Near-Reference Series Performance at a Fraction of the Cost: KEF R700 Tower Loudspeakers Play Nearly Every Kind of Music with Attention-Getting Depth, Clarity, and Extension
Trickle-down technology from KEF's six-times-as-expensive Blade loudspeaker, the very same five-inch Uni-Q driver array employed in the three-times-as-costly Reference 3 model, and advanced cabinet modeling devised using cutting-edge computer software for optimal results? Meet the KEF R700 tower loudspeaker. Elegantly completed with real wood and high-gloss piano finishes, the Hi-Fi News Highly Commended R700 delivers levels of sonic sophistication and natural musicality previously unattainable at its price point. Equally at home in dedicated stereo and home-theater systems, and able to play almost every style of music with pleasing equanimity, it comes amazingly close to the performance of its Reference Series siblings at a fraction of the cost.
Controlled, detailed, and dynamic, the three-way bass-reflex R700 utilizes two 6.5-inch low-frequency drivers to play with serious low-end depth. Structurally, its tall, slim design means R700 can fit in tighter spaces – while KEF's FEA-optimized internal architecture does away with the ruinous resonance common to many floorstanders. Extra stability arrives courtesy of extensions that bolt to the underside of the unit. You can read more about the hallmark KEF technology invested in R700 below. Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee ensures you'll love this speaker's exceptional clarity, stalwart accuracy, and three-dimensional imaging. Schedule your risk-free in-home audition today.
"It succeeds in conveying music rather than mere sound..."
– Hi-Fi News, Highly Commended review
The Advantages of KEF's Uni-Q Driver
Midrange response is fast and clean thanks to R700's braced magnesium/aluminum alloy cone. KEF's Z-flex surround smooths the transition to the front panel while a sturdy die-cast aluminum chassis prevents resonance from being transferred to the cabinet. The same sophisticated vented tweeter that endows KEF Blade with such startlingly pure high-frequency response resides at the center of the midrange cone. Aided by a large neodymium magnet and a computer-optimized dome structure so stiff that it pistonically operates over its entire working range, the upper registers are articulated with staggering precision. Capitalizing on Uni-Q's point-source characteristics, KEF's ‘tangerine' waveguide helps to disperse the higher frequencies evenly across a wider angle to flood the room with an intricate and refreshingly natural soundfield. Operating together as a single integrated voice, the array as a whole delivers a sweet, accurate sound.
Deep, Uncompressed Bass by Design
The new bass driver is equally impressive. The combination of a massive vented magnet assembly and a large, lightweight aluminum voice coil driving a light, stiff hybrid cone assures clean, deep, and uncompressed bass output with superb dynamics and power handling, plus fast and clean midrange response. Inside the cabinets, every component confirms KEF's technological prowess. Computer-designed crossovers allow the level of each driver to be fine-tuned for a smoother, flatter response. Constrained-layer damping panels prevent cabinet vibration from muddying the midrange and bass. Even the airflow through the reflex ports is managed using computational fluid dynamics to optimize acoustic integrity.
A Ballet of Precision and Simplicity
R Series is designed from the ground up. The speaker enclosure's geometry and bracing optimizes vibrational behavior, reducing secondary radiation from cabinet walls for cleaner sound. Damping panels further minimize cabinet resonance and coloration. In addition to magnetic grilles, adjustable die-cast aluminum feet support steel spikes that have integrated locking knobs for easy height adjustment. Nickel-plated bi-wire connectors with terminal-linking control allow all standard connection methods and provide easy, reliable connection. The reflex-port geometry is tuned to minimize turbulence at high levels, reducing port noise and low-frequency compression.