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Ci5160RL-THX

THX ULTRA Certified Three-way Speaker

The Ci5160RL-THX is crafted with a massive aluminium baffle to eliminate vibration and is the perfect platform for the 160mm aluminium cone Uni-Q with tangerine waveguide, and four 160mm woofers. Capable of bi-wire and bi-amplifier connections the Ci5160RL-THX delivers on the performance promise of all KEF R Series speakers.

Ci5160RL-THX is THX ULTRA Certified
Product Features
For the ultimate in Extreme Home Theatre, certified to THX ULTRA2 and THX SELECT2 standards, the formidable KEF Ci R Series Ci3160RLb-THX in-wall subwoofer has the deep bass and theatre thumping output capabilities of a traditional KEF subwoofer coupled with the ability to deliver all the drama and emotional intensity of full theatre sound quality.

Ci5160RL-THX


For the ultimate in custom installed Extreme Home Theatre, the formidable new Ci R Series has the jaw-dropping acoustic capabilities of the classic KEF floorstander it's named after, with all the drama and emotional intensity of full theatre sound quality.

The Ci R Series consists of an in-ceiling speaker that can be combined with one of two in-wall models, and a sensational new powered subwoofer. As you might expect, its towering performance sets a new standard for custom installed speakers.

The Ci5160RL-THX is crafted with a massive aluminium baffle to eliminate vibration and is the perfect platform for the 160mm aluminium cone Uni-Q with tangerine waveguide, and four 160mm woofers. Capable of bi-wire and bi-amplifier connections the Ci5160RL-THX delivers on the performance promise of all KEF R Series speakers.

THX ULTRA Certified

Ci5160RL-THX is an in-wall speaker certified to THX ULTRA2 standards. A deep understanding of the filmmaking process and surround sound is at the very heart of every THX certified 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 speaker system. Engineered with design characteristics of professional studio speakers, THX recreates the tonal balance of the filmmaker's final mix in your living room. The results? Action sequences are impactful, and dialogue-driven moments are natural and engaging. THX certified in-wall speakers deliver the appropriate frequency response and high output and imaging quality of a traditional box speaker. This provides the best of both worlds - THX surround sound performance from components that blend harmoniously with any room decor.

Ci5160RL-THX


For the ultimate in custom installed Extreme Home Theatre, the formidable new Ci R Series has the jaw-dropping acoustic capabilities of the classic KEF floorstander it's named after, with all the drama and emotional intensity of full theatre sound quality.

The Ci R Series consists of an in-ceiling speaker that can be combined with one of two in-wall models, and a sensational new powered subwoofer. As you might expect, its towering performance sets a new standard for custom installed speakers.

The Ci5160RL-THX is crafted with a massive aluminium baffle to eliminate vibration and is the perfect platform for the 160mm aluminium cone Uni-Q with tangerine waveguide, and four 160mm woofers. Capable of bi-wire and bi-amplifier connections the Ci5160RL-THX delivers on the performance promise of all KEF R Series speakers.

THX ULTRA Certified

Ci5160RL-THX is an in-wall speaker certified to THX ULTRA2 standards. A deep understanding of the filmmaking process and surround sound is at the very heart of every THX certified 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 speaker system. Engineered with design characteristics of professional studio speakers, THX recreates the tonal balance of the filmmaker's final mix in your living room. The results? Action sequences are impactful, and dialogue-driven moments are natural and engaging. THX certified in-wall speakers deliver the appropriate frequency response and high output and imaging quality of a traditional box speaker. This provides the best of both worlds - THX surround sound performance from components that blend harmoniously with any room decor.

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  1. Surprisingly great!!!!
    We decided to finish our basement last year, and these became part of the adventure. Well worth it! The local Best Buy rep was fast to tell me about these speakers, as we had a room that was 14' wide, by 42' long. but we didn't want to close the space down with towers. We almost went with the R3's in some shelves around our 120" projection screen, but we were worried they would get distorted being in 24"x 24"x 48" recessed shelf niches.
    Since they didn't have any Ci5160's, or 30's to test, we kinda took the leap of faith with these, after listening to the R11's they had. They say that they are just like the towers, or at least based on the design of them. I am glad that we went this direction to get better sound. The B&W speakers sounded to high at times for us. This is our first jump into a better HiFi system, as we just have some Harmon Kardon wifi speakers that have been our Hi-Fi experience, and a Klipsch & Yamaha theater system upstairs, thus far. After setting up our system ( Marantz 6013 AVR, (2) 5160's, (1) 3160 ( actually, I wanted to do another 5160 as a center, but budget said no. I still made the back box the size of the 5160's just in case I can get another 5160 for there), (2) 200QL's, (4) 200QR's (atmos), and (1) 12b Sub, and (1) old Sony Sub) everything else around the house sound muffled, distorted and inferior. It was like moving up to a HD Plasma or 4k tv for the first time, and realizing that life is so much more better now.
    I had fun installing them myself. We did install our front 3 speakers horizontally below the screen, instead of hiding them behind an expensive perforated screen. Since they were in a built-out / furred wall that was almost 3' out from the foundation wall (basically a small crawl space were there would be no sound compression (not sure if I am describing it technically correctly), I decided to make back boxes for most of the speakers. I used 1/2" MDF and followed the "Minimum air space requirements" that they have available to make the sizes correct for each speaker. We used Audioquest 14/4 speaker wires (twisted together) from the AVR.

    Our next project is to determine if we should get more power to them via 2nd amp (Marantz or Arcam), or just upgrade to a new Denon 8500 AVR. As of right now, The system sounds GREAT as is, but could there be more to get out of these speakers....?

    I laugh at this experience, as I originally went in there looking for theater speakers, and nothing more, now I find myself wanting more HiFi music experiences as well, because it sounds that great. Does that mean more clean power?, More speakers (currently running 5.2.4; but the basement is wired for 9.2.4 )? The adventure continues....!!

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Spec
Model Ci5160RL-THX
Nominal Impedance
Sensitivity (2.83V/ 1m) 90dB
Frequency response (±6dB)
open-backed
40Hz - 28kHz
Crossover frequency 300Hz, 2.4kHz
Drive units
LF
MF
HF
4 x 160mm (6.5 in.)
160mm (6.5 in.)
25mm (1 in.) Uni-Q
Recommended Amplifier Power 40-250W
Product external dimensions
(H x W x D)
1070 x 230 x 105.7 mm
(42.13 x 9.06 x 4.16 in.)
Product external dimensions
(with Grille) (H x W x D)
1073 x 242 x 112.4 mm
(42.24 x 9.53 x 4.43 in.)
Cut-out dimensions
(H x W)
1052 x 209mm
(41.42 x 8.23 in.)
Net Weight 19 kg (41.89 lbs)
Mounting depth from surface 99mm (3.9 in.)
KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE.

THX, the THX logo, and Ultra2 are trademarks of THX Ltd. THX and the THX logo are registered in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. All rights reserved.
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KEF Custom Installation THX Certified Home Theater Speakers KEF Custom Install THX Speaker Review
 "The KEF Ci THX system provides reference quality sound in a package that becomes totally invisible once installed. It is expensive and if you have 2x4 walls you might need to get a bit more creative on the install of the Ci200RR-THX, but once in place they disappear and just deliver the movies and music perfectly."
Year: 2017
Magazine / Issuing Body: Reference Home Theater
Country: United States
Product: Ci3160RL-THX, Ci5160RL-THX, Ci200RR-THX
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