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KEF R3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

MSRP 2000 USDNEX score 85%

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Product Overview

KEF R3 is a bookshelf floorstanding loudspeaker in KEF's mid-level R series designed for both stereo and home theatre applications. The R3 features a 3-way design with KEF's Uni-Q tweeter-midrange unit and a 6.5" woofer for superior dynamic range and soundstage control.
The KEF R series lends many technological innovations made during the development of the company's Reference series. These loudspeakers feature KEF's 12th-generation Uni-Q array with the latest "Shadow Flare" trim ring design, a new smaller, more powerful bass driver, and Constrained Layer Damping internal bracing system.
The R Series share a new microfiber grille that balances protection and sonic performance and flexible ports that reduce resonances. The classic wood veneer with KEF's tone-on-tone aluminium drivers and grilles give the speakers a subdued yet exquisite look.
Other models in the R series include three floorstanders, R11, R7, and R5, one center channel, R2c, and one wall-mount / surround speaker, R8a.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent build and finish
  • Impressive bass and highs
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 85% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Impressive detail resolution
  • Excellent imaging
  • Well-balanced presentation
  • Clear, detailed sound
Cons
  • Expensive compared to rivals
  • Not the smallest stand
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Colors
Black Gloss, White Gloss, Walnut
Drivers | Midrange
1x 125mm (5in.) aluminium cone
Drivers | Tweeter
1x 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
Drivers | Woofer
1x 165mm (6.5in.) hybrid aluminium
Form Factor
Bookshelf loudspeaker
Loudspeaker Type
3-way, bass reflex

Dimensions

Size | Depth
335.5 mm
Size | Height
422.2 mm
Size | Width
199.6 mm
Weight
13.5 kg (29.8 lbs.)

Function

Crossover
400Hz, 2.9kHz

Performance

Frequency Response
52Hz-28kHz (±3dB)
Impedance
8 ohms (min 3.2 ohms)
Max Sound Level
110 dB
Power Input
15-180 W
Sensitivity
87 dB

Production

Debut
2018
Made In
China

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

hifinews[1]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from hifinews have found the following***:
The KEF R3 is a relatively unfussy design when it comes to positioning and partnering equipment. A feeling of precision is the most obvious first impression, with clear, focused soundstaging and excellent resolution of voices and instruments alike. All this is underpinned with bass that's both weighty and well-controlled, with no sense of lack of extension.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Clear, detailed sound
  • Excellent imaging
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Not the smallest stand

whathifi[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
KEF's Uni-Q array disperses the sound in a wide and consistent manner. The enclosure feels immensely rigid thanks to some clever bracing techniques that combine reinforcement with damping. Despite being relatively slim and compact boxes – the KEFs stand just 42cm high – the R3s are capable of delivering a good amount of bass weight.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-balanced presentation
  • Impressive detail resolution
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Expensive compared to rivals

User Reviews

References

1. ^ KEF R3 loudspeaker. [hifinews]. https://www.hifinews.com/content/kef-r3-loudspeaker. 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ KEF R3 review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/kef-r3. 2020-07-13. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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