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REFERENCE 3 Floorstanding Speaker Pair

Mid-sized three-way floorstander

Reference 3 has the uncanny ability to generate an intricate, emotionally compelling three-dimensional soundstage that places you right at the heart of the original performance.

Available Finishes: Copper Black Aluminium, Blue Ice White, Silver Satin Walnut

Product Features
KEF REFERENCE Series
A CLASS APART
The Reference is the physical embodiment of KEF's Total System Design philosophy. Every component is optimised both within itself and as part of the whole, while every drive unit is given the chance to perform to the best of its considerable ability. The result is a loudspeaker that performs far beyond the sum of its parts.
SOUND
Two 165mm (6.5 inch) bass drivers positioned above and below KEF's latest 125mm (5 inch) MF/HF Uni-Q driver array means that fidelity across the midrange and treble is outstanding. Everyone in the room can enjoy the same rich, spatially precise imagery and it puts them right at the heart of the original performance.
Two drivers, a single point
At the heart of The Reference is the Uni-Q™ point source driver array. A state-of-the-art vented aluminium dome tweeter at the exact acoustic centre of a highly sophisticated midrange driver that delivers flawless natural sound across a wider listening area.
KEF REFERENCE Series Uni-Q Driver point source array.
A strong foundation
Clean, rich and articulate bass is the foundation of great stereo or multichannel sound. KEF's Reference Series bass driver has a massive vented magnet assembly, a large aluminium voice coil and an exceptionally light and stiff alloy cone. Whatever the volume, dynamics and power handling are superb.
KEF REFERENCE Series bass drivers
The smallest details, revealed
Shadow Flare drastically reduces harmful cabinet diffraction, allowing the Uni-Q to work at its highest level. A precision-designed surface extends the waveguide effect of Uni-Q for improved clarity, particularly when it comes to the subtle nuances of plucked strings and other percussive sounds.
KEF REFERENCE Series copper black Uni-Q driver
Computer-modelled perfection
Hand finished in pair-matched wood veneers, The Reference cabinets have computer-optimised bracing geometry to minimise secondary radiation from the sides and Constrained Layer Damping to turn what little vibration is left into heat.
KEF REFERENCE Series cabinet design and engineering
Fighting turbulence
Flexible port technology is used to reduce port resonance. Each port is adjustable to allow users to modify the sound to suit their room. The flare and profile of each port is calculated by computational fluid dynamics to avoid turbulent air noise that might colour the sound.
KEF REFERENCE Series flexible ports to reduce turbulence.
Hand-picked components
KEF’s engineers use advanced software to model the ideal crossover. But every component is auditioned by the ultimate measure: the human ear. Perfection takes time, but the results are plain to hear. Reference crossovers are even decoupled from the cabinet to minimise vibration and crosstalk.
KEF REFERENCE Series hand picked crossover parts
KEF REFERENCE Series REFERENCE 3 Floorstanding speakers.
MADE IN MAIDSTONE
Since 1973, Reference has been designed, engineered, and crafted in Maidstone, Kent. When you experience The Reference, you don't just experience the best: you experience all of the history that has gone into the creation of the benchmark.
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Spec
Model REFERENCE 3
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 x165mm (6.5in.) aluminium
Frequency range free field (-6dB) Short port: 38Hz - 45kHz
Long port: 35Hz - 45kHz
Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB) 28Hz
Frequency response (±3dB) 43Hz – 35kHz
Crossover frequency 350Hz, 2.8kHz
Amplifier requirements 50-300W
Sensitivity (2.83V/ 1m) 87.5dB
Harmonic distortion
2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<0.5% 40Hz – 100kHz
<0.2% 200Hz – 10kHz
Maximum output
(peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)
113.5 dB
Impedance 8Ω (min. 3.2Ω)
Weight 51.3kg (113.1 lbs.)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
(with grille and terminal)
1155 x 205 x 470 mm
(45.5 x 8.1 x 18.5 in.)
Dimension (H x W x D)
(with grille, terminal & plinth)
1202 x 349 x 470 mm
(47.3 x 13.7 x 18.5 in.)
Available Finishes Silver Satin Walnut, Copper Black Aluminum, Blue Ice White, Deep Gloss Black

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

Press and Awards
 KEF REFERENCE 3 Review and Reviewer's Choice Award  SoundStage! Hi-Fi
Review and Reviewer's Choice Award
"For its price, the Reference 3 is damn near impossible to fault as an accurate, high-definition loudspeaker... I suspect the Reference 3 will be all that most people will ever need who want accuracy, detail, and honest sound from a loudspeaker."
Year: 2017
Magazine / Issuing Body: SoundStage! Hi-Fi
Country of Publication: United States
Product: Reference 3
Review and Reviewer's Choice Award  SoundStage! Hi-Fi KEF REFERENCE 3

 KEF REFERENCE 3 Home Cinema Choice Reference Status, High End Hero
Home Cinema Choice Reference Status, High End Hero
"This system is British surround high-fidelity at the utter state-of-the-art. And it’s easily worthy of its Reference name."
Year: 2016
Magazine / Issuing Body: Home Cinema Choice
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: Reference 3, Reference 5, Reference 4c, Reference 8b
Home Cinema Choice Reference Status, High End Hero KEF REFERENCE 3

 KEF REFERENCE 3 DIAPOSON D’OR 2015 Award
DIAPOSON D’OR 2015 Award
"Realistic, deep, a highly-precise breath-taking stereo image. Outstanding reproduction."
Year: 2015
Magazine / Issuing Body: Diapason
Country of Publication: France
Product: Reference 3
DIAPOSON D’OR 2015 Award KEF REFERENCE 3

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