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KEF announces additions to Architectural Range of speakers

‘Hide your speakers, not your sound’

by Andy Bassett

KEF adds to its recently announced Ci3160REF-THX custom install speakers with new additions to its Architectural Range, including the Ci160RR-THX, Ci130QSfl square and Ci130QRfl round flush-mount speakers.

The recently revealed THX certified in-wall speaker Ci3160REF-THX, which featured two linear 160mm (6.5in) bass drivers and KEF’s flagship 125mm (5.25in) MF Uni-Q driver array, now heralds the Ci160RR-THX, a new in-ceiling THX certified speaker benefiting from years of KEF’s technological innovations.

KEF Architecture Series - Ci160RR in-ceiling speaker front on with half a grille

Suitable at the heart of any home cinema setup, the speaker uses KEF’s 160mm (6.5in) Uni-Q driver array with a 25mm (1in) tweeter along with KEF’s Tangerine Waveguide, and Z-flex surround - all designed to broaden the soundstage allowing for easier placement.

When added to the rest of the Ci-R Series of speakers, which consists of two in-wall speakers (Ci5160RL-THX and Ci3160RL-THX), two further in-ceiling speakers (Ci200RS-THX, Ci200RR-THX) and a matching subwoofer (Ci3160RLb-THX), the Ci160RR-THX enables the range to provide huge versatility to integrated home cinema systems, offering a natural and powerful room-filling sound.

KEF’s ‘hide your speakers, not your sound’ philosophy means the introduction of its first flush-mount speakers further enhances the adaptability of the Architectural Range. The square Ci130QSfl and round Ci130QRfl feature the renowned Uni-Q driver array, combining a 130mm (5.25in) midrange driver and 19mm (0.75in) tweeter and Tangerine Waveguide. 

These frameless speakers come with a paintable grille meaning they can disappear into the decor for a discreet visual presence that does not distract from the audio experience.

Architectural Range
Ci3160REF-THX Key features:

  • 11th generation Uni-Q driver array with 125mm (5.25in) MF driver and 25mm (1in) HF driver, with Tangerine Waveguide
  • Twin 160mm (6.5in) bass drivers, with massive vented magnet assembly and a large aluminium wire voice coil driving an exceptionally light, stiff and strong alloy cone
  • Computer modelled crossover networks and high-grade components for low distortion with HF & LF crossovers mounted on separate boards to minimise crosstalk
  • 11mm thick anodized aluminium front baffle to prevent any unwanted resonances
  • THX Ultra Certification
  • Gold plated speaker terminals

Ci160RR-THX Key features:

  • Uni-Q driver array with 160mm (6.5in) MF/LF driver and 25mm (1in) HF driver, with Tangerine Waveguide
  • Ultra-Thin Bezel for an easily integrated, low profile speaker
  • Paintable grille and bezel
  • Proprietary grille treatment to protect against UV damage
  • Specialised magnetic grille to prevent sound damaging vibrations
  • Gold plated speaker terminals
  • Easy to install
  • THX Ultra Certification
  • IP64 certified

Ci130QS/QRfl Key features:

  • Uni-Q driver array with 130mm (5.25in) MF/LF driver and 19mm (0.75in) HF driver, with Tangerine Waveguide and Z-flex surround
  • Flush Mount Installation - frameless design provides seamless integration with the wall or ceiling
  • Easy to install as part of the plastering process
  • For security and ease of installation, the grille attaches by a powerful magnetic circuit and can be painted to match any décor. Spring-loaded speaker terminals for easy connection
  • Available in round (Ci1301QRfl) and square (Ci130QSfl) formats

The range offers installers and consumers flexibility of choice teamed with Hi-Res sound quality whether it’s for a customised home theatre room or a multi-room audio setup throughout the home.

The speakers are available from April 2020 and are priced below.

Ci160RR-THX - THX® Certified Ultra In-Wall Ci speaker SRP: £500 per piece

Ci130QSfl - Square flush mount speaker SRP: £370 per piece

Ci130QRfl - Round flush mount speaker SRP: £350 per piece

Ci3160REF-THX - THX® Certified Ultra In-Wall Ci Speaker SRP: £7,000 per piece

Source: Press release
Image Source: KEF

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