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KEF Reference 1

KEF Reference 1
alaScore 94

9 reviews

Mar, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of KEF Reference 1. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design, whereas some have doubts about the usability and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the KEF Reference 1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

KEF Reference 1 review

 

Surprisingly authoritative and superbly balanced standmounters.

Sonic authority and composure ; Revealing yet unfussy nature ; Even tonal balance ; Excellent stereo imaging ; Impressive engineering and terrific build

Cost of dedicated Reference 1 stands

KEF’s Reference 1s are brilliant all-rounders that work superbly across a wide range of music, systems and rooms. Clever engineering and excellent build complete the package

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Geir Gråbein Nordby (lydogbilde.no)

KEF Reference 1

 

Ingen i klassen er i nærheten av dette perspektivet på lydbildet.

KEF Reference 1 er et fantastisk stykke håndverk. Den er fleksibel med tanke på plassering mot bakvegg, og med koaksialt mellomtone/diskantelement kan man også sitte omtrent hvor man vil i forhold til høyttaleren, og likevel oppleve et optimalt...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Geir Gråbein Nordby (ljudochbild.se)

Ljudbild med laserprecision

 

Ingen i klassen kommer i närheten av en sådan här precision i ljudbilden.

Genom att fungera som en nästan perfekt punktkälla målar högtalarna upp en så exakt ljudbild att man enkelt hör var allting är placerat. Dynamiken är superb, särskilt i mellanregistret. Ultraprecisa högtalare, helt enkelt!

Det finns alternativ med mer dundrande bas, även bland stativhögtalarna. Reference 1 håller igen en smula i övertonerna och känns tämligen fokuserade på mellanregistret.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Ralph Werner (fairaudio.de)

KEF Reference 1

 

KEF hat die neue Reference-Linie vor gut einem Jahr auf den Markt gebracht. Sie besteht aus zwei Standmodellen, einem Center-Lautsprecher und Subwoofer sowie der Kompaktbox „Reference 1“, unserer Testkandidatin. Mit einem Einstandspreis von knapp 7.000...

Natürlich bekommt man fürs gleiche Geld auch ausgewachsene Standlautsprecher, und wenn Sie der Meinung sind „size matters“ – nun, dann werden Sie sich für einen Luxusmonitor wie die KEF Reference 1 wohl eher nur am Rande interessieren.

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (audioreview.com)

KEF Reference 1

 

LES KEF REFERENCE ONE ONT UNE BELLE IMAGE ET C'EST TOUT. LA MUSIQUE QU'ELLES RESTITUES EST SANS VIE. LES BASSES SEMBLENT VENIR D'OUTRE- TOMBE ET LES AIGUES SONNENT LE PLASTIQUE . JE LES AI REMPLACÉS SANS REGRET PAR DES EMINENT TECHNOLOGY LFT8 .

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (audioreview.com)

KEF Reference 1

 

I had read a great review about the Kef Q series, so I went to Harvey in Manhattan to take a look. I had a helpful salesperson that told me to forget the Q's and step up to the Reference One. I'm really glad I did! I love these speakers. I never fail...

Beautiful tonality, accuracy and imaging.They just sound great and they are quite attractive

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Nov, 2002

Consumer review (audioreview.com)

KEF Reference 1

 

I also would have to disagree with the comments about these speakers' bass response. Of course these things are relative to the size of your listening room (mine is rather small), but I found when I upgraded my amplification to a high-end Marantz...

Detail, sweet treble, startlingly real vocal and acoustic instrument reproduction. And they look lovely

A difficult speaker load, with some quite sever phase swings and impedance drops for your amp to deal with

Nov, 2002

Consumer review (audioreview.com)

KEF Reference 1

 

These are one of my favorite speakers. I cant believe the imaging and detail these produce for the money. I would have to disagree with everyones negative review of bass responce. I was originally powering these with a 75 watt a channel receiver and...

Imaging, Detail and very flat full range of sound

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May, 2001

Consumer review (audioreview.com)

KEF Reference 1

 

It's a good pair of speaker. You should spend a lot of money at the power amp. If not, you never can hear what you need. My system can't say very good, but I can hear want I want. I am using audio synthesis PASSION pre amp and DESIRE power amp. It...

Detail

Apr, 2001