KEF’s new T-Series range of home cinema speakers are definitely a sign of the times. TVs, enabling buyers to couple their hi-def movies with authentic 5. 1 sound without their living room looking like a branch of Sevenoaks. Overall, the T205 is a def and mf bitcoin enticing 5.
Build quality is excellent, it dazzles with movie soundtracks, and will suit most people’s music needs. The question is: has KEF sold out? Can these skinny speakers deliver the audio quality that everyone knows the brand is capable of? T101 for the surround channels, and is underpinned by the T-2 subwoofer. Each speaker is an impressive 35mm in depth. They’re sleekly styled, too, with a black cloth grille, black aluminium side trim and just a KEF logo to let you know that what you’re looking at is actually a loudspeaker.
If you were to see these in, say, Philippe Starck’s apartment, you might confuse them with very minimalist objets d’art. Even the subwoofer is a stealth product, designed specifically to be slung in the corner of your room and out of your wife’s sight. The look of the whole package might not be to everyone’s taste, but I like it. All the T-Series components are only available in black, although if Samsung keeps selling shedloads of titanium effect TVs, you’d think KEF might make silver side trims available, too. A unique feature about the T-Series speakers is that they are meant to be wall-mounted. KEF has compensated for the influence of the wall in the speaker’s design.
However, not everyone will be wall-mounting these, so a special stand, called the Selecta-Mount, comes into play. Here, KEF re-adjusts the sound character of each speaker by introducing an extra filter section, before the speaker’s crossover network, to switch the speaker into what the brand calls ‘free-space balance’. This means the T-Series speakers can be wall or stand-mounted without adverse effects. The T301s are a two-and-a-half-way design, with a single 1in aluminium tweeter sharing duties with a pair of KEF’s new twin-layered mid-frequency drivers. It’s this latter piece of tech that has enabled the brand to get the T-Series’ startling form factor.
KEF’s super-high-end Concept Blade prototype, and claims to deliver the same acoustic performance as a ‘true’ 4. This scene is a cinematic masterpiece for aural excellence and the slim, sexy KEF’s handled it well. There was seamless integration between each speaker in the 5. 1 setup, enveloping my listening position and drawing me into James Cameron’s action. Sound was clear and detailed. When the ‘dogs’ are chasing Jake, they seemed dangerously close. Subtle effects in the cinema mix were deftly presented, too, adding an extra feeling of immersion into the movie.
When speakers are able to do this, you know you are listening to something that is very good. Kef’s tweeters showed their worth, and the high-frequency chatter of the killer fish teeth tearing through flesh was real enough to make me wince. The T205 system can play loud, too. For such a slim cabinet design, I was surprised by the SPL levels achieved. Better yet, it was able to go loud and maintain clarity. D that’s gone into them I’m not surprised.
A lot of speakers can go loud, but thankfully the T-205 isn’t ignorant when it comes to quieter material, either. I found dialogue remained pinned down and clear. The centre channel’s performance is commendable. Centres are the workhorse of any home cinema, and they have to be able to handle the most complex scenes with a high level of composure. The 301c can do this.