - Outstanding Product
 “…a worthy winner and an essential audition.”
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi News & Record Review
Country: United Kingdom
Product: R500
Product of the Year - Exceptional Value: Stereo Floorstanding Loudspeakers
 “The R500 is one of the very best values in hi-fi today,… it deserves a Product of the Year award for Exceptional Value…”
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Soundstage! Hi-Fi
Country: Canada
Product: R500
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What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision - Best traditional package £2500-£3500
"Gorgeous looks, gorgeous sound, gorgeous package – nothing's managed to knock this superb set-up off its perch."
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Model: R100 5.1
• Visit the What Hi-Fi? site for full review
AVTech Media - Best High-End Speaker System Award
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: AVTech Media
Country: United Kingdom
Product: R Series
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision - Best traditional package £2500-£3500
"It looks gorgeous and sounds fantastic - what more could you want"
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Product: R100 5.1
• Visit the What Hi-Fi? site for full review
Home Cinema Choice – ‘High End Hero’ Award
‘These are a serious contender for high-end dedicated cinema room and will give absurd amounts of delight for years while you replace the TV every Winter. They tick all the boxes: scary, pretty, cool, posh, dynamic, delicate…’
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Home Cinema Choice
Country: UK
Product: R900 7.1 AV System
AVForums – Highly Recommended Award
‘KEF certainly seem to be in a rich vein of form in recent times. In terms of the R Series package tested here, I'm struggling to think of anything that can really be called a weakness.’
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body:
Country: UK
Product: R700 5.1 AV System
• Click here to read the review in full
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – 5 star review
“Integration is stunning across the front three channels, and dialogue is crisp and clear with a startling directness”
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Product: R100 5.1 System
• Visit the What Hi-Fi? site for full review
High Quality and Design
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Plus X Award
Country: Germany
Product: R Series
Home Theater Top Picks
"...It’ll probably surprise no one that the R Series is worthy of its audiophile lineage. The series is beyond excellent, moving aggressively into I-could-live-this territory. I’m struck by how much this system excelled in the human dimension..."
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Home Theater
Country: USA
Product: R300 Speaker System
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Grand Prix and Copper Award among all categories
Year: 2011
Magazine / Issuing Body: Audio Accessory Winter 2011
Country: Japan
Product: R Series
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