KEF Blade Two in the Test

KEF pursues the ideal of the perfect point sound source for decades. With the blade two, the English want to have accomplished this goal. Anyway, the “small” Blade hifidelen perfection approaches, as shown in the test.

Although it implies the two on behalf of KEF blade two, it won’t come off blade KEF introduced about four years ago. Much more, it complements the State-of-the-art-flagship of the English manufacturer and joins hierarchically beneath it. Constructively the two speakers are hardly different. The blade two builds 13 centimetres lower, acoustically better to fit into the listening environments of our customers.

A feature is retained despite housing contraction: the extravagnte in the speaker construction as unique to housing. As with all speakers from Kent, the motto is “form follows function”, however, even with the blade two. The sound sculpture aspires to the ideal point sound source desired in the design of the loudspeakers. For the five units of the driver should together normally lie as closely as possible, so circular. As but no one wants to see a huge and hugely ugly baffle the KEF developers turn a trick – better: a form of genius – on. Turn this imaginary huge baffle around the imaginary front of the box gently. Only the coax is now facing front. This results in the characteristic narrow way that acoustically to meet the characteristics of the perfect sound source with common acoustic centres of the inserted driver units despite their elegant appearance.

Building

The bass drivers mounted on the left and right side to 180 degrees can act offset by the special appearance. Any vibrations which would be transferred from the chassis to the body destroy thus each other. Extra bracing inside, rigidly connect the adjoining chassis with short metal rods, stiffen the flat membrane Quartet in addition and ensure a more effective force cancellation. While the ‘great blade’ uses four bass chassis with aluminium sputtered diaphragms in the 22.5 inches, set KEF with the small volume blade two models in the 16.5-centimeter format a. Technically there are no differences apart from the size difference,. Constructively, the uni-Q of the blade two should not differ from the big sister. Both aluminium membranes of the coax and the underlying drives are placed so that the acoustic centers of the two drivers at the exact same location are – say: no runtime differences occur, the idea of the virtual point sound source is thus fulfilled.

To avoid edge refraction effects in the treble, the surround of the ring diaphragm is folded. The large coil of the midrange resonates outside its magnetic system of midrange and tweeters as far to separate so the coils.

For the midrange, KEF uses a ring-shaped aluminium cone with a diameter of 12.5 cm. An embossed on the membrane surface, fine rib pattern to control the directivity of the driver in his workspace and also ensure that it does not affect the sound of the tweeter. The tweeter also uses a sound leadership. The construction of the protruding ALU points pursues the same goal: control to higher frequencies. The sound lead sits like a Crown on the tweeter, which trust the KEF developers on the best dome in the popular 25 mm format.

You is also made of aluminum and has a tremendously high load capacity also waited clanking poverty. Generally to the uni-Q in his latest stage – not only an outstanding level resistance in Kent called the eleventh generation – but also an equally exemplary dispersion with tonal linearity attest. Theoretically, the coaxial system could cast largely self-sufficient spectrum, what – is technically in a slightly modified form – in the case of the compact model of success KEF LS50. Thanks to strong bass support the blade two features but potentially much more profound at the same time higher level strength.

Hearing test

Already after the first bars the English box anyway, impressed with a Banna homogeneous representation of the instrument and a plastic figure, which was perfectly staggered in height, width and depth, and left no wishes open. Regardless of the level, whether loud or quiet: Musicians they conjured up seemingly out of nowhere and with great passion and panache in the AUDIO listening room. A carefully selected positioning in this regard was miracle: 10 centimeters with the one or other box left or right, forward or further backward, something more or less angled. Minimal tweaks to the acoustics of the place fit enough to achieve this fantastic figure.

In the intro of “Black bag Work” the acts “we’re from Japan!” (Now breathe) the blade two brought the tester with tough snare pulses to blink and twitch together. Over the whole frequency range very tightly, but yet never authoritarian in the placement of each drum basin and any guitar, the blade two was always immensely agile and fleet-footed. Also the comparison to the legendary venerable, but can be heard in the years warhorse revealed the brilliant pulse fidelity of blade two KEF reference 207/2. The music worked with the 207/2 felt somewhat slower, more comfortable – or the other way around: the blade two seemed to be able to make music faster, more accurate, and a total torque.

With the dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem, the blade two showed another facet, which already announced the difficult-to-play choral passages of this work: with this speaker can hear not only music, don’t be too – you just want it! More and more and more and more. Because you had not concentrated hear the magic of these and other recordings – breath sounds, finest bow strokes, vocal nuances and room proportions just came flying gen tester. Always accompanied by a tonal balance and dynamic extravaganza that is unparalleled in its size and price range.

Conclusion

KEF files for decades on the implementation of the ideal (point) sound source. The blade two combines strengths such as neutrality and impulse fidelity with an emotional joy of playing that has to offer exhilarating dynamic reserves. The blade two represents the ideal of the modern construction of the speaker for me.

 

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TEST: KEF Blade Two

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KEF Blade 2 Speakers (Pair) at Audio Affair

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KEF Blade Two

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KEF Blade 2

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