KEF IS ON ‘Q’ WITH 2017 RANGE
Now in its eighth generation, KEF’s Q series of loudspeakers are available in Australia from August and they offer superb performance at affordable pricing.
At an exclusive held in Sydney this week, select members of the press were invited to a preview of the range, presented by Johan Coorg, KEF’s International Ambassador.
The Q Series has won countless accolades in the past for offering consumers "a highly sophisticated and accomplished sound performance for a ‘mid-price’ outlay", and Coorg tells us KEF are quite proud of this generation.
And while at first glance the range may closely resemble the previous generation, through extensive research and further development many improvements have been made across the board.
Many would argue it’s nearing perfection already, but the now legendary Uni-Q driver continues to be refined. We’ll spare you the technical details but vast improvements have been made to the tweeter loading tube, while the cone structure and suspension of the low frequency driver has also been further refined.
In the floor standing Q models, the UniQ driver is now isolated from the auxiliary bass radiators, in its own sealed enclosure. The crossovers are also said to be upgraded with new, lower distortion inductors.
The list of improvements goes on, but the new and improved finish in either Black or White across the range is both durable and stunning. They also come supplied with magnetically attached grills.
When KEF Founder, Raymond Cooke, received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Her Majesty the Queen in 1979 she asked:
This is for loudspeakers?
To which he replied,
High-fidelity loudspeakers, ma’am.
In six decades, KEF’s philosophy has not faltered, and Cookes legacy continues today. The brand’s continued pursuit of ‘true sound’ rings true when Coorg explains that from KEF’s smallest portable speaker, right through to their flagship MUON loudspeaker, the KEF sound or ‘voicing’ is consistent.
The Q series range consists of three 2.5-Way floor standing speakers – Q950 ($2999 RRP), Q750 ($2499 RRP) and Q550 ($1899 RRP). There are also two book shelf speakers – Q350 ($1099 RRP) and Q150 ($899). Completing the range is a centre channel – Q650c ($1199 RRP).
In a brief but ample demonstration, the new Q range certainly impressed with accurate stage placement, a smooth frequency response and plenty of bottom end presence for either home theatre duty or casual listening to your favourite record.
Australian KEF Distributor, Advance Audio Australia - Michael Di Meglio
There's no wonder Q series is KEF's best-selling range.
For more information visit the KEF brand page.
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