Originally Posted by jima4a
Can anybody who went to CEDIA report on how the new R series sounded?
I went to CEDIA and saw these speakers in person, they looked gorgeous in piano black and smaller than their pictures suggest especially the R900 but unfortunately they were not hooked up so i couldn't hear them, neither were the reference. But the Blade speakers from which most of the R series tech came from was on display and all i can say about the sound is WOW, WOW and WOW again!
If you've ever been to a show floor you know its the worst enviroment possible for any speaker to played in but I guess no one told these speakers because even though there was noise every where, no walls or ceilling, the Blade speakers just kept belting out amazing sound notes one after the other, but this act of defiance wasn't carried out alone...no sir, they had two Parasound monoblocks as their partners in crime.
I told johan (the Kef guy that's in all their youtube videos and head of sales team..great guy) to show me what these bad boys can do with a Piano track and he reached for his demo discs and pulled out Craig Armstrong's "Piano Works" CD...HOLY S**T, i have never heard the sound of a Piano reproduced like that before much less under such horrible conditions (but then again i've never heard a $30,000 speaker before
) No speaker has enchanted me like that before, not even the B&W802D came anywhere close to making me feel like that.
Next I told Johan to play track 5 of a CD i just acquired days before, Ray Charles Genius loves Company, the track was "Fever" featuring Natalie cole (Monster Music release), he poped it in and everybody at the KEF both just stoped and turned their attention to the Blade and you could see several people swaying and snaping as the Blade reproduced the bass line from the track with aplomb, and when the vocals from Ray charles and Natalie Cole came in, it was smiles all around....you could tell that Johan was especially pleased with himself seeing how people reacted to this track. I think he takes great pleasure in blowing people's minds lol
I went to the KEF booth everyday of the show just to listen to the Blades and the KEF guys all know me know
when they see me they say, you're back James? Yep, I'm back. But their sales team are filled with good guys and we were just exchanging emails these morning talking about the R series availability, so here a few details that might interest you jima4a
1) Looks like the first set of production batch will arrive 1st week of october..at least at Kef Direct website, idk about dealers.
2) I asked Johan if the Blade is a 100% of the sound what percentage is the R series and he said 75%...i didn't say anything but i disagree with this number for the reasons stated below
3) The R series out performs the previous reference (not the current reference but the 207 before they became the 207/2) and they said its 95% of the sound of the current reference. ( All the Kef guys said this, i think its part of the selling points)
4) The R has the same exact tweeter as the Blade except its 1" instead of 1.5"
5) The uni-Q is very close to the blade but for some minor tweeks like having a 1.5" voice coil instead of a 3" and i noticed Li and LCP are not part of the material used to for the R uni-Q while the Blade has Li-Mg-Al and braced by LCP
6) And ofcourse the cabinet of the Blade is completely Inert, i couldn't feel anything as i placed my hands on it during a bass heavy track.. nothing, nada! I seriouly doubt the R series is that inert.
And this is why i believe that the R series has to be at least 85% of the blade's sound as they have the same tweeter so the i expect no HF difference, the uni-Q is sooo close so I expect at most an 8% MF difference and the remaining 7% i chuck up to imaging, bass, and all those other good stuff. This is ofcourse entirely guess work on my part with no basis in science or fact, just based on what KEF folks that have heard both told me and the spec sheet.
I hope the little info I have was helpful to you Jima4a.