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Ed Selley  |  Oct 31, 2019  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3KEF’s revamped R Series is just the ticket for a serious AV system. Ed Selley gets stuck in

Many speaker brands are in the habit of releasing new model ranges as an entirely new entity – new name, new driver configurations, even new price points – in the pursuit of 'going with the market.' At the other end of the scale, you have companies like KEF, which has had a Q Series, R Series and Reference Series for a very long time.

Adam Rayner  |  Apr 03, 2013  |  0 comments

In the world of high-end hi-fi, loudspeakers are routinely objects of reverence and desire, no more so than KEF's recent Blade. Styled like a shark's fin and packing exquisite technology, it's the kind of speaker to make grown men weep.

Steve May  |  Apr 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Dolby-Enabled speakers are proving surprisingly effective at delivering the height channel within a Dolby Atmos sound system. Designed to reflect sound off flat ceilings, they’re not only easier to install than in-ceiling architectural speakers but create an authentic ambiance in a smaller room that’s difficult to replicate with direct alternatives.
Ed Selley  |  Apr 02, 2011  |  0 comments
KEF’s new sub/sat array is done to a T Kevin Gallucci usually prefers his speakers to be made from hollowed-out tree trunks, but he's ready to make an exception for KEF's T-Series

KEF’s new T-Series range of home cinema speakers are definitely a sign of the times. They’ve been designed with a clear purpose in mind – to be an aesthetic match to newer, thinner, flatscreen TVs, enabling buyers to couple their hi-def movies with authentic 5.1 sound without their living room looking like a branch of Sevenoaks. The question is: has KEF sold out? Can these skinny speakers deliver the audio quality that everyone knows the brand is capable of?

Adam Rayner  |  Apr 11, 2016  |  0 comments
In 1961, Raymond Cooke took over the Nissen hut used by wartime company Kent Engineering & Foundry in Maidstone and started to produce loudspeakers that were branded KEF. And the rest, as they say, is history – the company has become an industry stalwart and the visionary speaker designer’s awesome body of work has been imitated by others.
Alvin Gold  |  Apr 02, 2011  |  0 comments

The popularity of this type of compact speaker package has mostly been driven by the switch from CRTs to flatscreen TVs.

Ed Selley  |  Apr 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Klipsch's Reference series offers Atmos sonics and the company's traditional horn-loaded tweeter approach...
Steve Withers  |  Sep 02, 2019  |  0 comments
We go to outer space – and then to war – with Klipsch's cinematic six-pack...
Mark Craven  |  Oct 06, 2020  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedKlipsch muscles in on the sub/sat market with a compact reimagining of its Reference range. Mark Craven reports

The idea behind Klipsch's Reference Theatre Pack is simple: bringing the US speaker brand's house sound, beloved by owners of its floorstanding models, to those with small rooms/budgets.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 26, 2018  |  0 comments
LG teams up with Meridian Audio and Google to create a punchy, chatty smart speaker
Adrian Justins  |  Aug 20, 2013  |  0 comments

Loewe's new 3D Orchestra IS speaker system sees the high-end German brand trying to tackle the 'problem' of integrating authentic 5.1 audio into a regular living space. And, reviewed here alongside the company's new Individual 55 Slim Frame LED TV, the results are somewhat mixed...

John Archer  |  Mar 30, 2013  |  0 comments

For many people in the UK, Loewe remains either a brand they haven’t heard of at all (in which case, you pronounce it ‘Lerver’!), or a German designer TV brand. It’s not a marque generally associated with audio.

Steve Withers  |  Sep 24, 2018  |  0 comments
If you browse your dictionary for the word iconic, you’ll probably see a picture of the M&K Sound S150 next to the definition. The company has had its up and downs – co-founder Ken Kreisel has departed – but the S150 has been a professional studio monitor of choice for decades.

Since its introduction in 1995, the speaker has been installed in film and music recording studios the world over, and it may well have been involved in the mixing of some of your favourite movies and songs.

Steve Withers  |  Apr 17, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Steve Withers reckons this more affordable M&K package sounds familiar. And that's a good thing

In an ideal world you'd want to experience movies with the same speakers used to craft their soundtracks. M&K Sound has been making professional studio monitors for decades, and its S150 is about as iconic as you can get. But what if you fancy a similar level of performance from a speaker that's a bit cheaper and a bit more… normal looking?

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