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KEF Introduces Its Next Generation Complete 5.1 Instant Home Theatre System

MARLBORO, NJ — August 25, 2005 — Home theatre enthusiasts and audiophiles who desire a full-bodied theatrical performance from their hi-fi systems, without all of the clutter and confusion of owning separate components, multiple remote controls and large floor-standing speakers, will be rewarded with the introduction of the KEF Instant Theatre KIT200 System. The KIT200 features stunning performance in a highly-stylized package that is perfectly suited for various sized rooms and decors.

“Homeowners love the combination of compact size, robust sound performance and simplified, easy to use electronics that are all housed in gorgeous cabinetry,” said Alec Chanin, president of KEF America . “With the highly versatile DVD Head Unit, which supports multi-formats, in combination with the high performance satellite speakers that are beautifully styled and remarkably compact, we are able to deliver a breathtaking theatrical performance from a system that fits perfectly into apartments, offices and vacation homes, as well as decor conscious living rooms. The KEF Instant Theatre KIT200 goes well beyond ordinary home theatre-in-a-box to new levels of sophistication and performance.”

The heart of the KEF Instant Theatre KIT200 consists of a remote controllable head unit featuring an AM/FM tuner, DVD player, multiple inputs and outputs, and is constructed of die cast zinc and finished in a high gloss black finish that will complement any room decor. The unit supports DVD, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD, CDR/RW, and MP3 encoded CD. The tuner section supports AM-FM reception with the supplied aerials. There are three audio inputs (analogue & optical digital), one optical digital audio output, two video inputs (S-video and composite), and video outputs that support component with progressive scan, S-video and composite formats.

The KIT200 System consists of five satellite speakers featuring KEF’s Uni-Q array, which offers distinct “vocal intelligibility,” bringing crisp transparency to all dialogue–whether whispered or shouted–even when competing with ambient noise. Flanked by a pair of 3′ long throw bass drivers with ultra-low distortion motor systems, the Uni-Q array has KEF’s 0.6″ aluminum dome HF driver at the acoustic centre of the 3′ midrange cone to disperse a seamless sonic image evenly throughout the listening area. And what an image it is–richly textured and spatially precise in every dimension.

The stand-alone subwoofer features a 10″long throw driver and six high power amplifier channels for the subwoofer and satellite speakers. With the supplied speaker wires, the amplification from the KIT200 subwoofer can power the satellite speakers as they are configured on-wall, on-desk or as slender floor-standing towers.

The new KIT200 System will be available to KEF dealers in October. MSRP is $2999.99, with optional matching floor stand MSRP at $199.00 each.

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About KEF Audio

KEF was founded in 1961 by an electrical engineer named Raymond Cooke in a Nissen Hut on the premises of a metal working operation called Kent Engineering & Foundry (hence KEF), on the banks of the River Medway, near Maidstone in Kent. From the beginning KEF was destined to become a company with a flair for uniqueness and innovation in engineering, design and materials. The four cornerstones of KEF ‘s success over 45 years are Quality, Honesty, Dedication and Innovation.

The company is professional from top to bottom. Still occupying the same river-bank site in Kent , the company services export markets throughout the world, manufacturing high performance speakers for home cinema, hi-fi and custom installation applications. KEF firmly and passionately remains true to its proprietary, proven technologies such as Uni-Q and ACE . It is these characteristics, traditions and above all sound quality that have ensured that KEF ‘s reputation for audio excellence is among the finest in the world.

About KEF America, Inc.

KEF America is the wholly owned subsidiary of KEF Audio, an award winning British manufacturer of quality, audiophile-standard speakers and home theater systems. Headquartered in Marlboro, New Jersey, KEF America has built the KEF brand by offering loyal North American audiophiles a stream of innovative speakers and components unmatched in the industry. Many KEF products have won awards from both sides of the Atlantic, as KEF is a brand name long associated with quality and technical innovation.

For additional information about KEF America and its award-winning products, please visit www.kefamerica.com.

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