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New KEF Speakers Deliver True Five Channel Performance From Only Two Enclosures

KEF Five-2 Series Speakers Feature Innovative Design, Sleek Styling and Ease of Installation

MARLBORO, NJ — September 5, 2006 — Blending a home theater speaker system into today’s custom interiors can be a daunting undertaking, frequently necessitating undesirable compromises among performance, installation flexibility and budget. KEF’s unique new Five-2 Series speakers provide an elegant solution to this dilemma.

“The new Five-2 Series speakers build on our award winning KEF Instant Theatre technology and bring it to new applications and levels of performance,” said Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. “The Five-2 Series Model 7 and Model 11 offer a unique patented acoustic solution to those who either cannot or would prefer not to accommodate five separate speakers and the associated wiring spread around their room, but would still like to enjoy the exciting experience of true 5.1 channel home theater sound.”

The Five-2 Series speakers’ name derives from their ability to produce true five channel sound from just 2 patented speaker enclosures. The completely new line is comprised of the Model 7 bookshelf speaker system (seven drivers) and the Model 11 floor standing speaker system (eleven drivers). Both models feature a slender and elegant “racetrack” shaped enclosure and are available in either a matt silver or high gloss black finish to match most of today’s popular flat panel displays. Optional matching floor stands and wall brackets are available for use with the Model 7s.

KEF achieves true five-channel, no compromise sound from two speaker enclosures by combining their patented Uni-Q ‘point source’ drivers in a multi-driver array with a uniquely new application of NXT flat panel technology. Although housed in only two enclosures, true, discrete left/center/right and left/right surround signals are fed to and reproduced by different drivers within the enclosures. The inherently broad dispersion pattern of KEF’s patented Uni-Q drivers creates a rock-solid center-fill, while the wide, diffused soundfield from the dipole NXT flat panels provides spacious surround and ambient effects.

Both KEF Five-2 systems feature the latest generation of Uni-Q drivers, which are capable of even deeper bass and greater dynamics than their widely praised predecessors, and the newly optimized NXT panels deliver even greater rear channel “punch.”

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And the Uni-Q’s extremely wide and uniform dispersion pattern insures that an entire roomful of family and friends share equally in the experience, rather than just those sitting in a small ‘sweet spot’ as is the case with conventional application speakers.

This ingenious design — patented and only available from KEF — delivers all the subtleties and spatial depth encoded in today’s digital formats and eliminates the need for a multi-speaker set-up and the associated complex, unsightly wiring it requires.

Hook up of the Five-2 Series Speakers is simplicity itself, and they are designed to be used with any digital A/V home theater receiver and KEF Subwoofer, thus providing the utmost flexibility in terms of both performance and budget. Although any KEF Subwoofer may be used with the Five-2 Series Speakers, KEF’s new generation HTB2 Sub, available in the same matt silver and high gloss black finishes, makes for an ideal match.

KEF Five-2 Series speakers will be available October 2006 and the Model 7 and Model 11 will retail at $1,000 and $1,800 respectively.

Talking Points:
-True 5.1 surround sound from two speakers enclosures and a subwoofer
-Uses latest generation Uni-Q drivers with enhanced bass response and dynamics, and a new optimized NXT panel design providing more “rear punch”
-Works with all AV receivers
-Slender “racetrack” shaped enclosure available in a choice of high quality finishes
-Simple hook-up
-Ideally matched with KEF’s new HTB2 Subwoofer
-Available October 2006, retails at $1,000 Model 7 and $1,800 Model 11

About KEF Audio

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KEF Audio, a division of GP Acoustics, is a UK based company that has earned a reputation as the premier manufacturer of stunning, audiophile-quality speakers for modern home cinema, hi-fi and custom installation applications. KEF products which are distributed around the globe, have won awards from both sides of the Atlantic, as KEF is a brand name long associated with style, quality and technical innovation.

Founded in 1961 by a British electrical engineer named Raymond Cooke on the banks of the River Medway, KEF is driven by a passionate belief in the power of new materials, new technologies and design ingenuity. Still occupying the same riverbank site, KEF passionately remains true to its patented, proven technologies such as Uni-Q and ACE. These characteristics, traditions and above all sound quality, secure KEF’s world-class reputation.

About KEF America, Inc.

KEF America, a division of KEF Audio, offers loyal North American audiophiles a stream of innovative speakers and components unmatched in the industry. Headquartered in Marlboro, New Jersey, KEF America shares the same guiding principles as its British counterpart: ground-breaking design, exceptional sound and an unshakeable commitment to excellence.

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

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