The KEF R11 Meta floorstanding speakers are designed for natural and accurate sonic performance in high-performance home audio setups. They are the largest in KEF’s R speaker series and, like their counterparts, feature Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT); an award-winning innovation recognized by What Hi-Fi in 2020. MAT is an absorption solution which counters up to 99% of superfluous noise from the R11’s drivers. The R11’s drivers include the Uni-Q driver array, now in its twelfth iteration, alongside four bass drivers, all of which are designed with detail delivery in mind. Cabinet bracing and a flexible rear port-optimized with computational fluid dynamics – further contribute to the clarity of these speakers, ensuring no coloration effects detract from hearing sounds as they were intended.
A Flare for Detail
Derived from The Reference, Shadow Flare is an innovative way to cut harmful high frequency cabinet diffraction. It’s a carefully profiled transition that extends the waveguide effect of Uni-Q®. The treble escapes naturally because the ‘shadow region’ stops it getting to the cabinet edges. The result is vastly improved fine detail.
Performance critical damping
A solid platform is imperative for great sound. The R Series benefits from constrained layer damping, a system that uses internal braces joined by a ‘lossy’ interface. This material converts unwanted vibration into heat, ensuring that the cabinet makes the only sound it needs to: the sound of silence.
True Bass Definition
R Series bass drivers have a two-part structure with a shallow, concave, aluminium skin atop a paper cone. This stiffness, combined with the cone’s unique geometry, achieves a piston-like movement for punch and speed. The drivers’ magnet system creates a broad and uniform magnetic field which means more impressive and impactful bass.
Flexible port for cleaner bass
We only want to hear the drivers, not the resonances or turbulence created by a bass port. The R Series ports have innovative flexible walls. Using computational fluid dynamics, the flare and profile of each port is calculated to delay the onset of turbulence and the flexible port walls prevent resonances from coloring the midrange.