KEF Q50a Atmos-Enabled Speaker Modules at CEDIA 2017

KEF Q50a Dolby Atmos Enabled Speaker

KEF rounded out its newly revamped Q-Series loudspeaker lineup with the introduction of the Atmos-enabled Q50a add-on 3D immersive audio module. This provides a relatively affordable option to add elevation channel capability to compatible systems. And thanks to KEF’s concentric 2-way Uni-Q driver, this speaker delivers reflected-sound height effects while maintaining the integrity of the audio.

The Q50a ($500/pair) utilizes a single 5.25″ Uni-Q driver mounted in a sealed 6.85″ x 7.08″ x 10.03″ box with an appropriately sloped baffle that meets Dolby specifications for Atmos-enabled elevation speakers. It offers an anechoic frequency response of 105 Hz to 18.5 kHz (+/-3 dB), 100-watt power handling, 86 dB sensitivity (at 1W/1m), and 8 ohm impedance.

This model is timbre-matched to the rest of the KEF Q Series. And, it incorporates the numerous advances that made the recently reviewed Q350 bookshelf model such a pleasure to listen to. For example, the aluminum-dome tweeter utilizes a damped loading tube that improves treble performance in the lower part of its frequency response range.

Here are few words from KEF about the Q50a… “At the heart of the evolved Q50a is the Uni-Q driver array. The signature innovation places the tweeter in the acoustic centre of the midrange and bass cone, bringing the acoustic ideal of a single point source closer than ever to realisation. The result is a more detailed, accurate three-dimensional sound image, which is dispersed more evenly throughout the room than is possible with any conventional speaker.

Here’s the Q Series from KEF, seen in both matte black and matte white finishes

 Prior to the Q50a, KEF’s sole option for Atmos-enabled capability was the R50 with a $1200/pair MSRP. Now, you can experience KEF quality and Atmos-enabled convenience for what’s sure to be a considerably more wallet-friendly price. However, a final shipping date and MSRP have not been set.