Home  |  High-End Audio Reviews  |  Audiophile Shows  |  Partner Magazines  |  Industry News  |  Search         
Enjoy the Music.com High-End Audio Equipment Reviews & News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AXPONA 2016 Show Report By Enjoy the Music.com
AXPONA 2016 Show Report -- Audio Expo North America
KEF Blade Two, Ultimate 1 Bookshelf, And Muo Bluetooth Speaker

 

 

 

   First stop during AXPONA 2016 was the free breakfast thanks to the great folks at KEF. As a longtime lover of KEF speakers since having owned the 104/2 floorstanders, am always happy to see how the company is moving loudspeaker technology forward.

 

 

Stephanie Scola graciously posed for this photo of KEF's more personal audio gear including their EGG wireless digital music system, Muo Bluetooth battery powered speaker and M Series headphones. i feel a bit ashamed as have a pair of KEF's outstanding Muo speakers ($350 each) and they are truly outstanding! Not just in their ability to produce wonderful sound, yet with two i stereo pair them and they throw an impressive stereo image! Not a fake and highly manipulated stereo imaging as you find with single-speaker solutions; this is a true two-channel aural experience from a pair of extremely high quality and closely-matched Bluetooth speakers.

 

 

Unique driver technology for pure KEF sound with CD-like quality wireless streaming. KEF engineers developed a mini version of their Uni-Q 'point source' driver array. With the central tweeter dome decoupled from the outer cone by a flexible membrane, the whole diaphragm is free to pump out midrange frequencies as powerfully as a conventional driver while allowing the tweeter dome to move independently. Upon receiving the KEF Muo they appeared a bit larger and heftier than the 3.1" x 8.3" x 2.3" (HxWxD) and 1.8 lbs. spec says. You also will enjoy a very high-end metal cabinet and not low-fi plastic. Hope to write a review about the KEF Muo at some point, yet with three shows and three magazines to get online i the next three months, well, please allow me to simply say the KEF Muo and sonic miracles! When used as a stereo pair they deliver a great soundscape that lesser single-box Bluetooth speakers can only hint at.

 

 

Then we have the KEF Blade Two floorstander ($24,000 per pair), which is a real looker with sound to match. Since the larger Blade may not be suitable for smaller rooms, the R&D department whipped u the Blade Two for those with more normal listening spaces. Here we have a unique synthesis of cutting edge audio technology and groundbreaking design. KEF’s Uni-Q driver array and side-mounted subwoofers deliver a delicate sound during soft passages, yet can pump out the tunes with the latest pop and dance hit.

 

 

As a music lover who started his KEF exploration decades ago with the KEF 104/2, am always impressed with KEF's evolution in Uni-Q driver technology and overall speaker designs. Oh, and their Reference 1 Ultimate ($8000) and smaller sibling LS50 Limited Edition ($1500) also small wonders. We all know about the LS50 and have a pair here, yet during breakfast KEF was using the Reference 1 Ultimate with most impressive results considering the large size of the room. Go check 'em out at your local KEF dealer and bring your fave music. Get ready to be amazed!

 

 

---> Back to AXPONA 2016 show report homepage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc

Superior Audio Archives
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

Videos
Musician Series
Enjoy the Music.TV

Music Reviews
Classical Music
Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Etc.
Rock, Pop, Techno, Metal, Etc.

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Editorials By Steven R. Rochlin
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Audiolics Anonymous
Nearfield By Steven Stone
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Partner Magazines
The Absolute Sound
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
NOVO (CANADA HiFi)
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

Show Reports
Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2017 CanMania
TAVES 2017 Toronto Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2017
CanJam 2017 Denver RMAF
LAAS 2017 Show Report
High End Munich 2017 Show Report
AXPONA 2017 Show Report
CanJam SoCal 2017 Show Report
Montreal Audio Fest 2017 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2017 Report
CES 2017 Show Report & Videos
T.H.E. Show Newport 2016
Audio Engineering Society 141 LA
CanJam London 2016 Show Report
Hong Kong AV Show Report 2016
Click here for previous shows.

Resources And Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions
High-End Audio Manufacture Links

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

Internet Browser
Audiophile Internet Browser V12

Mobile Phone Apps
Android Audiophile App

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty
300B Tube Comparison

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

Contests & Join Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

Our Social Media & Video Channel
     

 

 

     

Home  |  Sitemap  |  Industry News  |  Equipment / Music Reviews  |  Press Releases  |  About Us  |  Contact Us

 

All contents copyright©  1995 - 2017  Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.