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Kefs New Home Cinema Audio System Pairs Beauty With Brawn

MARLBORO, NJ — June 23, 2005 — Home theater enthusiasts looking for a surround sound system that balances sophisticated looks with pure, audiophile sound have a new solution in KEF’s KHT 6000 ACE Speaker System. This package is the latest addition to the highly acclaimed KHT Speaker Series, and features gorgeous, silver exteriors that are designed to brilliantly complement the look of contemporary flat-screen televisions. The KHT 6000 ACE System is loaded with pioneering technologies, such as the revolutionary Uni-Q driver array, the flexible Selecta-mount mounting system, which automatically optimizes sound whether speakers are mounted on the wall or on floor stands, and KEF’s proprietary ACE technology. Every aspect of the system’s design has been engineered to look and sound stunning, complementing any home’s decor.

“The KHT 6000 ACE System is designed for home theater enthusiasts who want their speakers to look as good as they sound,” said Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. “We’ve incorporated our newest audio technologies within sleek enclosures that complement the latest generation of plasma and LCD televisions. No matter what kinds of films you watch, the KHT 6000 ACE System elevates the entire home theater experience with strikingly lifelike sound effects and crystal-clear dialogue. And, because of the speakers’ outstanding performance whether mounted on the wall or on floor stands, the system is versatile enough to bring authentic cinema quality to any customer’s home.”

Each KHT 6000 ACE satellite and center channel speaker features KEF’s signature Uni-Q driver. The patented array achieves what audio engineers have sought for decades: to project an exceptionally broad frequency range from just a single point. Uni-Q places its aluminum dome tweeter in the acoustic center of a mid-bass cone, resulting in a near-perfect, single-point-source driver. This configuration ensures both drivers’ frequency ranges are delivered in-phase and in precise focus, providing the wider dispersion that ensures all listeners throughout the room enjoy optimal sound quality, including those outside of the typical “sweet spot.”

The Uni-Q array also offers distinct “vocal intelligibility,” bringing crisp transparency to all dialogue–whether whispered or shouted–even when it is competing with ambient noise. The system’s woofers have also been given a longer throw, adding greater impact to movie soundtracks and musical recordings.

It isn’t only the KHT 6000’s drivers that have been updated by KEF engineers; each speaker’s enclosure implements KEF’s Acoustic Compliance Enhancement (ACE), an exclusive technology that lets these ultra-slim speakers generate big-box bass. This proprietary design causes each cabinet enclosure to respond as though it were several times its actual size, creating a far more robust bass as well as reducing distortion and increasing maximum sound pressure levels

The KHT 6000 ACE System’s satellite (Model HTS 6001) and center channel (Model HTC 6001) speakers also incorporate KEF’s Selecta-mount speaker mounting system. It automatically corrects for the variation in audio response that occurs when a speaker is mounted on a wall versus a free-standing location. Each speaker’s rear panel has a series of metal contacts that connect differently to the wall and floor brackets. Depending on which mount is used, a discrete set of contacts is activated, and the speaker’s performance is automatically fine-tuned to sound best for its particular position.

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In addition to Selecta-mount’s functionality, the optional floor stand (Model HTS 6001 stand) features KEF’s unique Bass Extender technology. When attached to a satellite speaker, the stand’s hollow interior effectively increases the speaker’s cabinet volume, and features its own bass port to increase low frequency output and the palpable impact of movie soundtracks and musical recordings.

Each mounting system is designed to not only improve sound, but to enhance the system’s appearance and integration within a home. Selecta-mount brackets attach speakers to the wall while concealing all hardware, leaving visible only the speakers’ handsome, anodized silver aluminum chassis. Optional Bass Extender floor stands extend the speakers’ elegant contours and hide connected wires for a clean and elegant presentation.

When customers demand even more powerful bass, then the PSW 3500 300-watt subwoofer is the perfect complement to the KHT 6000 ACE System. The PSW 3500 features a powerful, 12-inch, high-excursion driver that adds room-filling bass to the satellite speakers’ warm, natural sound. Its elliptically curved exterior and elegant choice of finishes make the PSW 3500 look like no other sub on the market–so you may find yourself actually wanting to leave it out rather than concealing it. The sub also uses the distortion-reducing circuitry first developed for KEF’s Reference speaker family, which gives the sub a clarity that matches its companion satellite speakers.

The KHT 6000 ACE System is now available nationwide and is suitable for 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 configurations. Each speaker’s MSRP is $499.99, while the optional PSW 3500 subwoofer’s MSRP is $1,199.99.

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.

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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 < http://www.kefamerica.com/> .

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