Exhilaration redefined

There’s nothing to match the thrill of hearing great music for the first

time; that feeling of excitement when every note, phrase and chord

change is revealed in all its glory. The new KEF R Series has been

completely reengineered from the ground up to deliver a sound so pure,

so revealing, that every listen is as exhilarating as that first one.

Decades of experience and our unbridled passion for music come

together in the new R Series. It combines innovations drawn from the

Reference Series with new bespoke technologies to ensure the new

R Series delivers more detail, deeper insight and greater excitement.

Every element of the new KEF R Series has been precisely engineered to

recreate the exhilaration of hearing music for the first time. Because we

believe you want to experience that thrill again and again, just as much as

we do.

R starts with Reference

KEF’s quest for music perfection demands constant innovation. This is

as true now as it was when KEF was founded in 1961. KEF's portfolio

of acoustic design patents and innovations is unequalled. It leads the

way in the use of sophisticated computer modelling techniques, such

as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. This drive

for perfection is the reason the new KEF R Series features five major

technological advances, many of which are derived from and inspired by

the class-leading Reference Series.

Innovations cover the whole audio spectrum and the entire loudspeaker,

with developments ranging from a new version of the legendary Uni-Q

driver to improved cabinet construction and refinements to other

acoustically vital elements. (An R Series white paper explains the myriad

technical advances in greater detail.)

As colouration is removed, clarity improved, and accuracy delivered at

new, higher levels, the performance of the R Series is raised to previously

unheard levels and your passion for recorded music is re-born.



KEF developed the very first Uni-Q driver in 1988 and has been progressively and relentlessly refined ever since. However, the reason why this

signature innovation out-performs other approaches remains constant: placing the tweeter in the acoustic centre of the midrange cone brings

the acoustic ideal of a single point source closer to realisation. The new Uni-Q array found on the R Series represents a leap forward in sound

quality, hailing a new, 12th generation of this already iconic design.

For starters, Uni-Q’s midrange motor system has been completely redesigned using KEF’s in-house simulation and analysis tools as well as

decades of experience. The motor is responsible for converting the audio signal from an electrical voltage to a mechanical force. Ideally it does

this without any loss and without introducing any distortion. For a midrange driver, significant distortion can be generated due to modulation

of the voice coil inductance. The motor in the new R Series has a shaped and undercut pole, and symmetrical aluminium demodulation rings,

which combine to significantly reduce the inductance in the lower midrange so there is less variation as the voice coil moves.

Another of the challenges faced when constructing a combination driver array like Uni-Q, is managing the minute gaps that separate the

constituent parts. There is a narrow channel between the moving midrange voice coil and the static start of the tweeter waveguide. As air

passes over this it creates resonances like blowing over the top of a bottle.

Obviously, this gap is necessary to allow the midrange cone and voice coil to move, so KEF has improved the performance by opening up a

cavity behind the drive units and then introducing damping material into the space created. This absorbs resonances and helps deliver more

precise, purer treble performance thanks to reduced colouration.

Shadow Flare

Derived directly from the Reference Series, the Shadow Flare is an innovative method of reducing harmful cabinet diffraction and one that

allows the wonderful Uni-Q to work at its highest level.

Shadow Flare is more than just a trim ring. It is a precision designed surface that extends the waveguide effect of Uni-Q. The tweeter no longer

has line of sight of the cabinet edges, creating a ‘shadow region’ at the points where the potential for diffraction is highest, minimising the

acoustic impact to negligible levels.

The result is improved clarity, particularly when it comes to the subtle nuances of plucked strings and other percussive sounds.

Bass drivers

To maximise bass performance in the new R Series, the dedicated low-frequency

drivers are built using a two-part structure, where a shallow concave aluminium

skin sits atop a paper cone. This stiffness combined with the cone’s unique

geometry reduces additional resonances and delivers the pistonic movement that

makes these drivers time so well.

The new drivers also benefit from a completely redesigned magnet system that

creates a more even magnetic field, and a design of suspension that reduces

harmonic distortion for a cleaner, more precise sound.

The result is tight, agile bass that digs out all the soul and punch available in the low end.

Cabinet bracing

All the cabinets in the new R Series benefit from Constrained Layer Damping bracing. Originally

developed for the multiple award-winning LS50, this system utilises internal braces joined to the panels

by a lossy interface rather than being adhered to it rigidly. This approach is highly effective at dissipating

unwanted vibrations.

A new internal bracing layout works alongside Constrained Layer Damping to create an incredibly

inert platform from which the drive units can work their magic, enabling the R Series to deliver music

as it is supposed to sound, without any unwanted extras.

Uni-Q Shadow flare

Flexible port technology

When it comes to generating deep, articulate bass, port design is a vital element.

The ports in the R Series are precisely positioned and feature innovative flexible walls. Using computational fluid dynamics, the flare and profile

of each port is calculated to delay the onset of turbulence, while the flexible port walls prevent longitudinal resonances from colouring the


The result is not only better bass, but cleaner sound further up the frequency range in the vital lower midrange area.

Beautiful by design

Great design is timeless. KEF’s designers seek to create deceptively simple, elegant loudspeakers. While the drive unit arrangement is rightfully

driven by acoustic, rather than aesthetic considerations, each loudspeaker is visually appealing without resorting to brash styling.


Understated design is complemented by carefully selected finishes. Conceived to be at home in either traditional or modern interiors, the R

Series comes in a choice of two exceptionally sleek gloss finishes or a classic wood veneer.

These finishes go deeper than just a base colour. Each speaker benefits from KEF’s tone-on-tone approach to design where the tweeter dome,

driver cones, feet, spikes and KEF logo are tone matched to the finish.


The R Series has been created to sound at its best without grilles. However, optional dedicated microfibre grilles are available for the R Series.

Each grille is crafted from 13 layers of material and has a wonderful suede-like feel, and thanks to 1801 precision-cut holes for each driver the

performance with the grilles in situ offers a considerable improvement on standard MDF acoustic cloth grilles, therefore minimises the traditional

compromise between great sound and driver protection. The magnetic fixings provide a secure, precise fit, in keeping with the clean styling of

the R Series.

Surround sound

The new R Series is your ticket for getting the best out of movies, delivering the natural, consistent sound essential for a phenomenal surround

sound experience.

The same sized Uni-Q array is shared by the R2c centre channel, the R3 stand mount and all three floorstanding models. Creating a consistent

sound character, this ensures that focus is entirely on the film and not the equipment around the room.

Plus, the R Series includes the R8a, a closed box speaker designed to be either wall mounted for surround applications or used as a speakeron-top Dolby Atmos module. And with the addition of any of KEF’s class-leading subwoofers, the whole cinematic experience is felt, from the

deepest impact to the softest whisper

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  • Brand: KEF
  • Product Code: KEF R7 META
  • Availability: In Stock
  • R126,000.00

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