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Design by Ross Lovegrove. Sound by KEF.First exhibited at the London Design Festival 2015 as part of an installation art, one hundred pieces of MUO wireless speakers in unique duo-tone colours were created to showcase the convergence of art, design and technology. Through a special technique that subjects the MUO’s aluminium casing to a process of multi-coloured anodisation, each speaker was a different duo-tone colour. The unique duo-tone MUO wireless speakers drew high praise at the event and four colours were selected to be reproduced as the MUO Ross Lovegrove Launch Edition.
Pure KEF sound streamed wirelessly via Bluetooth aptX®Thanks to a clever new compact version of KEF's legendary Uni-Q 'point source' driver array and a powerful new bass radiator, the MUO fills the room with stunningly accurate sound whose HF definition and LF extension far exceed the limits of ordinary portable speakers.
Along with the sophisticated digital-to-analogue converter and other high order internal components, these innovative drivers are mounted within an immensely rigid inner moulding encased in an acoustically inert aluminium shell. Streaming your tracks via Bluetooth aptX, you’ll be astonished by the sweet, natural treble, fluid midrange and clean, tightly controlled bass.
Special anodising techniqueThe multi-coloured anodised MUO wireless speakers are produced by the renowned, award winning Neal Feay Studio, specialising in innovative techniques for creating beautiful and durable anodized aluminium. This partnership between Ross Lovegrove and Alex Rasmussen from Neal Feay aims to celebrate the use of pure aluminium and its art value, pushing it to the apex of its potential.
Smart versatility & convenienceSynchronise a pair of MUO speakers for superb CD-like quality stereo reproduction or select 'dual-connect' party mode for large gatherings, so that everybody experiences the same superlative full-range response. Smarter still, MUO automatically optimises its output to suit upright or horizontal positioning, so you always enjoy the same remarkable acoustic depth and definition.
With most Android mobile devices, you can also benefit from the NFC 'tap-to-pair' function - just hold the device against MUO and they're paired ready to stream your music in seconds. When not streaming your music wirelessly, connecting to any computer or mobile device via the 3.5mm Aux input is equally simple. MUO has a rechargeable battery with up to 12 hours of play time, and switches itself off automatically when not in use to prolong battery life.
Miniaturised Uni-Q®MUO features an ingenious miniature version of KEF's greatest innovation - the Uni-Q driver array. Continuously refined over nearly three decades, this acclaimed technology delivers an astonishingly wide soundstage that fills a room with full-bodied, stunningly clear sound, and reproduces the higher registers with pinpoint accuracy.
"Sit-Anywhere" Uni-Q® SoundKEF's legendary Uni-Q point source driver arrays are used in most of our products, right up to our flagship MUON, BLADE and THE REFERENCE. Uni-Q gives a wide sound dispersion with continuous and consistent sound quality. By using the same sophisticated FEA modelling techniques, our engineers have developed an ingenious miniature Uni-Q. The central tweeter dome is decoupled from the outer cone by a flexible membrane, and the whole diaphragm is free to pump out midrange frequencies as powerfully as a conventional driver, while allowing the tweeter dome to move independently. As a result, it can reproduce the higher registers with great accuracy. The MF cone is profiled to act as a waveguide for the tweeter, further widening the dispersion to fill the room with full-bodied, stunningly clear sound.
Minimal Sound InterferenceThe MUO's drive units which flank the central passive bass radiator, are configured to only give treble output from the right hand unit as you face the MUO placed horizontally. This reduces interference to achieve a more non-directional and room-filling sound. Below are diagrams which show the directional sound limitation of a typical compact stereo speaker versus the KEF MUO.
You can synchronise a pair of MUO speakers to stream superb CD-like quality stereo sound wirelessly via Bluetooth aptX.
For larger gatherings and parties, you simply select the ‘dual-connect’ mode that allows both speakers to replicate the same full-range response, so that everybody gets the full benefit of the music you’re playing.
|Drive Units||2 x 50mm (2.0in.) Miniature Uni-Q driver
1 x Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR)
|Inputs||Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX® codec
Micro USB – charging and firmware update
|Bluetooth capacity||2 devices|
|Bluetooth memory||8 devices|
|Power Input||5V D.C. 2A|
|Battery type||Li-ion rechargeable battery|
|Battery charging time||3 hours to fully charge|
|Battery life||12 hours playback time|
|Dimensions||(H x W x D): 80 x 210 x 60 mm (3.1 x 8.3 x 2.3 in.)|
|Weight||0.8kg (1.8 lbs.)|
|APP||KEF MUO (Android 4.0 or later)|
|Document Download||MUO Quick Start Guide
MUO Product Information
|Remarks||KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE.|
MUON just got mighty smallDesign by Ross Lovegrove. Sound by KEF.
When KEF first partnered the multiple award-winning cult British designer Ross Lovegrove, the brief was very simple: to create the ultimate loudspeaker. The legendary MUON floorstander was the result, a formidable marriage of groundbreaking audio technologies and advanced materials in a uniquely sensuous organic form.
The new MUO wireless speaker shares the same radically innovative design DNA on a much more compact scale. Created by the same design partnership, it brings you the stunning clarity and detail of pure KEF sound anytime, anywhere – and by inheriting the MUON’s sculptural aesthetic, its design language is drawn directly from an ultra-premium product costing six figures!
KEF chose to work with Ross Lovegrove because of his mastery of what he terms 'organic essentialism'. This philosophy is based on using new materials and high end technologies not to imitate natural forms but to invest everyday objects with the sense of inherent rhythm and harmony that natural forms possess.
Lovegrove's approach chimes perfectly with KEF's belief in the power of innovation and engineering excellence to enhance the everyday pleasures of enjoying music and entertainment, in ways that fit people's changing lifestyles. It's a process of continual evolution - as technology opens up new possibilities, the human imagination unleashes their transformative potential by creating products with meaning, vision and soul.
The launch of MUO at the 2015 London Design Festival, Somerset House, London, UK.