At first glance, it might appear that higher incomes and greater availability of good-quality audio hardware has made it easier for the average Joe to pose as an audiophile, even if he or she has no prior knowledge of what makes a proper audio setup. After all, with so many speaker manufacturers claiming to have products which deliver ‘audiophile-grade’ sound quality, it should come as no surprise that much of the mystique and uniqueness that once surrounded the title of ‘audiophile’ has largely been diminished to a more mundane definition of splurging on top-dollar mass market equipment.
However, despite the ‘dumbing down’ of what was once considered an elite group of home theatre enthusiasts, there still remain many ‘true audiophiles’ who have the ability to fully appreciate what constitutes exceptional audio quality, and will spare no expense in doing so. Needless to say, these are the people who will be extremely familiar with the elite loudspeaker brand KEF, and the exceptional audio quality that its products have come to signify in the audiophile market.
Lo also highlighted the three key features of the overhauled Q-series speakers, as shown in the presentation slide below.
Lo also spoke about the new Uni-Q drivers used in the Q-series speakers, which had the capability to eliminate the longstanding problem of finding the audio ‘sweet spot’ in a room.
“The ‘sweet spot’ is a limiting factor, as it is usually meant to suit only a single person’s preference. With the Uni-Q drivers, we are able to greatly enlarge the ‘sweet spot’ by placing the tweeter right at the centre of the acoustic driver. The result is an incredibly realistic audio output that can be enjoyed in every corner of a room,” she explained.
Lo then proceeded to talk about the new T-series of super-slim speakers which were specially designed to complement the flat-panel television sets found today.
This was accomplished by drastically reducing the size of the mid-range and low frequency driver, which have a height no greater than 27mm, or slightly below 3cm. In order to ensure minimal distortion and resonance, rigid materials were used to manufacture the driver diaphragm, and a large 25mm tweeter completes the speaker assembly.