KEF Blade One Meta
Single Apparent Source Reference-Loudspeaker, now with MAT™ Metamaterial Absorption Technology
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The world’s first Single Apparent Source speaker
The world's first Single Apparent Source speaker, now with 12th generation Uni-Q® with MAT™. A bespoke driver array engineered to deliver pristine performance, and capable of raising Blade to new heights of performance. Featuring four 225mm (9 in.) force-cancelling bass drivers, Blade One Meta is the top model in the Blade series.
Obsessed with sound quality and committed to bringing a superior listening experience, the KEF engineers created the revolutionary Concept Blade to showcase KEF’s technology leadership and powers of innovation with no preconceptions and restrictions. Since then, KEF keep pushing the boundaries of HiFi to create the loudspeaker with the best possible sound.
Uniquely KEF. Uniquely coherent.
At the heart of Blade lies Single Apparent Source technology; a unique technology that aims to achieve the acoustic ideal of a point source, where low, mid and high frequencies radiate from one point. It is what makes the Blade incredibly coherent, with noticeably more precise imaging.
So pure. So KEF.
The latest version of Blade benefits from the latest acoustic innovation by KEF: Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT™). MAT™ is a highly complex maze-like structure that absorbs 99% of the unwanted sound from the rear of the driver, eliminating the resulting distortion and providing purer, more natural sound.
Sit anywhere, hear every detail
Refined through iterations, the Uni-Q® driver array for the latest Blade is the 12th generation Uni-Q® with MAT™. Uni-Q® acts as a single point source to disperse sound more evenly throughout the room. The result is the elimination of the limited ‘sweet spot’, therefore allowing everybody sitting at different spots in the room to experience and enjoy the same natural, detailed sound.
Performance by design
With the philosophy of innovating in pursuit of the most accurate and realistic sound, Blade is about perfecting a groundbreaking concept to delight people with the ultimate listening experience.
Power in control
Blade’s four powerful low frequency drivers are mounted back-to-back to cancel out kinetic forces that might otherwise colour their output. The result is cleaner, purer sound, and astonishing low-level resonance.
Cutting edge sound
Blade’s four powerful vented bass drivers are perfectly integrated with the 12th generation Uni-Q® with MAT™ to deliver clean, immaculately controlled bass. The crossover design in the latest Blade has been enhanced to fine-tune the signal path for maximum clarity.
Discrete chambers for pure sound
On Blade, each pair of low frequency drivers is located in its own chamber. This approach reduces the potential for interference between the drive units, while also reducing the need for damping, which can impair bass quality.
Engineered and handcrafted in UK
Since 1961, KEF has been creating remarkable award-winning loudspeakers at their UK home in Maidstone, Kent. As their flagship HiFi speakers, Blade is still being designed, engineered, and handcrafted in Maidstone.
The first Blade
Our in-house KEF product design team initially worked alongside Eric Chan of ECCO Design to create a distinctive visual identity to match Blade’s towering performance. The resulting cabinet form was inspired by Brancusi’s seminal modernist masterpiece ‘Bird in Space’. Tapering gracefully from top to bottom and from front to rear, the slim proportions made possible by the orientation of the bass drivers give Blade a sculptural presence in its own right.
Finished to Perfection
Blade is available in a palette of eight finishes, created by blending five cabinet finishes with six Uni-Q® driver cone colours: Arctic White/Champagne, Piano Black/Copper, Piano Black/Grey, Charcoal Grey/Bronze, Charcoal Grey/Red, Frosted Blue/Bronze, Frosted Blue/Blue, and Racing Red/Grey.
Looking to make a distinctive statement with Blade or looking for the perfect colour match for your listening room? You can simply create your own customised colour scheme by supplying a Pantone of your choice for the speaker enclosure to match with any of the six standard Uni-Q® driver cone colours.
*This offer is available from June 2022
Datenblatt "KEF Blade Meta Serie" (PDF)
Brochure "KEF Blade Meta Serie" (PDF)
Technical Paper "KEF Blade Meta / Reference Meta Serie" (PDF)
Pressemitteilung "KEF Blade Meta / Reference Meta Serie" (PDF)
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