KEF Premium three way B/Shelf speaker. 1 x 125mm MF, 1 x 25mm HF

Model: R3W

KEF Premium three way B/Shelf speaker. 1 x 125mm MF, 1 x 25mm HF vented aluminium dome tweeter, 1 x 165 mm LF . High Gloss White, PAIR

R3 redefines standout performance. No surprise, as it shares the same drivers as the range-topping R11. A true three-way speaker, the 165mm (6.5 in.) bass driver pushes bass performance to new extremes. The 125mm (5 in.) midrange driver and 25mm (1in.) aluminium dome tweeter creates a Uni-Q array that defies the expectations from the most compact main speaker in the range.

What HiFi Awards 2017 Review

The KEFs capture the natural acoustics of the recording superbly, showing a level of insight and detail resolution way beyond most rivals.”

“The R3's sound much bigger than they are, delivering an excellent stereo soundstage that is well organised, precise and nicely focused.”

 “The R3's are brilliant all-rounders. They’re expertly sonically balanced and work well across a wide range of systems.”

 “Give them a top class feed and they will deliver a sound good enough to worry most standmounters below the two grand mark. This is one to buy with confidence.”

See full review at https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/kef-r3

 

Uni-Q

Placing the tweeter in the acoustic centre of the midrange cone brings the acoustic ideal of a single point source closer to realisation. The new R Series benefits from a new 12th generation of the legendary Uni-Q which has been extensively designed using KEF’s in-house simulation and analysis tools. KEF’s engineers have been able to dramatically reduce colouration through reducing resonance in the minute gaps between Uni-Q’s separate elements. The resulting sound is purer, more precise and makes stereo imaging far more believable.

  

SOUND IS THE REAL STORY

In the movie world, the best sound engineers are capable of weaving ever more wonderful sonic webs and the new R Series is your ticket for getting the best out of movies, delivering the natural, consistent sound essential for a phenomenal surround sound experience.

 

SHADOW FLARE

Derived directly from the Reference Series, the Shadow Flare is an innovative method of reducing harmful cabinet diffraction for delicate high-frequencies. Shadow Flare is a carefully profiled transition surface which extends the waveguide effect of Uni-Q. The tweeter no longer has a line of sight of the cabinet edges, creating a ‘shadow region’ at the points where the potential for diffraction is highest. The result is vastly improved fine detail, particularly when it comes to the subtle nuances of plucked strings and other percussive sounds.
 
 

LOW-FREQUENCY DRIVERS

Bass is the very foundation of music; everything is built upon it and maximising bass performance is a vital building block towards the pristine sound. R Series bass drivers are built using a two-part structure, where a shallow concave aluminium skin sits atop a paper cone. This great stiffness, combined with the cone’s unique geometry, delivers pure piston-like movement to deliver punch and speed. To accurately control this mighty driver, KEF has also completely redesigned its magnet system to create a more even magnetic field. The overall result is more impressive and impactful.
 
 
CABINET BRACING
 
A solid platform is imperative for great sound. The new R Series benefits from Constrained layer damping. This system utilises internal braces joined by a ‘lossy’ interface and is highly effective at dissipating unwanted vibrations that would otherwise artificially change the sound and music.
 

FLEXIBLE PORT TECHNOLOGY

When it comes to generating deep, articulate bass, port design is crucial. The ports in R Series feature innovative flexible walls. Using computational fluid dynamics, the flare and profile of each port are calculated to delay the onset of turbulence, while the flexible port walls prevent longitudinal resonances from colouring the midrange.

 

BEAUTIFUL BY DESIGN
 
Great design is timeless. KEF’s product designers seek to create deceptively simple, elegant loudspeakers. But form follows function. So whilst R Series is driven by acoustics, all visible engineering fixings have been artfully concealed so all the listener sees is a beautiful and simple exterior. 

Conceived to be at home anywhere, the R Series comes in a choice of two sleek gloss finishes or a classic wood veneer. These finishes go deeper than just a base colour: each speaker benefits from KEF’s tone-on-tone approach where tweeter dome, driver cones, feet, spikes and KEF logo are colour-matched to the finish.
 
 
 
MICROFIBRE GRILLES
 
The R Series has been created to sound at its best with or without grilles. This microfibre design is a first for KEF and resulted in a design that not only looks beautiful but has a negligible effect on sound performance. All of the grilles are handcrafted and compressed with heated pressure from thirteen layers of composite material. The grilles continue the tone-on-tone approach: grey for the white cabinet, brown for the walnut, and black for the black. The grilles' edges are burnished in a similar way to fine leather goods and the overall effect is almost suede-like.

 

R3 redefines standout performance. No surprise, as it shares the same drivers as the range-topping R11. A true three-way speaker, the 165mm (6.5 in.) bass driver pushes bass performance to new extremes. The 125mm (5 in.) midrange driver and 25mm (1 in.) aluminium dome tweeter creates a Uni-Q array that defies the expectations from the most compact main speaker in the range.

 

SHADOW FLARE

Derived directly from the Reference Series, the Shadow Flare is an innovative method of reducing harmful cabinet diffraction for delicate high-frequencies. Shadow Flare is a carefully profiled transition surface which extends the waveguide effect of Uni-Q. The tweeter no longer has a line of sight of the cabinet edges, creating a ‘shadow region’ at the points where the potential for diffraction is highest. The result is vastly improved fine detail, particularly when it comes to the subtle nuances of plucked strings and other percussive sounds.

 
 

LOW-FREQUENCY DRIVERS

Bass is the very foundation of music; everything is built upon it and maximising bass performance is a vital building block towards the pristine sound. R Series bass drivers are built using a two-part structure, where a shallow concave aluminium skin sits atop a paper cone. This great stiffness, combined with the cone’s unique geometry, delivers pure piston-like movement to deliver punch and speed. To accurately control this mighty driver, KEF has also completely redesigned its magnet system to create a more even magnetic field. The overall result is more impressive and impactful.