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KEF Reference 1

KEF Reference 1
alaScore 92

9 reviews

Sep, 2020

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. People are impressed by the design, but the usability and price get negative views.


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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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

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Feb, 2009

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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


Nov, 2002

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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

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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


May, 2001

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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...


Apr, 2001

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