The benchmark of HiFi speakers
The flagship Reference 5 Meta is the loudspeaker that all other high-performance loudspeakers compare themselves against. Now with the extraordinarily capable 12th generation Uni-Q® driver array with MAT™, Reference 5 Meta exemplifies the passion for innovation that underpins KEF’s design philosophy.
Detail remastered. An icon redefined for tomorrow.
The essential for any audiophile. Hand built by the masters who set the standard for audio quality, The Reference has been the benchmark for loudspeakers and sound reproduction. The Reference is an embodiment of KEF’s philosophy and the relentless pursuit of perfection. Now with Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT™).
The benchmark of benchmarks
Since 1973, The Reference has continually set the benchmark for loudspeakers and sound reproduction. Pioneering the use of digital technologies to achieve the highest audio accuracy, every pair can be matched within 0.5dB to the laboratory-maintained reference standard.
Since the first Reference speaker, KEF engineers have continuously to innovate using what is possible with The Reference. Ground-breaking in its first incarnation, each subsequent iteration of The Reference has added to the world’s knowledge of the science of acoustics.
Total attention to detail
Every speaker in The Reference range exudes the sense of sheer quality that comes from being hand-built by KEF’s master craftsman in Maidstone, Kent, UK. They are designed to be acoustically exceptional, attractive to look at, and each speaker is meticulously built to KEF’s exceptional standards.
Reference quality bass
The Reference’s 165mm (6.5 inch) low frequency driver perfectly complements the new 12th generation Uni-Q driver array. Smart engineering and meticulous attention to detail enables the bass to blend seamlessly with the immaculate midrange and treble.
Engineered to be flexible
The Reference speakers are welcomingly undemanding in terms of positioning and are easy to fine-tune for your listening area by using KEF’s innovative Flexible Port Technology.
The smallest details, revealed
Shadow Flare drastically reduces harmful cabinet diffraction, allowing 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.
The Reference’s cabinets are designed using finite element analysis to determine the ideal shape and bracing geometry to minimise secondary radiation. Constrained Layer Damping is then applied to turn what little vibration is left into heat.
Designed, engineered, handcrafted in Maidstone, UK
Since 1961, we have been creating remarkable award-winning loudspeakers at our UK home Maidstone, Kent. As our high-end speakers, The Reference is still being designed, engineered, and handcrafted in Maidstone today.
Finished to Perfection
The expertly engineered cabinets are finished in a sumptuous high-gloss or richly detailed, pair-matched wood veneers to complement the strikingly distinctive front baffle. Five finishes are available, a combination of three cabinet finishes and five drive unit colours: Satin Walnut/Silver, High-Gloss Black/Copper, High-Gloss Black/Grey, High-Gloss White/Blue, and High-Gloss White/Champagne.
Model REFERENCE 5 Meta
Design Three-way bass reflex
Drive units Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) aluminium dome with MAT
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminium cone
LF: 4x 165 mm (6.5 in.) aluminium cone
Frequency range free field (-6dB) Short port: 35 Hz - 45 kHz
Long port: 32 Hz - 45 kHz
Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB) 25 Hz
Frequency response (±3dB) 40 Hz – 35 kHz
Crossover frequencies 450 Hz, 2.1 kHz
Amplifier requirements 50 - 400 W
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 88 dB
Harmonic distort ion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m) <0.5% 40 Hz - 100k Hz
<0.2% 200 Hz - 2k Hz
<0.1% 2k Hz - 20k Hz
Maximum output (SPL) (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise) 116 dB
Impedance 4(min. 3.2 )
Weight 60.2 kg (132.7 lbs.)
Dimensions (H x W x D) (with grille and terminal) 1350 x 205 x 462 mm
(53.1 x 8.1 x 18.2 in.)
Dimensions (H x W x D) (with grille, terminal & plinth) 1402 x 323 x 467 mm
(55.2 x 12.7 x 18.4 in.)
Standard finishes Satin Walnut/Silver, High-Gloss White/Blue, High-Gloss White/Champagne, High-Gloss Black/Grey, High-Gloss Black/Copper
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