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Reference 5 Sale: Deep Piano Black, Rosewood & American Walnut ONLY (Pair)

Special Price $13,999.98 Regular Price $19,999.99

Flagship three-way floorstander

If you're serious about experiencing the ultimate in sound reproduction, the magnificently authoritative Reference 5 exemplifies the passion for innovation that underpins The Reference design philosophy.

* Offer available only for Deep Piano Black, American Walnut and Rosewood, while supplies last! Direct from KEF and from your local KEF Dealer.

All REFERENCE products are special order, expected build time is 4-12 weeks.

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
This three-way floorstander aligns four powerful 165mm (6.5 inch) bass drivers with KEF's latest 125mm (5 inch) Uni-Q array and the new vented 25mm (1 inch) aluminium dome tweeter. Lows are reproduced with consummate agility and control, integrating with the midrange to create spine-tingling accuracy and depth.
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
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Spec
Model REFERENCE 5
Design Three-way Bass Reflex
Drive Units Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
MF: 125mm (5in.) aluminium
Bass units:
LF: 4 x165mm (6.5in.) aluminium
Frequency range free field (-6dB) Short port: 35Hz - 45kHz
Long port: 32Hz - 45kHz
Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB) 25Hz
Frequency response (±3dB) 40Hz – 35kHz
Crossover frequency 350Hz, 2.8kHz
Amplifier requirements 50-400W
Sensitivity (2.83V/ 1m) 90dB
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)
116 dB
Impedance 8Ω (min. 3.2Ω)
Weight 60.2kg (132.7 lbs.)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
(with grille and terminal)
1350 x 205 x 470 mm
(53.1 x 8.0 x 18.5 in.)
Dimension (H x W x D)
(with grille, terminal & plinth)
1397 x 349 x 470 mm
(55 x 13.7 x 18.5 in.)

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

Press and Awards
 KEF Reference 5 Stereophile Recommended Component 2019
Stereophile Recommended Component 2019
"Like its stablemate, the demiflagship Blade Two (see elsewhere in Recommended Components), KEF's Reference 5 uses a Uni-Q coincident driver array to cover most of the audioband, plus four 6.5" aluminum-cone woofers for the lowest octaves. The most apparent distinction is in the Reference 5's enclosure: whereas the woofers in the Blade Two are fixed to the sides of a parabolically curved, narrow-fronted enclosure of high-density polymer, the Reference 5's woofers are mounted on the front of a conventional-looking floorstanding enclosure, its greatest departure from convention being KEF's choice of aluminum for the front baffle."
Year: 2019
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereophile
Country of Publication: United States
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander

 KEF Reference 5 Review Stereophile
REFERENCE 5 Review
"I very much enjoyed my time with the KEF Reference 5. It may not be a more affordable, less visually idiosyncratic Blade Two—that speaker stands alone in KEF's line—but it offers its own balance of strengths: a neutral, uncolored midrange; weighty but well-defined lows; sweet, smooth highs; and superbly secure, stable soundstaging."
Year: 2017
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereophile
Country of Publication: United States
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander

 KEF Reference 5 Home Cinema Choice Review
REFERENCE 5 Review
"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 5 Floorstander
Home Cinema Choice Review KEF Reference 5

 KEF REFERENCE 5 HiVi Magazine Grand Prix Award
Grand Prix Award
Year: 2015
Magazine / Issuing Body: HiVi Magazine
Country of Publication: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander
HiVi Magazine Grand Prix AwardKEF Reference 5

 KEF Reference 5 Audio Accessory Magazine Audio Excellence Silver Award 2015
Audio Excellence Silver Award 2015
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Magazine / Issuing Body: Audio Accessory Magazine
Country of Publication: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander

 KEF Reference 5 Stereo Magazine The Best of the speaker in 2014
The Best of the speaker in 2014
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereo Magazine
Country of Publication: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander
Stereo Magazine The Best of the speaker in 2014 KEF Reference 5

 KEF Reference 5 HiVi Magazine Best Buy 1st Place by Category
Best Buy 1st Place by Category
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: HiVi Magazine
Country of Publication: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander
HiVi Magazine Best Buy 1st Place by Category KEF Reference 5

 KEF Reference 5 Visual Grand Prix Gold Award 2015 by Category AV Review Magazine
Visual Grand Prix Gold Award 2015 by Category
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: AV Review Magazine
Country of Publication: Japan
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander
Visual Grand Prix Gold Award 2015 by Category AV Review Magazine KEF Reference 5

 KEF Reference 5 Hi-Fi News and Record Review Outstanding Product
Outstanding Product
"They create a soundstage effortlessly disengaged from the boxes that are producing it… On vocal tracks especially, the REFERENCE 5s seemed to get out of the way completely and let the singer’s performance become as intimate and heartrending as you could wish… This is clearly an outstanding product."
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi News and Record Review
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander
Hi-Fi News and Record Review Outstanding Product KEF Reference 5

 KEF Reference 5 EISA Award
REFERENCE 5 EISA Award
"…its above‐average sensitivity, excellent bass extension and handsome appearance earns the Reference 5 EISA’s High‐End Audio accolade."
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: EISA Award
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: REFERENCE 5 Floorstander
EISA Award KEF Reference 5

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