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KEF REFERENCE 3 Floorstanding Speaker

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The standard by which others are judged, and to which they aspire. The perfect reproduction of recorded sound is what KEF's legendary THE REFERENCE Series has always stood for. And after 40 years of continuous development, THE REFERENCE has earned its name as the yardstick of high-end acoustic engineering.

For perfectionists who demand uncompromisingly accurate sound that captures the full emotional range, depth, and detail of the original performance.

If you're a perfectionist when it comes to enjoying movies or music, it's the one name that towers above the rest. The Reference. It speaks for itself.

The standard by which others are judged, and to which they aspire.

The perfect reproduction of recorded sound is what KEF's legendary Reference Series has always stood for. And after 40 years of continuous development, the Reference has earned its name as the yardstick of high-end acoustic engineering.

If you're a perfectionist when it comes to enjoying movies or music, it's the one name that towers above the rest.

THE REFERENCE. It speaks for itself.


"A description was needed to convey the idea that every loudspeaker is subject to scrutiny at all stages of assembly, culminating in a final test comparison with a laboratory-maintained reference standard. So the method became the name: Reference." -- Laurie Fincham, Engineering Director 1968-1991

Bass drivers

Clean, rich and articulate bass grounds your enjoyment of stereo or multi-channel sound, and like everything else about The Reference, KEF's new 165mm (6.5 inch) LF driver is in a class apart. With a massive vented magnet assembly and a large aluminium wire voice coil driving an exceptionally light, stiff and strong alloy cone, the dynamics and power handling are superb. Played loud or soft, in delicate passages or for full-on bass effects, the combination of advanced materials and clever engineering delivers deeply rewarding lows that blend seamlessly with Uni-Q's immaculate midrange and treble response.



Composite front baffle

The Reference drivers are set in a smooth, strikingly distinctive front baffle engineered to eliminate response anomalies caused by diffraction. Made from an exceptionally strong laminated aluminium/resin composite and secured via high-loss pads and high tensile bolts, it adds tremendous rigidity to the inert cabinet.

Kent Engineering and Foundry Editions

When Raymond Cooke set out to perfect the reproduction of recorded sound in 1961, he set up his first research lab on the banks of the river Medway in the Garden of England in a wartime Nissen hut formerly occupied by Kent Engineering and Foundry. Hence the name: KEF.

To celebrate KEF's unrivalled heritage of continuous innovation in the half century since, and the part that the legendary Reference Series has played over the last 40 years in consolidating KEF's reputation among serious audiophiles, we've commissioned two bespoke editions of the latest range.

With two striking special finishes - Blue Ice White, hinting at the blue of the original KEF logo, and Copper Black Aluminium - the Kent Engineering & Foundry editions combine the latest Reference technology with an aesthetic that subtly evokes this rich pedigree.

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 Typical in room bass response: 28Hz (-6dB)
Free Field - Short port: 38Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
Free Field - Long port: 32Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 43Hz - 35kHz (±3dB)
CROSSOVER FREQUENCIES 350Hz, 2.8kHz
MAXIMUM OUTPUT 113.5 dB (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)
AMPLIFIER CLASS 50-300W
SENSITIVITY 87.5dB (2.83V/1m)
HARMONIC DISTORTION 2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<0.5% 40Hz – 100kHz 
<0.2% 200Hz – 10kHz
IMPEDANCE 8 Ohms (min.3.2 Ohms)
DIMENSIONS H x W x D with grille and terminal : 1155 x 205 x 470 mm (44.5 x 8.1 x 18.5 in.)
H x W x D with grille, terminal & plinth : 1202 x 349 x 470 mm (47.3 x 13.7 x 18.5 in.)
WEIGHT 51.3kg (113.1lbs)
UNIT MEASUREMENT Pair
DOCUMENT DOWNLOAD THE REFERENCE Brochure
THE REFERENCE Manual
THE REFERENCE 8b Manual
THE REFERENCE White Paper
THE REFERENCE Information Sheet
 
 

 

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Warranty Information

All KEF Products are precision engineered and the Authorised Distributors provide warranty against FAULTY MATERIAL AND/OR WORKMANSHIP for the following products from the date of original purchase is as follows:- (Warranty may vary according to the local legal requirements of the country concerned.)

Passive loudspeakers: FIVE years
Active loudspeakers, powered subwoofers and motorised speakers: ONE year, or TWO years if purchased in the European Union
Electronics and headphones: ONE year, or TWO years if purchased in the European Union

This warranty will not be extended or renewed at the expiry of the above period.

WARRANTY COVERAGE AND LIMITATIONS

This warranty is only valid in the country of purchase and only applies to the first purchaser of the KEF product(s) from an Authorised Dealer. This warranty does not extend to any other person or transferee, and terminates if you sell or otherwise transfer the KEF product(s) to another party/entity.

This warranty does not cover any of the following:-

normal or fair wear and tear and/or any wear from environmental deterioration of the KEF product and/or its components
mechanical damage or derangement of the KEF product in transit that is not attributable to the fault of the KEF and its Authorised Distributor
deterioration of any consumable components of the KEF product which would become worn or depleted through use (e.g. batteries)
any KEF product whose serial number label(s) is/are missing, made illegible, defaced, altered, removed, or damaged
any KEF product and/or any of its components that is not purchased from an Authorised Dealer/Distributor, including any parallel imports or grey market products
incorrect or unauthorised components which have been substituted and/or used for the KEF Product;
any KEF Product and/or any of its components which have been installed, disassembled, repaired, converted, modified, tampered with or otherwise interfered with in any way by any person/entity other than an authorised representative of the KEF and its Authorised Distributors
any defects, malfunction, loss and/or damages caused by or resulting from any of the following:-
any of the circumstances set out in (1) - (7) above
any accident or negligence not caused by the fault of KEF and its Authorised Distributors
any improper installation or connection of the KEF product (including without limitation any improper connection of the KEF product to improper voltage or power source) not caused by the fault of any of the KEF and its Authorised Distributors
any improper care, dropping, mishandling, misuse, abuse or unreasonable or improper use, operation or maintenance of the KEF Product
any operation of the KEF product with any faulty, unsuitable or inappropriate apparatus and/or ancillary equipment
any use of the KEF Product under abnormal or inappropriate voltage or power surges;
failure to use, operate or maintain the KEF product in accordance with the instructions set out in the users' manual
exposure of the KEF product to extreme temperature, heat, water or other liquids, insects, excessive moisture, sand, chemicals, battery leakage or any other contaminants
any force majeure events, including but not limited to any acts of God, fire, lightning, typhoon, storm, earthquake, hurricane, natural disaster, tsunami, flood, war, riot, public disturbance
any other causes beyond the reasonable control of either KEF and its Authorised Distributor.

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