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
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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.
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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.​​​​​
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Hand-built by KEF's master craftsman in the UK, the Reference embodies KEF's history, heritage, philosophy and singular need to be the benchmark of sound reproduction.

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Ci5160REF-THX

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The Reference Grille

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Made in Maidstone, Home for 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.
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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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