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KEF > No Compromise Audio at Home or On-the-Go By Thomas Bender KEF is long renowned for their true-to-source, balanced sound palette. Originally, and still primarily, a loudspeaker company, KEF has taken its history and experience with loudspeakers to new markets— from in-ear headphones, to luxury $200,000 floor-standing speakers.  It’s difficult to find another company that applies the same science to its entry level products as it does to its highest luxury line, but that is exactly what KEF has done, allowing consumers and prosumers alike to reap the benefits of years of research and development. Q200C Center Channel Of course, KEF was founded in a world without Bluetooth technology and smartphones, and instead has its origins in loudspeaker manufacturing for the British Broadcasting Corporation in the 1960’s.  It has maintained its status as a premium loudspeaker manufacturer for the last 60 years, and its top-selling line is its Q-series home theatre speakers. The Q200C center channel speaker is perhaps the perfect representation of KEF’s specialty—reference grade audio, sounding as close to the original source material as possible, with a wide soundstage distributed evenly across the entire room.   Its traditional design fits nicely with most modern home theatres and living rooms, and if you are interested in impressing your friends with its looks, you can remove the speaker grill to expose the Uni-Q driver that gives KEF its signature sound and looks like it's an artifact from the future.  Of course, the best way to impress guests is to turn the speakers up, and even casual listeners will notice the difference. The 5.25” Uni-Q driver seamlessly handles a large range of frequencies, placing the lower frequency driver and higher frequency vented aluminum tweeter at the same point in space to perfectly align the sound waves being generated by the Q200C.  This design eliminates distortion that is otherwise apparent when the tweeter and driver are side-by-side.  The technology to allow the two discrete units to act in unison is substantial, especially while employing rigid materials like aluminum, and the Q200C has tackled all of the challenges that result from such a difficult engineering problem. The Uni-Q is flanked on either side by 5.25” bass drivers to fill out the low frequency range when needed.  In fact, if you are interested in high fidelity audio, but don’t have the time or space for a 5.1 or 7.1 system, you might want to consider the Q200C and a pair of bookshelf speakers, since this center channel provides such great output across the full frequency range. All of the well-designed speaker components are housed in a serious cabinet that is available in several different environmentally friendly wood finishes.  The

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