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KEF R Meta Series Loudspeakers Featuring MAT Technology Unveiled

KEF’s seven new R Meta Series loudspeakers incorporate some very interesting technology that will elevate your listening experience.

KEF R7 Meta Loudspeakers Lifestyle

2022 was a busy year for KEF. They introduced several new speakers including the updated Blade and Reference speakers, LS60, LSXII, and a new THX Ultra Certified Architectural speaker and subwoofer. To start 2023, they have announced the successor to their current R-series line, the new KEF R Meta Series

Seven Models 

The KEF R Meta series consists of 7 models:

  • R11 Meta floorstanding speakers (largest)
  • R7 Meta floorstanding speakers (medium)
  • R5 Meta floorstanding speakers (smallest)
  • R3 Meta bookshelf speakers
  • R6 Meta LCR speakers
  • R2 Meta LCR speakers
  • R8 Meta height speakers

The R11, R7, and R5 are floorstanding speaker models.

KEF R11 Meta Loudspeakers (Walnut, grilles off)
KEF R11 Meta

The R6 and R2 models are designed to serve as either the Left, Center, or Right Channel (LCR) speakers and can be shelf-placed or wall mounted. This provides flexibility for both music and home theater setups.  

KEF R2 Meta Loudspeakers Lifestyle
KEF R2 Meta

The R3 is a bookshelf speaker (great for compact audio systems or satellite speakers in a home theater setup). 

KEF R3 Meta Loudspeakers Lifestyle
KEF R3 Meta

The R8 is a compact vertically firing speaker that can be wall mounted or placed on top of another R series floorstanding speaker to support height channels for immersive surround sound formats such as Dolby Atmos

KEF R8 Meta Loudspeakers
KEF R8 Meta

Common Features

To provide optimal sound quality, all of the models in the R Meta series incorporate the following KEF Technologies. 

Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT): This removes 99% of high-frequency distortion for pure, natural sound.

12th generation Uni-Q and Shadow Flare Surface: Improves acoustic accuracy.

Refined Tweeter Gap Damper: This minimizes unwanted resonances for improved detail.

Flexible Decoupling Chassis: This prevents unwanted vibrations for improved clarity.

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Improved Crossover Design: A improved crossover and additional fine-tuning strengthen’s audio signal path resulting in pristine, clean sound.

Microfibre Grilles: More than just being decorative, the provided grills provide a balance between driver protection, sonic performance, and aesthetics

Impedance: All speakers in the R Meta series have a 4-ohm (3.2-ohm minimum) impedance.

Finishes: All R Meta Series speakers are available with Black Gloss, White Gloss, and Walnut finishes.

Tip: Special Edition Titanium Gloss is also available for the R7 Meta and Indigo Gloss is available for the R3 Meta. Also, a Floor Stand specifically for R3 Meta is available as a separate purchase

From Grace Lo, KEF President & Head of Global Marketing: “The demand for high-fidelity sound at home is ever increasing, whether listening to music or watching films as part of a home cinema set up and audiophiles expect the very best quality of sound. At KEF, we are committed to allowing listeners to experience the content exactly as the producer intended it to be heard, the launch of the new R Series with MAT has enhanced the listening experience more than ever before…

Specifications Compared

KEF R11. R7, R5 Meta Loudspeakers
Speaker ModelR11 MetaR7 MetaR5 Meta
Design (Floorstanding 3-way Bass Reflex)XXX
Drivers (Uni-Q)HF: 25 mm (1 in.) vented aluminum dome with MAT 
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminum cone 
LF: 4 x 165 mm (6.5 in.) hybrid aluminum cone
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) vented aluminum dome with MAT 
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminum cone 
LF: 2 x 165 mm (6.5 in.) hybrid aluminum cone
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) vented aluminum dome with MAT 
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminum cone 
LF: 2 x 130 mm (5.25 in.) hybrid aluminum cone
Crossover Points330Hz, 2.5kHz400Hz, 3.4kHz400Hz, 2.7kHz
Frequency Response (+ or – 3dB)46 Hz – 28 kHz48 Hz – 28 kHz52 Hz – 28 kHz
Harmonic Distortion (90dB, 1m)<1% 33 Hz and above 
<0.5% 80 Hz – 20 kHz
<1% 76 Hz and above 
<0.5% 110 Hz – 20 kHz
<1% 75 Hz and above 
<0.5% 110 Hz – 20 kHz
Maximum Output (SPL)113 dB111 dB110 dB
Amplifier Power Requirements15 to 300 watts15 to 250 watts15 to 200 watts
Sensitivity (2.83v/1m)90dB88dB87dB
Weight36.5 kg (80.5 lbs)29.3 kg (64.6 lbs)24.5 kg (54.0 lbs)
Dimensions (HWD) with speaker terminals and plinth1296 x 311 x 384 mm (51.0 x 12.2 x 15.1 in.)1109 x 311 x 384 mm (43.7 x 12.2 x 15.1 in.)1072 x 272 x 344 mm (42.2 x 10.7 x 13.5 in.)
Price (USD Each)$3,250$2,500$2,000
KEF R3. R6, R2, R8 Meta Loudspeakers
Speaker ModelR3 MetaR6 Meta R2 MetaR8 Meta
Design 3-way/Closed Box 3-way/Closed Box3-way Closed BoxTwo-way Closed Box
Drivers (Uni-Q)HF: 25 mm (1 in.) vented aluminum dome with MAT
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminum cone  
LF: 165 mm (6.5 in.) hybrid aluminum cone
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) vented aluminum dome with MAT 
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminum cone 
LF: 2 x 165 mm (6.5in.) hybrid aluminum cone
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) vented aluminum dome with MAT 
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminum cone
LF: 2 x 130 mm (5.25 in.) hybrid aluminum cone
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) vented aluminum dome with MAT 
MF/ LF: 130 mm (5.25 in.) aluminum cone
Crossover Points420 Hz, 2.3 kHz500 Hz, 2.4 kHz560 Hz, 2.5 kHz2.6 kHz
Frequency Response (+ or – 3dB)58 Hz – 28kHz65 Hz – 28 kHz67 Hz – 28 kHz97 Hz – 17.5 kHz
Harmonic Distortion (90dB, 1m)<1% 73 Hz and above 
<0.5% 90 Hz – 20 kHz
<1% 65 Hz and above 
<0.5% 93 Hz – 20 kHz
<1% 84 Hz and above 
<0.5% 95 Hz – 20 kHz
<1% 220 Hz and above 
<0.5% 320 Hz – 20 kHz
Maximum Output (SPL)110 dB111 dB110 dB106 dB
Amplifier Power Requirements15 – 180W15 – 250 W5 – 200W25 – 150W
Sensitivity (2.83v/1m)87 dB88 dB87 dB85 dB
Weight12.4 kg (27.3 lbs)17.8 kg (39.2 lbs)15.4 kg (34.0 lbs4.5 kg (9.9 lbs.)
Dimensions (HWD) with speaker terminals 422 x 200 x 336 mm (16.6 x 7.9 x 13.2 in)200 x 625 x 339 mm (7.9 x 24.6 x 13.3 in.)175 x 550 x 309 mm (6.9 x 21.7 x 12.2 in.)174 x 175 x 259 mm (6.9 x 6.9 x 10.2 in.)
Price (USD) $2,200 USD Pair$2,000 USD Each$1,400 USD Each$1,600 USD Pair

KEF Speakers can be purchased through authorized dealers.

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