KEF Reference 5 Meta Floorstanding Speakers
Detail remastered. An icon redefined for tomorrow.
The essential for any audiophile. Hand built by the masters who set the standard for audio quality, The Reference has been the benchmark for loudspeakers and sound reproduction. The Reference is an embodiment of KEF’s philosophy and the relentless pursuit of perfection. Now with Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT™).
The benchmark of HiFi speakers
The flagship of The Reference Series is the model that all other high-performance loudspeakers compare themselves against. Now with the extraordinarily capable 12th generation Uni-Q® driver array with MAT™, Reference 5 Meta exemplifies the passion for innovation that underpins KEF’s design philosophy.
The benchmark of benchmarks
Since 1973, The Reference has continually set the benchmark for loudspeakers and sound reproduction. Pioneering the use of digital technologies to achieve the highest audio accuracy, every pair can be matched within 0.5dB to the laboratory-maintained reference standard.
Since the first Reference speaker, KEF engineers have continued to innovate using what is possible with The Reference. Ground-breaking in its first incarnation, each subsequent iteration of The Reference has added to the world’s knowledge of the science of acoustics.
Designed, engineered and handcrafted in UK
Since 1961, we have been creating remarkable award-winning loudspeakers at our UK home in Maidstone, Kent. As our flagship HiFi speakers, The Reference is still being designed, engineered, and handcrafted in Maidstone today.
Summary of features
- Metamaterial Absorption Technology eliminates 99% of high-frequency distortion for pure, natural sound
- Bespoke 12th generation Uni-Q with MAT driver array for exceptional acoustic accuracy
- Enhanced crossover design fine-tuned the signal path for maximum clarity
- Optimised cabinet design for best acoustic performance
- Five models: Reference 1 Meta, Reference 3 Meta, Reference 5 Meta, Reference 2 Meta, Reference 4 Meta
- Available in 5 finishes
- With mounting inserts to secure on KEF S-RF1 Floor Stand (sold separately)
SpecificationsModel REFERENCE 5 Meta
Design Three-way bass reflex
Drive units Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) aluminium dome with MAT
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminium cone
LF: 4 x 165 mm (6.5 in.) aluminium cone
Frequency range free field (-6dB) Short port: 35 Hz - 45 kHz. Long port: 32 Hz - 45 kHz
Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB) 25 Hz
Frequency response (±3dB) 40 Hz – 35 kHz
Crossover frequency 450 Hz, 2.1 kHz
Amplifier requirements 50 - 400 W
Sensitivity (2.83V/ 1m) 88 dB
Harmonic distortion 2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<0.5% 40 Hz – 100 kHz
<0.2% 200 Hz – 2 kHz
<0.1% 2 kHz - 20 kHz
Maximum output (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise) 116 dB
Impedance 4 (min. 3.2 )
Weight 60.2 kg (132.7 lbs.)
Dimensions (H x W x D) (with grille and terminal) 1350 x 205 x 462 mm (53.1 x 8.1 x 18.2 in.)
Dimensions (H x W x D) (with grille, terminal & plinth) 1402 x 323 x 467 mm (55.2 x 12.7 x 18.4 in.)
Standard finishes Satin Walnut/Silver, High-Gloss White/Blue, High-Gloss White/Champagne, High-Gloss Black/Grey, High-Gloss Black/Copper