KEF R3 speakers redefine standmount performance and benefit from the same drivers as the range-topping R11. A true 3-way speaker, the 6 inch bass driver pushes bass performance to new extremes. The 5 inch midrange driver and 1 inch aluminium dome tweeter create a Uni-Q array that defies the expectations from the most compact main speaker in the range.
Placing the tweeter in the acoustic canter of the midrange cone brings the acoustic ideal of a single point source closer to realization. The new R Series benefits from a new 12th generation of the legendary Uni-Q which has been extensively designed using KEFs in-house simulation and analysis tools. KEFs engineers have been able to dramatically reduce coloration through reducing resonance in the minute gaps between Uni-Qs separate elements. The resulting sound is purer, more precise and makes stereo imaging far more believable.
Derived directly from the Reference Series, the Shadow Flare is an innovative method of reducing harmful cabinet diffraction for delicate high-frequencies. Shadow Flare is a carefully profiled transition surface which extends the waveguide effect of Uni-Q. The tweeter no longer has line of sight of the cabinet edges, creating a shadow region at the points where the potential for diffraction is highest. The result is vastly improved fine detail, particularly when it comes to the subtle nuances of plucked strings and other percussive sounds.