THE REFERENCE:
IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

"A description was needed to convey the idea that every loudspeaker is subject to scrutiny at all stages of assembly, culminating in a final test comparison with a laboratory-maintained reference standard. Hence the method became the name: Reference”

Raymond Cooke OBE, KEF Founder

THE BENCHMARK OF BENCHMARKS

The standard by which other loudspeakers are judged. The Reference is designed by perfectionists, for perfectionists, embodying KEF’s history, heritage, philosophy and singular need to be the benchmark of sound reproduction.

BOUNDLESS HOME THEATRE

Unlock the power and raw emotion of cinema. The Reference delivers in any home theatre configuration, and the range includes THX Ultra Certified Architectural in-wall models for a more discreet installation.

THE REFERENCE:
IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

"A description was needed to convey the idea that every loudspeaker is subject to scrutiny at all stages of assembly, culminating in a final test comparison with a laboratory-maintained reference standard. Hence the method became the name: Reference”

Raymond Cooke OBE, KEF Founder

THE BENCHMARK OF BENCHMARKS

The standard by which other loudspeakers are judged. The Reference is designed by perfectionists, for perfectionists, embodying KEF’s history, heritage, philosophy and singular need to be the benchmark of sound reproduction.

BOUNDLESS HOME THEATRE

Unlock the power and raw emotion of cinema. The Reference delivers in any home theatre configuration, and the range includes THX Ultra Certified Architectural in-wall models for a more discreet installation.

The Reference Series

Reference combines phenomenal high-fidelity performance with complete multi-channel versatility. All models are hand-built by KEF’s master technicians in Maidstone, Kent.

REFERENCE 5

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Flagship three-way floorstander

If you're serious about experiencing the ultimate in sound reproduction, the magnificently authoritative Reference 5 exemplifies the passion for innovation that underpins KEF’s design philosophy.

REFERENCE 3

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Mid-sized three-way floorstander

Reference 3 has the uncanny ability to generate an intricate, emotionally compelling three-dimensional soundstage that places you right at the heart of the original performance.

REFERENCE 1

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Three-way standmounter

Reference 1 proves that, through excellence in engineering, you can experience unprecedented depth and power from a small cabinet.

REFERENCE 4c

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Three-way centre speaker

For film lovers looking for total immersion, Reference 4c is the paradigm. For clarity, detail and emotional depth, it's a revelation.

REFERENCE 2c

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Compact three-way centre speaker

In smaller environments, Reference 2c has the power to immerse you in musical drama and intense dialogue as much as its larger sibling.

REFERENCE 8b

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Twin 9-inch ‘force-cancelling' driver subwoofer

Delivering exceptional bass precision and control with zero distortion, Reference 8b is a truly extraordinary subwoofer.

Ci5160REF-THX

Engineered to deliver unprecedented detail and power, with the Ci5160REF-THX, KEF has taken the Reference design philosophy out of the cabinet and into the wall.

Ci3160REF-THX

The Ci3160REF-THX combines reference-quality sound with THX Ultra Certification to re-write the rules of what can be expected from a loudspeaker in its class.

COMING SOON

MADE IN MAIDSTONE, HOME OF KEF.

In 1973, The Reference was a bold step for KEF; it broke new ground in terms of computer-aided design and outright performance. Today, The Reference is still made in Maidstone, England and is overseen directly by KEF’s engineers.

MADE IN MAIDSTONE, HOME OF KEF.

In 1973, The Reference was a bold step for KEF; it broke new ground in terms of computer-aided design and outright performance. Today, The Reference is still made in Maidstone, England and is overseen directly by KEF’s engineers.

MADE IN MAIDSTONE, HOME OF KEF.

In 1973, The Reference was a bold step for KEF; it broke new ground in terms of computer-aided design and outright performance. Today, The Reference is still made in Maidstone, England and is overseen directly by KEF’s engineers.

WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO

The Reference is the heart of KEF. It is the physical manifestation of decades of innovative technological research and an obsession with absolute performance. Each Reference speaker is engineered and crafted from beginning to end by a single KEF technician.

BOUNDLESS HOME THEATRE

The Reference will transform your experience of film, bringing music score and soundtracks to life, as well as delivering prodigious and lightning quick dynamics and bass power. KEF Reference retailers will help you plan how to combine models including the THX Ultra Certified Architectural in-wall models.

BOUNDLESS HOME THEATRE

The Reference will transform your experience of film, bringing music score and soundtracks to life, as well as delivering prodigious and lightning quick dynamics and bass power. KEF Reference retailers will help you plan how to combine models including the THX Ultra Certified Architectural in-wall models.

WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO

The Reference is the heart of KEF. It is the physical manifestation of decades of innovative technological research and an obsession with absolute performance. Each Reference speaker is engineered and crafted from beginning to end by a single KEF technician.

BOUNDLESS HOME THEATRE

The Reference will transform your experience of film, bringing music score and soundtracks to life, as well as delivering prodigious and lightning quick dynamics and bass power. KEF Reference retailers will help you plan how to combine models including the THX Ultra Certified Architectural in-wall models.

History of accolades

Over nearly 50 years, The Reference has been recognised with awards from all of the major audio titles globally. Praised for outright performance and consistency, this latest series continues to impress the experts.

STEREOPHILE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD

Stereophile Magazine — 2017

 

 

HOME CINEMA CHOICE REFERENCE STATUS, HIGH END HERO

"This system is British surround high-fidelity at the utter state-of-the-art. And it’s easily worthy of its Reference name." - 2016

 

 

HI-FI CHOICE YEARBOOK 2016

"One of the finest-sounding standmount speakers we’ve ever heard." - 2016

 

THE REFERENCE EXPERIENCE

An exceptional loudspeaker deserves a special retailer. KEF Reference retailers have undergone extensive training with KEF and can assist you choosing the best partnering equipment as well as providing expert installation services.

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THE REFERENCE EXPERIENCE

An exceptional loudspeaker deserves a special retailer. KEF Reference retailers have undergone extensive training with KEF and can assist you choosing the best partnering equipment as well as providing expert installation services.

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